Home Theater Projectors
Jul 28, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles
Brighter pictures, quiet cooling, and high-tech color tweaks pack the silver screen to go home.
Introduced at CEDIA Expo 2009, the M-Vision Cine LED series from Digital Projection is a 3-chip DLP platform with an estimated 60,000-hour lifespan and 1920x1080 image resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio format. Inputs include one VGA, two HDMI 1.3, component, composite, and S-Video. Capable of remote operation through both infrared and RS-232, the projector produces less than 30dB fan noise and uses 350W power. It will fit a number of different lenses suited for specific applications, and it can be mounted front/rear on a table top or front/rear ceiling with adjustable front and rear feet. It weighs in at 33lbs.
Adding a home theater solution to Epson’s large stable of projectors, the PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD uses 3LCD technology to produce 2500 lumens of white and color light output with an energy-efficient 200W E-TORL lamp that lasts up to 5000 hours in Eco mode. The unit’s native resolution is 1280x800 with a contrast ratio up to 3000:1 in a 16:10 aspect ratio. Among the signals it can input are component, S-Video, composite, and HDMI, along with a USB port. The 244W power consumption dives to 3W in standby mode, and the 34dB fan noise decreases to 29dB in Eco mode. With manual zoom and focus, the lens provides an optical zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.2.
With polysilicon active-matrix imaging, the Hitachi CP-X3010 has instant on and off and a 2000:1 contrast ratio (using Active Iris) with the 210W UHP lamp producing 3000 ANSI lumens brightness. The projector has two RGB inputs and one RGB output, along with component, composite, and S-Video inputs. The RGB resolution is 1024x768 with a native 4:3 aspect ratio, and the unit is 16:9-compatible. It also features an audio pass-through with two 8W loudspeakers and weighs 7.9lbs.
The InFocus SP8602 produces an image up to 300in. diagonal in 16:9 with a native resolution of 1920x1080 and brightness of 1300 lumens. The six-segment color wheel and 10-bit video processing provide vibrant color from HDMI, component, composite, and S-Video sources. Using the Director 2 software application, the RS-232 port provides remote control. There is also a sleep timer, and the LiteTouch Touchsense keypad allows for local control. The unit uses 260W power and weighs about 16.5lbs.
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