CES 2006 was bigger than ever with events and vendors at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Alexis Park, the Las Vegas Hilton, and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The following is information I gathered from the companies at the booths, or from the press kits.
By Terry Currier
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BenQ Epson InFocus LG Optoma projectiondesign Runco Sanyo Sharp Toshiba ViewSonic Yamaha
Featuring a new technology for projectors the CP120 has: sRGB (Standard Red Green Blue). Defined by Microsoft and HP, sRGB creates color-matching between applications and hardware devices, such as monitors, scanners, printers and digital cameras to ensure that whatever users see on their computer screen will be exactly the same as what they will get from their projector. It weighs only 2.9 pounds and offers flexible wireless connectivity with compatibility for the three most common variations of the IEEE802.11 wireless standard (i.e., 802.11a/b/g). Native resolution is XGA, an ANSI brightness rating of 1500 lumens and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. In addition it features BenQ's proprietary Golden Ratio Color Wheel that provides high-grade color reproduction. This feature brings a rich true color picture to all video formats, especially DVD, high-definition television, or sporting event. It features a password function for enhanced security purposes and has a cooling-off time of 30 seconds. The projector is compatible with several video system input/output configurations, including NTSC, PAL, SECAM, EDTV and HDTV (1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p and RGBHV). DLP™ based chipset, with a throw ratio of 54 inches at 6.6 feet. MSRP is $1,799.
The MP720p is a portable digital projector, designed for education and business applications. The wireless feature supports all three high-speed wireless protocols. Users can switch from one presenter to another without the hassle of swapping VGA cables from system to system. Weighing only 6.6 lbs and featuring XGA native resolution of 1024 x 768. It has a brightness of 2500 ANSI lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and BenQ's proprietary Golden Ratio Color Wheel. It also features sRGB, an auto-off function (5, 10, 15, 20 min.) and an ultra-long lamp life of up to 5,000 hours in economic mode for enhanced projector life. With full 16.7 million color palette, and 4:3 aspect ratio with 16:9 support. Inputs: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and HDTV (480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080i). MSRP is $1,299.
Their MP770 weigh only 6 lbs, has XGA (1024 x 768) native resolution, a brightness of 3200 ANSI lumens and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. Features BenQ's proprietary Golden Ratio Color Wheel, and optional wireless function. 4:3 Aspect ratio with 16:9 support. Inputs: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, and HDTV (480p, 576p, 720p, and 1080i). MSRP is $1,999.
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Get this – a home theater projector with a contrast ratio of 10000:1. The PE8720 has two BenQ proprietary technologies, Senseye and the Advanced Continuous Electronic IRIS, which increase contrast performance and optimize light intensity for bright and dark scenes. Also, a DarkChip3 DMD from Texas Instruments decreases the scattering of light and significantly boosts image contrast for superior dark scenes. It operates at 23dB and the side-exhaust fans lower the internal ambient temperature, allowing for efficient cooling by reducing fan RPM (revolutions per minute). At the touch of one button it's smart technology intelligently adjusts color, lighting settings, and Advanced Electronic IRIS for frequently used home applications. In addition, the PE8720 features a customized 6-Color Setting function that offers users a direct, independent six-color adjustment of primary (RGB) and secondary (CMY) colors. Brightness is 1000 ANSI-lumens, Input terminals: Component (BNCx5, RCAx3), S-Video, Composite (RCAx1), and HDMI (with HDCPx1). Available now with an estimated MSRP of $7,999.
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Their Epson PowerLite Cinema 550 ($2500) and Pro Cinema 800 are widescreen-format front projectors optimized for home theater installations and take advantage of Epson’s 5th-generation, 16:9 3LCD chips, delivering outstanding 720p HD-resolution and an array of advanced imaging features. They also feature several other advanced technologies such as:
The 550 is priced at $2,499 (minimum retail price), it
features several advanced video processing capabilities including seven pre-set
color modes for various lighting conditions, up to 3000:1 contrast ratio and
1,400 ANSI lumens of brightness and HDMI interfaces.
