Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.
Incorporating the latest 1080p DLP chip technology, the VP-11S2 from Marantz provides a range of image customization adjustments including four picture modes, five preset gammas, and 18 user menus for saving adjusted images. Inputs include two component, one 15-pin RGB, one S-Video, one composite, and two HDMI. A handy trigger output applies 12V to the connection when the unit is powered up so that an external device such as a motorized screen can be activated. The unit can be remote controlled through infrared or a 9-pin RS-232 terminal. A control loop-through allows two units to be remote controlled as one.
With DMD imaging, the Mitsubishi XD8100U offers 6500 lumens running dual lamps and 3500 lumens on one lamp. Its lamp relay mode allows lamps to be alternated so that one can back up the other. Each lamp can last up to 4000 hours when the projector is run in low mode, and the unit employs a heat-pipe cooling system. Features also include a self-cleaning air filter and a number of interchangeable lenses. The XD8100U may be operated by remote using the serial connection or through its LAN port, which offers compatibility with Crestron's RoomView and AMX Device Discovery.
For midsize and large venues, the NEC NP-4100W produces 5500 ANSI lumens in a WXGA 1280x800 resolution with a line of five available bayonet mount lenses for throw distances from 2.6ft. to 283ft. The unit offers power zoom and focus, along with either single- or dual-lamp operation. Advanced color management features can accommodate input sources as high-bright, presentation, video, movie, graphics, and sRGB. Further customization can be done using either the four-segment or the six-segment color wheel. The NP-4100W can be controlled by IR or RS-232, and it is fitted with an RJ-45 port for remote monitoring and control through a built-in web interface.
The single-DMD DLP imaging from the Optoma TX542 produces pictures from 30in. to 307in. with 2800 ANSI lumens and resolution up to UXGA. Features include closed captioning, a built-in security bar, control-panel lock, and user-selectable password protection. The unit offers manual zoom and focus, throw distance ranges from 3.93ft. to 32.8ft., and remote control options including infrared, RS-232, and LAN. It can input video sources on HDMI, two VGA, S-Video, and composite, and outputs include VGA and stereo audio. The 255W power consumption drops to 1W in standby.
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