Sep 17, 2013 11:56 AM, By Bennett Liles
NEC has added features to the Crestron RoomView-ready NP-PA500U LCD projector to broaden its ability to install in a wide range of corporate boardroom and training environments. Its stacking capability allows a combined light output up to 20,000 lumens to cope with long-throw and very high ambient light situations. AutoSense automatically syncs with any computer signal and features one-touch image optimization while a geometric correction tool allows square images to be projected onto uneven surfaces without distortion. The 5,000-lumen unit can also fit five different bayonet mount lenses for quick lens changes. Connectivity includes HDMI with HDCP, DisplayPort, dual computer, and 5BNC.
Part of a series of new projectors from Optoma, the 5,000-lumen EH505 is targeted for midsize venues and can work perfectly in large boardrooms and other corporate facilities. Its WUXGA resolution, lens shift, and the choice of three optional lenses provide a customized installation ability that can fit the EH505 just about anywhere. Input signal connection include HDMI 1.4a, DVI, VGA, S-Video, composite, component, and 5BNC, along with mini jack and RCA audio in and audio out with two 3W speakers. Two 12V triggers provide additional installation options, and the unit can be remotely controlled and monitored via RS-232 and Ethernet.
At 6,500 lumens, the Panasonic PT-D6000 ULS can cover the larger boardrooms and corporate training facilities with clear, bright images enhanced by its RGB Booster feature. The unit also has an auto-cleaning filter and built-in edge blending support for even larger displays. The dual lamp system provides continued operation after a lamp has burned out and the liquid cooling system allows sustained operation in environments with temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The native VGA resolution is generated in a sealed optical block that keeps out dust, and the projector can accommodate a variety of interchangeable lenses.
The single-chip DLP, 3,000-lumen PJWX424ON short-throw projector from Ricoh can display images up to 60in. diagonally when placed within 2ft. of the display wall. The projector also features a built-in countdown timer for testing and rehearsing presentations. Auto brightness sets the illumination to suit the ambient light in the room while a video source can be shown on up to four units simultaneously using multi-screen mode and the wall-color mode adjusts color automatically to allow projection onto walls of different colors, enhancing portability. Connectivity includes Ethernet, USB, memory cards, HDMI, and wireless. With the optional eBeam technology from Luidia, any whiteboard or wall surface can be transformed into an interactive display.
For smaller classrooms, meeting rooms, and portable applications, Sharp offers the PG-LX3500, a filter-free, sealed DLP-chip design with XGA native resolution at 3,500 lumens. The 3D-ready unit is compatible with 3D-field sequential content and active shutter 3D glasses in addition to providing a five-segment color wheel. Remote controllable on RS-232 and LAN connections, the PG-LX3500 offers a wide selection of video input formats including HDMI, RGB/component, and composite video. Other features are GUI pointer, spotlight, image freeze, image enlarge, break times, and AV mute. A stereo sound input feeds a built-in speaker and standby power drops to as low as .35W.
The new VPL-FHZ55 laser-light-source projector from Sony uses 3LCD imaging technology for 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution. It does this by using a blue laser as its light source, which excites a phosphorous material that in turn creates white light. The white light is delivered to the 3LCD optical system, generating full-time, RGB color through a color-splitting process. The projector’s features include auto light dimming, which dims light output down to 5 percent when left powered on without use; and auto brightness adjustment, which eliminates unnecessary illumination when a dark picture is projected. Also available is constant brightness mode, which allows users to maintain brightness throughout the expected 20,000-hour life by driving the projector at reduced light output. The unit has a standard 1.6X zoom lens, lens shift, built-in edge blending capability, and geometric correction.
The Pro8520HD from ViewSonic delivers a full 1080p image at 5,000 lumens to cover larger boardrooms and training venues with 10-bit processing and a 1.5X optical zoom. A variety of presentation formats are available including dual HDMI, wired and wireless LAN display, USB display, and PC-less JPG slideshows. The filter-free unit is equipped with a Crestron LAN controller, and it can also be operated and monitored via serial RS-232. The mini jack and RCA audio inputs feed two internal 10W speakers in addition to offering a mic input and RCA audio output terminal. Video connections include composite, S-Video, component, and HDMI, and the output video is produced with a five-segment color wheel in 16:9 native aspect ratio.
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