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Focusing In On Projectors

Enabling viewers furthest from the screen to see

Projectors range from those used in classrooms, to conferences and meetings, to large-crowd events, such as the inauguration of the president.

A projector deployed by Quince Imaging, Inc. ensures everyone can see President Barack Obama dance with his wife Michelle Obama at the Commander in Chiefs Inaugural Ball. Photo courtesy of Quince Imaging, Inc. by J.J. Smith

While the venues vary, the goal for deploying a projector is the same; that is to enable those attendees sitting in the back row to see what is being projected onto the screen.

Quince Imaging Inc, of Herndon, Va. provided projection systems for some of the balls held to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama, said Scott Williams, a chief operating officer for Quince. “We were called in by the inaugural committee to help plan and produce some of the inauguration balls, there’s no one [company] who could do them all,” he said.

“We did the Commander in Chief’s Ball at the National Building Museum,” Williams said. For that event, Quince installed a full high-definition (HD) camera system and four large HD displays. In order to install such a complex system, Quince had to coordinate access with all the various agencies involved, he said. How that is accomplished is the company works with the government’s producers to determine what is needed and once that was established, Quince worked to provide “high tech, ease of use solutions,” he said.

“Anyone can hire an AV company to set up some LCD projectors with a couple of 9 by 12 screens, but what Quince offers is an expertise in hi-def video, and high-resolution graphics, where we try to add a lot of value, to the events; We try to enhance their [the audience’s] experience by doing high definition,” Williams said.

High definition projectors are available from a plethora of sources, and while most projectors will not be used to show the president dancing with his wife, they are tasked with ensuring that important presentations appear crisp and bright.

BenQ’s SH 960 BENQ

BenQ America Corp. offers the SH 960 dual lamp projector producing 5,500 lumens, said Keri Schernagl account manager for BenQ America Corp. The SH960 is equipped with a 3000:1 contrast ratio and a native 16:9 aspect ratio with a full 1.07 billion-color palette. The projector’s dual-lamp design allows users to opt for maximum brightness or choose an eco-mode that extends lamp life by up to 30 percent. H+V Lens Shift technology gives users great flexibility in projector placement, allowing the focal point of the lens to be adjusted in venues where dead-center placement is not possible. BenQ’s proprietary Wall Color Correction feature allows users to adjust the projector’s output for natural-looking color even on tinted walls. The SH 960 can be used in a professional setting, but exactly how “will be determined by the ambient light,” Schernagl said.

“If you have a room that has controllable light, you can go with the lower lumen projector, it’s going to have the higher contrast ratio. You’ll see more definaition within terrain differences, color contrasts, if you’re really looking for details, that’s what you want to go with,” she said.

Boxlight’s ProjectoWrite3’s WX25NU BOXLIGHT

Boxlight’s ProjectoWrite3 WX25NU is an ultra short throw LCD interactive projector, says Chad Harrison of Boxlight. “That means we’ve taken the interactive light boards and built it into the projector,” said Harrison, who added, “we’ve taken the light board out of the equation.” Therefore, users can have interactivity on any surface, including on a standard dry erase board, or a wall, chalk board, or a screen that’s already available.” The user does not has to actually have to touch the board to have it interact, he said. At 60 frames per second, the ProjectoWrite3 is accurate up to three pixels, creating a high level of clarity, according to Boxlight. The advantages to this are, the projector’s weight ranges from seven pounds to 12 pounds making it portable, it is provided with a carrying case. In addition, set up is easy; once deployed the user shines it on a wall, does a quick calibration, and they are using an interactive projector, Harrison says.

Christie Digital’s L2K 1500 CHRISTIE DIGITAL

Christie Digital introduces the Christie L2K1500 projector that provides 15,000 lumens of “extreme brightness,” according to Andrea Sangster, Christie’s manager of marketing programs. The Christie L2K 1500 also delivers brilliant colors and high definition resolution of 2048 x 1080. This 3LCD model is aimed at large sized displays in higher education and rental/staging applications, Sangster said. It provides a 3000:1 contrast ratio for exceptional image clarity; 4DColor technology; it is equipped with HDMI and DVI-D input slots; has the same optional lens suite as Christie’s L2K1000, the LX1000 and LX1500 projectors; the L2K 1500 is a “stackable design” to deliver up to 30,000 lumens; is of a robust four lamp design with optional smoke filter kit for use in staging events (including events with smoke/pyrotechnic effects); and has low maintenance features such as a robotic AutoFilter, long lamp life, hot swappable lamps and user replaceable lamps. In addition, set up and image adjustment is designed for ease, even in the most challenging room environments with built-in 3D Keystone technology, which ensures quick image alignment. The Christie L2K1500 is also equipped with power adjustable lens shift for zoom and focus, and a motorized lens shutter to completely block light when required. It also has a four-lamp system that provides redundancy ensuring there are no interruptions to a presentation, she said.


Projection Design offers the F35 WQXGA which features the latest high resolution DLP technology, all new high performance projection lenses, updated signal processing with double the input bandwidth of other projectors, according to Gary Plavin, a Projection Design vice president. The F35 WQXGA produces 7,500 lumens, and has a pixel resolution of 2560 x 1600, thereby delivering much greater image detail and clarity to add new dimension and detail to the image, the company says. The projectors performance, its “optical clarity are something you’re not going to see on the market in a single chip 3D DLP with this type of light output clarity,” Plavin said. “It’s a signature piece for all the people who are doing 3D or converting to 3D,” he said.

