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March 17, 2008

Meridian MF10 D-ILA High-End Projector Hits US Shores

meridian-mf10.jpgThe Meridian MF10 D-ILA projector has hit US shores, although you'll pay for this high-end model priced at $14995. The British manufacturer has also just announced the release of the DVP2351 digital video processor that'll really give the MF10 a high quality kick. You'll pay for the DVP2351 too at $3995. Key features of the Meridian MF10 projector include:


  • D-ILA (Digital Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier) light-engine with a three chip, 1080p array

  • 16-element glass lens

  • 30000:1 native contrast ratio

  • 700 lumen brightness

  • DSP video processing

  • HDMI 1.3

  • 2xzoom, projection size range of 60-200 inches

  • optional 2.35:1 CinemaScope conversion kit

Via Electronic House

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Dell's M209X DLP Projector Now Shipping

dell2_2.jpgDell's M209X DLP projector is slated to ship today...in Japan. Key features of the commercial projector include:

  • Texas Instruments DLP chipset with Brilliant Color
  • 1024x768 pixel resolution
  • 2000 ANSI lumen brightness
  • 1800:1 contrast ratio
  • manual 1.1x optical zoom lens (F2.41 to 2.55)
  • automatic correction features
  • 1 HDMI-, 1 S-video-, 1 composite-, 1 analog RGB-input
  • integrated speakers
  • 165W lamp

The Dell M209X DLP projector is priced at 189, 000 Yen (US$1908) and is the successor to Dell's 2005 release, the 3400MP projector.

Via AV Watch

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March 6, 2008

NEC VT800 Projector: Network Ready And Full Of Advanced Features

vt800_frontlookdown_72.jpgvt800_topview_72.jpgThe NEC VT800 digital network-ready projector is NEC's latest addition to the VT projector series. Geared for educational institutions and corporate use, the VT800 offers advance networking features such as remote diagnostics that enable monitoring and control of the projector over a network and Image Express Utility for transmitting video and data over a network connection. The NEC VT800 utilizes HQV (Hollywood Quality Video) resulting in high quality video and data display, Advanced AccuBlend which clears up images from non-native resolution sources, and automatic keystone correction for eliminating vertical distortion when the projector is set up at an angle to the screen. It also includes handy features such closed captioning for decoding and displaying text in video and an input-output panel with built-in AV switching. The VT800 will be available in April for $999. Full specs are below:

* 2,700 lumens
* XGA native resolution of 1024 x 768
* Contrast ratio of 500:1
* Up to 3,000 hours of lamp life
* 5-watt speaker
* ECO ModeTM technology, which reduces energy consumption and increases lamp life by up to 50 percent
* PIP/ESS for picture-in-picture or side-by-side image configurations
* Built-in wall color correction presets, which provide for adaptive color tone correction to display properly on non-white surfaces
* 3D ReformTM, which squares the image by adjusting horizontally, vertically or diagonally when the projector cannot be placed parallel or perpendicular to the screen
* Standard two-year limited warranty, including the first year with InstaCareTM, which provides repair and return in three business days or next-business-day exchange.
* One-year/500-hour lamp warranty

Via NEC

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February 28, 2008

BENQ CP220c DLP Projector Perfect For A Fast-Paced Business Lifestyle

cp220c_benq180x150.jpgThe new BENQ CP220c DLP projector, tailored to the fast-paced business market, is the high-end projector manufacturer's latest Japanese offering. Available March 5 in Japan, for the expected price of 99, 800 Yen (US$941), the BENQ CP220c is a compact, super-lightweight DLP featuring 1024x768 XGA resolution, 2000 lumen brightness, and a 700:1 contrast ratio. Bulb lifetime is an expected 3000 hours in Economy mode and 2000 hours in normal mode, and built-in cooling fans continue to operate after the power source is removed from the projector. That means after a business presentation, a busy presenter can quickly pack up and move on without worrying about any lasting damage to the CP220c from excessive heat. The CP220c uses high-end German Zeiss lenses and comes with a lens cover to protect the lens during transportation and 9 preset modes allows the display to be optimized to any lighting or presentation conditions. For an extensive listing of features, check out the BENQ Japan website.

Via Impress

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February 14, 2008

Cineversum Brings Trio Of New Projectors To The Blackwing Line

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Cineversum's three new additions to the "Blackwing" line of high-end projectors brings innovative, high-concept design to the projector world. Eerily similar in look to the US Air Force's Blackbird, the Cineversum "Blackbird" lineup is pricey, with the lowest priced "Blackwing Three" model setting you back a substantial $16000. You're not only paying for a cool look though, you're paying for high-end specs as well. All three projectors in the lineup which also includes the "Blackwing Three PRO" and the "Blackwing Three Ultimate", use a three chip, 0.7-inch D-ILA chipset with a 1080p resolution, a 30000:1 contrast ratio, and 16:9 widescreen with a 2.35:1 THEATRE concept option. All three models also use a 170W UHP lamp giving off 900 ANSI lumens of light output, and feature a new optical lens with motorized zoom and focus. The only specs differentiating the Cineversum lineup is the connectivity options. The "Blackwing Three" has 2 HDMI inputs with HDCP, 1 component video, 1 composite video and 1 S-video input. The two higher end models feature the same, but also have extended inputs featuring another 4 HDMI ports as well as a slew of other handy connections.

Via Crave

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February 5, 2008

New Panamorph Projector Lens Enable 2.35:1 Viewing On A 16:9 Projector

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Panamorph, a manufacturer of conversion lenses for home theater projectors, has introduced the UH380 lens and M380 transport which enables owners of 16:9 aspect ratio projectors to view 2.35:1 content without black bars.

