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June 22, 2010

Mitsubishi converter kit turns DLP TV 3D

mitshub-3d-converter.jpgMitsubishi has announced the 3DC-1000 3D HDTV Starter Pack, a converter kit that will allow the company's 3D-compatible DLP TVs to actually display HD content. The user just plugs a transmitter into the TVs VESA sync port and switches the TV to 3D mode to activate. The kit comes with the 3D signal adapter, two pairs of active shutter glasses, a 3D emitter for the glasses, an HDMI cable and a copy of Disney's Blu-ray showcase disc. The kit, for which a shipping date has not been announced, is also reported to work with Samsung's 2008 and 2009 3D-compatible HDTV models.

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April 14, 2010

Optoma outs gamer-focused GameTime projectors

optomagt720.jpgOptoma today announced that it is now shipping its GameTime projectors aimed at the gamer market. The DLP-based lineup consists of the GT720, GT360 and the GT700, the first two of which have 2500 lumen brightness, 3000:1 contrast ratio and a 10 Watt built-in speaker. They differ in their target market. While the GT360 is aimed at Nintendo Wii players and only has a native resolution of 800 x 600 (it can receive HD input and is compatible with PCs and Macs), the GT720 is aimed at 720p consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PS3 and thus sports a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.

The GT700 features the same resolution as the GT720 but only boasts 2500:1 contrast ratio and a 2300 lumen brightness. All three models weigh 6.5 pounds. The GT720, GT700 and GT360 cost $799, $749 and $599, respectively.

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February 9, 2010

InFocus SP8602 home theater projector shipping

infocus8602.jpgInFocus has announced its SP8602 home theater projector is now shipping. The projector, originally supposed to have shipped in 2009, features a Texas Instruments DLP DarkChip with BrilliantColor, a 10-bit Pixelworks DLX video processor with 120 Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution, 30, 000:1 contrast ratio and 1300 lumens of brightness. The InFocus SP8602 also has both vertical and horizontal lens shift as well as a variety of picture controls to adjust the up-to-300-inch wide picture. InFocus hasn't specified a suggested retail price for the projector.

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October 15, 2009

Mitsubishi LVP-HC3800 1080p DLP projector announced for Japan

LVP-HC3800.jpgThis morning Mitsubishi announced the LVP-HC3800, its latest full high-def DLP projector for the Japanese market. Featuring 1080p resolution, 3000:1 contrast ratio, 1200 lumens of brightness, a DDP3021 full 10-bit panel driver, a 230 Watts lamp with a 5000 hour battery life, and a 25 dB minimum noise output, the LVP-HC3800 DLP projector will ship November 20 for the equivalent of US$2200. No word yet regarding possible export to North America or elsewhere outside of Japanese borders.

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September 28, 2009

BenQ outs W6000, W1000, W600 DLP home theater projectors

Prolific home theater manufacturer BenQ has announced will begin shipping three new home theater projectors in the next few weeks. All powered by DLP front projection chips from Texas Instruments, the W600, W1000, and W6000 all appeal to the home theater buff looking for high-quality gear at a reasonable price.

benqw600.jpgThe entry-level W600 can reproduce 720p video, has a 3000:1 contrast ratio, and 2000 ANSI lumens of brightness. The unit also has a 6-segment color wheel, dual HDMI inputs and a $794 price tag when it ships on November 1.

benqw1000.jpgThe mid-range W1000 ups the video reproduction resolution to 1080p, but dumbs down the brightness and contrast ratio to 1800 ANSI lumens and 2700:1, respectively. It has the same dual HDMI inputs, but a few more analog outputs than the W600. It is also scheduled to ship on November 1, priced at $1590.

benqw6000.jpgFinally, the most feature-packed of the trio, the W6000, features 1080p video resolution reproduction, 24 fps support, 50000:1 contrast ratio, 2500 ANSI lumens of brightness, horizontal and vertical lens shift, 1.5:1 zoom ratio, 2.35:1 aspect ratio via an optional Panamorph lens, 10 bit processing, and video upconversion from 480p. Shipping in the next few weeks, the BenQ W6000 is slated to cost $3970.

