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NEC HT410 Projector NEC HT410
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1200:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
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Image quality from digital projectors continues to advance and prices continue to drop. This happy trend puts inexpensive home theater in easy reach for many people who never would have considered it before. Among the latest entry level offerings is the NEC HT410. Selling at this writing for under $1,300, the NEC HT410 gives consumers on limited budgets another option for bringing big-screen video into their homes. The HT410 is designed for first time projector users, and delivers the ultimate in ease of use.

In addition to the HT410, NEC has released a higher resolution edition of the same projector: the HT510. The only difference between these two models is that the HT510 uses a 1024x576 resolution DLP chip, whereas the HT410 has an 854x480 chip. The HT510 is more expensive, but its 576-line display is an advantage when it comes to displaying PAL-format video without vertical scaling. So if you live in a PAL area you may want to give the HT510 a closer look.

Specifications. 1000 ANSI lumens, 1200:1 contrast, native 16:9 widescreen format, 854x480 DarkChip2 DLP chip (WVGA) with a 2x rotation speed, five-segment color wheel.

Compatibility. HDTV 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, and computer resolutions up to SXGA. NTSC, PAL, SECAM.

Lens and Throw Distance. 1.20:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal image from 12'-14'2", depending on zoom.

Lamp Life. 2,000 hours standard, 3,000 hours in eco-mode.

Connection Panel. One composite video, one S-Video, one set of component inputs, one VGA port, one 1/8" audio input, two RCA left/right audio inputs, one RS-232 port for external control.

Installation Options. Table mount, rear shelf mount, ceiling mount.

Warranty. 2 years, 90 days or 500 hours for lamp, whichever is first.

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