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Toshiba Showcases Its First High-Performance DLP Home Theater Projector

MT5 Projector for Range of Analog and Digital Video Connections, $4,999 (November 12, 2001)
Toshiba, is now shipping its first DLP (Digital Light Processing) home theater projector, a high-end video display device engineered to deliver extraordinary big-screen image quality. The unit measures 10.3" W x 11" D x 3.5" H and weighs less than 6 lbs.

The MT5 utilizes Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing technology, along with Toshiba's premium optics and a quad-speed, six-segment color wheel in a sealed enclosure to deliver clear, sharp image quality, with high 1000 ANSI lumens brightness and a 600:1 contrast ratio that enable its use even in brightly lit rooms.

Key to the image-enhancing benefits of DLP is a specially designed optical semiconductor chip that utilizes an array of over one million microscopic mirrors to create a high-resolution, full color image with a minimum of video artifacts. And because DLP is an all-digital display technology, a signal from a digital video source retains its digital purity through the entire video chain without conversion to analog at the projector, making the MT5 ideal for use with all-digital home entertainment source components such as DVD-Video players, DV camcorders and DTV set-top boxes. The company adds that complementing this advanced technology, the MT5 includes sophisticated video processing circuitry including high-end de-interlacing, per-pixel motion compensation, 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown film-mode detection and cross-color suppression.

The MT5 can accommodate virtually every analog video program source as well as the output from an HDTV set-top box and the digital and analog video output from PC and Macintosh computers. The MT5 features an extensive complement of inputs, such as DV (digital video), component, composite and S-video, two computer inputs including DVI RS232 control and communication, a hard-wired remote jack, an audio input and more, plus a much greater variety of video and audio outputs than typical multimedia projectors.

The Toshiba MT5 offers a host of additional operational and convenience features for maximum home theater versatility and image quality. Its Dual Mode display provides optimized image quality for both 16:9 widescreen and 4:3 aspect ratio images, and supports standard and anamorphic DVD, HDTV, NTSC, PAL and SECAM sources. It features a selection of pre-set Image Control modes for best reproduction of film, video and PC-based content as well as provision for manual picture adjustment. Other refinements include Digital Keystone Correction that enables the projector to be located above or below the screen with no image distortion, an easy to use icon-based on-screen menu and a full-function remote control.

The Toshiba MT5 projector will be available in November for a suggested retail price of $4,995.99.

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