Not that long ago, video projector options consisted
of either really expensive high-end home theater
units or inexpensive but relatively inadequate road
warrior office products that are not really suited for
home cinema. These days, high-end options still
abound as CI-oriented brands look to emulate the
performance of the megaplex 4K experience in the
home, but now, even the most respected brands
have down-market options available to appeal to a
broader range of customers.
| Epson’s PowerLite Pro Cinema G6900WU features up to 6,000 lumens of color brightness and 6,000 lumens of white brightness.|
SIM2, for instance, offers CRYSTAL CUBE
with a design fit for inclusion in any home décor
at a price comparable to an inexpensive large flat
panel ($5,000). On the other hand, the Italian
manufacturer offers the Lumis UNO 3D E, a
3-chip projector powerful enough to create a real
movie theater experience in someone’s home at
$26,000 retail and the SUPERLUMIS PRO,
which was designed based on the needs of the
professional market for easy serviceability and
extended product lifetime backed up by reliability
and high performance, at $65,000.
Features of the LUMIS UNO E include a 280-
watt dimmable lamp and lamp driver that delivers
up to 3,500 ANSI lumens on screen; increased
detail, thanks to a native high contrast ratio
greater than 10,000:1 (in 2D mode); a new color
management software; and SIM2 Professional
Thanks to its wired connections, SUPERLUMIS
PRO makes it easier for customers to future-proof
their investment through full firmware and
software upgrades, as well as real-time adjustments
and monitoring regardless of geographic location.
Integrators no longer have to be in their client’s
theater to know that the projector is running well.
SUPERLUMIS PRO monitors its own internal
parameters and health status and securely shares
that data with the outside world of SIM2 service
centers, thereby providing customers with more
control over assets and time.
|Digital Projection is calling its HIGHLite LASER WUXGA 3D the
world’s first production, high-brightness laser projector.
|Thanks to its wired connections, SUPERLUMIS PRO makes it easier
for customers to future-proof their investment through full firmware
and software upgrades.
Prominent features include a 350-watt dimmable
lamp and lamp driver that delivers up to 5,000
ANSI lumens on screen; increased detail, thanks to
a contrast ratio of >30,000:1 (in 2D mode); a new
color management software; and SIM2 Professional
Shipping this month, Digital Projection is
calling its HIGHLite LASER WUXGA 3D the
world’s first production, high-brightness laser
projector. The Atlanta-based company designed
this $44,995 model to deliver 10,000 lumens from
a solid-state light source, and to offer more than
20,000 hours of illumination in WUXGA (1920 x
Developed with a “set it and forget it” directive,
the HIGHlite LASER delivers an imaging
solution that installers and system integrators can
deploy with minimal maintenance throughout the
lifetime of the display. Equally compelling is the
lack of lamp replacements due to the solid-state
illumination system. By bypassing regular lamp
replacement cycles, almost all costs related to the
HIGHlite Laser are incurred at time of purchase.
This key characteristic allows the HIGHlite Laser
to have a much lower cost of ownership over the
lifespan of the display.
Image Edge Blending is included as standard,
along with advanced geometric warp correction.
Additionally, active 3D functionality with frame
rates up to 144 Hz is included. Dual HDMI 1.4,
DVI and 3G-SDI inputs enable the latest high
speed video delivery. HDBaseT connectivity
further augments the HIGHlite LASER’s
input options, allowing for the transmission of
uncompressed high definition video over a Cat-
5e/6 LAN cable. A diverse selection of both fixed
and zoom lenses, with throw ratios ranging from
0.77:1 to 6.76:1 and extensive lens shift, ensure
that integrators installing the HIGHlite LASER
have complete flexibility with respect to projector
With its newest projector line, JVC improved its native contrast performance
with a new D-ILA device and a new wire grid polarizer. JVC has also added
a user-selectable intelligent lens aperture that can dial in even deeper blacks.
And projectors equipped with 4K e-shift3, the latest iteration of the company’s
e-shift technology, feature a 4K signal input (60P) so that now both 4K and 2K
sources can be displayed as 3840 x 2160 images.
Priced from $12,499 to $4,999 JVC’s 2014 projectors are the Procision Series
DLA-X900R, DLA-X700R, and DLA-X500R, marketed by JVC’s Consumer
AV Group, and the Reference Series DLA-RS6710, DLA-RS67, DLA-RS57,
DLA-RS4910, and DLA-RS49, available through JVC Professional Products
Company. All are 3D-enabled and offer 4K e-shift3.
|Native contrast ratio for JVC’S DLA-X900R projector is 150,000:1
All of the projectors use three sixth-generation JVC D-ILA imaging
devices. This new device features a pixel gap that’s 40 percent narrower than
the previous chip for a smoother picture, a 10 percent improvement in light
efficiency for a light output of 1,300 lumens, and improved native contrast,
which is also enhanced by a new, third generation
wire grid optical engine. As a result, native contrast
ratios for the new projectors are 150,000:1 for the
DLA-X900R, RS67, and RS6710; 120,000:1 for
the DLA-X700R and RS57; and 60,000:1 for the
DLA-X500R, RS49, and RS4910.
