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Sony Announces Bright, Fixed-Install Projectors

Sony officials say the company plans to expand its line of high-brightness 3LCD business projectors this summer, with two new models designed for fixed installation applications.

Sony officials say the company plans to expand its line of high-brightness 3LCD business projectors this summer, with two new models designed for fixed installation applications.

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VPL-FX500L

The new VPL-FX500L model reportedly will deliver 7,000 lumens of color light output and is capable of the widest lens shift in its class, according to Sony, making it suitable for large-screen applications such as university lecture halls and corporate auditoriums. The VPL-FX30 will provide 4,200 lumens of color light output and come equipped with a 1.6x standard zoom lens for flexible installation in mid- to small-sized classrooms or meeting rooms.

Both projectors use Sony's Bright Era technology at an XGA resolution of 1024x768. Each is housed in a white and flat cabinet to blend in with white ceilings when installed. Company officials say there are no terminals or ventilation slits on the rear of the projectors in order to give audiences the impression the projectors are blended into the ceiling when mounted.

"These new projectors offer style, ease of use, and low maintenance while delivering high brightness and high performance," said Sander Phipps, product manager for LCD projectors at Sony Electronics, in a statement.

The VPL-FX500L's twin-lamp system provides fail-safe, economical operation. It can output a total of 7,000 lumens with just one lamp, says Sony, however the second lamp is built-in to provide automatic back-up should the primary lamp fail. The two lamps are alternatively used, allowing the total expected lamp life to total up to approximately 8,000 hours.

The VPL-FX500L ships without a lens, and offers backwards compatibility with certain models of Sony's existing accessory lenses. Depending on the lens used, the VPL-FX500L can shift images roughly +/- 96 percent vertically and +/-64 percent horizontally from their original position,

The VPL-FX30's 1.6x zoom standard lens allows customers to upgrade from a majority of existing projectors to the VPL-FX30 without having to change ceiling mount positions, according to Sony. For applications where more than a standard lens is needed, the VPL-FX30 is compatible with the VPLL-Z1032 and VPLL-Z1024 accessory lenses for Sony's current VPL-FX40 series.

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VPL-FX30

Sony says it plans to ship the VPL-FX30 in June and the VPL-FX500L in July.



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