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CES 2008 Projectors

The CES show gets bigger each year and the 2008 International CES was no exception. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands/Venetian and the Hilton hotel.

Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 1 - Computers
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 2 - Utility Software
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 3 - Accessories - Backpacks and Laptop bags     Printers     LCD Monitors     TV Cards
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 4 - Digital Cameras - Digital Cameras and Camcorders, Storage for them, and Digital Image Frames
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 5 - Projectors 
Consumer Electronic Show 2008
- Part 6 - Storage  - Solid State Drives 
Consumer Electronic Show 2008 - Part 7 - Security Products 

By Terry Currier

Casio  www.casiousa.comCasio XJ-S36
Announced the XJ-S31 (MSRP of $999) and XJ-S36 (MSRP of $1,299), featuring a brightness of 2,000 ANSI lumens in a very slim piece of equipment with a height of just 1.69”.  The XJ-S36 is equipped with a USB port, and can be used wirelessly or without a PC. The projectors can load and illustrate presentations, spreadsheets, word processed documents, PDF files, still images (JPEG and BMP) and AVI format videos stored on a USB memory device without a PC connection. Casio YC-430

Casio’s YC-430 Multi-Functional Camera System is a great accessory for these projectors when anyone needs to project printed materials or 3D objects. The compact fold-up design feature a CCD with an effective 10.1 megapixels, 3X optical zoom, and 22X digital zoom. It can also be used as a digital camera. In addition to documents, it can capture bulletin boards or 3D objects. The images taken by the camera can also be stored on a PC. It even has a scanner function for copying and saving documents. Just place a document within the specified position and the camera will adjust the angle between the camera and the object to make it look straight on the full screen.

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema
Designed with a soft, pearl-white finish and engineered to deliver full 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels), the Epson® PowerLite® Home Cinema 1080 combines five innovations in one. It begins with C²Fine™ 3LCD technology, the core of this powerful projector, designed to faithfully reproduce every color and scene. It offers full HD 1080p performance with 24fps and HDMI 1.3 compatibility. AbsoluteBlack™ technology delivers a 12,000:1 contrast ratio and ensures the richest, deepest blacks.
Epson AV Controller command centerAmong the system’s key innovations is its one-of-a-kind, integrated sound system.Developed in coordination with Atlantic Technology, all front channel speakers are hidden within the system’s 100-inch, 16:9, motorized screen and the surround speakers are discreetly hidden in the projector’s integrated speaker cradle. The speakers include a state-of-the-art Dolby® 5.1 digital surround processor and over 350 watts RMS.
The AV Controller command center is complete with built-in progressive scan DVD player and AM/FM tuner. Equipped with dual HDMI inputs and 1080p up-conversion on all inputs. Flexibility of 97% vertical and 47% horizontal lens shift capability without any image distortion.

Hitachi Hitachi CP-A100
Their CP-A100 boasts an extremely short throw distance: at 1.6 feet you can project a 60 inch image. This not only prevents image obstruction, but also means there are no shadows interfering with the image and no light in the presenter's face. It can also be placed vertically as well as horizontally, or inverted for ceiling mount applications.
It can be hooked up to a network so a technician can monitor details such as lamp life for each projector from his/her computer. It offers a brightness of 2,500 ANSI lumens, XGA resolution and a 500:1 contrast ratio. For security it has multilevel PIN locks, a security bar and a Kensington slot. Proprietary Hitachi functions including My Buttons, Input Source Naming and My Text. The E-Shot feature allows users to transfer up to four still images from a computer to the projector.

Microvision unveiled an advanced prototype of the first handheld, battery-powered projector based on the company's single micro-mirror laser scanning display technology. Code-named SHOW™, it is intended for mobile device applications  powered by the company's proprietary ultra-miniature PicoP™ display engine. SHOW connects directly to laptops, mobile phones, portable media players (PMPs), digital cameras and other mobile devices to project large, high-resolution images and video onto any surface. The images projected can range anywhere from 12 inches (30 cm) to 100 inches (2.5 m) in size depending upon the projection distance and are always in focus. The production version of the device is expected to offer approximately 2.5 hours of continuous battery life, sufficient to watch a full-length movie without a need for recharging.

