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TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE: Corporate Video Projectors

This month, we take a look at a variety of video projectors, applicable to commercial/corporate applications. Video projection technologies continue to evolve with 4K+ resolutions and now the race with laser light engines, aiming for brighter and brighter images—while we are simultaneously seeing the price points becoming very competitive.

Barco F90-4K13

The Barco F90-4K13 laser phosphor projector is the world’s smallest and lightest 4K laser phosphor projector, delivering razor-sharp 4K images, ultimate installation flexibility, and increased uptime with reduced costs. This 11,800 lumens, 4K UHD, single-chip DLP projector features stunning image quality and a laser phosphor light source that enables users to provide exceptional experiences while saving both time and money. Designed for installation in boardrooms, auditoriums, and visitor attractions such as museums and planetariums, the rugged F90-4K13 is equally suited for events, retail, and advertising applications. Thanks to its motion platform compatibility and 3D functionality, the projector is also ideal for theme park dark rides and interactive experiences.

BenQ LU9715

BenQ’s LU9715 laser projector features dual-array laser light sources, 8000 lumens, and is guaranteed for up to 20,000 hours of operation at full brightness without lamp replacement. Harnessing the high output of Blue Core laser light, it employs a dual color wheel that produces RGBY color with enhanced color intensity, balance, and fidelity. With DLP technology, the projector achieves color accuracy that will last over time. LU9715 is equipped with HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-D, HDBaseT, 3G-SDI, and other digital connectors; integrated edge blending and Geometric correction, 360 degree and Portrait projection. Its eight optional lenses feature all-glass construction quality for ultra-clear focus and high apertures that produce brighter images in venues of any size.

Christie DHD850-GS

The Christie DHD850-GS laser phosphor projector delivers true-to-life images with BoldColor Technology that meets the Rec. 709 for high-definition accurate color reproduction.

Featuring laser phosphor illumination, the Christie DHD850-GS 1DLP projector eliminates the need for lamp and filter replacements, providing 20,000 hours of low-cost operation. With its small footprint, low weight, quiet operation and a full suite of lenses, the professional- grade projector is ideal for corporate boardrooms, conference rooms and meeting rooms where high brightness, lifelike color reproduction and 24/7 operation are important.

The Christie DHD850-GS has grid-based warping, camera-based blending, and 360-degree orientation. At only 35dBA, users won’t be distracted by projector noise, and the sleek design blends seamlessly into any environment. Featuring bottom-side HDMI connectivity and rear cover, Christie GS Series can be ceiling mounted. All RJ45 connections are fully compatible with the rugged and lockable EtherCon connection to protect and avoid having to re-terminate cables onsite. The Christie DHD850-GS comes in in black or white.

Digital Projection International E-Vision Laser 8500

Digital Projection International’s E-Vision Laser 8500 delivers a wealth of features: remarkable brightness at 8500 lumens, geometry correction, and edge blending, ultra-short throw lens options, and advanced capabilities such as DICOM simulation mode—all with an industry-leading five-year or 20,000-hour standard warranty. With features galore and brightness to spare, the E-Vision Laser 7500 thrives in most any commercial application needing a bright, consistent, and reliable imaging solution.

Epson Pro L1405U

The Pro L1405U large-venue laser projector from Epson combines a laser light source and 3LCD technology for powerful, uncompromising images. Ideal for meeting rooms, conference rooms, auditoriums, the sleek black projector features native WUXGA performance with Epson 4K Enhancement Technology. Delivering 8000 lumens of color brightness and 8000 lumens of white brightness, the L1405 U’s laser light engine also provides virtually maintenance-free operation up to 20,000 hours. It has exceptional integration capabilities including diverse connectivity options and none optional powered lenses with lens shift and lens memory to integrate into almost any existing office system.