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August 6, 2009

Optoma announced HD20 DLP projector

logo-optoma.jpgOne of Taiwan's biggest projector brands, Optoma, has announced the HD20 DLP home theater projector. Features include:


  • 32.4 cm x 23.4 cm dimensions

  • 2.88 kg mass

  • 1920 x 1080 resolution

  • 1700 ANSI lumens of brightness

  • 500:1 contrast ratio

  • 38 to 300 inch projection size range (100 inch image from 3.32 meters)

  • color and image adjustment features including processing engines for color temperature, gamma, B/W extension, and RGB gain/bias; and format, overscan, zoom and digital image shift image manipulation features

  • HDMI and PC inputs

Optoma hasn't announced a price for the HD20 projector, but says it expects it to be "affordable to a wider range of home consumers."

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July 23, 2009

Vivitek brings pricing pressure with $999 1080p projector

H1080FD.jpgVivitek has introduced some serious pricing pressure to the DLP home theater projector market with its $999 H1080FD. Scheduled for release in August, the H1080FD sports 1080p resolution, 1800 ANSI lumens of brightness, 5000:1 contrast ratio, a 12 Volt trigger output for motorized lifts and screens, a pair of HDMI inputs, and composite, S-video and component inputs as well. Vivitek also says it has new home theater and business projector families in the pipeline, so expect to see more from the company later this summer or in the fall.

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June 23, 2009

projectiondesign outs new stereoscopic 3D, high resolution projection platforms

At the InfoComm conference last week, Norwegian projector maker projectiondesign unveiled its latest LED projector, the FL32, as well as a variety of new 3D stereoscopic and high resolution versions of its F22 DLP projection platform.

pd-f22.jpgThe company's first solid-state LED projector system, the FL32 is designed for mission-critical operations such as security monitoring and simulation training. The FL32 is available in either 1080p or WUXGA resolutions, utilizes projectiondesign's patented ReaLED optical technology, and has a guaranteed 100, 000 lamp life.

Four different 3D stereoscopic projection platforms were on display at InfoComm--the F10 AS3D active stereo projector, the F10 1080 3D stereo projectors with built-in INFITEC technology, and F22 passive series with INFITEC. projectiondesign says the F22 series offers a ColorCode 3D solution, the most cost-effective among passive 3D solutions. The 3D projectors are aimed, more or less, at commercial markets like gaming, production, military, medical and education.

Wrapping up projectiondesign's conference portfolio was the F22 DLP projector platform. Already available, the conference offerings were new versions of the F22 in 1080p and WUXGA resolutions. The new F22 utilizes Phillips' VIDI technology, improving image quality, color reproduction and management, as well as performance predictability.

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June 18, 2009

Digital Projection outs trio of WUXGA 3D projectors

LIGHTNING-35HDLARGE.jpgDigital Projection has added a trio of new WUXGA (1920 x 1200) 3-chip projectors to its 3D-capable Lightning Series at InfoComm in Orlando, Florida today. The Lightning 38 WUXGA-3D, the Lightning 45 WUXGA-3D and the Lightning WUXGA-3D Ultra Contrast are the three new models. All feature 16:10 resolution, 1080p video without scaling, Texas Instruments Darkchip DMD technology, ColorMax calibration, FastFrame blur reduction and Dual Flash Processing with support for 120 Hz frame rates.

The three projectors differ in their brightness and contrast ratios.

  • Lightning 38: 20, 000 lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio
  • Lightning 45: 30, 000 lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio
  • Lightning Ultra Contrast: 15, 000 lumens, 4000:1 contrast ratio

All three Lightning projectors are now available.

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June 5, 2009

Dell to launch a 43-inch immersive gaming TV in 2009?

immersive-display.jpgIf you happened to attended the Electronics Entertainment Expo this year and hit up the Alienware booth, you were lucky enough to lay eyes on the 43-inch immersive display optimized for video games. Manufactured by US-based Ostendo Technologies, the CRVD Display is 103.6 cm long and 32.5 cm wide, has a 122 cm radius, a response time of 0.016 milliseconds, a resolution of 2880 x 900 and a contrast ratio of 10000:1. Interestingly, the CRVD Display opts to use rear projection technology packing in 4 DLP lamps as the RGB LED light source. The display was only a prototype and wasn't accompanied with any indication of a release date or potential price, but Ostendo said it would be working closely with Dell to bring the 43-inch gaming display to market.

