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Enhanced Toshiba MT800 High-Definition DLP(TM) Front Projector Shipping in June

Toshiba also announced new MT200 front projector will be introduced in September 2004

AUSTIN, Texas, May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. a leader in advanced digital display and home theater technology, today announced that the TDP MT800 high definition DLP front projector is shipping in June, and on display at the company's annual dealer line show in Austin.

"We are very excited to be able to announce the availability of the new MT800," said Scott Ramirez, Toshiba's Vice President of TV Marketing, "Our flagship home theater front projector utilizes an enhanced HD2+ engine, and new Carl Zeiss(TM) Optics, for significant improvements in brightness, contrast, and picture clarity. The MT800 delivers bright, deep, clean images for those demanding the very best in home cinema picture quality."

The MT800 HD projector is the ultimate choice for the high-end home theater enthusiast who strives for the best possible performance and features. This DLP powered model features 1280 x 720 pixels for true 16:9 high- definition images (accepting signals up to 1080p). It incorporates an improved high-focus lens system from renowned German manufacturer Carl Zeiss. The MT800 also includes the state-of-the-art Faroudja DCDI+ De- Interlacer/Scaler with 3:2 pull down conversion.

The MT800 utilizes an enhanced HD2+ DLP engine. The HD2+ engine features 10-Bit Color Depth, 7-Segment Color Wheel that includes a neutral density filter in the green section for smoother, more natural images. The chip itself has also been improved by filling in the small indentations, or 'Via's', in the mirrors for further increased brightness and contrast. The results are dramatic, including a significantly cleaner image, and an impressive color corrected contrast ratio of 2200:1, at 1100 ANSI Lumens.

The MT800 also boasts very precise feature control and functional design expected from Toshiba products. In addition to Keystone Adjustment, full user adjustments include Gamma Control, Sharpness Control, User Definable Color Temperature Control (standard at 6500K), Memory Settings by Input, and Discrete IR Codes. The projector also features a full complement of inputs for full home theater system connectivity with two sets of ColorStream(R) HD high- resolution Component Video inputs, DVI with HDCP, RS232C Port, IR Input Port, and a 12V Screen Trigger Port.

Toshiba also announced that in September it will introduce the new MT200 DLP home theater front projector, featuring a native 16:9 480P resolution DLP chip, with 2000:1 contrast ratio for dramatic image quality. This unit includes an easy to use illuminated remote, digital keystone correction, and a user friendly On Screen Menu. Connectivity includes DVI with HDCP, to accept full HD signals.

Retail pricing information (MAP): -- For Home Theater Front Projector model: TDP-MT800 ($8,999.99)

About Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C.
Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. is an independent operating company, owned by Toshiba America, L.L.C., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, a world leader in high technology products with subsidiaries worldwide. Toshiba America Consumer Products is a pioneer in DVD and DVD Recorder technology and a leading manufacturer of a full line of home entertainment products, including flat panel TV, rear and front projection and direct view televisions, home theater projectors, combination products and portable devices. Toshiba America Consumer Products is headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey with production facilities in Lebanon, Tennessee. For additional information please visit www.tacp.toshiba.com.

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