Our PARC209 plasma aspect ratio controller enables automatic aspect ratio switching for plasma displays without SCART sockets. This is particularly useful when watching digital TV channels where the aspect ratio of broadcast material is constantly changing.
The PARC209 interprets the correct aspect ratio of the signal being sent from your digital set-top box and instructs the plasma display to switch automatically via its RS232 port. Not suitable for plasma TVs with external tuner boxes, or integrated plasma TVs. See list of supported models.
Widescreen CRT televisions have long been able to adapt automatically to the images produced by digital set-top boxes, allowing 16:9 images to occupy the whole screen and 4:3 images to be displayed in their correct aspect ratio with black bars either side.
Unfortunately, in most cases, due to the way TV signals are passed to plasma display panels, this automatic feature is not available, requiring the user to adjust the aspect ratio manually. This situation is fine when watching a DVD, but not so good when channel hopping or when the aspect ratio of the source is frequently changing. The PARC209 interprets the intended aspect ratio of the signal being sent from the digital set-top box and instructs the plasma display to change automatically via its RS232 port. Accepts signals from all digital set-top boxes which support widescreen signalling via pin 8 I.e. Sky Digital, Freeview, NTL Digital, Telewest Digital, etc.
The PARC209 is a perfect partner to the JS Technology RGB to Plasma VGA and RGB to Component video signal converters.
The controller is designed to work with plasma display panels which are standalone i.e. they do not operate in conjunction with a ?media box or ?tuner box?. The following models are known to be supported; it is possible that the unit will function successfully with other models from the manufacturers listed:
P42VHA20, P42HHA10, P50XHA10, PDS4229, PDS4241, PDS4242, PDS5001, PDS5002, PDS5003, PDS5004, PDS6101
CPM500WXE (for CPM500WXE set controller for Pioneer)
TH37PWD4, TH37PWD5, TH37PWD6, TH42PWD3, TH42PWD4, TH42PWD5, TH42PW5B, TH42PHD5, TH42PWD6, TH42PW6B, TH42PHD6, TH50PHD3, TH50PHD4, TH50PHD5, TH50PHD6
PDP433MXE, PDP502MXE, PDP503MXE,
42WP16, 42WP27, 42WP36, 42WP37, 50XP27
Technical Features and Specifications
Fully wired 21 pin SCART
Fully wired 21 pin SCART
Power Supply: External DC 9V, 300mA
Dimensions: 25 X 87 X 138mm