An initial report from the CEDIA exhibit hall…
The CEDIA trade show opened today in Dallas, TX with a lot of new home theater projector announcements. We’ll write up a full review after the show, but for now some of the show’s highlights (in alpha order) are these:
BenQ formally enters the CEDIA channel with the release of the HT6050, a native 1080p resolution model with a single chip DLP engine and RGBRGB color wheel. The HT6050 carries a THX certification, a first for single chip DLP design. The unit is intended to dial in perfect Rec 709 and it comes with an assortment of five optional lenses to facility a wide range of installation needs. More features, pricing and anticipated ship date will be updated when we get it.
Digital Projection Int'l. is showing a prototype of an 8000 lumen native 4K projector using TI's new 4K chip. Called the E Vision Laser 4K, it is scheduled for shipment next spring at the remarkably aggressive price of $20,000. The laser source in this projector is rated for 20,000 hours, and the single chip design ensures that there will be no convergence problems--always something to think about in three-chip light engines since precise convergence is required for maximizing detail at 4K resolution. More details to come on features and specs.
Epson releases four new home theater projectors at this show including their flagship Pro Cinema LS10500 Reflective Laser Projector. This is essentially an HDR-enhanced version of the LS10000 released last year and features a 30,000-hour dual laser light source, 2.0x zoom lens with lens memory, native 4K UHD signal input, and 4K enhanced image resolution using native 1080p reflective imaging devices and pixel shift technology. The addition of HDR gives significant additional pop and detail definition to the picture. The LS10500 replaces the LS10000 and will begin shipping this fall at $7,999 MSRP.
Epson is also introducing three economically priced home theater models, the Home Cinema 3100 ($1,299), the Home Cinema 3700 ($1,499), and the Home Cinema 3900 ($1,999). All three of these models are fitted with 1.6x zoom lenses, have frame interpolation, and MHL compatibility. They vary in contrast and a few other features. The 3100 and 3700 will be sold through retail and the 3900 will be available through CEDIA custom installers.
JVC has made a splash with the unveiling of its first native 4K projector, the DLA-RS4500. The light engine is constructed around three 4096x2160 D-ILA chips and a 20,000-hour laser phosphor light source. The RS4500 is rated at 3000 ANSI lumens and infinite contrast. Other features include a powered 2.0x zoom lens with ten-position lens memory, powered vertical and horizontal lens shift, and full speed 18 Gbps HDMI/HDCP 2.2 with HDR. This is a big machine, 20” wide and 28” deep and weighing 85.9 lbs. The RS4500 will be priced at $34,999.99 when it begins to ship in December.
Sim2 is introducing their new NERO 4, a very bright 5000-lumen native 4K projector using TI’s new 4K (3840x2160) DLP chip. Lumen output can be reduced and the 450W lamp life extended to 3000 hours by operating in eco mode. The NERO 4 also features a 2x powered zoom lens with vertical/horizontal lens shift and position encoders (lens memory), and two HDMI inputs, one with HDCP 1.4 and the other with HDCP 2.2. This is also a large unit, weighing 70 lbs. As noted with DPI's new model using this same chip, a key competitive advantage of the single chip DLP design is that it eliminates convergence problems.
Sim2 says the NERO 4 will be the first projector featuring the new DLP 4K chip to make it to market. The release date is November 15 and price is $30,000.
Stay tuned for more updates. The CEDIA convention closes on Saturday.