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Zenith Ships New Projectors

Pro and high-end home theater models offered By DMN Staff Writer
Zenith today introduced a number of new projectors in its professional and home theater lines. New models range from a $30,000 front-projection CRT to a $6,000 ultraportable LCD.

The new flagship projector at Zenith is the PRO1200X, a CRT video projector designed to display images from a wide spectrum of high-resolution video sources on screens ranging from 4.6 feet to 20 feet wide. The PRO1200X is designed for high-definition displays in high-end home theaters and in commercial applications.

It uses high-resolution 8-inch, liquid-coupled CRTs with electromagnetic focus and high-definition, color corrected HD215 lenses and offers a built-in camera for automatically aligning screen convergence in less than 2.5 minutes, according to the company.

The PRO1200X is capable of displaying images up to 1080p resolution in HDTV and 1,280 x 1,024 pixels in SXGA mode. It is compatible with NTSC, PAL and SECAM video sources, and can be set for conventional 4:3 and widescreen 16:9 aspect ratios. The projector is designed to be configured for either front or rear operation and mounted on the floor or ceiling (with optional ceiling mount).

The connection panel includes S-Video and composite video inputs, an RGB analog input on a D9 connector, 5 BNC connectors for RGB or Component video input and an RS232 data communication port. The RGB and Component inputs include automatic sync detection and polarity.

The PRO1200X is available now for $29,995. Zenith's new CRT projector line also includes the PRO895X and PRO900X CRT Projectors, available now for $8,995 and $11,995, respectively.

The company has also introduced two portable digital models?an LCD unit and a DLP model. The LXG-120 LCD projector weighs 7.5 lbs. and measures 3.5 inches x 9.37 inches x 11.5 inches. It delivers 1,200 ANSI lumens of brightness and offers a projection size of 40 inches to 300 inches and a throw distance ranging from 5 feet to 54 feet.

The LXG-120 features true XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution and is compatible with HDTV, NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM, UXGA/SXGA (compressed), SVGA and VGA modes. Additional features include auto tracking, horizontal/vertical flip capability, digital zoom, video still frame, keystone correction and a laser pointer remote control. The LXG-120's connector panel includes S-Video and composite video inputs, a computer input/output and a Macintosh mouse input. The LXG-120 is available now for $5,995.

The DXG-210 DLP projector weighs 9.9 lbs. and measures 5.25 inches x 9.2 inches x 14.5 inches. It delivers 1,000 ANSI lumens of light output and offers a projection range of 40 inches to 200 inches in a conventional aspect ratio. It supports NTSC, PAL and SECAM video modes.

The DXG-210 features true XGA native resolution (1,024 x 768) and compressed SXGA resolution (1,280 x 1,024). A video-enhanced color wheel for high-color saturation, one-button automatic image setup and a remote control are also included. Inputs for the DXG-210 include S-Video, composite video, five gold BNC connectors, a standard 15-pin VGA connector for RGB inputs and a 9-pin RS232 port. The unit accepts discrete infrared codes for power on/off and can be used to support theater installations utilizing system control.

The DXG-210 is available now for $9,995.

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