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NEC Adds PA-Series Projector Pair

Chicago — NEC Display unveiled Monday a pair of PA-series 3LCD projectors offering up to 7,200 lumens of brightness and built-in HDBaseT connectivity.

Models PA672W, with 6,700 lumens of brightness, and PA722X, at 7,200 lumens, are billed as offering dual resolution. The PA672 has a native WXGA (1,280 by 800 pixels) resolution and maximum resolution of WUXGA (1,920 by 1,200 pixels), while the PA722X has native XGA (1,024 by 768) resolution and WUXGA maximum resolution. Both support up to 6,000:1 contrast ratios using auto iris.

For larger screen applications, the projectors can be stacked to boost resolution and brightness. NEC provides multi-display and TileMatrix technology that can be used to combine up to four projectors via an external distribution amplifier.

Both projectors were said to have been designed to simplify installations through the use of built-in HDBaseT connectivity using a single cable.

 The one cable connection supports power, Ethernet, control and 1080p video distribution.

Both models will be available this month at suggested retail prices of $4,449 and $4,599, respectively.

NEC supports the units with limited three-year parts and labor warranties, and one-year (500 hours) for the lamp.

NEC is targeting the projectors at corporate, higher education and museum applications.

Key features in the units are said to support lower cost of ownership and longevity, including:

•        portrait mode projection or tilt-free to project an image toward the floor or ceiling without a mirror;

•        up to 4,000 hours of lamp and filter life;

•        HDMI loop capabilities (out of all digital inputs) with no additional hardware needed; and

•        up to four projector horizontal or vertical stacking to boost brightness up to almost 28,800 lumens.

 Additional features include: selectable Eco mode technology that extends each projector-to four-second quick start, auto power on and direct power-off; connectivity options including dual HDMI with HDCP, DisplayPort, VGA and 5BNC; screen splitter (multi-display) via daisy-chain; and six bayonet-style lenses.

A 3D Reform feature squares the image by adjusting horizontally, vertically or diagonally when the projector is placed at an off-set angle.