Corporate ProjectorsThe models we survey here have a broad range of applications, but we’ve chosen to look at their features in light of corporate boardroom and training applications. 8/30/2012 6:52 AM Eastern
Aug 30, 2012 10:52 AM, By Bennett Liles
It’s a challenging time for projector manufacturers, with a range of widely used video formats, new signal conveyance technology, and the analog sunset in progress. The green movement is leading the way toward lampless projection, while native HDBaseT models have already made a showing at InfoComm and falling prices on flatscreens are making the choices on smaller displays more interesting. The models we survey here have a broad range of applications, but we’ve chosen to look at their features in light of corporate boardroom and training applications.
At 6,000 lumens, the single-chip DLP CLM-HD6 projector from Barco can handle large boardrooms and corporate classrooms with its redundant 330W lamp system and 1920x1080 resolution. Installation can be customized using a range of compatible lenses and a vertical lens shift range of -20 percent to +120 percent. Training sessions can take advantage of the unit’s picture-in-picture capability for simultaneous display of two sources. Input ports on the CLM-HD6 include two HDMI, RGBHV, VGA, composite, and S-Video. It can be remote controlled by IR or RS-232 and power consumption drops to less than 2W in standby mode.
For larger corporate projection environments or for rooms with a high ambient light factor, the SP920P from BenQ can be switched to dual brightness mode for 6000 lumens using two lamps. For lower ambient light situations, such as at night in a room with lots of fixed glass, the SP920P can be run in dual reliable mode at 4500 lumens or in single alternative mode at 3000 lumens with one of the lamps as a backup. Inputs include all of the familiar analog video formats along with HDMI 1.3 and DVI. The projector also offers a presentation timer and panel lock key with password protection.
Designed by Boxlight to extend its functionality to multiple room environments where there may be a need for AV central control and monitoring, the Pro6501DP provides direct network connectivity with 6500-lumen brightness, dual lamp switching, and 10 interchangeable lens options. The filter-free unit is HDTV ready and includes power zoom and focus. It accepts all of the usual analog video formats including VGA, and it can also accommodate a DVI video source. Features include RS-232 and infrared control along with a 12V trigger port.
The REALiS SX6000 from Canon shows native widescreen SXGA resolution with 6000 lumens and a 1000:1 contrast ratio using LCoS imaging. Features include a built-in six-axis color-correction IC and 3D color look-up table. The “D” version features a DICOM simulation mode designed to reproduce medical images such as X-rays, CAT scans, and MRI images with 21-step grayscale gradation. A dynamic gamma feature optimizes gradation reproduction and contrast, which can be beneficial when displaying movies in moderate ambient light and a memory color correction feature enhances colors like skin tones and nature colors.
Network-capable and 3D-ready, the XJ-H2650 is part of Casio’s pro line, which also works with whiteboards using an optional interactive pen. The pen can be used to draw, write, click, or scroll through various applications. The 3,500-lumen projector uses a DLP imaging system and offers manual zoom and focus. The unit features 15-pin RGB and component video inputs, while remote control and monitoring are connected on a 9-pin RS-232 port. RCA connections send audio to an internal 10W speaker, and this model has USB-type A and B ports.
Aug 30, 2012 10:52 AM, By Bennett Liles
Users are greeted by a variety of control and video format options on the J-Series projectors from Christie Digital Systems. RS-232 and RS-422 in/out terminals allow easy simultaneous control on multiple stackable units and four input card slots accept modules for analog and digital video connections to suit the installation. The 5100-lumen DS+8K-J uses a 1kW Cermax Xenon pre-aligned lamp module and offers an array of lens options. For setup, the networked projector includes a built-in backlit LCD keypad and the J Series models can use a variety of rigging and stacking mounts. Each projector ships with the standard ILS lens mount, but there are CT lens mount options.
