DLP’s Heavy Hitters at CEDIA 2006

September 12, 2006

CEDIA 2006With the upcoming CEDIA Expo in Denver just day(s) away we’re already getting some pre-show confirmations on what to expect on the show-floor. Today’s projector update focuses on some of the upper-tier front projection models to be displayed but fear not, we’ll keep an eye trained on the mid to budget models as the week progresses.

I’m still hearing rumblings of the oft rumored 1080p DLP projectors from InFocus finally making their way to the show floor, (and distributors shortly thereafter) at this years CEDIA. What isn’t clear however is if InFocus will also show a 3-Chip 1080p DLP, to compliment the one-chip IN78 said to be unveiled at this years show.

Sharp will show (again) their XV-Z20000 1080p “flagship” projector rated at 1000 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 10000:1, we’re unsure how it will differ from the already announced Sharp XV-Z21000 as the latter already sports some impressive and distinctly high-end features. We’ll keep an eye out for the final specifications on this one and nail down the real differences between the two as the XV-Z20000 was originally slated for the third quarter 2006.

projectiondesign will showcase their Action! model three 1080P projector with the Crystalio II video processor. Features include a unique dual-lamp design, dual 7 segment color wheels up to 2500 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 7500:1

Early reviews from the likes of ‘What HiFi Sound and Vision (UK)’ proclaiming:
The “blend of rich, beautifully saturated colors and detail takes the breath away”, concluding it has sensational image quality; “definitely a case of do believe the hype.”

The Action! model three 1080P will retail in the ‘if you have to ask’ neighborhood of 27k but its always nice to benchmark reference products against what us lowly peasants call performance.

Speaking of the ‘if you have to ask’ price bracket, Runco will show what can only be described as a projector for the Trump-set. The VX-55d – Video Xtreme paired with Runco’s 2.35:1 CineWide with AutoScope option and Runco’s McKinley anamorphic optics, tops out at a mind numbing 115k.

Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater Projectors