NEC has announced the NC1802ML to complete the first-ever series of digital cinema projectors with replaceable laser modules.
The NC1802ML is a 3-chip DLP projector that uses a blue laser and comes with an 18,000 lumens laser module. It has a native 2K (2048 x 1080) resolution, is capable of 100% of the DCI color space, supports a screen size up to 62 feet, and has a light source life of up to 50,000 hours. Zoom, focus, and lens shift are all motorized. There are multiple lens options that have throw ratios ranging from 1.2-1.81:1 up to 3.9-6.52:1. The projector has a sealed optical engine and requires no special maintenance.
What is unique to this NEC line of digital cinema projectors is their replaceable modular laser light sources. The NC2002ML and NC2402ML projectors, both released last year, come with 20,000- and 24,000-lumen modules. All laser modules are DCI-certified and can be used in any of the projectors to cater the necessary light output to the installation.
The NC1802ML has two 3G SDI interfaces, one HDMI, three USB (one 2.0 and two 3.0), and an eSATA port. It also features a built-in 2TB screen server, 3D support, and built-in GPIO functions with NAS support. It is 27.4 x 20 x 52.6 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 311 pounds without a lens. The projector has a two year parts warranty and the light source has a two year or 7500 hours warranty (whichever comes first).