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Meridian Bows 1,080p D-ILA

Meridian Audio, will show its latest lineup of high-definition video projectors and processors at CEDIA Expo.

The U.S. subsidiary of the U.K.-based high-end audio, video and home theater systems manufacturer continues to use its “Faroudja by Meridian” brand on video components, following the exclusive licensing deal struck last year with Genesis Microchip.

New to the line are a pair of three-chip D-ILA projectors, and a reference-quality video processor. Both the DILA1080MF1 and DILA1080MF2 projectors employ three native 1,920 by 1,080p D-ILA chips (6.22 million pixels) for smooth images without visible pixel structure.

Both projectors are pixel-direct models without internal scalers, requiring the use of an outboard scaling component.

The MF2 omits the motorized zoom/focus optics found in the MF1. The feature is said to improve contrast performance. Both projectors accept 1,080p signals via single DVI-D with HDCP inputs.

That processor is designed to output 1,080p signals from virtually any video source. This compact unit incorporates Faroudja’s TrueLife 12-step detail processing and DCDi motion-adaptive de-interlacing.

The DILA1080MF1 is available for $20,995 in either normal or short-throw lens versions; and the DILA1080MF2 is available for $14,500 with a normal lens.

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