Mitsubishi Mitsubishi FL7000U
Show cased the FL7000U, its first ultra bright 1080p (1920 x 1080 pixels) HD projector for commercial, home theater and education installations. Blasting 5000 lumens with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, the projector uses three 1.1 inch 3LCD inorganic panels. It includes a DVI connector with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter for a wider range of HD connectivity options. It can create side-by-side images for enhanced video conferencing applications that include a live video feed and simultaneous presentations on the same screen, perfect for large venues where ambient light can be a factor. It also offers RJ45 networking support for easy online management and control.
Mitsubishi HC4900 Comes with a built-in motion-sensitive anti-theft alarm designed to deter projector theft. The motion detector is built into the connector panel cover, and is set manually by a key. The suggested price is $14,995 and comes with Mitsubishi's three-year limited warranty on parts and labor plus a 90-day limited warranty on the lamp.
The HC4900 with a price of $1995 is a full HD resolution projector. It will go all the way up to 1920x1080, with 1000 ANSI lumens with a 7500:1 contrast ratio. It has both HDMI as well as DVI inputs. Noise level is a very nice 19dBA in low mode.

Optoma Optoma EP728
Brought out the EP761 multimedia projector with built-in audio and high brightness. It boasts 3200 lumens of brightness and a 2200:1 contrast ratio, and a fabrication that allows for easy lamp replacement. Weighing in at 6.3 pounds, connectivity options include DVI w/HDCP, 2 VGA-In, Composite, S-Video, RS-232, USB and VGA-Out.  Native XGA (1024x768) resolution, features Texas Instruments’ DLP chipset and improved scaling capabilities. Estimated street price is $1,299.
The HD65 720p home theater projector is priced at $999. It has 1600 lumens, connectivity options include HDMI, VGA, composite, s-video, +12v trigger and USB. Contrast ration is 4000:1 (in ImageAI mode), and lightweight at 4 pounds. The HD71 comes in at 2400 lumens with native 720p resolution, and DLP chipset by Texas Instruments. Contrast ration and connectivity is the same as the HD65. Estimated street price is $1,299.
Optoma EP721The Optoma EP721 ($599,) EP727 ($699) and EP728 ($999) projectors feature extensive connectivity options, a DLP® chipset from Texas Instruments, as well as a built-in speaker and up to 3000 hours of lamp life. Lightweight and portable at four pounds. Lumens are 2200 lumens up to 2700, and with 2000:1 contrast ratio up to 2200:1. Native SVGA (800x600) resolution, up to XGA (1024x768) resolution. All have connectivity options include: VGA-In/Out, DVI w/HDCP, USB & RS232.

Panasonic Panasonic PT-AE2000U
The new PT-AE2000U model comes with 1,500 lumen brightness and 16,000:1 contrast ratio. With 1080p (1,920 x 1,080 pixel) native resolution it comes with a suggested retail price of $3,499. The projector’s new Detail Clarity Processor analyzes frequency characteristics of each frame in three dimensions (horizontal, vertical, and along the time axis) and applies necessary sharpness at varying degrees to create natural, life-like images with exceptional clarity. It incorporates Panasonic’s Smooth Screen technology that reduces the black lines between pixels that mar picture quality.
The new LCD projector also comes equipped with professional-level features that let users personalize the images they see on the screen. First, the projector’s Split Adjust mode allows users to split the screen into two halves, one to make picture adjustments and one to see those adjustments as a baseline reference. Second, the waveform monitor – measures the level of brightness output from a given video signal source. This feature automatically verifies that the source device is outputting at full dynamic range, and quickly makes adjustments to optimize it for your home theater setting. Users can easily see a graphical representation of any changes made to the unit’s color settings. You can now store up to eighteen personalized settings with customized names.
Equipped with three HDMI inputs, a 2x powered zoom and its wide lens shift range.  It  can cast a 120-inch diagonal image from as little as 3.6 meters (about 11 feet) to 7 meters (24 feet) from the screen. The lens shift capability enables full, 100 percent vertical adjustment and 40 percent horizontal adjustment. 

