Friday, March 31, 2006

Canon LV-7255, LV-7250, and LV-X6 projectors

Canon LV-7255, LV-7250 and LV-X6 projector : three new compact, affordable Canon multimedia projectors capture the attention of presentation professionals and their audiences. The Canon LV-7255, LV-7250, and LV-X6 projectors are an effective way to display content without breaking the bank.

The new LCD projectors combine Genuine Canon Optics with innovative new features such as Quick Start and Cool Down. Additionally, with their economical price points, these projectors are an attractive option to education, business, government, law, and medical professionals. LV 7255, LV 7250, and LV X6 LCD projectors make it easy for business and education users to maximize the impact of Canon-Quality presentations.

Canon LV-7255, LV-7250, and LV-X6 projector - High quality LCD projector
Designed for boardrooms, classrooms, and other locations requiring high-quality XGA (1024 x 768) resolution image display, these new LV-7255, LV-7250 and LV-X6 projectors incorporate impressive design improvements. Some of these new improvements include an easy to use control panel and an enhanced remote control with a new Drag mode to allow presenters to wirelessly drag and move on-screen graphics as they are presented.

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Home Cinema Projector Roundup: $1000 & Up

So, you're looking for a new projector? Well, no matter what your budget we have something for you to consider here. We start with the incredibly affordable Panasonic PT-LM2E at only $1799, and go all the way through to the beastly InFocus ScreenPlay 777 – worth a whopping $24,000. But it's the products in the mid-range here that show the potential for best bang for buck. Projectors such as SmartHouse's Best Of The Best award-winning Panasonic AE900 are capable of powerful images, so is it worth paying any more?

What Are We Looking For?
We're looking for the best possible picture available – after all, that's what you buy one of these things for. We compare LCD and DLP, which each have their own sets of strengths and weaknesses. DLP has traditionally suffered from the ‘rainbow effect' which is an artifact of the rotating colour wheel. LCDs, on the other hand, often exhibit a ‘chicken wire' effect which is a result of the borders between the individual pixels showing up in the image. Both technologies have been massively improved since the old days – and especially LCD. So which one?

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

BenQ launches CP120 world's smallest wireless projector

Digital lifestyle leader BenQ has launched CP120, the worlds smallest wireless XGA projector. The BenQ CP120 goes on to prove how BenQs superior R&D rolls out unmatched and never-seen-before technology into the projection industry and consolidates its leadership of the digital display technology market in the Middle East.

The worlds smallest wireless projector packs in a mean performance and is designed specifically for mobile users. Weighing only 1.3 kg, this model delivers brightness of 1500 lumens, 1024 x 768 resolution and a contrast ratio of 2000:1. This combination of high brightness, superior resolution, outstanding contrast, extensive input support, and portability makes the BenQ CP120 ideal for multi-use: on the road, in the boardroom, or in the home.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

BenQ MP720p projector

BenQ announced the MP720p BenQ portable digital projector, a high-value, general-purpose unit designed for education and business applications. The BenQ MP720p offers a strong combination of brightness, high image quality, high reliability and versatile connectivity via an optional wireless feature that is ideal for open environments such as classrooms and conference rooms. The BenQ MP720p its optional wireless function enables a cable-free connection. Users can switch from one presenter to another without the hassle of swapping VGA cables from system to system. The wireless feature supports all three high speed wireless protocols (i.e., IEEE802.11a/b/g) for optimum flexibility when connecting to a network.

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Review: Epson PowerLite Home 20 Projector

As we move into the era of high-definition videogames and even higher-definition movies (HD-DVD and Blu-ray), it's incredibly tempting to run right out and purchase a new projector to take advantage of all the graphical goodness. If you've explored the vastness of the projector world, you already know it's easy to get lost, not to mention get overwhelmed by the prices of the newest models. But affordable projectors do exist for those who are determined to play their games and movies on an 80-inch screen.

One such affordable-entry projector, the Epson PowerLite Home 20, seems at first blush to fit the bill perfectly. With a $999 suggested price and inputs that support component, VGA and XGA inputs, the PowerLite Home 20 has specifications that would make even the most stout gamer check the balance in the ol' savings account. Heck, it even comes with an 80-inch widescreen floor screen that rolls into a narrow (but rather long) carrying case. One stop shop, here we come, right? Almost.

The PowerLite Home 20 is perfect for LAN parties. For one thing, it's surprisingly affordable when compared to the landscape of all projectors, and the inclusion of its own screen is a Godsend. It's also got a display bright enough that you don't need to pull all the blinds in the room to see the on-screen action. And the surprisingly meaty speakers built inside the case were an incredibly pleasant surprise, as most of the projectors we've tested at LAN parties have weak audio.

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Friday, March 24, 2006

Canon LV-7255 Portable Projector

Canon showered a few new projectors on us in the LV series of ultra-portable projectors, including the new LV-7255. The LV-7255 uses Genuine Canon optics and offers a healthy 2500 ANSI lumens lamp.