Hitachi America 8000+

In May Hitachi America Digital Media Division introduced the 8000+ Series 3LCD projectors and companion lenses to their high-end projector line up. The company is positioning these projectors from corporate boardroom to large venue auditorium settings. The series includes the CP-X8800, CP-WX8650, CP-WX8750, CP-WU8600 and CP-WU8700; all can deliver 30 to 600 inches diagonal at a contrast ration of 10,000:1 and lumen range between 6000 and 8000 depending on the model. Resolution varies as well up to WUXGA 1920×1200. All five models are HDBaseT compliant. With multiple interchangeable lenses, edge-blending and warping (and optional 360 projection) plus all of Hitachi’s color management features, they are decidedly high end. But if you need a flashy picture, or a vertical or angled installation, and/or if you need HDBaseT and/or HDMI, DisplayPort, and 3G SDI (the CP-WU8700) you will want to give these new projectors a look. All five models come with Color Management technology that allows individual control of six colors (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow) for hue, saturation and luminance one at a time. All models also incorporate Hitachi’s proprietary Accentualizer and High Dynamic Contrast Range (HDCR) technologies which claim to enhance the shade, sharpness and gloss of the projection while increasing the contrast to allow for high quality color projection in brightly lit rooms. The series include Hitachi’s Status Monitoring System and embedded control for Crestron Connected, AMX Device Discovery and Extron XTP.

NEC Display NP-PX803UL

NEC Display’s NP-PX803UL model, a single-chip DLP 8000-lumen laser projector, is the first of its kind in this market category. The single-chip DLP projector uses a multitude of blue lasers combined with a color wheel and yellow phosphor wheel to deliver 20,000 hours of life, virtually maintenance-free. It delivers a wide array of features tailored to customer needs and ease of installation, including tilt-free and roll-free modes without a safety cover, built-in image controls, edge blending, color controls, and light source power adjustments. To make it simple to use, the solid-state laser model also includes a constant brightness mode for multiple screens, new picture modes, and a number of lens options. Existing PX Series lenses also can be used for convenience and cost savings. Besides traditional industry sectors like education and corporate, the PX803UL projector opens up opportunities for applications in simulations, network operations centers, digital signage, houses of worship, oil and gas, utilities, transportation, manufacturing, and entertainment.

Sony VPL-GTZ270

The Sony VPL-GTZ270 is a high-performance 4K laser projector with 5000 lumen brightness, making it ideal for a range of B2B and commercial applications, especially for entertainment use including planetariums, theme parks, museums and retail. The projector is designed to create an immersive reality viewing experience, with image enhancement functions including “Reality Creation” upscaling and compatibility with High Dynamic Range (HDR) content, giving users the ability to view the entire range of an image accurately and clearly. A wide color space covers the full DCI range and simulates the new ITU-R BT2020 color gamut. The GTZ270 is extremely quiet and virtually maintenance-free for 20,000 hours of operation, even in the most demanding conditions. It can also operate in 4K 3D mode. The projector’s new chassis design enables easy handling and the stacking of multiple projectors.

Christopher Maione is a recognized leader and expert in the AV industry with over 28 years of audiovisual expertise. His forward thinking and progressive approach to business led him to found and become the managing partner of one of the world’s leading AV consulting firms earning the company accolades as a leader in AV solutions and technologies. Maione now focuses his attention in two areas; representing the end-user on large-scale AV projects and helping companies grow their business within the AV market. He assists his clients on identify strategic ways of handling clients, products, services and projects. Maione has a talent for forecasting trends and identifying emerging technologies that substantially affect the AV industry. Based on his own business model, he encourages colleagues to strive for excellence and consistently challenges the AV industry to improve its practices, grow its services, and develop better products in an effort to set a higher standard and respond to the changing needs of clients. Well versed in all aspects of AV, IT, Integrated Technologies, AV Industry Standards, Green AV, and best practices and protocols, Maione is an Adjunct InfoComm Faculty Member and an accredited CTS RU provider and serves on a variety of key industry standard committees. In doing so, he continues to set industry benchmarks for quality. For more info, please contact

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