Ridgefield Park, N.J. – Samsung Electronics America introduced Wednesday a family of data projector products addressing both professional and home theater applications.
The new models are offered across four series – the P Series (Portable), L Series (LCD), D Series (Data), and
A Series (A/V). Samsung said all employ “a combination of technical innovations that enhances the brightness, color, and accuracy of the projected picture while providing the functionality needed for academic, corporate, professional or home use.”
The P Series includes the new P400 ($649 estimated retail price), which is an ultra-portable Digital Light Processing (DLP)-based projector, weighing less than 2 pounds, with 150 ANSI lumens of brightness using an LED light source with a 30,000 hour life expectancy, and standardized audio/video connections including: composite video in.
The L series models (L220 and L300) are 3LCD based projectors positioned for educational or corporate applications, offering stand-alone multimedia capabilities with rich color performance and sound from any A/V or PC sources. The L300 includes HDMI inputs. Built-in speakers produce stereo sound output without additional audio support.
The L300 ($799) and L220 ($699) models offer brightness levels of 3,000 lumens and 2,200 lumens, respectively, while connectivity includes: standard VGA, composite video in, HDMI (L300 only), VGA PC loop-out, and RS-232C serial control.
The D Series models (D300 and D400) are DLP-based units designed for larger venues, including auditoriums and lecture halls. The DLP implementation is said to offer higher brightness in dark or lighted conditions. Connectivity includes HDMI input.
The D300 ($899) and D400 ($1,499) produce brightness output of 3,000 and 4,000 lumens, respectively, a 3,000:1 contrast ratio, standard HDMI, VGA, component and composite video in, VGA PC loop-out, and RS-232C Serial control.
The A Series models include the A400 ($999), A800 ($9,999) and A900 ($12,999). All are DLP-based projectors designed for both home theater enthusiasts and professional users requiring the highest picture quality.
The A400 and A800 use Dark Chip 2 DLP light engines for high contrast and black level performance while the A900 uses the step-up Dark Chip 4 system. The three models produce contrast ratios of 2,500:1, 10,000:1, and 12,000:1, respectively.
Connections include two HDMI (one HDMI in the A400), as well as VGA, component, S-video, and composite video in, VGA PC loop-out, and RS-232C Serial control.
The A Series offers a wide-screen aspect ratio, an expanded color palette, and a 50 percent increase in color brightness, Samsung said. The A800 and A900 models, which both produce full HD 1080p resolution and 1,000 ANSI Lumens of brightness, are part of the “Joe Kane Signature Series”, because they were designed in consultation with the popular video expert.
The A400 produces 1,280-by-768p HD resolution and 2,000/1,000 Lumens of brightness.