The 800 offers the same features as the 550, but achieves a 5000:1 contrast ratio with 720p native resolution, 1,600 ANSI lumens and 10-bit color to project more than one billion colors. Priced at $4,499 (minimum retail price), it also features ISF-certified (Imaging Science Foundation) calibration and advanced IR/RS-232 controls. Its performance is backed by a three-year warranty.
Moving up, the PowerLite 835p Multimedia Projector gives users bright 3000 ANSI lumens for presentations in any setting. With XGA resolution, 802.11g WiFi capabilities, and an ultra wide 1.6x zoom for easy setup in any setting. There's even a USB and PCMCIA connection to view movies and digital photos. Security features offer WEP, WPA, and LEAP compatibility. Service and support is free for the duration of the two-year warranty.
Introducing the InFocus Play Big series of digital home projectors. They use the latest Texas Instruments® enhanced definition DLP™ (Digital Light Processing) chip. The video image is enhanced with Pixelworks™ DNX video processing for superb brightness, contrast and overall video quality. All models come calibrated to D65 color standards to ensure cinema-quality color reproduction. Additionally they include the latest inputs such as HDMI (high definition multimedia interface), which provides the easiest and highest quality video interface available from DVD players, HD receivers and new HD game consoles with HDCP enabled (high-bandwidth digital contents protection). The units are easy to use, featuring auto-ceiling mount detection, integrated table-top pedestal, quiet operation and a low light pollution case.
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A new approach to home theater design – the AN110 DLP Wall Mounted Projector. It is the first projector designed with the intent to be mounted flat against the wall with the ability to display a crisp HD images up to 100 inches. The unique L-type projection lens allows for a -125% - +125% vertical lens shift. The Reverse Type TIR Prism is a two-dimensional structure that allows for optimum uniformity of 98 percent to ensure favorite movies and television programs are viewed the way they were meant to be. Resolution is WXGA (1280x768) DMD. Additional features are 1100 ANSI Lumens brightness, a contrast ratio of 2500:1, LG’s exclusive XD Engine giving users six image controls allowing for optimal viewing. It is extremely quiet, emitting only 24 decibels of sound and only 88 millimeters thick. Available in a stylish white or half-mirror black finish, it is also VGA, SVGA, XGA and SXGA compatible to meet the needs of any home entertainer.
Introducing its newest high-performance digital projector featuring Texas Instruments’ DarkChip3 DLP™ chipset - the EP910. Native resolution is 1400 x 1050. It delivers vivid digital images with 10-bit per channel color, which provides full color saturation, while its 3000:1 contrast ratio assists in delivering subtle color details. All EP910 projectors in the network can be managed through the PC’s control panel, which allows the configuration of the projectors’ basic settings. Available in Q1 2006 for $6,999
Display Technology: Single 0.95-inch DarkChip3™ DLP™ technology
Brightness (typical): 3500 lumens
Resolution: 1400 x 1050, SXGA+
Input support Resolution: Data: 800 x 600 (SVGA) – 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
Video: 720 x 480 (480p) – 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio: 3,000:1
Noise Level (typical): 27dB standard
Lamp Life (typical): 2,000 hours
Computer Compatibility: Support for true 5:4, 4:3 AND 16:9 full resolution; digital throw ratio
extension for XGA and SVGA input without the need for scaling or resizing
Video Compatibility: NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV (480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i/p)
I/O Connectors: DVI-I with HDCP, D-Sub15 VGA , Monitor loop through component video,
composite video (RCA), S-Video, 4 audio in and one audio out, Ethernet (RJ-45),
two IR receivers, , RS-232c communication, AC power
Remote: Wireless remote with mouse and laser pointer
Estimated Weight: 10 pounds
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The HD72 home theater projector features Texas Instruments’ latest 16:10 DarkChip2™ DMD chipset to deliver vivid digital images, as well as a 7-segment color wheel and 10-bit color per channel processing to give higher lumens and deep color saturation. Native HDTV and HD PC resolution is 1280 x 768 (16:10), delivers a 5000:1 contrast ratio at 1300 lumens. Available in Q1 2006 for $3,999 MSRP.
