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DPI To Debut LED-Powered DLP Projector

9/10/2009 02:00:00 AM Eastern

High-end projector manufacturer Digital Projection International (DPI) will use CEDIA Expo to unveil a pair of single-chip 1080p DLP projectors, highlighted by a model powered by an LED-based light engine.

The company will be showing its entire range of home entertainment projectors in booth 519 at the show, where, among other things, it will be stressing the efficiency of operation in its new product lines.

New DLP projector models at the show will include the M-Vision CINE LED, which is said to produce 3-chip color-saturation performance levels from a long-lasting light source on a single-chip DLP display.

The CINE LED produces up to 600 lumens of brightness and either 10,000:1 contrast with dynamic black or 2,000:1 native contrast.

The company said ideal M-Vision LED venues include controlled ambient light situations with screens up to 8 feet wide.

In such settings the projector is capable of producing the dynamic range, color saturation and contrast performance of 3-chip DLP displays at much lower prices.

The projector features a “Lifetime Illumination 60,000+ hour lifespan” and does not require a color wheel.

For bulb-based DLP, DPI is offering the CINE 260, which lists brightness output of 2,000 lumens and a 3,000:1 native contrast, enabling screen sizes up to 10 feet wide.

The CINE 260 features a new body design tailored to the requests of home integrators.

Installation is simplified using a new light-chassis design and lens shift range of 30 percent horizontal and 120 percent vertical. Multiple lens options provide further flexibility, with a throw ratio ranging from 1.25 to 3.0:1, the company said.

Meanwhile, the company said it recently made significant enhancements to select Titan and Lightning 1080p, SX+ and WUXGA projector models with new lens mount micro and updated firmware. Intelligent lens memory (ILM) allows each projector to store specific lens zoom, shift, and focus values to specific preset positions, the company said.

With the benefit of ILM, the projector, within the limitations of the zoom range of the lens, can actually zoom in to fill a full 1.78 screen, and zoom out (increasing the overall width of the projected image) to fill the unmasked 2.35 screen. Although this does result in 30 percent larger pixels on the screen surface, by employing ILM no anamorphic lens is needed, DPI said.

Since DPI's ILM functionality allows for up to 10 specific presets, in addition to 1.78 and 2.35, additional lens position presets can be assigned to support 2.40, 2.30, 1.85 or even 1.33 aspect ratios.

Meanwhile, the company said it has developed a fully automated cost of ownership calculator for the A/V industry. The calculator was designed to fulfill numerous requests from A/V integrators in both commercial A/V and home-cinema channels. It will calculate the initial purchase price of the product, plus the long-term cost of ownership, DPI said.

DPI will demonstrate its TITAN 1080p-250 in Crestron's ultimate Adagio Digital Home Theater Experience in Sound Room 1 at the show, where Crestron will also show its new ADMS InterMedia Delivery System and Procise HD Surround Sound Processor (PSPHD).

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