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New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike. 8/30/2010 8:00 AM Eastern

Corporate Projectors

Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.




Barco RLM-W6

Projectors marketed for corporate applications may be used in a wide variety of specific venues from small meeting rooms to large auditoriums. Customization and adaptability are the keys to success in this market segment because a lot can be riding on a successful presentation free of technical glitches. Dual-lamp models are becoming more common, and multiple aspect configurations may be saved for tweaking performance to suit specific program material. The models we survey here are indicative of the current trends in the corporate projector realm.

Boxlight Pro5000SL

Boxlight Pro5000SL

With a brightness rating of 6000 ANSI lumens, Barco's RLM-W6 is a projector for midsize applications including large boardrooms and training environments. The 3-DLP design produces a contrast ratio of 2000:1 with a 1920x1200-pixel screen resolution. Features include picture-in-picture and a built-in web interface that can mirror the functions of the handheld IR remote. The Projector Toolset software can be used for a Barco projector network, and the unit's lenses are interchangeable with those from the RLM G5 and RLM G5i models.

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New features such as built-in email monitoring and online web access highlight the capabilities of the 3LCD Pro5000SL from Boxlight. Four lens options make it capable of adapting to a wide range of environments with various throw requirements. With a brightness spec of 5000 lumens in standard mode, 500:1 contrast ratio, and 1024x768 native resolution (1600x1200 supported), the Pro5000 can be used in midsize boardrooms and classrooms with its full complement of analog video formats in addition to DVI-I. The projector weighs in at 15lbs. without a lens, and it uses 430W power.

Using Canon's advanced imaging and proprietary AISYS light engine technology, the new Realis SX7 Mark II is an LCoS projector with 1400x1050 resolution, 1000:1 contrast ratio, and 4000 lumens brightness in a 4:3 visual format. The SX7 Mark II puts LCoS imaging in an ultraportable package with a powered 1.7X zoom lens that allows a 100in. image to be shown from a distance of only 9.8ft. From 7.9ft, it can project an image of up to 80in. Inputs include analog and digital PC, composite, component, and S-Video.

Casio XJ-A245U

Casio XJ-A245U

At the top of Casio's Green Slim line of LED and laser hybrid projectors is the XJ-A245U with 2500 lumens, 1800:1 contrast ratio, and much longer lamp life than models using standard mercury lamps. It can cover a 100in. screen, and it provides a native resolution of 1200x800. Additional features include auto and manual keystone correction, Kensington-compatible security, and video connections for VGA and HDMI.


Corporate Projectors

Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.




Christie LWU420

Christie LWU420

For midsize conference rooms and classrooms, the 3LCD Christie LWU420 brings a high-resolution display at 1920x1200 with 4200 ANSI lumens with 1000:1 contrast and manual zoom, focus, and lens shift. The projector will input a wide range of video signals including HDMI 1.3, HD on 15-pin with loop-through, RGBHV on BNC connectors, component, and composite. HD resolution extends up to 1080p. In addition to the normal audio inputs, the LWU420 also offers an audio output on 1/8in. mini. Advanced features include auto aspect ratio detection, dynamic iris control, automatic digital horizontal and vertical keystone correction, support for closed caption display, and picture-by-picture.

Digital Projection E-Vision WXGA 600

Digital Projection E-Vision WXGA 600

Unveiled at InfoComm as the first of the new E-Vision series from Digital Projection, the E-Vision WXGA 600 offers several lens options and user-swappable color wheels included with the projectors. The unit is capable of producing 6000 lumens with up to 2400:1 contrast. The lens mount allows motorized zoom, focus, and horizontal/vertical lens shift. With Texas Instruments DLP technology, the unit allows a native screen resolution of 1280x800. It can accept composite, S-Video, and color difference video standards; RGB graphics up to 1600x1200; HD RGB; and component, along with single link DVI. The dual-lamp design provides a total lamp life of up to 6000 hours when lamps are used sequentially in Eco mode.

The Eiki LC-X85 is adaptable to a range of boardroom applications with its optional telephoto and wide-angle lenses in a quick-lens-change system. With 7000 ANSI lumens brightness (with the AH-23081 lens) and a 2200:1 contrast ratio, the projector carries enough sparkle to suit even the largest meeting rooms. It has a diagonal display capability from 31in. to 400in. and computer format compatibility from 1920x1200 through 640x480. The video input formats include 15-pin RGB, DVI-D with HDCP, RGBHV on BNC connectors, composite, component, and S-Video. The unit weighs 25lbs., and it offers both serial and infrared remote control.

