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Sharp Enters 3D Market with Six DLP Projectors

Sharp made its way onto the 3D projection scene with the announcement of six 3D-ready, DLP BrilliantColor professional projectors. When used with compatible 3D field-sequential content and active shutter 3D glasses, the suite of models offer 3D imagery with support for both 60-Hz and 120-Hz XGA and SVGA sources.

Sharp made its way onto the 3D projection scene with the announcement of six 3D-ready, DLP BrilliantColor professional projectors. When used with compatible 3D field-sequential content and active shutter 3D glasses (not included) that support the projectors' DLP Link System, the suite of models offer 3D imagery with support for both 60-Hz and 120-Hz XGA and SVGA sources, according to the company. When not used for 3D projection, the models are still compatible with traditional 2D content.

The suite includes the PG-D45X3D with 4,500 ANSI lumens and XGA native resolution; PG-D40W3D with 4,000 ANSI lumens and WXGA native resolution; PG-D3510X with 3,500 ANSI lumens and XGA native resolution; PG-D3010X with 3,000 ANSI lumens and XGA native resolution; PG-D2710X with 2,700 ANSI lumens and XGA native resolution; and the PG-D2500X with 2n500 ANSI lumens and XGA native resolution.

"These additions to Sharp's projector suite enable interactive learning and enhanced 3D presentations for education, business, and entertainment purposes," said Dan Wynne, senior director of marketing of Sharp's Professional Display Division, in a statement.

Company officials said the new models offer features for saving energy, such as low standby power consumption and expanded lamp life while operating in eco mode. Other features focus on ease-of-use, such as an on-screen setup guide and help function. A wireless remote includes a built-in spotlight function as well as an on-screen pointer to help guide attendees through presentations. A slide lens cover is designed to protect the lens from dust and provide an instant lens shutter. As a safety feature, if the lens cover is closed more than 30 minutes, the projector automatically shuts off, says the company. A shutter door on the lamp housing keeps the glass confined in case the lamp breaks.

For connectivity, the PG-D45X3D includes an HDCP-compliant DVI-I terminal for use with analog and digital RGB sources, while the PG-D40W3D offers HDMI connectivity. All six models provide analog RGB and Component inputs, S-video, Composite video, RGB loop-through, RS-232C port, and a USB input for mouse control.

Sharp says the projectors also offer 10 watts of stereo audio on the PG-D45X3D and PG-D40W3D and 7 watts on the remaining models. All six projectors have a built-in network connection with an RJ-45 LAN connector for remote control and web-browser access for diagnostics and automatic e-mailed status updates. The anti-theft design includes a reinforced metal security bar and metal security plate as well as an optional security cable kit for use with a ceiling bracket.

Each projector comes with a three-year parts-and-labor limited warranty and range in price from $995 (PG-D2500X) to $2,795 (PG-D40W3D). The PG-D2500X and PG-D2710X will be available by the end of the month, while the PG-D3010X, PG-D3510X, and PG-D45X3D should be available by the end of February. The PG-D40W3D is expected to be available by April 2010.



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