Based on Texas Instruments DLP technology, the E-Vision 7000 is the first member of the Digital Projection International E-Series and it features a wide range of interchangeable lenses and swappable color-wheel options. This 7000-lumen model offers dual and single lamp modes along with six video formats including composite, component, S-Video, RGBHV, and HDCP-compliant single-link DVI. Remote control and monitoring is available on LAN and RS-232, and there is addressable IR control. The unit includes an onboard keypad for adjustments including motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift, zoom, and focus.
The LC-XL100 3LCD conference projector from Eiki International is designed for ease of use with a one-button lens release, top-accessed lamp, and a self-advancing cartridge air filter that can be used for up to 13,000 hours. The 5000-lumen images are generated with 10-bit color processing for a range of analog and digital video inputs including DVI with HDCP. The LC-XL100L version can fit a range of lenses while the standard lens model provides a powered zoom, focus, and lens shift. There are LAN and RS-232 control ports, a USB mouse port, and a wired remote port on a mini TRS jack.
With the ability to project two still or video sources side by side, the 7000-lumen PowerLite Pro Z8455WUNL from Epson can aid multi-view instruction and use its powered lens features in zoom, focus, and lens shift. The motorized lens functions are controllable by IR remote, RS-232, or LAN. Video inputs include two HDMI, one SDI, one computer D-sub, RGBHV, composite, and S-Video. The projector includes six video test patterns for precise picture setup and adjustment. There are a variety of lens options, and the cooling system uses an electrostatic filter with a recommended 10,000-hour cleaning cycle.
Hitachi has outfitted the 5000-lumen CP-WU8450 with motorized lens shift, several picture modes, and a wide selection of optional lenses to suit any installation scenario. Other features include direct power on and automatic power off, audio passthrough, and a number of security measures. Video input formats include two HDMI, computer on 15-pin D-sub and BNC, S-Video, composite, and component. Audio inputs are on two RCA and two TRS mini jacks along with audio outputs on RCA. Three USB ports work with PC-less presentation and wireless operation. Network control includes AMX device discovery, PJLink, and failure/warning alerts via email.
The InFocus IN5535L uses dual lamps to produce 6000 lumens or it can provide 3150 lumens in single lamp mode with instant lamp backup. The unit has a six-segment color wheel, and there are five lens options in addition to an interesting ability to fit several custom color “skins” on the chassis to match the room décor. Included are motorized lens shift, automatic sensors for ceiling and keystone detection, filter-free operation, and a unique cable management system. Remote monitoring and control can be done through ProjectorNet 3.0 asset management software.
Aug 30, 2012 10:52 AM, By Bennett Liles
Featuring a seven-axis matrix adding orange to the usual six colors, the DLA-F110 projector from JVC is 3D-ready with the frame sequential method projecting through a motorized zoom lens. The 1700-lumen unit can accept video formats including two HDMI 1.4a, analog RGB on a 15-pin D-sub, and component on RCA connectors. Remote control capability is facilitated through IR, RS-232, and LAN, and the projector offers configuration save and restore. The native resolution is 1920x1080, and the imaging provides 10-bit gamma correction, user-adjustable gamma tracking with powered lens shift, and a 2X zoom lens.
The UD8350U WUXGA projector from Mitsubishi is a 6500-lumen dual lamp model that can be operated in either in dual lamp or in lamp relay mode while providing edge blending between multiple units. The heat pipe cooling system requires no power supply and the geometric image correction allows projection onto curved surfaces. There is a range of optional lenses, and the UD8350U accepts video in 15-pin D-sub, 5-BNC, DVI-D, composite, S-Video, and HDMI. It features a native resolution of 1920x1200 along with motorized zoom and focus. Additionally it offers direct power off and built-in test pattern.