For midsize classrooms, boardrooms, and auditoriums, the Epson PowerLite G5000 puts out 4000 lumens of color and white light with 3-chip LCD imaging. It provides a contrast ratio up to 1000:1 and native XGA resolution. Very quick filter removal and side lamp access speed routine maintenance, and the vertical lens-shift capability of ±50 degrees and horizontal ±10 degrees make the projector adaptable to a range of architectural challenges. Inputs include two 15-pin HD, S-Video, and composite, while remote control may be handled on RS-232, infrared, and LAN.


Corporate Projectors

Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.




Hitachi CP-X3011

Hitachi CP-X3011

Hitachi introduced the CP-X3011 in April with a number of interesting features. For added customization, Hitachi's My Buttons feature can be used to program two buttons to execute any of the projector's commands. Users can also rename any input source to suit their needs. The 3LCD unit generates 3200 lumens with a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and the lamp can last up to 3000 hours in Eco mode. The projector also offers four templates for use when writing on whiteboards, and the gamma can be easily adjusted when projecting on a whiteboard for less harsh reflection.

Custom skins and a wide range of video input formats are some of the aces the InFocus IN5304 can play in displaying 4000-ANSI-lumen images in resolutions up to 1200x800. The interchangeable skins come in walnut, matte or glossy black, matte white, and preprimed custom colors to match any boardroom or auditorium décor. The IN5300 series has built-in web support that provides network access to monitoring and control functions. A dynamic messaging system provides networked display of important messages and alerts. RGBHV on BNC connectors, component video, 15-pin PC, and HDMI 1.3 allow a versatile range of video sources.

JVC DLA-SH7NLG

JVC DLA-SH7NLG

JVC recently released the new 10-megapixel DLA-SH7NLG with three 4K2K D-ILA display elements delivering 5000 ANSI lumens and a 10,000:1 native contrast ratio. The unit can display up to four screens at WUXGA resolution using dual 330W high-pressure mercury lamps—which, running in low power mode, can last up to 3000 hours. For added environmental adaptability, there are three lenses available including short-focus and telescopic models. Using a GUI control, convergence can be adjusted to 1/10 pixel accuracy, and three gamma tables and six internally generated test patterns are included.

LG Electronics HX300G

LG Electronics HX300G

For light travel and quick setup, LG Electronics offers the super-small HX300G. Less than 6 1/2in. wide and weighing only 1.5lbs., the unit can produce a 40in. image from only 3.6ft. with its LED lamp. The 270-ANSI-lumen picture has a contrast ratio of 2000:1, and the lamp can last up to 30,000 hours. The USB Host function plays back HD DivX videos, stills, MP3s, and Microsoft Office documents without a computer. The inputs include USB, HDMI, composite, 15-pin RGB, and audio on a mini jack, and there is a mini stereo headphone jack. The native aspect ratio is 4:3, and the projector supports 16:9 as well. The 100W power consumption dips to 1W in standby mode.


Corporate Projectors

Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.




Marantz VP-11S2

Marantz VP-11S2

Incorporating the latest 1080p DLP chip technology, the VP-11S2 from Marantz provides a range of image customization adjustments including four picture modes, five preset gammas, and 18 user menus for saving adjusted images. Inputs include two component, one 15-pin RGB, one S-Video, one composite, and two HDMI. A handy trigger output applies 12V to the connection when the unit is powered up so that an external device such as a motorized screen can be activated. The unit can be remote controlled through infrared or a 9-pin RS-232 terminal. A control loop-through allows two units to be remote controlled as one.

Mitsubishi XD8100U

Mitsubishi XD8100U

With DMD imaging, the Mitsubishi XD8100U offers 6500 lumens running dual lamps and 3500 lumens on one lamp. Its lamp relay mode allows lamps to be alternated so that one can back up the other. Each lamp can last up to 4000 hours when the projector is run in low mode, and the unit employs a heat-pipe cooling system. Features also include a self-cleaning air filter and a number of interchangeable lenses. The XD8100U may be operated by remote using the serial connection or through its LAN port, which offers compatibility with Crestron's RoomView and AMX Device Discovery.

NEC NP-4100W

NEC NP-4100W

For midsize and large venues, the NEC NP-4100W produces 5500 ANSI lumens in a WXGA 1280x800 resolution with a line of five available bayonet mount lenses for throw distances from 2.6ft. to 283ft. The unit offers power zoom and focus, along with either single- or dual-lamp operation. Advanced color management features can accommodate input sources as high-bright, presentation, video, movie, graphics, and sRGB. Further customization can be done using either the four-segment or the six-segment color wheel. The NP-4100W can be controlled by IR or RS-232, and it is fitted with an RJ-45 port for remote monitoring and control through a built-in web interface.