2.35:1 aspect ratio, also known as Cinemascope, is a widescreen aspect ratio used by movie theaters. Originally developed based on research that human sight is more receptive to information at the left and right, rather than top and bottom of the screen, widescreen aspect ratios were the movie theaters strategy to beat out competition from television. They figured widescreen viewing was more immersive than traditional 16:9 television. The problem with widescreen ratios on normal televisions is that they result in black bars at the top and bottom of the television screen. The same goes for 16:9 projections.

With the UH380 lens and a 2.35:2 projection screen, any current 16:9 projector can display content in widescreen, movie theater-like format, resulting in a brilliant home theater viewing experience; without the black bars. The biggest problem with Panamorph's technology is the price. The UH380 lens has an MSRP of $2995, and the M380 transport is priced at $2995 as well. Throw in the new projection screen and the bill will probably want to make you stick with your 16:9 and black bars after all.

Via CE Pro

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January 30, 2008

Sony Launches Bravia VPL-VW40 Home Theater Projector In Europe

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Sony launched the BRAVIA Full HD VPL-VW40 Home Theatre Projector yesterday in Europe, bringing professional picture quality to a wider audience by appealing to the price-conscious home theater enthusiast.

The VPL-VW40 delivers full HD 1080p picture quality utilizing Sony SXRD™ technology bringing the cinema experience into your living room. Powered by a Bravia engine, which digitally enhances each frame in real time and reduces noise considerably, the VPL-VW40 features a super fast 2.5ms response time and a contrast ratio of up to 15000:1. Such a high ratio is made possible by Sony Advanced Iris 2, that responds automatically to the level of lighting in each scene and adjusting the projector's aperture to achieve the best contrast possible at any given moment. The VPL-VW40 is compatible with most other home theater components as it has 24p True Cinema allowing it to handle a 1080/24p input. With two HDMI connectors, you can even hook up your Blu-ray player or Playstation 3 to the projector and project the resulting images on screen sizes up to 300 inches.

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Ease-of-setup, a quiet fan, and a contemporary design round out the features of the Bravia VPL-VW40 home theater projector. The price for this high-end projector is expected to be relatively low-end, tagged at somewhere just south of $3000.

Via press release

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January 29, 2008

SIM2 Multimedia's HT3000 HOST Home Theater Projector To Hit Shelves In February

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SIM2 Multimedia, an Italian manufacturer of electronics has announced the upcoming release of the Grand Cinema HD3000 home theater projector. To hit shelves next month, the HT3000 was first seen at the 2007 CEDIA show in Denver, Colorado boasting the latest "DarkChip 3" DLP 1080p chipset and an outboard video input processor that connects SIM2's three-line optical-digital High-Definition Optical Signal Transfer (HOST) system resulting in the connection of the projector and outboard processor at distances of up to 250 meters.

The HOST systems is revolutionary, allowing consumers to input any number of different sources to the projector via a single fiber optic cable. Not only does it make installation options endless, the HOST system also eliminates signal losses associated with long cable runs. The HOST processor has 6 HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs, 3 HD-cable component video inputs, in addition to composite, DVI, S-video, and RGB. An RS232 port allows for integration with home automation systems via a compatible touch panel and 10-bit video processing scales to 1080p. Non-proprietary technologies used in the SIM2 Grand Cinema HT3000 projector include Texas Instruments' BrilliantColor which increases the color range of the projector allowing for more intense colors and greater contrast, and Unishape's lamp technology, a precise light delivery system that increases both light output and color bit depth.

The projector's smoothly contoured exterior was designed by internationally-renowned Giorgio Revoldini giving a true European quality feel to HT3000.

Via press release

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January 25, 2008

InFocus Releases IN2100 Series DLP Front Projectors: Easy-To-Use And Reasonably Priced

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InFocus has released a new line of DLP front projectors aimed for educational and commercial markets, the IN2100 Series. The Learn Big IN2100 EP Series is designed for the educational market, reasonably priced and full of easy-to-use features, while the Work Big IN2100 series is a conference and meeting room solution with a remote control system.
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The IN2100 Series offers the choice of three resolutions: SVGA, XGA or WXGA. They are filter-free, have a brightness of 2500 lumens and a lamp life of 2500 hours. Plus, if you want to upgrade to InFocus' LiteShow II Wireless Presentation adaptor, these DLP projectors feature a built-in wireless port for facilitating the upgrade.

The IN2100 Series projectors will be available in February 2008 at US$599 for SVGA, US$749, for XGA and US$999 for WXGA models.

Via Digitimes

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January 12, 2008

Pricey Projector: Runco Video Xtreme VX-22i

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The Video Xtreme VX-22i projector is Runco's latest addition to their high-end lineup of THX-certified , 3-chip DLP projectors. Featuring 1920x1080 SuperOnyx DLP resolution, the VX-22i uses O-Path technology to maximize light output while reducing the stray light that can reduce brightness and contrast ratio. CinOptx Premium Grade lenses are used with the choice of six different Triton lenses including four zoom and two short-throw for rear projection applications. CineWide and CineWide with AutoScope widescreen reproduction technology are optional features that reproduce movies originally filmed in CineScope 2.35:1 on your screen as they would be seen the theater. That means the picture simply gets wider, as compared to the native 16:9 aspect ratio, while the vertical height stays the same, all while resolution and image quality is maintained. Other specs include a 4000:1 contrast ratio, 2850 ANSI lumens of light output, a lamp life of 2000 hours, and a DVI-D Dual Link Connector input. Opt for the CineWide with AutoScope version and you'll pay a whopping $54, 995 for this pricey projector; minus the AutoScope, the CineWide version still costs a whopping $39, 9995. You might need to take a line-of-credit for this projector...if you really want it that bad.

Via Runco

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