Energy-saving power management features such as auto power-down with no input video signal detected and auto power-on when a video signal is detected on the RGB input are key features of the PX700W from NEC. The dual lamp 7000-lumen projector also offers quick start (3 to 4 seconds) and a sleep timer that can power it down after a set countdown time. There is also edge blending, picture-in-picture, and side-by-side picture configuration. NEC’s PX Series units also provide Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) slots for customized input signal configuration.
The TW865-NL from Optoma is a 6000-lumen large venue projector with motorized zoom, focus and lens shift, side-loading lamp, and three lens choices. The center lens projector has remote control and monitoring options including RS-232 and LAN. Video input formats include HDMI, DVI, two VGA, S-Video, composite, component, and RGBHV. Audio RCA inputs and outputs, USB ports, wired remote, and a 12V trigger port are also standard features. The unit supports HD video display and it is 3D compatible. The TW865-NL weighs 40.3lbs. without the lens.
Projectors with built-in HDBaseT capability made a big showing at InfoComm this year, and among those was the PT-VW431DU, high-brightness, 4300-lumen, WXGA-resolution compact body projector from Panasonic. Using the company’s new Digital Link technology, the projector accepts audio, uncompressed HD video, and control on a single Cat-5e/6 LAN cable. It is also equipped with a 1.6X manual zoom and a pleated micro-cut filter that provides up to 4,000 hours of service. Using a single 280W UHM lamp, the PT-VW431DU also features direct off and a built-in 10W speaker.
Star of the F35 Series, the high-resolution single-chip 3D DLP F35 AS3D projector from projectiondesign provides full 1080p 1920x1200 resolution in 3D for training, modeling, simulation, and other applications. The unit has the capability to show 2D and 3D sources simultaneously and switch easily between the two. The patented DuArch architecture uses two lamps, two color wheels, and two sets of illumination optics for increased performance and the dual 300W UHP lamps can be hot-swapped. Video inputs include two HDMI and two dual-link DVI.
Aug 30, 2012 10:52 AM, By Bennett Liles
Sharp equipped the XG-SV200X with a 0.7-in. DLP chip and a five-segment color wheel to produce images with XGA resolution and 3D capability. The 5000-lumen projector uses a side-loading 400W lamp and includes motorized horizontal and vertical lens shift and a lens protection cover. It can be monitored and controlled on LAN and serial connections. The video input formats include HDMI, composite, S-Video, and two VGA ports, the second of which is menu selectable as a monitor output. The unit can be fitted with an optional motorized mount.
The VPL-FH500L 7000-lumen projector from Sony uses a twin lamp 3LCD system to produce WUXGA resolution with full HD compatibility. Each lamp produces the entire 7000 lumens so the other acts as a backup at top brightness. Lens shift can be controlled on the local panel or on the included remote commander unit. Two sources can be projected simultaneously in picture-by–picture mode. The projector is equipped for HDMI and DVI sources, and it can accept HD/SDI with an optional BKM-FW16 input adapter. It includes a physical and password security lock, built-in test pattern, image freeze function, direct power on/off, and a wide range of optional lenses.
The ViewSonic Pro8500 is 3D-ready and delivers 5000 lumens with a single 280W lamp, 1024x768 native resolution, and 1.5X manual optical zoom. It is capable of projecting directly from a flash drive, and it can go wireless with an optional USB adapter. Remote control on LAN and RS-232 is featured with input formats including RGB, HDMI, component, composite, and S-Video. There are audio inputs and outputs on mini jacks, two internal 10W speakers, and a microphone input. Vertical digital keystone correction may be made through a range of ±40 degrees.
For larger corporate boardrooms and training classrooms the 6500-lumen D8300 WUXGA projector from Vivitek produces HD images with a single 400W lamp. The inputs include two HDMI, VGA, composite, component, and S-Video. Control options are RS-232, wired remote, IR, and two 12V trigger ports. Imaging can be shown in 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio, while keystone correction ranges through ±20 degrees vertical and ±35 degrees horizontal in addition to manual lens shift. Normal power use is 510W that drops to 1W in standby.