Display Technology: Single 0.65 12-degree DarkChip2 DLP™ technology
Brightness (typical): 1300 lumens using 220W lamp
Resolution: WXGA (1280 x 768) with native support for 720p (1,280 x 720) and XGA (1024 x 768)
Contrast Ratio: 5,000:1 in ImageAI™ mode
Noise Level (typical): 27dB
Lamp Life (typical): 3,000 hours
Computer Compatibility: VGA (640 x 480) to amazing UXGA (1600 x 1200)
Video Compatibility: HDTV (720p, 1080i, 1080p), EDTV (480p), SDTV (480i), 576i/p
Aspect Ratio: 16:10 native, 4:3 compatible NTSC, PAL, SECAM,
Throw Ratio: 1.58:1 to 1.9:1 (distance/width)
Horizontal Scan Rate: 15 to 100 kHz
Vertical Refresh Rate: 43 to 85Hz
I/O Connectors: HDMI, DVI-I with HDCP, RCA component video, composite video (RCA), S-Video, two IR receivers,
+12V trigger relays, RS-232 communication, AC power unit
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Announced the introduction of their new Action! model three 1080 with Crystalio®II,. The first true HD single chip DLP™ front projector, using the new 0.95” 1080p DC3™ DMD™ technology from Texas Instruments® showing true native uncompressed, 1920 x 1080p resolution HDTV. It incorporates their own DuArch™ illumination architecture featuring dual lamps, dual 7 segment color wheels and light formatters. The use of Texas Instruments® new BrilliantColor™ SLR technology is a way of increasing secondary color’s influence and as a result improving color saturation. Built to operate in continuously run applications, such as control rooms and public displays – and of course, home cinema and offers a remarkable 24/7 warranty. The Crystalio II includes custom software and control interfaces for an outstanding image, and the addition of RealColor, color management system ensures perfect color and grey scale reproduction. Each lamp’s power is individually adjustable giving exceptional control of on-screen brightness from 500 to 2500 ANSI Lumens. It can be remotely controlled over Ethernet, RS-232 or by the supplied remote control.
Their new Action! model two DLP™ projector comes with optical lens shift. With native resolution of 1280 x 720 using Texas Instruments HD2+ DC3™ DLP™ technology and projectiondesign’s own video processor design, which incorporates Faroudja’s DCDi™, it offers true high performance SD and HD video. Measures only 3.7” high x 10.9” wide x 9.2” deep, and weighs only 6 pounds. All processing is kept on a single printed circuit board, thus maintaining signal quality, and preventing electrical interference.
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Designed around three of Texas Instruments HD-2 Digital Micromirror devices the VX-2 series deliver unprecedented clarity, color saturation, and contrast. Using Runco’s smallest 3-chip chassis ever, measuring just 8-1/8” high and six lens options (five zoom lenses and one for rear screen projection) make the series highly adaptable within restrictive installations and fit for screens up to 250 inches wide. Each model, in addition to its own unique properties, can optionally be outfitted with Runco’s exclusive CineWide™ and CineWide™ to ensure uncompromised widescreen reproduction of movies originally filmed in the CinemaScope 2.35:1 format. The AutoScope™ function allows users to control the motorized anamorphic lens assembly via RS-232 commands.
The VX-2i offers an internally integrated video processor based on ViVix™ Technology. With 16:9 (1280 x 720) native resolution, a light output of 1,199 Home Theater ANSI Lumens, 52.1 foot-Lamberts (2,500 ANSI Lumens), and a CSMS contrast ratio of 271:1 (3,100:1 ANSI).
