Large Venue Projectors
Oct 12, 2009 12:00 PM, By Jay Ankeney
More options for high-brightness projectors.
Recognizing that there are now many variables in the large venue projectors available for pro AV installations, it has become a robust market space. Pacific Media Associates, a high-tech market research and publishing firm that specializes in providing information on large screen display products, estimates that in 2008, there were more than 28,000 projectors capable of at least 5000 lumens bringing in revenues of $325 million.
Many don't apply the "large venue projector" label to a model that can't put out less than 10,000 lumens, with a respectful bow to their makers' undoubted brightness, but in an attempt to be as inclusive as possible, here is a look at models including those with 5000-lumen output that their manufacturers qualify as large venue projectors.
If performance outshines cost considerations for a large venue projector, Barco claims its XLM HD30 projector is the brightest projector available on the market today with a light output of 30,000 center lumens thanks to its 6.3kW Xenon lamp. As what the company claims is the first DLP projector with a native widescreen aspect ratio and native 2048x1080 resolution, the XLM HD30 features a fully sealed DMD engine and high contrast ratio (at least 1600:1). Built to work around the clock, the XLM HD30 projector is a sturdy single box/cabinet projector.
If money is indeed a factor, Barco would suggest its CLM HD8, a cost-effective, compact 8500-lumen DLP projector with full HD (1920x1080) resolution. Priced in the same range as high-brightness LCD projectors, the CLM HD8 offers a number of advantages not only in image quality but also in image consistency and running costs. The combination of DLP technology, sealed optics, and high-density filter ensures that Barco's CLM HD8 will deliver superb images year after year.
As a 6000-lumens dual-lamp large venue projector system with Philips VIDI technology, BrilliantColor, Crestron Certification, and a 2000:1 contrast ratio, the SP920P from BenQ has the singular ability to transform the latest progressive morphing technology into an affordable public display solution. The SP920P uses Coolux's highly advanced morphing software for projecting large, complex public displays such as 360-degree domes, spheres, and unconventional forms for concerts, museums, and staging. It is available from BenQ at one-third the previous cost of a projector with such capability. BenQ claims its SP920P exemplifies the way innovative engineering can keep projection possibilities looking great while staying affordable.
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