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Sanyo Unveils 4 LCD Projectors

4/20/2010 03:39:18 PM Eastern
Chatsworth, Calif. - Sanyo North America introduced four Wide-XGA-format projectors targeting a range of presentation venues, from large conference rooms to lecture halls and digital signage applications.

Models include the PLC-WM5500 ($5,645 suggested retail with standard zoom lens LNS-S20), and PLC-WM5500L ($4,995 with optional lens), both with a 5,500 ANSI lumens brightness level, and the PLC-WM 4500 ($4,545, standard zoom LNS-S20) and PLC-WM4500L ($4,095 with optional lens), both with 4,500 ANSI lumens of brightness.

The PLC-WM5500 and PLC-WM4500L will ship in July. The PLC-WM4500 ships in August, and the PLC-WM5500L ships in June.

Each features two new modes that enable the simultaneous presentation of two images. All four projectors use Wide XGA panels in 16:10 widescreen aspect ratios, with 1,280 by 800 resolution.

Two new operating modes enable the projectors to simultaneously display two video sources. A picture-by-picture mode allows the display of two images in fixed screen locations of equal size. The picture-in-picture mode displays an inset image within the full-frame image, with size and position of the smaller image specified by the operator.

The functionality eliminates the need for a second projector for video conferencing and other applications where the display of two images is required.

The projectors employ a new optical engine and cooling system that is said to improve efficiency by 40 percent.

Maintenance costs are kept low through an Active Maintenance Filter (AMF) system, which extends the replacement interval of its filter cartridge to 10,000 hours.

Rather than individual filters, each projector uses an AMF cartridge that contains a filter roll equivalent to 10 filters, advancing automatically as needed without requiring user attention.

Each model includes an HDMI 1.3 input in addition to DVI-D, composite video, RGB D-sub 15, video/Y-Pb/Cb- Pr/Cr (both BNC and RCA) and S-Video inputs.

A power vertical/horizontal lens-shift control facilitates image alignment to the screen without moving the projector, and a proprietary lens-centering design simplifies installation, the company said.

The WM5500 and WM4500 models have remote-controllable power zoom and focus, and the WM5500 models also have a corner keystone-correction function to eliminate geometric distortion resulting from projector placement at an angle to the screen.

A mechanical shutter assembly provides a convenient method of stopping light projection on the screen. When required, the projectors can display an image on floors or ceilings through a vertical 360-degree tilt-angle projection capability.
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