The VX-2c comes with the ViVix II™ DHD™ Digital Controller. It helps control image processing, scaling, and aspect ratio control; as well as expansive connectivity to guarantee future compatibility. It’s VirtualWide™ feature converts 4:3 images to 16:9 screens without losing any image integrity. The DHD Controller features eight inputs and field-upgradeable software that lets installers download new features on the job. It includes three 12V DC trigger signals to activate third party components like motorized screen lifts and drapes, features IR capability and an RS-232 interface for control via home automation systems. The new LiveLink™ technology developed by Runco allows for transmitting DVI pure digital signals over long distances. Typically, high-definition digital video signals can only be transmitted through DVI cables for a few meters without losing quality, but the VX-2c allows digital signals to be sent along its DVI cable up to 75 feet without any degradation of signal quality or bandwidth.
The VX-2dc Projection System incorporates specially produced Digital Cinema optical lenses. These lenses represent a noticeable improvement in edge-to-edge detail and are optimal for longer throw distances and larger screen applications. They also eliminate “prism” effects and color “bending” that might become noticeable with large screen surfaces.
The CL-420 features a sophisticated color-balancing system with a native resolution of 1280 x 720 and supports DVI outputs. In addition, the projector’s horizontal and vertical lens shift, variable throw distance, and keystone correction allow for flexible placement within virtually any home environment.
The fourth generation PLV-Z4 (Z4), uses 12 full bits of information for each vibrant, separately produced RGB color in its image processing circuits. It carries those 12 bits of color all the way from the video decoder to the scaler and image processor to the color manager and gamma correction circuits. The Z4’s twin irises – one on the large projection lens and one on the 145-watt lamp’s output work together with the lamp “reaction” process to automatically and intelligently control the amount of light hitting the screen under a wide range of environmental and image content conditions. It use the 12 bits of RGB color to analyze each frame of image data. When it senses that a darker scene is on the way, it automatically turns the image brightness down (through the twin iris and lamp react functions). Then, when the scene brightens up, so does the on-screen image, automatically. This allows it to produce an amazing 7000 to 1 contrast ratio.
It has a large 90-mm aperture, manual zoom and focus projection lens, and +/- 100 percent vertical and +/- 50 percent horizontal lens shift along with a 2x zoom ability. The large all seeing lens also lets you project images on a 100-inch screen from only 3 meters away. Two small mechanical thumbwheels enable accurate optical keystone adjustments. Video inputs include HDMI. Users can choose from seven specially developed preset modes based upon ambient lighting and image content conditions. The MAP price is $2,195.
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Utilizing a single chip 1080p DMD from Texas Instruments the DLP™ XV-Z20000 has a native resolution of "full HD" 1920 x 1080 for true 16:9 widescreen movie viewing. DVI/HDCP (High Bandwidth Digital Content Protection) and HDMI terminals ensure a secure digital connection with all high definition set top boxes. It will be available in 3Q 2006.
The DLP XV-Z3000, is a 720p high-definition home entertainment solution with 1200 ANSI Lumens (brightness) and contrast levels of 6500:1. Additionally, a dual-iris system adjusts image brightness to show full detail and enhances contrast ratio to compensate for varied lighting environments. The fan noise is a 30 dBA (in economy mode). Other features include; I/P conversion, 3-2 pull down, Color Management System (C.M.S.), 3-step Bright Boost, a 12 volt trigger and an HDMI interface. Available in April for an MSRP of $3,499.
The DT-500 high-definition DLP™ utilizes the DLP technology, and with a resolution of 1280 x 768 it produces a 4000:1 contrast ratio and a brightness rating of 1000 ANSI lumens. Weighing just 8.6 pounds, and a optical iris system instantly changes brightness and contrast settings with the push of a button to allow the greatest flexibility for varying home theater environments. A 6 Segment 5 X Speed color wheel achieves flicker-free, high-grade images and accurate color reproduction, resulting in an uninterrupted, detailed picture. Other features include I/P conversion, 3-2 pull down, Color Management System (C.M.S.), 3-step Bright Boost and an HDMI interface. Available in July for an MSRP of $3,299.
