Aug 30, 2012 10:52 AM, By Bennett Liles
Users are greeted by a variety of control and video format options on the J-Series projectors from Christie Digital Systems. RS-232 and RS-422 in/out terminals allow easy simultaneous control on multiple stackable units and four input card slots accept modules for analog and digital video connections to suit the installation. The 5100-lumen DS+8K-J uses a 1kW Cermax Xenon pre-aligned lamp module and offers an array of lens options. For setup, the networked projector includes a built-in backlit LCD keypad and the J Series models can use a variety of rigging and stacking mounts. Each projector ships with the standard ILS lens mount, but there are CT lens mount options.
Based on Texas Instruments DLP technology, the E-Vision 7000 is the first member of the Digital Projection International E-Series and it features a wide range of interchangeable lenses and swappable color-wheel options. This 7000-lumen model offers dual and single lamp modes along with six video formats including composite, component, S-Video, RGBHV, and HDCP-compliant single-link DVI. Remote control and monitoring is available on LAN and RS-232, and there is addressable IR control. The unit includes an onboard keypad for adjustments including motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift, zoom, and focus.
The LC-XL100 3LCD conference projector from Eiki International is designed for ease of use with a one-button lens release, top-accessed lamp, and a self-advancing cartridge air filter that can be used for up to 13,000 hours. The 5000-lumen images are generated with 10-bit color processing for a range of analog and digital video inputs including DVI with HDCP. The LC-XL100L version can fit a range of lenses while the standard lens model provides a powered zoom, focus, and lens shift. There are LAN and RS-232 control ports, a USB mouse port, and a wired remote port on a mini TRS jack.
With the ability to project two still or video sources side by side, the 7000-lumen PowerLite Pro Z8455WUNL from Epson can aid multi-view instruction and use its powered lens features in zoom, focus, and lens shift. The motorized lens functions are controllable by IR remote, RS-232, or LAN. Video inputs include two HDMI, one SDI, one computer D-sub, RGBHV, composite, and S-Video. The projector includes six video test patterns for precise picture setup and adjustment. There are a variety of lens options, and the cooling system uses an electrostatic filter with a recommended 10,000-hour cleaning cycle.
Hitachi has outfitted the 5000-lumen CP-WU8450 with motorized lens shift, several picture modes, and a wide selection of optional lenses to suit any installation scenario. Other features include direct power on and automatic power off, audio passthrough, and a number of security measures. Video input formats include two HDMI, computer on 15-pin D-sub and BNC, S-Video, composite, and component. Audio inputs are on two RCA and two TRS mini jacks along with audio outputs on RCA. Three USB ports work with PC-less presentation and wireless operation. Network control includes AMX device discovery, PJLink, and failure/warning alerts via email.
The InFocus IN5535L uses dual lamps to produce 6000 lumens or it can provide 3150 lumens in single lamp mode with instant lamp backup. The unit has a six-segment color wheel, and there are five lens options in addition to an interesting ability to fit several custom color “skins” on the chassis to match the room décor. Included are motorized lens shift, automatic sensors for ceiling and keystone detection, filter-free operation, and a unique cable management system. Remote monitoring and control can be done through ProjectorNet 3.0 asset management software.
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