Mar 3, 2014 2:29 PM, By Christopher Maione | Posted by Jessaca Gutierrez
This month we look at nine select large format video projectors. To narrow the field we selected video projectors with WXUGA, wide format aspect ratios (16:9 and 16:10), 1in. 3-chip DLP engines, and brightness greater than 1100 ANSI lumens. All of this high resolution, 3-chip technology, and brightness does not come cheap, with cost for these projectors in the $40K-$60K range. As “serious video projectors,” these units are installed in large venues such as auditoriums, large multipurpose rooms, theaters, HOWs, and other venues where a big, bright video image is required.
The Barco HDX-W12 and HDX-W14 are the projectors of choice for 3D in event settings. With a native 1920x1200 resolution and out-of-the-box high contrast ratio of 2400:1, these units live up to the reputation set by Barco’s FLM series and deliver their respective 11,000 and 13,000 ANSI lumens with stellar image quality. Inputs include DVI-I, SDI/HDSDI/3G/BarcoLink. An LCD display allows connected source signals to be previewed directly on the unit. The W12 and W14’s roadworthiness is proven through ease of setup, servicing, and transport. In addition to control over RS-232 and Ethernet, the units can be operated wirelessly via a mobile device. WUXGA signals can be transmitted up to 100 meters via Barco’s coaxial-based long-distance transmission vehicle, Barcolink.
Christie’s Mirage WU14K-M provides 3D images in all applications, including classrooms and heavy industry on any budget. Featuring 12,500 ANSI lumens emitting its dual 450W lamps, the Mirage WU14k-M has a 2100:1 contrast ratio and a 1920x1200 resolution. Standard inputs include two Dual-link DVI+VGA. Optionally, the unit can accept an analog signal via BNC connectors, Dual-Link DVI, SD/HD-SDI, twin HDMI, and can interface with DMX512 stage effects networks. Control is managed via RS-232 and over Ethernet.
The original partner/pioneer of 3-chip DLP technology, Digital Projection International’s Lightning 38 WUXGA 3D is aimed at applications where size and scope do not matter. It features FastFrame, which minimizes image blur and remnant artifacts, as well as cooling technology known as CoolTek to drastically improve thermal attributes of the unit. It is rated at 20,000 ANSI lumens, has a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and a native 1920x1200 resolution. A DVI-I, HDMI, BNC for 3G-SDI, 15-pin VGA, 4-BNC component, S-Video, composite RCA set, Composite BNC, two high-bandwidth DVI-I, and an RCA digital audio output make up the Lightning’s input suite.
The younger sibling of the Lightning is the TITAN WUXGA-660, part of Digital Projection’s TITAN Pro Series 3 line. This bright, 3D-ready unit comes in a slight, yet sturdy, frame. It shares many of the same technology advancements as the LIGHTNING, such as CoolTek and FastFrame. Warp and blending requirements are easily met when projection surface geometries are unusual. The TITAN glows with 10,000 lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and a 1920x1200 resolution. The gamut of inputs includes one DVI-I, an HDMI, a BNC connector for 3G-SDI, 15-pin RGB, four BNC connections for component video, S-Video, and RCA, and BNC connectors for composite video signals.
The NEC NP-PH1000U and NP-PH1400U emit 11,000 and 13,500 ANSI lumens respectively, have a native 1920x1200 resolution, and 2000:1 contrast ratio. They feature a dual-lamp design and lens memory, which will dynamically adjust lens attributes based on input and resolution. Inputs include two 15-pin RGBs, a five-BNC analog set, one HDMI, one DisplayPort, a RCA video connection, S-Video port, HD/SD-SDI input, and 15-pin RGB monitor out plug. An OPS (Open Pluggable Specification) option slot is available for modular input flexibility and ease of maintenance.
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