On the High-Definition level the model XV-Z12000 Mark II has a contrast ratio (7000:1) and brightness levels of 1000 ANSI Lumen brightness in high brightness mode. It uses DLP Dark Chip 3™ and Sharp's proprietary Computer & Video Integrated Composer (CV-IC II) System technology. A powered iris switchover function instantly changes multiple brightness and contrast settings. It has a native resolution of 720 for true 16:9 widescreen movie viewing and a DVI/HDCP (High bandwidth Digital Content Protection) terminal that ensures a secure digital connection with high definition set top boxes. Available now for an MSRP of $11,000.
The portable DLP model DT-100 weighs just over eight and a half pounds, and uses DLP. The projector is EDTV (enhanced definition television), with a resolution of 854 x 480 that is high-definition compatible. Upgraded features include a contrast ratio of 2000:1 as well as 1000 ANSI Lumen brightness. The fan noise is 30 dBA (in economy mode), and it is outfitted with a 6 Segment 5 X Speed color wheel that minimizes "color breaking" and provides high quality images with accurate color reproduction. Available for an MSRP of $1,300.
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Launched the TDP-T9U projector, a portable presentation solution priced affordably at $1,099. Its DLP™ (digital light processing) technology offers high-quality, detailed images on the screen. Features include a one-watt speaker, a one-touch auto set up button in the fully loaded remote control for seamless, professional presentations.
Display Technology DMD DLP™ 786,432 (1024 x 768)
Standard Lens 1.1x manual zoom/manual focus
Projection Lens F/f (mm) F = 2.7 - 3.0, f = 21.81 – 23.77mm
Light Source 200W (180W in low mode)
Color Reproduction Full 16.7-Million Colors
Inputs Video - 1x Composite, 1x S-Video
Audio 1 x stereo mini-jack
RGB 1 x D-sub 15-pin
Input Signal Format NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV/DTV
Color Difference (480p/480i/576p/576i/720p/1080i)
Brightness 2000 ANSI lumens
Throw Ratio 1.93 – 2.13:1
Noise Level 34dB
Contrast Ratio 2000:1
Projection Screen Size (Diagonal) 35 - 254 inches
Projection Distance 4.5 ft – 36.1 ft
Digital Keystone Correction Manual +/- 15o
Weight 4.4 pounds
Power Consumption 275W
Price at $799 the TDP-S8U projector has lots of features. It uses DLP™ (digital light processing) technology producing bright, high-quality images, 1800 ANSI lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio and native SVGA 800x600 resolution. Input terminals include 1xComposite, 1x S-Video, and 1 x D-sub 15. Color Difference; HDTV/DTV (480p/480i/576p/576i/720p/1080i). It’s weight is 4.4 pounds, with a noise level of 34dB.
Their TDP-TW300U projector is priced at $3,199 with a range of connectivity options. Features include DLP™ (digital light processing) technology, 3,000 ANSI lumens, a contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and a native 1,024 x 768 XGA resolution. Special features throughout include integrated IEEE 802.11b/g wireless functionality that delivers fast set-up time and enables presenters to connect to the projector from anywhere in the room and deliver sequential presentations without the need for cables; an auto focus and ultra-wide 1.5x motorized zoom that automatically adjusts when the projector is moved; network capabilities for remote control access via a wired LAN connection with password protection for increased security.
Tasks such as self-diagnosis, monitoring input status and checking lamp life to expedite bulb replacement can all be performed quickly and easily via remote network management. The unit includes three computer inputs, which are comprised of one RGB 15-pin, one five-pin BNC and one DVI. Other connectivity features include two video inputs for composite, one S-video, three component video inputs (shared with computer inputs), two four-watt stereo speakers, one type A USB port and LAN connectivity. Five audio-in ports allow users to connect to multiple audio sources, while the variable audio-out allows remote audio control of external speakers.
Other features include:
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If you want to use the projector in the office by day and in the home by night, the 2000 lumen PJ458D and 2500 lumen PJ766D DLP projectors provide optimum viewing for both data and video. The projectors feature native XGA resolutions of 1024x768 and 2000:1 contrast ratios to produce bright, colorful pictures with sharp image quality. The ability to support HDTV signals extends usage scenarios for these portable projectors, making each practical for home, office and education applications. The 4.9-pound PJ458D and 7.9-pound PJ766D have ESPs of $999 and $1,499, respectively.