Canon’s REALiS WUX4000 D CANON

Canon offers its new projector, the REALiS WUX4000 D, which provides 4,000 lumens of brightness. The WUX4000 D is a high-performance, installation projector providing 1920 x 1200 resolution, which employs Canon’s AISYS-enhanced LCOS technology and interchangeable Canon lenses to deliver clear and rich images. This new model offers ease of installation and maintenance, and powered lens shift which can be operated in both vertical and horizontal directions. The WUX4000 D also features a “Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine” (DICOM) “simulation mode” which allows for the viewing of monochrome digital X-Rays, CAT Scans and MRI’s with accurate color and precise detail. The DICOM simulaiton mode simulates the results of devices compliant with the DICOM standard, making it attractive for large venues to those in the medical education and training fields.

Epson’s PowerLite Pro G5750WUNL EPSON

Epson offers the PowerLite Pro G5750WUNL for medium to large custom installations in corporations and higher education, the company says. Providing 4,500 lumens of brightness, the G5750WUNL delivers 1920 x 1200 native resolution and high-quality widescreen images, the company says. The projector also offers “C2Fine Technology” which, along with advanced vertical alignment technology, provides high contrast for deeper blacks and vivid images. The Pro G5750WUNL also offers DICOM Simulation Mode3, that, using standardized grayscales, can reproduce medical images, such as x-rays, for medical training and education; a six-axis color adjustment which allows users to customize colors by adjusting the hue, saturation, and brightness of red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow (RGBCMY) for special projection materials such as high-quality photographs or artwork; and advanced sharpness, which allows users to adjust sharpness more precisely for thin, thick, vertical, and horizontal line enhancements, the company says.

Mitsubishi’s XD600U DPL MITSUBISHI

Mitsubishi offers the new XD600U DLP projector for the government market. The XD600U DLP projector provides 4500 lumens of brightness, and a 2000:1 contrast level to ensure presentations are crisp and clear even in large meeting rooms and conference halls. The XD600U is described as a cost-saving and high performance XGA projector prepared for both long and short-distance presentations, from boardrooms and classrooms to conference rooms and tradeshows. The projector weighs less than eight pounds for high portability, and other convenient features include audio mix support with a built-in 10-watt speaker, visual PA support, closed caption capability and support for remote management and control via built-in RJ45 connectivity port. In addition, the projector is structurally airtight, eliminating the need for an intake filter under normal conditions and has an estimated lamp life of up to 5,000 hours in low mode.


NEC Display Solutions of America offers its NP4100W DPL widescreen professional installation projector, which produces 5,500 lumens thereby displaying a high level of brightness, making it appropriate for larger than average screen sizes and rooms with minimal lighting control, such as auditoriums, training and network centers. The NP4100W’s DLP light engine ensures great contrast and fast video response times, thereby creating incomparable image quality. The NP4100W is designed for continuous –24×7—use, and its dual- or single-lamp operation helps extend lamp life.


Panasonic Solutions Company has recently unveiled a variety of new projectors for a wide range of applications, including education, hospitality, entertainment and health care. Those new Panasonic projectors offer customers a choice of resolutions and aspect ratios for a spectrum of fixed and mobile installations. Among the new projectors is the PT-EX16KU LCD projector, which was developed in collaboration with Sanyo and integrates innovative technologies from both companies. The PT-EX16KU features 16,000 lumens of brightness, XGA resolution and is ideal for large venue deployments.

Sanyo’s PLC-HF10000L SANYO

Sanyo says it is answering the call for projectors from the government market with the PLCHF10000L, which has two high-output lamps and a new optical engine providing 10,000 lumens of brightness. In addition, the PLC-HF10000L can project images with resolution of 2000 without any image compression. The new system uses three mirrors to achieve uniform light output from two lamps, reducing color irregularities and delivering a high image quality. The projector is also equipped with an ‘Edge Blending’ function that creates “boundary-less images.” It also has a built-in “Color Matching” function that corrects variations in color reproduction when using more than one projector. There is a feature that Sanyo is outfitting in its latest projectors that government users might find attractive. That is “non-volatile memory” which ensures presentation material does not remain in the projector once it has been turned off, thereby preventing the information from falling into the wrong hands.


Sharp offers the XG-PH80XN, which is says can “engage audiences with eye-popping brightness, realistic colorimetry and stunning 3D imagery.” Incorporating the latest DLP Link technology, the XG-PH80XN systems integration/large venue projector offers high quality 3D projection from a single projector. Providing 6,300 lumens of brightness, as well as powered zoom, motorized vertical and horizontal lens shift, choice of five lens options, dual lamp system, interchangeable color wheel, the XGA native resolution XG-PH80XN is useful for a high-end installation, the company says. Add high contrast and image uniformity and the XG-PH80XN systems integration/large-venue projector is optimal for lecture halls and auditoriums, conference facilities, rental/staging and NOC command and control.