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Happenings around the AV world By Gary Kayye, CTS

For the latest news and product views, here's a roundup of what's new in the ProAV market. Find lots of information about the newest products that are important to the ProAV market, such as projectors, displays, presentation equipment, trade show news, screens, and much more.


Toshiba Introduces XGA DLP Projector

Toshiba has a new projector specified at 1,100 ANSI lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio and XGA 1024 x 768 resolution. This is a DLP projector and it weighs in at 2.9 pounds, has digital keystone correction and measures 7.3" x 6.9" x 1.8". It retails for $1,899.


Sony Announces Low-End LCD Projector -- Not Quite Sub-$1000

Sony will be shipping a new LCD projector specified at 1,500 ANSI lumens and selling for only $1,100. The SuperLite VPL-ES2 weighs just over 6 pounds and has automatic adjustment of lens, tilt, input search and keystone with one-button operation. It has component video input and six video modes for connecting different inputs.

The VPL-ES2 has Sony's "off and go" feature. This is nice - you can turn the projector off and pack it up right away since the fan will continue to run after the power is turned off.


Canon Introduces LCoS Projector

Canon introduced the first projector in its new Realis line. The Realis SX50 is an LCoS projector specified at 1400 x 1050 SXGA+ resolution, 2500 ANSI lumens and 1000:1 contrast ratio priced below $4,000. Target markets include both home theater and business. It weighs 8.6 pounds and measures 11.26" x 11.18" x 3.78".

Canon's take on LCoS includes its patented AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical technology, a way of optimizing LCoS for greater brightness in a smaller form factor.

The Realis SX50 has a 1.7x optical zoom that lets it project a 100-inch image on a screen from 9.8 feet away. It can display true 16:9 720p HD broadcast images, says the company, and has 2:3 pull-down circuitry that converts interlaced 480 and 575 video to progressive-scan.


Barco Announces Awesome 9,000-Lumen DLP Projector

Barco announced the SLM R9+, a DLP projector specified at 9,000 ANSI lumens, 1,400 x 1,050 resolution and 1250:1 contrast ratio. Barco says the projector, which is designed for rental and staging applications, has extended lamp life averaging 1,250 hours (1,000 is most typical for this class).

It's relatively small for so much output: 23" x 34.5" x 16.9" and compatible with existing TLD lenses. It also has an interlocking design that lets you hang them or stack them directly on top of each other.



RGB Spectrum Introduces High-Res ComputerWall III

RGB Spectrum introduced ComputerWall III, a multi-screen display controller designed for anywhere you need a large screen for displaying real-time data, graphics and video. The ComputerWall III displays high resolution graphics, video, and HDTV sources in real time across a 2 x 2, 1 x 2, 1 x 3, or 1 x 4 screen configurations. Larger walls can be created with multiple ComputerWall units.

The ComputerWall III supports RGB, DVI, HDTV, NTSC/PAL, S-Video, and component video. It accepts signals at up to 1600 x 1200 pixel resolution and converts them to any RGB or DVI format. The ComputerWall provides real time display of inputs at up to 80 frames per second. Inputs can be cropped, stretched, panned, and zoomed to emphasize areas of particular interest. It also has a 100x zoom.


Panasonic Introduces Shippable 65" Plasma Among New Models

Panasonic introduced five new plasma displays for commercial applications, including a 37", two 42" models, a 50" and a 65". The five Professional Series models are specified at 4000:1 contrast on the SD models and 3000:1 on HD models. Resolution ranges from 852 x 480 to 1366 x 768.

Panasonic lists all kinds of image enhancers, such as a Real Black Drive System, Deep Black Filter, Super Real Gamma System, Adaptive Automatic Gain Control, and more. They have built-in video wall processors for up to 4 x 4 multi-screen configurations.

The 50" TH-50PHD7UY, 42" TH-42PWD7UY and 37" TH-37PWD7UY high-definition models are available now with MSRPs of $6,495, $2,795 and $2,395, respectively. The 65" TH-65PHD7UY and 42" TH-42PHD7UY will be available in November and pricing is TBD.


OTC Wireless Announces WiJET.G Display Server - EPSON still Dominates

OTC Wireless announced a new wireless display server that wirelessly links the projector, CRT, LCD or plasma monitor to the computer using 802.11g. The new WiJET.G uses TCP/IP-based connection and can simultaneously display the same image on up to six displays.

A nice feature, especially for education, is that users can switch between presenters by just a mouse-click on the software menu - definitely preferable to unplugging and plugging in VGA cables or to using expensive RGBHV switchers.

Unlike EPSON's new 745c 802.11g-capable projector, the OTC wireless product isn't yet able to handle video adequately. EPSON's 745c projector has an all-new wireless projection module that is incredible. I've been testing it for two weeks now and, in case you didn't know, it does VIDEO! Darn well, too. More to come on this later.


New Stand-Alone Signage System From AdSpace - a Bad Idea

AdSpace Networks introduced a stand-alone digital display that includes a plasma display, the computer components, cooling system and customizable casing. The CoolSign Integrated Display also includes software that drives the full-motion HD-resolution content playback. The CoolSign comes in 42", 50" and 60" sizes and can be free-standing or hung, mounted vertically or horizontally.

It comes networkable, able to connect over Ethernet or an 802.11b wireless network to a CoolSign powered Digital Media Network. The Digital Media Network provides remote management and monitoring.

Let me be frank here, this is a BIG mistake for AdSpace! They should NOT be selling an integrated system that includes a display. AdSpace should be selling and integrating their Digital Media Network for any and all display companies to support and use.



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