3D and Special Venue Projectors
Jul 25, 2011 4:15 PM, by Bennett Liles
Introduced by Sharp just in time for InfoComm 2011, the 3D-ready XG-PH80XN has a light output of 6300 lumens in a native 1024x768 resolution. The unit uses a sealed DLP chip with an interchangeable color wheel while the dual lamp system adds reliability with the backup lamp, and it can be operated in simultaneous dual lamp mode as well. Customization extends with a choice of five lens options and there is also a 12V trigger function to activate a motorized screen when the projector is powered up. The unit is network connectable with an RJ-45 terminal for control and monitoring. Security features include Kensington compatibility, PIN code lock, control panel key lock, and optional security cable kits. The recent product release also provided the debut for the companion XG-PH80WN model in the XG-PH80 series.
A new addition to the Sony ES line, the VPL-HW30ES employs SXRD reflective display panels and a 240Hz frame rate to deliver 3D to active shutter glasses in a wide variety of formats including frame packing, side-by-side, and top and bottom. The model is capable of 2D to 3D conversion and offers RS-232 serial control and monitoring along with an IR port for easy control system integration. Delivering 1300 lumens, the unit also supports HDMI 1.4a and provides Motionflow with Dark Frame Insertion. The VPL-HW30ES began shipping in July.
The 3D-ready Pro8500 from ViewSonic delivers 5000 lumens and a native resolution of 1024x768 with a 1.5X optical zoom for a display size up to 300in. diagonal. The image is generated with a 0.7in. DLP chip, and low maintenance features include a filterless design and 4000-hour lamp rating in normal display brightness mode. This model can accept video inputs in 15-pin D-sub (two), HDMI, component, composite, and S-Video while the audio inputs include a 3.5mm mini jack for line sources, one mini jack for mic input, and a set of RCA connectors while the audio output plays through two 10W speakers. Control and monitoring connect either through RS-232 9-pin or on an RJ-45 network port.
For converting 2D to 3D and showing 3D content directly, the D538W-3D single DLP chip projector from Vivitek can produce a WXGA resolution picture at 3200 lumens with a 3000-hour 180W lamp and a 1.16:1 manual zoom/manual focus lens. Features include a rapid on/off function, closed captioning, a Kensington lock port, and a keypad lock feature to avoid accidental settings changes. The unit can take video inputs on VGA, composite, S-Video, and HDMI v1.3. Audio inputs consist of a 3.5mm mini jack and a pair of RCA ports. Control processing may be connected on the RS-232 9-pin serial port. The 230W standard mode power consumption drops to less than a watt in standby mode.
Wolf Cinema recently introduced the WC SDC-15 for the 3D home theater market. Known as “the Cub,” the new three-chip D-ILA model is designed for both 2D and 3D (stereoscopic) projection. To maximize installation choices, the unit has 99 custom memory calibration settings and offers IR, RS-232 serial, and LAN remote control and monitoring capability. The WC SDC-15 accepts video on dual HDMI v1.4 connectors as well as component and 15-pin computer input. The gloss black cabinet is design-optimized for best thermal cooling.
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