Planar Systems
Designed exclusively for the specialty home theater market, their newest projection line delivers full-HD 1080p experience. The Planar PD8150 is a 1080p DLP™ with Dynamic Black™ projector with an amazing high-gloss piano-black finish, unique industrial design, horizontal and vertical lens shift, integration connectivity, Planar customized Gennum video processing, a dark room-optimized remote designed with a low-light theaters in mind, and a centered lens for an astonishing image. It provides 1,000 Max lumens of brightness and a 15,000:1 contrast ratio. Rounding out the offering are integration-caliber performance and connectivity, including V1.3 HDMI. Built from the same platform as the PD8150, the Planar PD8130 offers the same impressive proprietary design and features a DLP-based engine with VXP video, vertical lens shift, 10:000:1 contrast at 1,000 Max lumens and advanced connectivity, including multiple HDMI and Component inputs.Planar PD8150
The Planar PD8120 is an ideal projector for custom installations demanding equal combination of performance and power. This 1080p-DLP projector offers motorized vertical lens shift, an electronic iris, long-throw lens and HQV Video. It delivers 1,200 lumens of brightness and a 5,000:1 contrast ratio.

Runco Runco Projector
Presented two new Reflection™ Series DLP™ projectors. The RS-440 ($4,995 MSRP)  offers 720p DLP high-definition video, HDMI connectivity, horizontal and vertical lens shift with long throw, and a long throw model Runco RS-440LT ($5,995 MSRP). The RS-900 ($8,995 MSRP) projector is a single-chip SuperOnyx™ DLP™ system. Offering high-definition 1080p resolution and two lens options, including CineWide with AutoScope. Its ample connections include two HDMI inputs and RS-232 control.


Introduced the PDG-DWT50L DLP projector which comes with a super-bright 4500 lumens, 2100:1 contrast ratio, and featuring Texas Instruments Dynamic Black™ for superior black level. The widescreen 1280 x768 native resolution is compatible with 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i sources. It is also compatible with all computer formats including up to UXGA, and MAC.
An optional six-segment color wheel (RGBCMY) is interchangeable with the standard four-segment color wheel (RGBW) to maximize either color or brightness depending on the customer's needs and/or the environment. The maintenance cover offers easy removal for quick replacement of lamps and color wheels.
Inputs are include DVI-D, RGB (D-Sub15 and BNC (x5)), Component Video, S-Video and Composite. A standard RJ45 LAN connector allows for complete control and administration via a network. Projector status can be monitored and all functions controlled through a web browser.
Additional DLP options from SANYO include the PDG-DXT10L and the DSU20N. The PDG-DXT10L is virtually identical to the PDG-DWT50. However, the PDG-DXT10L is slightly brighter, rated at 5200 lumens, and offers a XGA (1024 X 768) native resolution. The super lightweight PDG-DSU20N, coming in at 6 lbs., is a value priced model aimed to fill the educational and mobile projection market. The PDG-DSU20 is a straightforward projector with SVGA (800 X 600) resolution and 2000 lumens. The projector is ideal for usage in classrooms, boardrooms and other small gatherings for video playback or small presentations. MSRP for each are:Sanyo PLV-Z2000

The PLV-Z2000 1080p LCD projector features a new 3D color management system with  a high contrast ratio of 15,000:1, along with an advanced lens shifting function and the industry’s quietest fan system. Offering a full 1920 x 1080 high definition resolution with two HDMI 1.3 inputs. Rated at 1200 lumens, uses a Durable Inorganic Optical System (DIOS), which includes the projector’s LCD panels and polarizing film. The throw design is capable of projecting a 100-inch diagonal image from 10 to 20 feet away. The Sirocco cooling fan that never rises above 19dB in the economy mode, and comes with a MSRP of $2,996.
PLC-XL50 is touted as the world’s shortest projection distance of 3 inches allowing for an 80-inch projection. It offers horizontal or vertical placement. It is a rear projecting unit.

