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Large-venue Display Systems

Feb 16, 2010 12:00 PM, By Trevor Boyer

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The Large-venue Projector Market

Barco RLM-W6

Barco RLM-W6

Late last year, Barco debuted the RLM-W6, a 3-chip DLP projector that the company describes as "the world's first 3-chip DLP projector that comes with a single-chip DLP price tag." (Pricing information was not available at press time.) It's a 6000-lumen model, so it occupies the lower tier of the company's high-brightness space. Barco notes that the WUXGA-resolution (1920x1200) RLM-W6 consumes 33 percent less power than comparable projectors and is considerably quieter. Barco's free Projector Toolset software, which manages multiple Barco projectors across a network, is compatible with the RLM-W6.

If performance outshines cost considerations for a large-venue projector, Barco offers its XLM HD30 projector, the company's brightest model, with a light output of 30,000 center lumens thanks to its 6.3kW Xenon lamp. With a native widescreen aspect ratio and native 2048x1080 resolution, the XLM HD30 features a sealed DMD engine and a high contrast ratio (at least 1600:1). Built to work around the clock, the XLM HD30 projector is a sturdy single-box/cabinet projector.

Barco also offers the CLM HD8, a cost-effective, compact 8000-lumen DLP projector with full HD (1920x1080) resolution. It's priced in the same range as high-brightness LCD projectors.

With its dual-lamp configuration, the BenQ SP920P outputs 6000 lumens and claims a 2000:1 contrast ratio. The SP920P uses Coolux's morphing software for projecting large, complex public displays such as 360-degree domes, spheres, and unconventional forms. It is available from BenQ at one-third the previous cost of a projector with such capability, according to the company. BenQ claims its SP920P exemplifies the way innovative engineering can keep projection possibilities looking great while staying affordable.

Boxlight Pro80S3

Boxlight Pro80S3

Boxlight's brightest projector, the Pro80S3, is an 8000-lumen 3-DLP projector. The model incorporates Cinema Color and Cinema Contrast, proprietary motion picture looks that produce brilliant colors, pleasing flesh tones, and rich contrast. Boxlight offers up to a six-year warranty on projectors and three years on lamps. A three-year projector/90-day lamp warranty comes standard with any model.

The Canon Realis LV-7585 multimedia projector has its lens positioned in the center for ease of placement during ceiling-mount installation. The LV-7585 relies on liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) technology to produce 6500 ANSI lumens of brightness. The model features a side-loading, easy-access replacement lamp and an autowinding filter system, which automatically winds forward to expose a new, clean section of filter. The LV-7585 offers the flexibility of using its standard 1.3X Canon Optics zoom lens with power lens shift (horizontal and vertical) or any of four optional interchangeable Canon lenses. The optional LV-NI02 network imager enables users to send presentations to the LV-7585 via the network while enabling a variety of network control, monitoring, and image-projection functions.

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