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Numerous New Products Appearing at infoComm 2005

Slice of ProAV from the show floor By Gary Kayye, CTS

Major Electronics Retailer Turns to ICIA for Employee Training

We've been complaining for so many years how untrained most of the retail electronics salespeople are. Finally, one company will be correcting that problem. Best Buy decided to provide a training and certification for employees of the company's Magnolia Home Theater in-store locations, and they chose ICIA to handle the program! ICIA was apparently chosen because of the great online courses ICIA now offers.

Congratulations to both organizations!

Mitsubishi to Show Palm-Sized Projectors, Plus Two Models With Latest DLP Technology

Among other announcements, Mitsubishi has two new tiny palm-sized projectors at its booth (1401). The SD version of the projector has a digital memory card slot.

The PocketProjector and PocketProjector SD weigh 14 ounces and fit in your hand, coat pocket or purse! They can be AC or battery-powered or used with a car adapter. They can project an image of 20 inches from a foot away and a 40-inch image from loess than a yard.

The PocketProjectors power on or off instantly. They are specified at XVGA (800 x 600) resolution and use DLP technology.

Mitsubishi plans to offer Convenience Packs with suggested retail prices starting from $199, which will contain application-specific cables and accessories for consumer and industry segments. Optional battery bases will also be available for a suggested retail price of $149.

The special suggested retail launch pricing is $699 for the basic model and $799 for the SD model.

Mitsubishi is also exhibiting the XD460U and XD490U, both based on the new Texas Instruments BrilliantColor technology for DLP. The technology uses a new color-processing algorithm and system level enhancements which they say creates a brighter and more vibrant picture with a 50 percent increase in mid-ton images -- better for video.

The projectors both are specified at XGA resolution (1024 x 768) and 2000:1 contrast ratio. The XD1000U and XD2000U are specified at 3000 ANSI lumens and 3500 ANSI lumens respectively.

Pricing will be announced later.

NEC Brings Six New Projectors to InfoComm

NEC Solutions Visual Systems Division has six new projectors filling out the VT, LT and WT series.

The new projectors include:

The VT37 -- priced at $795 estimated street price, with 4000 hour lamp life, 1500 lumens and an updated remote control.

The VT575 -- the same product as its predecessor but the brightness is increased to 1500 lumens and the lamp life up to 4000 hours while keeping the same $1,195 price.

The VT676 -- specified at 2500 lumens and XGA native resolution, this is a new product that has square shot image magnification with location control, and a remote with mouse control for $1,995.

The LT20 -- 2.2 pounds the LT20 is compact and specified at 2000:1, resolution at XGA, 1,500 lumens, and plug and project technology, at the same $1,495 price as its predecessor.

The LT180 -- a new projector with professional video quality, says NEC, HDTV capable, and with wall color correction so you can project on blackboards as well as almost any color wall. Available early July at $1,495.

The WT Series, with NEC's lensless mirror design for short throw distances, gains the new WT610 -- added brightness (2000 lumens), higher contrast (3500:1), and 802.11g wireless network connectivity at the same $5,995 price as the prececessor.

Along with six new projectors, NEC is also featuring five commercial and four residential plasma displays at InfoComm 2005. The plasmas range in size from 42 to 61 inches and start at $1,995. Also, for those users looking for the highest video quality possible, NEC will soon be offering the NEC TheaterSync. This external video processing unit is powered by Silicon Optix's award-winning Realta chip which incorporates HQV processing. This will enable an NEC plasma or projector to achieve HD quality out of non-HD sources (cable, DVD, VHS, etc.) and will be available early fall 2005.


Hitachi Announces Two New Projectors at InfoComm

Hitachi is bringing out two projectors at InfoComm. The CPX440 is specified at 2500 ANSI lumens, XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, and weighs 7.7 pounds.

The CP-X444 is specified at 3200 ANSI lumens and XGA resolution.

Not much else in the announcements, such as price, contrast ratio or even what technology these projectors use. Guess we'll find out later.

For (not much) more information, go to http://www.hitachi.com/New/cnews/index.html


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