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Planar Makes CEDIA Re-Emergence

Denver — Planar will use CEDIA Expo (booth 369) to make one of its first appearances since announcing plans to return to the consumer electronics market with lines of flat-panel TVs, front projectors and projection screens for the custom installation and A/V specialty channels.

The company will offer a lineup of LCD TVs highlighted by 37W-, 42W- and 47W-inch models, all offering full 1,920 by 1,080p resolution. Pricing and specifications will be announced at the show.

Planar’s home theater projector line includes six DLP models, ranging in resolution from 480p EDTV to 1,080p full HDTV.

Models include the PD8110 ($9,999 suggested retail) 1,920 by 1,080p projector, featuring Texas Instruments’ 0.96 inch native 1,080p DMD, horizontal and vertical lens-shift functions, a short throw lens, 1,200 ANSI lumens of brightness and an 8,000:1 contrast ratio.

Model PD7150 ($5,999) is being positioned in “the top echelon of native 720p projectors,” the company said. The unit incorporates a 0.8 inch DMD, horizontal and vertical lens-shift functions, 1,000 ANSI lumens of brightness and a 5,000:1 contrast ratio.

The DP7130 ($3,999) produces 720p native resolution using a 0.65 inch DMD, and features horizontal and vertical lens shift functions, 900 ANSI lumens of brightness, and a 4,500:1 contrast ratio.

The PD7060 ($2,999) also uses a 0.65-inch DMD and delivers a 3,500:1 contrast ratio, and 1,000 ANSI lumens of brightness.

The PD7010 ($1,999) uses a 0.65 inch 720p DMD and produces 900 ANSI lumens of brightness, and a 2,500:1 contrast ratio.

The entry PD4010 ($1,299) offers 480p EDTV resolution using a 0.55-inch DMD with DarkChip 2technology. Brightness is listed as 900 ANSI lumens and the contrast ratio is said to be 2,500:1.