— As other home-theater projector manufacturers used CEDIA Expo to unveil new 3D-capable projectors of various stripes, Optoma Technology put a different spin on the concept by introducing what it called a breakthrough adapter that will turn many existing 720p projectors into 3D-capable solutions.
According to Jon Grodem, Optoma product marketing senior director, the adapter will enable legacy 720p DLP video projectors with HDMI 1.3 inputs to play 3D images from new 3D 1080p signal sources complying with the 3D Bluray spec.
Model 3D-XL ($399 suggested retail) is billed as the first converter box that lets 720p 3D DLP projectors play 1080p 3D Blu-ray discs.
As with all single-projector 3D systems, active 3D glasses are required to view images in 3D.
“The 3D-XL is an important product for the market right now,” stated Grodem. “It gives a large installed base a way to embrace 3D life without having to make a new, expensive investment.”
The 3D-XL accepts the HDMI 1.4a signal output by 1080p 3D players and down-converts it to an HDMI 1.3 signal that current 720p 3D DLP projectors — those that operate at 120Hz refresh rates — can display in 3D.
The 3D-XL supports multiple 3D inputs, with two HDMI 1.4a inputs, one USB port and one RS232 port, and can accept common global video inputs and video formats up to 1080p (HDTV, EDTV, SDTV, NTSC, PAL and SECAM).
The 3D-XL weighs 2.4 pounds and comes with a one-year parts and labor warranty.