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The Cine1000 features DLP technology and a 16:9 aspect ratio for widescreen home theater viewing at an estimated street price (ESP) of $999. The 8.8-pound projector boasts 1000 lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a native 480p widescreen resolution and a six-segment color wheel to deliver bright colors and optimal viewing for movies, television and gaming. Multiple connectivity--including DVI-I (HDCP compliant), composite, component (YPbPr) and S-video--enable simple connection to PCs, game consoles, DVD players and camcorders, while an advanced processor with reverse 3:2 pull down ensures a consistent, high-quality digital visual experience.
For users preferring ultra-portability in an LCD form factor, the 4.9-pound PJ452 and 6.2-pound PJ656 LCD projectors offer 1024x768 XGA native resolutions to deliver crisp images. Progressive scan and 3:2 pull down. The PJ452 features 1500 lumens of brightness and a 300:1 contrast ratio, for an ESP of $899, while the PJ656 provides 2100 lumens of brightness and a 400:1 contrast ratio, for an ESP of $1,199.
ViewSonic also demonstrated a 1.1-pound DLP projector. Expected to be released later this year and features a light emitting diode (LED) light source that provides an 800x600 SVGA resolution and little operational noise for distraction-free viewing. The projector even offers battery-pack power. Customer support program includes a three-year limited product warranty and one year of Express Exchange service at no additional charge.
Yamaha Electronics www.yamaha.com/home
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Debuting its fifth generation DLPTM Digital Cinema Projector, the DPX-1300 is equipped with the 720p DarkChip3TM DMD, uses narrow mirror gaps and an improved coating for superb contrast and color uniformity. Designed for discerning home theater enthusiasts it provides an 5000:1 contrast ratio and brightness levels of up to 800 ANSI lumens. It uses newly-designed 10-bit video signal processing from A/D conversion through to DMD output. The digital video processing device features high performance HQVTM (Hollywood Quality Video) technology with ultra-speedy operations processing and a programmable video array processor from Silicon Optix, providing 3:2 Pull-Down detection type IP conversion that can handle 1080i HD signals.
Other noteworthy technologies include highly detailed scaling processing; jaggy reduction for HD sources using a Multi-Direction Diagonal Filter (MDDF); highly advanced noise reduction, which judges the noise by pixel through Temporal Recursive Noise Reduction (TRNR); and high quality keystone correction by geometry engine (eWARP-2). In addition, Yamaha has incorporated two new technologies to further improve DVD picture quality: Mosquito Noise Reduction and a newly developed Yamaha Overshoot Suppressor. The projector has a high-resolution lens (F = 2.7-5.0) that maintains resolution sensitivity to the edge of the lens. Four anomalous dispersion glass components have halved chromatic aberration while maintaining a short focal length and high magnification zoom.
Green resolution is 10-bit, which also significantly improves the representation of black tones. It has a short focal length of 3m (100” 16:9) and high magnification with a zoom ratio of 1.6x. Motorized vertical lens shift is ±50% of projection height and iris, zoom and focus adjustments are also motorized. Other features include Smart Zoom for projecting 4:3 sources onto a full 16:9 screen, Cinema Zoom for eliminating black bars on images wider than 16:9, six memories for each terminal, variable lamp power control, operation lock function, automatic aspect conversion, powerful trigger out (12V, 200mA) for flexible custom installation system design, and HDMI and DVI terminals for digital video connection.
The DPX-830 marks Yamaha’s first midline entry into its family of Audio/Video equipment. Equipped with the 720p native resolution TI DarkChip2TM, it provides a remarkable 4000:1 contrast ratio and brightness levels of up to 1000 ANSI lumens. The six-segment color wheel, Brilliant Color™ Mode feature and customized optical design deliver more vivid midtone levels for a sharp, yet true-to-life picture. The 10-bit full digital processing helps jaggy reduction, and user-selectable functions for vertical and horizontal keystone and gamma correction. HDMI and RS-232C connections, and runs silently with 26dB quiet operation.
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