The TDP-EW25U DLP® widescreen projector is first wireless network projector compatible with Microsoft Vista® Ultimate’s “Meeting Space2” functionality for remote sharing of presentation files. It can produce a 60-inch image from just 2.4 feet away. For $2,369 (MSRP) it eliminates eye glare and screen shadowing when the presenter is close to the screen. An impressive 2, 600 ANSI lumens, WXGA 1280 x 800 native resolution, contrast ratio of 2000:1 and offers the option to deliver “PCfree”Toshiba TDP-EW25U DLP presentations with a USB thumb drive by simply storing the presentation in JPEG format and connecting to the USB port. The projector inputs include two RGB 15-pin, two video inputs for composite and S-video, two components (shared with computer inputs), one-watt stereo speaker, type A USB port and both wired and wireless connectivity options. These Toshiba projectors features include:

The compact TDP-EX20U also features Windows Vista® wireless networking capabilities. It will produce a 60-inch image from just three feet away. The shorter distanceToshbia_TDP-EX20U the light has to travel reduces the amount of ambient light that can harm image quality. It has 2,300 ANSI lumens, XGA 1024 x 768 native resolution, contrast ratio of 2000:1 and offers the option to deliver “PC-free” presentations with a USB thumb drive by simply storing the presentation in JPEG format and connecting to the USB port. All for an MSRP of $1,989. IT administrators can remotely control the projector over a network and receive e-mail notification via SNMP for issues related to temperature, fan and lamp status. Multiple computer inputs (two RGB 15-pin), two video inputs for composite and S-video, two components (shared with computer inputs), one watt stereo speaker, type A USB port and both wired and wireless connectivity options.
The TDP-PX10U weighs in at 2.9-pound, fits easily into a briefcase or carry-on luggage and is available for $1,4991 (MSRP). Features 2,000 ANSI lumens, XGA 1,024 x 768 native resolution, contrast ratio of 2000:1 and USB port for “PC-free” presentations. It has an automatic set up feature and smart keystone correction system. The unit can be hooked up to a cable or satellite set-top box for viewing high-definition television.
 The widescreen TLPWX2200U3LCD mobile projector features WXGA native resolution, offers a built-in theftdeterrent technology, and automatic vertical keystone correction for an MSRP of$1,2491. Weighing in at 6.2-pound it utilizes 3LCD technology and 2,200 ANSI lumens. The widescreen WXGA 1280 x 800 native resolution and has a 600:1 contrast ratio. A variety of connectivity options, such as composite and S-video inputs, audio in/out capabilities.
The TLP-XC2000U LCD projector has an integrated advanced CMOS document camera. The camera features a 3-mega pixel  resolution, 16X zoom and built-in LED light for capturing 3D images, for about $1,369 (MSRP). It weighs 8.8 pounds, and  sports 2,000 ANSI lumens, XGA 1024 x 768 native resolution and 400:1 contrast ratio. The lamp life can be extended up to 3,000 hours in Eco-Mode for energy and cost savings. Comes with theft deterrent control panel, and one-touch auto setup on a fully-loaded presentation remote. Instant power shut down capability that enables the projector to power off instantly once disconnected from the power outlet with no cool-down time required.

Vidikron  www.vidikron.comVidikron projector
Acquired by Runco in 2002 the company’s single-chip DLP™ Vision™ Model 15 ($4,995 MSRP) along with the three-chip DLP Vision Model 110 ($39,995 MSRP) are  now shipping. The Vision 15 native 720p projector features Vidikron’s exclusive Imagix™ video processing and DualV Stage Illumination (DVSI) system,. The Vision 15ET provides an extended throw lens and CineWide™ technology to deliver 2.35:1 cinema experience. The Vision 110 incorporate high-definition 1080p DLP™ technology to produce exceptional images with rich colors, deep black levels and refined detail. It also offers four high-precision zoom lenses.


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