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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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