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Technology Showcase: Home Theater Projectors

Aug 5, 2009 11:58 AM, By Jay Ankeney

The latest illumination options create more versatile home theaters.


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Panasonic PT-AE3000

Panasonic PT-AE3000

A newly designed optical system that achieves a 60,000:1 contrast ratio and 1600 lumens of brightness is the highlight of Panasonic’s PT-AE3000 full HD LCD home theater projector. With double-speed drive capability, the performance of the AE3000 is further boosted by Panasonic’s collaboration with leading Hollywood filmmakers. That has resulted in advanced signal-processing technologies, beginning with Detail Clarity Processor 2 and Frame Creation Interpolation, which renders a smoother, sharper image when the camera is panning. For those comfortable with 1280x720 resolution, Panasonic’s PT-AX200U can satisfy either sports or game fans with its 2000-lumen brightness and a game mode that reveals detail lost in dark areas and improves signal processing for better response for game action.

Specializing in the performance end of the home theater projector marketplace, projectiondesign’s avielo series projectors are hand-built in Fredrikstad, Norway. One of the series, the kroma, is an LED-based 1080p home cinema DLP projector shining 650 ANSI lumens with a contrast level of up to 7500:1 (adjusted) and a life expectancy of 50,000 hours. Using projectiondesign’s ReaLED technology, the kroma model benefits from projectiondesign’s implementation of high-power LED lights with one each for the red, green, and blue colors, and a prismless optical path that ensures no flare in the light path.

At InfoComm 09, projectiondesign had four different 3D projection systems including the F10 AS3D active stereo projector and the F32 1080 displaying passive stereo using built-in interference filter technology (Infitec). The company also showed off a ColorCode 3-D projection system. As opposed to most stereoscopic 3D systems, ColorCode 3-D requires only a single image on the screen—in this case, from a projectiondesign F80 3-chip DLP model—but it can still present a very convincing depth of image for a modest capital outlay.

Runco International has put all its engineering knowledge into its new Reflection series RS-900 DLP projector, which incorporates the company’s powerful SuperOnyx technology for pristine high-definition images at today’s highest available resolution. It also features an illumination system featuring Runco’s exclusive Selectable Lamp Intensity Control (SLIC), which provides two user-determined lamp intensity levels to allow maximum flexibility for screen size, ambient light conditions, brightness, and contrast balance, and to maximize the usable lamp life. The RS-900 has been engineered to comply with ISF standards for proper setup and calibration, ensuring maximum home theater image quality.

On the highest end, Runco’s Signature Cinema SC-1 with 2K resolution uses the company’s exclusive Signature CineStep Process to produce exceptionally deep black levels, dynamic contrast, and detail, and eliminate undesirable RGB characteristics associated with digital projection. The SC-1 incorporates Runco’s most advanced widescreen DLP technology, with three SuperOnyx DMDs boasting a phenomenal native resolution of 2048x1080.

From the Planar (Planar is actually Runco’s parent company) line, the 3-chip DLP-based Viper home theater projector offers a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and 2000-ANSI-lumen output calibrated at D65. It’s also designed for screen sizes greater than 110in. The Viper features include five lens options, power zoom and focus, horizontal and vertical lens shift, DynamicBlack video, and HD 3-chip technology. It also boasts a customized Gennum GF9450 with 10-bit independent dual-channel image processing, true 1080i deinterlacing, MPEG artifact reduction (block and mosquito noise), the latest motion-adaptive processing, and 3D noise reduction.



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