Canon projectors have been much sought after for their image sharpness. This time around, the LV-7255 does not disappoint: a native XGA resolution (1024x768 pixels) means you can use it with your laptop directly. The projector offers five preset image modes, and one user-controllable setting. The modes include Cinema, Video, Presentation, Standard and sRGB.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Toshiba's HDTV projector - MT700

Desperate for HDTV, but think that TVs just aren’t nearly big enough? Toshiba may have the answer in its new MT700. Unlike many large projectors, this huge 16:9 beast has met the standards for the HD Ready status, displaying in 1280x720 resolution and capable of an impressive 315" (diagonal) image. This is further enhanced by Faroudja DCDi processing and an O+ 10bit scaler to ensure that fast moving sequences are reproduced accurately and clearly. The MT700 produces 2500:1 contrast ratio whilst retaining a low 29dB noise output and will be available later this month.

In the growing 4:3 ratio range ideally suited to schools and offices are four new models. The S25 and T40 feature a 2000:1 contrast ratio and come equipped to change to 16:9 producing a 250" image if necessary. The S25 only produce 800x600 resolution and you’ll have to upgrade to the T40 if you want 1024x768. Each will be available from May.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Toshiba 'super close lens' projector with integrated DVD player

Toshiba has announced the et20 projector with integrated DVD player, 5.1-channel audio system, and an exclusive Super Close Projection lens that will produce a 2-meter (diagonal) image from 1-meter and a 1.5-meter image from only 70 centimeters away. The projector will also feature the Realta HQV(R) video processor for delivering what's acknowledged as the industry's best image quality. The projector will have a retail price of EUR 1599 ($1900 US) and will be available in April 2006.

"Toshiba's et20 will use the no-compromise Realta HQV(R) processor, which makes any standard DVD video approach the image quality of HD video. Exclusive HQV features such as pixel-by-pixel noise reduction and advanced multi-cadence detection ensure that any DVD will deliver outstanding image quality," said Gerd Holl, General Manager, Toshiba's Projection & Display Technology Group.

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Friday, March 17, 2006

Mitsubishi XD-460U Projector Review

The Mitsubishi XD-460U ($1750) is a 1024x768 XGA projector that's marketed to the presentation crowd. It has a Texas Instruments Dark Chip 3 DLP processor inside and claims 2600 ANSI lumens. Although it couldn't be called a miniature projector, at 6.5 pounds it's certainly no heavier than an average laptop and is easily luggable. At first glance, it's an appealing package that will work well for business presenters. Let's take the projector into our test theater and see what it can do.

The Mitsubishi 460U includes a full complement of cables and a road-worthy ballistic nylon carrying case. It fits nicely into that case and ends up being an easy-to-carry package that also includes a Velcro-closed pocket to carry along all the necessary cables. The projector itself is made of a dark gray plastic that doesn't exactly look luxurious, but gets the job done, nonetheless.

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Epson PowerLite Cinema 550 LCD Projector

My love affair with front projection began one fateful day in 2002. My safe, usually reliable RPTV was away at the repair shop, so a coworker innocently introduced me to the PowerLite TW100 from Epson. It didn't take long for this fling to evolve into a full-blown romance. The TW100 fit so easily into my lifestyle. And that picture—it was so detailed, so noise free, and so. . .big.

The TW100 was Epson's first home theater projector. It cost $4,999 and produced an attractive image, but its features and aesthetic still reflected the company's business roots. Epson has come a long way since then. Their latest entry to the PowerLite line, the $2,499 Cinema 550, is the complete home theater package. Underneath that sexier, more curvaceous body is a 720p LCD projector with HDMI connectivity, an auto iris, vertical and horizontal lens-shift options, and a ton of picture adjustments.

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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

InFocus IN76 DarkChip 2 DLP Projector | DVi and HDMI Inputs

With the advent of Sky HD, Blue Ray, HD DVD the IN76 High Definition InFocus DLP projector is ideally placed to fully exploit these exciting new formats.

Central to the IN76 design is a new DarkChip2 720p 16:9 DMD panel from Texas Instruments. Its true 1280 x 720 HD resolution precisely matches the output all HD devices.This panel when combined with the IN76's Pixelworks DNX 10-bit video processing, is capable of retrieving maximum information from the both standard and high definition material, up to and including 1080p.

The auto-calibrating six-segment colour wheel and newly designed optical assembly allows the IN76 to achieve an incredible 3000:1 video-based contrast ratio, while the video-optimised 1000 ANSI lumen output ensures that image detailing, contrast range and black level are of the highest order.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Technicolor Digital Cinema Selects NEC Digital Cinema Projector As Part Of Alliance for Upcoming Beta Test

Reinforcing its global leadership in digital cinema, Thomson's Technicolor Digital Cinema business, has selected the STARUS line of digital cinema projectors from the Digital Cinema Division of NEC Solutions (America), Inc. to include in its upcoming beta test of end-to-end digital cinema services.

