By Andrew Liszewski
Sony’s 11-inch XEL-1 OLED TV made for an impressive in-store demo when it debuted a couple of years ago, but even the most ardent supporter of bleeding edge technology was hesitant to shell out $2,500 for a tiny 720P display, no matter how amazing the contrast levels were. And while OLED displays have still yet to supplant LCD or plasma TVs in the consumer market, it’s nice to see Sony introducing the technology into their professional broadcast gear.
Their new 17 and 25-inch TRIMASTER EL broadcast quality monitors feature a full 1080P OLED display, and a host of inputs including the more common HDMI and DisplayPort, as well as more professional connections like 3G-SDI, SD-SDI and HD-SDI. Not surprisingly these new monitors continue in the tradition of large-format OLED displays coming with large price tags, with the 17-inch version selling for ~$15,600 (¥1,312,500) and the 25-inch coming in at ~$28,700 (¥2,415,000).