Feb 28, 2013 8:44 PM, By Bennett Liles
Televisions, computer monitors, and digital signage and projection displays have all seen increased resolution figures and larger screens with signal delivery formats providing higher bandwidths to support these trends. While these advances have given system integrators a wide variety of hardware, each venue is unique and it’s not always the latest, greatest, and most expensive system that gets the job done. In this survey, we have included a varied selection of projectors, from models capable of producing high-quality displays at relatively short range up to big 4K machines for digital cinema. Smarter electronics, more control, and higher reliability are common themes.
The Barco HDQ-2K40 is a 40,000 lumens 2K 3-chip DLP projector equipped with flexible scaling, wireless control from a smart phone or tablet computer, and a built-in LCD monitor to allow previewing of sources. Light output can be scaled up in 2000-lumen increments to suit the venue and the presentation from 26,000 to 40,000 lumens. With a native resolution of 2048x1080, the projector offers interchangeable lenses, horizontal and vertical edge blending, picture-in-picture, DMX 512 console control, and an integrated web server. Input formats include DVI-I, HD/SD-SDI, dual HDSDI, 3G, and Barcolink along with optional 5-BNC RGBHV, composite, S-Video, and 3D HDMI/DisplayPort. Control options include RS-232, IR, Wi-Fi, and an option for GSM.
For somewhat smaller applications, the wide range of inputs greeting users of the SH960 from BenQ provides a good choice of sources. The 5500 lumens, dual-lamp unit provides 1920x1080 native resolution with 15-pin D-sub I/O, HDMI, composite, S-Video, and component (shared on the 15-pin). The unit includes a USB port, audio I/O on mini jacks with two internal 5W speakers and control via upper panel, RS-232, LAN, and a 12V trigger. The SH960 supports video resolution up to 1920x1200, and it is equipped with horizontal and vertical lens shift. The projector allows operation in Eco and Normal modes and includes a number of different picture modes.
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