Crystal View To Replace Vidikron

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Hillside, N.J. - High-end video projector manufacturer Vidikron America dissolved this month after the firm's only secured creditor Markland Technologies, elected to pull its funding, but a new company formed by Vidikron's service agent and its former general manager has risen from the ashes.

The new company, which is called Crystal View Inc., was born last week after David Wolff, former Vidikron general manager, and Gary Guidi, president of HI-REZ Projections, the service company for Vidikron products, purchased Vidikron's inventory, service and parts departments.

The new company will continue to service Vidikron projectors (and will honor standing warranties) and will also begin selling new projectors under the Crystal View brand from its sales office in Ambler, Pa., said Guidi.

The partnership between Guidi and Wolff started after Ashland, Ma.-based HI-REZ Technologies purchased Vidikron's service department 'and began turning things around,' Guidi said.

'The old [service] problems they had were disappearing, the dealers were beginning to see the difference, but then the funding was pulled. We are going to pick up [with Crystal View] exactly where we left off [with Vidikron].'

Guidi said that his company has been servicing Vidikron products for 12 years, and had been selling on the Internet updated, remanufactured Vidikron projectors.

'I know that chassis very well,' Guidi said.

Initially, Crystal View will carry three CRT-based front projector models [tentatively named View 1, View 2 and View 3], which are expected to sell for between $28,000-$60,000. Plans are to add a two-piece CRT model in six months, and a D-ILA based model 'in about a year,' Guidi said.

The company plans to distribute its lines to custom home theater installers, and will calibrate some projectors to Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) specifications after the installation is complete.

Guidi vowed that all projectors will be fully quality control inspected before delivery, and will feature all of the technological superiority of prior Vidikron designs, 'along with service support beyond [the dealers'] wildest dreams.'

Guidi said he and Wolff toyed with the idea of purchasing the Vidikron brand name along with the company's inventory and parts departments, but elected not to, 'because it came with a lot of baggage.'

Guidi said HI-REZ Projections will handle all warranty and non-warranty service for past Vidikron of America home theater products, including all of the company's CRT and LCD Projectors, Video Scalers, and related equipment. He added, the company is working out how it will handle warranty service claims, adding that Vidikron projector owners may be charged for the service, but would be credited for the job against the purchase of a future Crystal View projector.

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