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April 16, 2009

Samsung outs 8 new data projectors

Samsung has announced a data projector octuplet broken into four new families--the P Series, the D Series, the L Series, and the A Series.

dimension.jpgThe A Series is the home theater line, made up of the A400, A800 and A900. The entire family utilizes a DLP optical engine that increases brightness 50 percent over previous models. The A800 and A900 are part of the Joe Kane Signature Series and sport 1080p resolution. All three models include a pair of HDMI ports, a pair of component ports, as well as VGA, S-video, composite and PC slots. The trio also features RS-232C controls, and feature 2500:1, 10000:1, and 12000:1 contrast ratios, respectively.

The P Series consists of the P400 portable projectordesigned for mobile applications, weighing in at under 2 pounds. The DLP projector pumps out 150 ANSI lumens from an LED light source, has a 30000 lamp life, and has built-in speakers, as well as composite and VGA slots.

The L Series consists of the L300and L220, both 3LCD projectors, that boast respective brightness levels of 3000 and 2200 lumens. Both have built-in speakers, RS-232C controls, VGA, composite, and PC slots. The L300 also has an HDMI input. The L Series is designed for larger venues like classrooms or conference rooms.

Finally, the D Series, which consists of the D300and D400, is another DLP family. Designed for very large venues like auditoriums or conference halls, the D300 and D400 both have 3000:1 contrast ratios, and HDMI, VGA, composite, component, and PC ports. Both also have RS-232C network controls, and the pair boast respective brightness levels of 3000 and 4000 lumens.

All eight new Samsung projectors are now available.

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April 8, 2009

Mitsubishi intros 3D-ready, 82-inch Home Theater DLP rear projection HDTV and friends

mitsubishi-wd-82737.jpgMitsubishi has introduced two new families of Home Theater DLP rear projection HDTV's today, all featuring 1080p resolution, EnergyStar 3.0 compliance, 6-color 120 Hz image processing, an Advanced Video Calibration mode, an improved DeepField Imager, SharpEdge video noise reduction, an activity-based user interface, and 3D readiness.

Unlike Mitsubishi's LaserVue laser TV's, the new DLP families are UHP lamp-based and require source devices to support the checkerboard display formats for 3D gaming or 3D cinema content.

The first family, the Mitsubishi 737 Series includes 60-, 65- ($1799), 73- ($2499), and 82-inch ($4199) display sizes priced. The flagship Mitsubishi 837 Series will be available in 65- ($2199), 73- ($2999), and 82-inch ($4999) display sizes. The 837 Series also adds Mitsubishi's PerfectTint system, Dark Detailer circuitry for enhanced blacks, a NetCommand home networking system, as well as four HDMI 1.3a inputs, a USB media input, and an RS-232C control interface.

All of the new Home Theater DLP models are available now.

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March 10, 2009

Sanyo PDG-DHT100L DLP projector helps you see the light

sanyo_PDG-DHT100L_projector.jpgSorry folks, but Sanyo's PDG-DHT100L DLP projector is definitely not for the living room...unless you have an unusually large house. This one's better suited for massive outdoor screens with its dual 330W HP bulbs, 6500 lumens of brightness and a twin color wheel system. Compatible with screen sizes up to 600 inches, the PDG-DHT100L features a sealed optical engine, Active Maintenance Filter, and 1080p resolution. Don't have space for wires? That's fine too. The Sanyo DLP can transit uncompressed 720p or 1080i wireless signals up to 100 feet to a separate wireless receiver. Just expect to pay a fair chunk of change for this professional grade projector. The projector itself costs $21995 when it ships this month, while the wireless transmitter and wireless receiver cost $1895 and $895, respectively.

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January 10, 2009

Sanyo's PDG-DHT100JL DLP projector limited to Japan

sanyo-pdg-dht100jl(2).jpgSanyo's PLV-1080HD may have a sub-$2000 price tag and general global availability, but the company has also debuted a higher-end projector at CES 2009. The PDG-DHT100JL DLP projector will be released in Japan initially but has some premium features including 1920 x 1080 resolution, a bright 6500 lumens, dual twin color wheel system, and twin UHP lamp. No pricing information is available yet but it'll be on the expensive side.

Via Engadget HD

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