Technology Showcase: Home Theater Projectors
Aug 5, 2009 11:58 AM, By Jay Ankeney
The latest illumination options create more versatile home theaters.
Here is a look at some of the most interesting new home theater projectors that are coming onto the market.
Targeting the high end of home cinema, BenQ’s W30000 combines full HD 1080p cinema performance with the advantages of progressive LED technology that is able to provide a 128 percent NTSC color gamut (compared to the average 55 percent to 80 percent NTSC of most projectors) complemented by an extreme 100,000:1 contrast ratio. Coupled with BenQ’s filter-free DLP design for flawless, never-fade color accuracy, the LEDs in the W30000 provide 20,000 hours of projection lighting supported by Texas Instruments’ (TI) BrilliantColor and DynamicBlack, 600 ANSI lumens, and Hollywood Quality Video (HQV).
For an ultrashort-throw design, BenQ’s new MP776 ST with Crestron RoomView is replacing last year’s MP771, providing a 0.6 throw ratio that projects an 81in. big-screen view from just 3.3ft. away. In addition, BenQ’s new W6000 Ultra-Bright DLP projector employs high-end technologies including Philips’ Vidi, TI’s DynamicBlack and BrilliantColor, Imaging Science Foundation calibration standards (ISFccc), exclusive 3D color management, and an exceptional 50,000:1 high contrast ratio at 2500 ANSI lumens, which means it can be installed in a living-room environment. The W6000 boasts full HD resolution and dual HDMI 1.3 ports for pure digital connection to HD equipment.
Originally formed in 1987 as a division of the Rank Organisation and having introduced the world’s first 3-chip DLP projector in 1997, Digital Projection International announced its M-Vision 1080p-260 at InfoComm 09. The unit produces 3500 lumens and greater than 2000:1 contrast from a single DLP chip, and its compact and lightweight chassis design includes a lens-shift range of 30 percent horizontal and 120 percent vertical. Multiple lens options provide further flexibility, with a throw range from 1.25 to 3.0:1. The M-Vision 1080p-260’s full HD resolution, integrated electronics, and straightforward user interface make this projector a viable solution for installations where affordable simplicity and imaging quality are paramount.
The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 7100 3LCD 1080p projector has Imaging Science Foundation calibration capability to customize its settings, Epson’s new D7 panel, and a contrast ratio up to 18,000:1 at 1800 lumens brightness. The Pro Cinema 7100 increases its energy efficiency with a new long-life E-TORL (Epson twin optimized reflection lamp). Epson’s PowerLite Pro Cinema 7500UB (“UB” for UltraBlack technology) projector raises the contrast ratio to 75,000:1 through its built-in Silicon Optix HQV processor.
In addition, the Ensemble HD all-in-one home cinema system from Epson is a fully integrated, high-end 3LCD solution complete with a motorized 100in. screen, integrated surround sound, AV controller with built-in DVD player, universal remote, and all components needed for installation. Epson’s Ensemble HD is available in three models: the Ensemble HD Home Cinema 720p, the Ensemble HD Home Cinema 6100, and the Ensemble HD Home Cinema 6500 UB.
Being launched just this month, the InFocus ScreenPlay 8602 puts out 1920x1080 images in 1080p with 10-bit processing at 1300 lumens with a 30,000:1 iris-assisted contrast ratio from the company’s own Unishape lamp technology. InFocus claims its 1.5:1 zoom, throw ratio, lens shift, and rich connectivity coupled with cable management and customizable skins make its ScreenPlay 8602 the ideal upgrade from 480p, 720p, or older-generation 1080p projectors. One reason is that the ScreenPlay 8602 has ISF calibration settings and 2.35:1 support via onboard triggers. Its replaceable case skins and lack of exposed cables let the homeowner match the look of the ScreenPlay 8602 to any living-room or home theater décor. InFocus even equips its ScreenPlay 8602 with a glow-ring feature that clearly indicates the projector’s operating state.
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