Technicolor Digital Cinema and NEC Solutions America have formed a strategic alliance to support and promote this initiative.

The digital cinema beta test is an important component of the Technicolor Digital Cinema plan to ensure reliability and adherence to Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) standards prior to a nationwide rollout. The beta test, in up to 200 theatres in North America, will test up to three different projector and server configurations and is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2006.

The strategic alliance between Technicolor and NEC was formed to establish a clear spirit of collaboration among both companies. Removing obstacles in the working relationship will accelerate the development of best-in-class digital cinema technologies, and the ultimate adoption of efficient and reliable digital cinema solutions in theatres.

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Monday, March 13, 2006

Toshiba's extra-terrestrial projector

The ET20 projector certainly deserves its name. Once its little light comes on, it looks - in a really good way - like an extra terrestrial hovercraft.

But it isn't just unearthly looking: it's Toshiba's first ever super close projector, which means it needs less than half a meter throw distance to project an image of around 1.30m. So if you like to watch your flicks in a broom cupboard, you’re in luck.

And there's more still. The E20 also doubles as a complete home cinema system with projector, speakers and DVD player with DivX playback all-in-one. Yep, this is a machine out to steal the cinema crown from the Optoma MovieTime.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Scharff first to offer V-Base Projector

It was another technology first for Scharff Weisberg when it took delivery of the Brother, Brother & Sons V-Base Projector Yoke for Digital Projection’s HL12000 DSX+. Scharff Weisberg is the only company in the U.S. to offer the video projector yoke from the manufacturers, headquartered in Denmark.

"The V-Base yoke securely holds and moves the 12000 DSX plus projector so it can produce effects not achievable via any other method," notes Josh Weisberg. "The V-base yoke essentially motorizes the projector so that projected images move with pinpoint accuracy and those movements can be programmed and repeated. Used alongside moving and conventional lights it adds a new dimension to staging today."

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Laser-based projector for mobile use is size of a matchbox

Cambridge-based Light Blue Optics has developed unique laser-based projection technology, which uses computational algorithms and novel optical techniques to allow miniature lasers to display video images in realtime using the diffractive nature of laser light.

The company developed the innovative PVPro technology for miniature projectors, which can be used to display images from a range of mobile devices, including laptop computers, personal media players, digital cameras and even mobile phones. This overcomes the size limitation of conventional projection techniques, allowing projectors to be significantly smaller than was previously possible.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Draper Introduces Two Motorized Projector Mounts

Draper Inc., is introducing two new motorized projector mounts.

The Phantom works on a simple principle. The projector is mounted into a framework above the ceiling. When activated, a trapdoor lowers the projector into the room using a precision actuator with pre-set limits. The projector is easily aligned during installation to provide a direct light path onto your Draper screen.

The Orbiter conceals the projector above the ceiling and quickly rotates it into the "show" position at the touch of a switch or wireless transmitter. The Orbiter's compact design allows it to fit into small ceiling cavities.

Both the Phantom and the Orbiter include a universal projector mounting bracket.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

BenQ leads the projector market in Saudi Arabia

BenQ has delivered a strong performance in the projector market in Saudi Arabia last year and increased its share of the market from 22 per cent at the beginning of 2005 to take a dominant position in the Middle East's largest market. Projector sales are particularly strong in the government and education sectors; BenQ's nearest competitor has less than 12 per cent of the market.

BenQ is revolutionising its range of digital display technology and advanced projection systems. Its award winning product range includes the PE7700 DLP projector that offers impressive quality with 1100 lumens and a contrast ratio of 2500:1. This enables it to project clear images even in bright environments. The projector is also fitted with the new proprietary Sense-Eye technology that dramatically improves picture quality, while a zoom ratio of 1.37:1 doubles its range, offering placement flexibility.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Prototype mini-projector uses LED light source

Epson has developed a prototype postcard-sized mini-projector using an LED light source. With a footprint of just 13.8 by 10.3cm (just smaller than a sheet of A6 paper) and a slender profile, the 500g prototype can fit easily into the palm of your hand.

Although the company has no immediate plans to market the mini-projector, company representatives believes that the prototype demonstrates just how compact mobile 3LCD projectors could one day become.

"Projectors using 3LCD technology already have advantages in terms of bright, natural images that are easy on the eyes," said Koichi Kubota, general manager of projector marketing at Epson. "This development is yet another example showing the potential of Epson projectors and Epson projector technology."

In addition to allowing even more compact design, led light sources provide several advantages over conventional lamps including immediate projection readiness, a long running time, and swift switch-off. The use of an led light source in a projector is a first for 3LCD, according to Epson.