JVC’s 4K e-shift technology was first developed
to upconvert and scale 2D HD content to a 4K
signal. With 4K inputs, the new JVC projectors can
now process 4K signals, according to the company.
Picture performance is further optimized by a new Multiple Pixel Control
(MPC) processor with eight-band detection. The MPC processor offers four
presets plus an auto setting that automatically selects the best upconversion
process by detecting the frequency of each pixel.
Picture quality is also enhanced through a new clear black feature that
provides local area contrast enhancement, and improved Clear Motion Drive
(CMD 3). CMD 3
uses a new LSI and
new algorithm to
deliver a significant
motion artifacts on
diagonal lines on 4K
and 2K 2D content
and 2K 3D content.
|The latest projector offering from Sony Electronics is the VPL-HW40ES,
which looks to brings a big screen experience to a wider audience.
The latest projector
offering from Sony
Electronics is the VPLHW40ES,
to brings a big screen experience to a wider audience at a sub-$2,500 price
point, and the same SXRD panel technology featured in the company’s high-end
digital cinema projectors.
An updated optical engine features a 1,700-lumen color brightness and
additional features such as Sony’s Bright Cinema and Bright TV mode, with
SXRD panels, enhances the 3D image. A feature called contrast enhancer
analyzes scenes in real time, continuously optimizing dynamic range in each
area of the image for rich, deep blacks and sparkling highlights. Sport and
action scenes also benefit from Motionflow technology, which inserts extra
images between the original frames, to provide smoother, sharper and more
fluid on-screen motion with less blur.
The VPL-HW40ES has a built-in IR 3D transmitter, automatically
recognizes 2D or 3D content and offers a choice of picture modes to suit any
content. Noise-shaping ensures that fan sounds are at a lower frequency,
emitting only 21dB, so sound is unobtrusive.
Display Development has developed Digital Film 10, to provide “true
digital cinema performance for discerning home theater clients.” Each
Display Development video projection system is custom designed per the
performance and installation requirements of each professionally designed
and installed home theater. Through its architectural system approach,
Display Development can offer many more mounting and optical options,
as well as adaptive light output allowing for extreme flexibility in a variety
of room environments. Its included integration enclosure houses a smart
cooling system and all necessary components for easier installation, and
efficient, quiet operation.
At $175,000, the Digital Film 10 boasts up to 22,000 ANSI lumens and
1.4-inch enhanced 4K 3-chip DMD DLP Cinema chip. While capable of
processing 3D from DCI servers when applicable,
Display Development innovation allows for 3D
from consumer Blu-ray disc today without the need
for special screen material.
|Display Development’s DF10 System is custom designed per the
performance and installation requirements of each professionally
designed and installed home theater.
Epson offers the modestly priced ($7,499)
PowerLite Pro Cinema G6900WU with up to
6,000 lumens of color brightness and 6,000
lumens of white brightness. Other features include
premium video processing, full HD
1080p 2D, center-lens design with
vertical and horizontal lens shift, point
and arc image correction, and frame
interpolation. For added flexibility,
the Pro Cinema G6900WU adds HDBaseT
connectivity that integrates full HD video, audio,
network and control commands into a single Cat-
5/6 cable that can be extended up to 328 feet.
At CES, BenQ America unveiled its W7500
home cinema projector, featuring 2D to 3D
content conversion, Panamorph lens compatibility,
complete connectivity options, 1080p
resolution, and 60,000:1 contrast ratio.
The professional-grade device uses
BenQ’s Colorific image quality that is
compliant to the native Rec. 709 color
gamut. The projector is also equipped
with frame interpolation to reduce motion
blur and make animation more fluid, and is
certified by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).
To support the device’s cinematic capabilities,
the W7500 provides a range of setup and
connectivity options. These include dual HDMI
connectivity to link external components,
horizontal and vertical lens shifting for easy
calibration, and a large 1.5 zoom ratio to make
installation easy in any room configuration. The
projector also comes ready with customizable
presets and is equipped with a filter-free optical
system, which further reduces the projector’s total
cost of ownership.
Jeremy Glowacki is editorial director of