">Optoma TX542

Optoma TX542

The single-DMD DLP imaging from the Optoma TX542 produces pictures from 30in. to 307in. with 2800 ANSI lumens and resolution up to UXGA. Features include closed captioning, a built-in security bar, control-panel lock, and user-selectable password protection. The unit offers manual zoom and focus, throw distance ranges from 3.93ft. to 32.8ft., and remote control options including infrared, RS-232, and LAN. It can input video sources on HDMI, two VGA, S-Video, and composite, and outputs include VGA and stereo audio. The 255W power consumption drops to 1W in standby.


Corporate Projectors

Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.




Panasonic PT-F300NTU

Panasonic PT-F300NTU

Panasonic designed the PT-F300NTU for flexibility in installation and minimizing routine maintenance chores. The autocleaning air filter stretches the cleaning frequency up to as much as 10,000 hours, and the lamp is specified to last up to 5000 hours. The 3LCD system delivers 4000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 600:1, with a native resolution of 1024x768. Wireless connectivity is simple using the ET-UW100 Easy Wireless stick and the Wireless Manager software. Remote control options include IR, serial, and LAN, and the unit can accommodate input signals from DVI, VGA, S-Video, and composite.

With the resolution to display a number of separate HD windows at once, the F35 WQXGA from projectiondesign can be used for collaborative presentations in a number of settings. One-chip DLP imaging with brightness up to 6500 lumens and an adjusted contrast ratio of 8000:1 ensure clarity and fine detail. Installation flexibility is made possible with a range of four selectable lenses. Video inputs include dual-link DVI, HDMI 1.3a, RGBHV, and component.

Samsung F10M

Samsung F10M

The F10M from Samsung is an LED projector with 1000 ANSI lumens that stays at that level through the 30,000-hour life of the lamp and runs much cooler than conventional lamps, according to the company. The unit also has PC-free file viewer that allows users to manage their presentations directly from a USB flash drive. The 1024x768 image can range in size from 40in. to 300in. from HDMI or VGA input sources.

Sanyo offers the PLC-WTC500L with an automatic lamp selection system to extend the time between lamp purchases and provide an additional degree of dependability. When in alternating mode, the system selects from the two lamps the one with the lower usage time. Relay mode uses one lamp up to its rated lifetime and then switches to the other. The unit projects an aspect ratio of 16:9 with a brightness of 5000 ANSI lumens.


Corporate Projectors

Aug 30, 2010 12:00 PM, By Bennett Liles

New projectors for the boardroom impress clients and AV techs alike.




Sharp XG-P560W

Sharp XG-P560W

The XG-P560W is a WXGA 3-chip DLP projector from Sharp with 5200 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 1800:1. In addition to conference room installation, the model also works well for videowalls and stacking. LAN connection can add emailed theft alerts and online diagnostics. When used with Sharp Display Manager software, the projector can be remote managed individually or in groups. Presentation support is provided by break timer, enlarge, and image-freeze features.

Sony VPL-FX30

Sony VPL-FX30

Designed for small to midsize classrooms or meeting rooms, the 3LCD VPL-FX30 from Sony has a brightness rating of 4200 lumens of color light output. It comes with a 1.6X zoom lens. For added installation flexibility, the model is compatible with the VPLL-Z1032 and VPLL-Z1024 accessory lenses for Sony's current VPL-FX40 projectors. Depending on the lens used, the VPL-FX30 can shift images ±96 percent vertical and ±64 percent horizontal.

Viewsonic XGA Pro8500

Viewsonic XGA Pro8500

The 5000-lumen XGA Pro8500 from Viewsonic is a DLP projector with a six-segment color wheel design. It offers connectivity options including video from HDMI, RGB, network over IP presentation, PC-less presentation on USB, and direct USB display plug and play. Built-in support for Crestron's RoomView Express allows centrally controlled management and monitoring. The 1.5X optical zoom provides images up to 300in., and there is also a 10W loudspeaker and audio output port.

Vivitek introduced the D5000 as an XGA model with DLP imaging at a brightness of 5200 lumens with a contrast ratio of 2500:1. Interchangeable lens options team with input connections for HDMI 1.3, DVI-D, VGA, component, S-Video, and composite. The unit can be RS-232-controlled on a serial connection or its 12V trigger port can be used for commands over wire. Resolution extends to UXGA, and image size can expand to 215in. diagonal. Power consumption is 335W standard, 390W in boost mode, and it drops to 1W in standby.


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