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

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Last fall Christie Digital Systems introduced its brightest projector, the Roadie HD+35K, a 3-DLP, 2048x1080 model that puts out 32,500 ANSI lumens. The projector has a split-body design with a separate switching-lamp ballast. The Roadie HD+35K includes a rear air-exhaust hood for improved stacking.

The Christie Digital Systems M Series now includes four resolutions: WXGA (1366x768), SX+ (1400x1050), HD (1920x1080), and WUXGA (1920x1200)—all with a variable contrast ratio of 2500:1 to 10,000:1. A prime example of the Christie M Series, the HD10K-M, is a dual-mercury-lamp, 3-chip DLP projector rated at 10,000 lumens, with features such as warping, blending, and tiled array as standard.

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Christie claims that its brightest, most cost-efficient 3LCD large-venue projector, the Christie LX1500, is the world's brightest projector in its class, delivering 15,000 lumens via a four-lamp, 3LCD optical engine. The LX1500 combines native XGA resolution and 2000:1 contrast ratio with the latest 10-bit image processing. The LX1500 is a body-only format projector; 11 lenses are available with throw ratios from 0.8:1 to 9.0:1.

The new Lightning 45-1080p (30,000 ANSI lumens and 2000:1 contrast ratio) projector from Digital Projection International (DPI) includes DPI's Intelligent Lens Memory (ILM) feature, which allows the projector to store specific lens zoom, shift, and focus values to up to 10 preset positions. The Lightning 45-1080p incorporates DPI's CoolTek engineering, which ensures the projector delivers high-lumen performance with low power consumption and thermal and noise output.

In addition to its 3-chip 3D offerings, DPI is offering two active 3D projectors in its single-chip projector lineup: the iVision sx+ 3D, which is equipped with a standard zoom lens, and the iVision sx+ W-3D, which is equipped with a short-throw fixed lens. At the 3-chip level, DPI's new Titan 3D product range is composed of eight distinct projectors (including the Titan 1080p Dual 3D) featuring Texas Instruments' 3-chip DLP technology with fast-transit pixels for smooth grayscale and improved contrast. The Titan 3D product line offers brightnesses up to 9000 ANSI lumens and contrast ratios up to 5000:1. For active 3D applications demanding the highest lumen performance, DPI's new Lightning 3D offers the same source compatibility and imaging capabilities as the Titans while producing up to 21,000 ANSI lumens and 4000:1 contrast.

The Dukane ImagePro 8950P large-venue LCD projector uses three 1.3in. polysilicon inorganic TFTs, puts out 7500 lumens through selectable lenses, and features networkable control capabilities. With a 2500:1 contrast ratio, 10-bit full digital video processing, and a filter life of 10,000 hours, the 8950P gives you XGA resolution (1024x768), ultrawide-range lens shift (2.7 screens vertical and 2.2 screens horizontal), and six bayonet-style lens options.

In addition, Dukane's ImagePro 8952P is a 7000-lumen model with long-life inorganic LCD optics, a mechanical shutter for Blank mode, SXGA (1400x1080) resolution, versatile connectivity, and powered lens shift and powered focusing. Finally, the company's ImagePro 8951P brings most of the same features with a 6500 lumens output.

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