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InFocus To Show Expanded Home Theater Line

9/01/2003 02:00:00 AM Eastern

InFocus, manufacturer of home theater and professional video projectors, will use CEDIA to showcase its two latest DLP front projector offerings, including its first model to incorporate Texas Instruments' new Matterhorn DLP chip.

The InFocus ScreenPlay SP5700, which started shipping to dealers in June at a $5,000 suggested retail, features the new chip that provides a lower-cost alternative for displaying images with native 16:9 widescreen aspect ratios. The chip produces a native pixel resolution of 1,024 by 576.

The Matterhorn's 16:9 aspect ratio eliminates the need to crop corners and headshots from widescreen material, or add picture distortion with aspect ratio conversion. The projector has 1,000 lumens of brightness for clear pictures in almost any lighting condition, a 1,400:1 contrast ratio for crisp blacks and a detailed gray scale, the company said.

The unit is calibrated to D65 color mastering standards for accurate HD colors. It will display 16.7 million colors simultaneously.

Eight selectable video sources are offered for flexible connectivity. It also includes Faroudja's new DCDi de-interlacing circuitry with additional color and sharpness adjustments, noise reducers and videophile-grade scaling, the company said.

"The ScreenPlay 5700 has the breathtaking image quality of much higher-priced projectors at less than half the cost," said Scott Hix, VP and General Manager of InFocus Business Development. "The ScreenPlay 5700 has the most sophisticated technology of three experts in home projection, InFocus, Texas Instruments and Faroudja. Now consumers have access to a dedicated home-theater projector, with cinema quality, for a fraction of the usual cost."

Also to be featured at CEDIA will be the ScreenPlay SP4800 DLP front projector. The model was the third in the InFocus home-theater projector line when it started shipping in May, and was the first model to break the $1,500 price barrier.

The ScreenPlay 4800 delivers native SVGA (800 by 600) resolution, 1,100 ANSI lumens, a 2,000:1 contrast ratio and 16.7-million colors. The projector can throw an image between 2.7 feet (0.8 meters) to greater than 21.6 feet (6.5 meters) wide from distances of 1.5 meters to 9.8 meters.

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