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3D Projectors Get Prices At CEDIA

10/04/2010 12:01:00 AM Eastern

ATLANTA — CEDIA Expo proved to be the
launching pad for a host of video projectors that
have been specially adapted to present highdefinition
3D images, and at the show manufacturers
finally released the key feature for all their
products — the prices.

Predictably, prices ranged almost as widely
as the different approaches manufacturers
have taken to present what they believe to be
the best quality 3D images for the home.

Several platforms opted for dual light engine
designs that enable the use of inexpensive passive
polarized glasses, front-loading the cost
into the projector. Others majority stuck with
single light-engine, single-lens designs with 3D
systems using active shutter glasses seen in
most 3D flat-panel TV offerings.

The following is a list of prices announced for
home-theater display companies’ 3D video offerings
at the show:

Avielo said it will ship at the end of this
year or early 2011 its Optix 3D (pricing to be
announced) projector based on the Avielo
$36,000 Optix 235 Full HD model that was
highlighted at the show. The projector, which uses a processing board developed by Sigma Designs,
will do full-frame 1080 resolution for the left eye and right
eye using active shutter (Xpand or RealD) technology.

JVC unveiled six 3D projectors based on its D-ILA
LCoS light engine — three from the company’s consumer
products group and three from the professional products
group. All support full-frame 1080p 3D display, and are
slated to arrive in November.

Reference-series consumer group models include the
DLA-RS60 ($11,995), RS50 ($7,995) and RS40 ($4,495).

Professional group models include the Procision-series
DLA-X9 ($11,995 suggested retail), DLA-X7 ($7,995) and
DLA-X3 ($4,495) projectors.

The top-of-the-line models DLA-RS60 and DLA-X9 have
a 100,000:1 native contrast ratio and do not require a dynamic
iris.

LG unveiled its CF3D ($15,000 suggested retail) LCoSbased
FullHD 3D projector using passive glasses technology.
It is based on a dual-engine single-lens (one cabinet)
design to produce 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness for
2D viewing and 1,250 ANSI lumens when viewing 3D material.
Contrast is listed as 7,000:1 and TruMotion 120Hz
technology is added for smoother fast-motion reproduction.

Sim2 showed its 3D solution that uses dual C3X Lumis
3-chip DLP projectors stacked in a frame for an $80,000
suggested retail. The projectors use Infitec color filters and
glasses technology to avoid the need for a special projection
screen.

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