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ProAV Update

Happenings around the AV world By Denise Harrison


Epson Raises the Performance Bar on Sub-4-Pound Portables

This is incredible -- 802.11g AND true 2500 ANSI lumens in less than a 4-pound projector. Epson introduced two new LCD projectors, one of them the PowerLite 745c with internal WiFi 802.11g -- frame rates up to two to five times faster than 802.11b. The projector is specified at 2500 ANSI lumens, XGA resolution a 3-LCD design and weighs 3.9 pounds. Epson says it is the only projector compatible with Apple's Keynote software and offers LEAP-authentication and WEP/WPA for secure, encrypted wireless transmissions.

It can also be used without a PC, using the PCMCIA and USB slots.

Epson also introduced the PowerLite 740c with the same basic specs but without the WiFi. Both projectors power up in seven seconds and power down in 20.

The EPSON PowerLite 745c and 740c carry estimated street prices of $2,899 and $2,699 and will be available in September via ProAV dealers.

JVC Announces XGA Digital Presenter

JVC has a new XGA digital presenter with something called a "clear character" mode, which allows the presenter to bump up the contrast for making text more clear - always a problem with document cameras.

The AV-P960 is a high res camera on a moveable, extendable free stop arm mounted over a stage with two lights. It connects to any high res projector and can be operated from a PC via USB, so the presenter can display PowerPoint slides.

The AV-P960 can also display video and can show action, such as writing text or rotating a 3D object, at the rate of 20 fps. The camera can capture images into its own memory or onto an SD memory card. Images can be magnified up to 48 times when the 12x optical zoom is used in combination with the 4x digital zoom.

The AV-P960 can also store up to three different images in its built-in memory and display them simultaneously side-by-side with another image that is captured in real time.


TEi Upgrades AxisTV

Tech Electronics is shipping a new version of its AxisTV product, a network based visual messaging creation, management and display system. The new 5.3.1 version includes four new features.

1. Free Form adds drag and drop functionality through a Web browser, allowing content creators to independently position and format multiple text and graphic elements from anywhere they can access a Web browser.

2. New adapters from similar applications from CEO Software (Scheduler Plus) and Newmarket International (Delphi) allow real-time extraction of room and event data for display.

3. AxisTV 5.3.1 supports external graphics links so that users can point to different and changing images on the LAN or Web.

4. New security features include password and intrusion control.

All new orders ship with version 5.3.1 and upgrade pricing is available to current AxisTV users. (The upgrade is available at no cost to SMA and warranted users.) Interested persons should contact TEi for additional information.


Three New Professional Plasmas From JVC

JVC has three new professional plasma displays including two 42" and a New 50" model.

The GD-V422PCE 42" displays more than 1.07 billion colors, says the company, and is specified at 4000:1 contrast ratio for dark areas, 160:1 for bright areas. Signal processing includes scaling, de-interlacing and a 2:3 pull-down menu to select video sources for HDTV and NTSC / PAL video monitoring and XGA display. The GD-V422PCE supports 720 50/60p, 1080 50/60i, 1080 24p and 1080 24pSF. It includes an 8W x 8W audio amplifier output.

The GM-V42E is a 42" specified at 3000:1 contrast ratio and brightness of 1000cd/m2. This model comes with an on/off timer to prevent burn-in. It is S-VGA and XGA compatible and can display HD. It comes with 2W x 2W speakers.

The GM-X50EA is the 50" plasma. It is specified at 2000:1 contrast ratio and brightness of 400cd/m2 or 1000cd/m2 panel brightness. The GM-X50EA is designed with a digital enhancement circuitry that adds edges to the image by adjusting the sharpness control.

Sony, Luxeon Create LED-Backlit LCD TVs

These look awesome. In a move to solve the colorimetry problem with LCD displays as well as light drop-off, Sony's 40" and 46" QUALIA 005 TVs include a new technology - an LED backlight that enhances the color performance of the TVs. According to Luxeon, the technology expands the gamut of reproducible hues by up to 45 percent. In fact, the company says the display delivers a color gamut that is 105% of the NTSC color space, compared to conventional technologies that reproduce 65-75% of the NTSC color space. The color is more lifelike and with improved RGB and Adobe RGB color performance, on-screen representation better matches printed output.

The LED output can also be controlled according to application. White-point, color and brightness can be optimized for movies, electronic games, photo images and home video, for example.

Can we expect to see this technology in professional LCDs soon? 

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