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Panasonic Debuts PT-L597 Series Of SVGA Projectors Featuring 1700 Ansi Lumens Of Brightness

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Sporting a sleek design and a rugged magnesium alloy casing, these lightweight projectors offer powerful standard features including built-in 2-watt stereo speakers and amplifiers, power zoom and freeze, lens shift, and a remote control equipped with a one-touch auto-setup button that makes configuration of the PT-L597 projectors quick and easy. Two 160 Watt UHM lamps--each with a life expectancy of 2000 hours--provide up to five years of normal use.

The PT-L597 models support most worldwide video standards, including NTSC, PAL and SECAM. They can be ceiling-mounted or used on a desktop, for front or rear projection on screens up to 300". Other key features include: center-to-corner uniformity ratio (CCR) of more than 85%, RS-232C computer interface and contact closure remote terminal, Universal AC Power Supply, S-Video compatibility, motorized retractable lens for lens protection, selectable 5-language on-screen menu, indicators for lamp errors, thermal warning and suggested replacements, external monitor port, and a full three-year warranty on the projector with 90-day warranty on both the lamps.

The PT-L597U and PT-L597UL will be available August/September at suggested list prices of $8,495 and $6,995, respectively. The two optional lenses for the PT-L597 Series, the ET-LE100 wide lens (screen size: 30" to 300", throw distance: approx. 0.8m to 13.7m) and ET-LE300 telelens (screen size: 40" to 300", throw distance: approx. 3.6m to 35.4m) will be available August/September at suggested prices of $2,650 and $2,750, respectively. 

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