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Sharp Introduces Two Space-Saving DLP Projectors

Press Release  |  Aug 22, 2002

Mobile Entertainment Systems Bring True Big-Screen Picture Quality to Any Room

SAN DIEGO, CA, August 22, 2002 -- Sharp's award-winning front projection technology for home theater is now available to the broad consumer market with the company's first truly mobile DLP front projectors, the Sharp Theago Personal Home Theater (model DT-200) and the SharpVision XV-Z90U. Both models feature Texas Instruments DLP technology and weigh just over seven and a half pounds, so they can easily be moved from living room to recreation room or home theater. The units deliver brilliant clarity and feature an extremely high contrast ratio of 1200:1, high brightness at 600 ANSI Lumen, and 2D keystone correction, enabling the user to position the projector almost anywhere without picture distortion.

"These new DLP projectors take up minimal space and offer true portable performance, bringing the big picture viewing experience to nearly every room in the home," said Michael Amkreutz, director of display devices, Sharp Electronics Corporation. "Our vision is home theater on the go."

These new projector models were built with true mobility in mind. Consumers now have the answer to all their projection needs in a small, lightweight product. Great for watching sports, movies, TV or even playing video games, the Sharp Theago and SharpVision XV-Z90U provide high resolution DLP projection anywhere consumers want it, without taking up a lot of space. Both units measure 14.4" x 12.8" x 5.8", so that they fit easily on a shelf, cabinet or small side table.

Both the Sharp Theago and SharpVision XV-Z90U feature a 1.2x zoom lens with lens shift function to provide optimum picture quality in even the most challenging installation environments. The 2D keystone correction also enables easy and flexible installation because content can be projected from the unit at an angle, so the projector does not have to be directly in front of the screen. Both units provide incredible clarity and depth of field, due a high performance specifications including a .55-inch DLP chip, 1200:1 contrast ratio and 800 x 600 resolution. In addition, both the Sharp Theago and the SharpVision XV-Z90U boast whisper-quiet fan operation to not distract from the movie experience.

Sharp Theago Personal Home Theater
The Sharp Theago Personal Home Theater is ideal for consumers who are new to home theater products. It provides a level of quality users will feel comfortable with and enjoy for years to come. The Sharp Theago includes a short-throw lens and a lens shift feature, making front projection possible even in smaller rooms or outdoors. The Sharp Theago is also available with an optional table stand and pop-up screen or can be mounted with an optional ceiling mount adapter, for an instant and ultimate home theater set-up right out of the box.

SharpVision XV-Z90U
The XV-Z90U, SharpVision's newest 4:3 aspect ratio DLP front projector was designed for the discerning consumer who prefers a high-end, high-performance projector. It is outfitted with a long-throw lens, so the projection distance is suited for larger rooms. Additional helpful features of the SharpVision unit include the Pro Menu feature for advanced picture adjustment, a back-lit remote control for ultimate operation ease, and DVI/HDCP input for compatibility with next generation equipment such as HDTV set top boxes. The XV-Z90U comes mounted on a handy swivel stand, but a ceiling mount bracket is also available for custom installations. An optional table stand is also available for both models.

The Sharp Theago and SharpVision XV-Z90 will be available in October for a suggested retail price of $3,999.95. Optional accessories will also be available in October for the following suggested retail prices:
Optional table stand - suggested retail price of $249.95.
Ceiling mount bracket - suggested retail price of $249.95.
Pop-up screens in sizes ranging from 70- to 100-inches - suggested retail prices from $499.95 - $699.95.

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