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Press Release  |  Jan 26, 2006
MAHWAH, NJ, January 26, 2006 – Combining high brightness with outstanding performance and a full feature set, Sharp's new Conference / Classroom Series XG-MB65X and XG-MB55X projectors are ideal for corporate and educational customers. The portable projectors feature Texas Instruments DDR* DLP technology for high image quality (2000:1 contrast ratio), as well as XGA native resolution that is ideal for any educational or meeting room setting. The series has built-in RS-232C connectivity so IT support departments can remotely check projector lamp life or provide operational support.

"Teachers, business professionals and corporate presenters can deliver an unforgettable presentation using the XG-MB65X or XG-MB55X," said Bruce Pollack, associate director of marketing, Sharp Information Systems Group. "These projectors offer the latest in imaging technology combined with easy-to-use functionality, at an affordable price point."

Sophisticated Image Quality
The new DLP™ projectors feature high brightness ranging from 3000 ANSI Lumens (XG-MB65X) to 2500 ANSI Lumens (XG-MB55X) for a clear picture in any lighting condition. For superior color accuracy, both models incorporate a Condenser Lens Optical System that creates rich black tones and sharp on-screen images. A new 3x speed 4-segment color wheel with an enhanced white color segment optimizes white level and brightness to ensure that all projected images are uniform.

The XG-MB65X and XG-MB55X have advanced features that make it easy to use in virtually any business or education application. The on-screen guide and "help" function ensures simple setup and operation. An advanced picture mode pre-sets the projector to recall preferred settings for multiple users automatically. A wireless remote with built-in forward/back PC control, when used with Sharp's optional AN-MR2 Remote IR Receiver, allows the user to advance slides in a presentation from virtually anywhere in the room.

The projectors weigh less than nine pounds and can be ceiling mounted (for permanent installations) or operated from a table-top or AV cart. For "portable" use, they can be moved easily from classroom to lecture hall or boardroom to home office.

They offer HDTV/DTV compatibility for use with current and future video technologies as well as extensive connectivity. Inputs are provided for two RGB or component sources, S-video, composite video and stereo audio. Outputs include stereo variable audio line-out ("VAO") and RGB monitor loop-through. Both models additionally feature an RS-232C port, and the requisite RS-232C control adapter ships with the product. An optional AN-LS1 Ethernet to RS-232C interface permits LAN connectivity.

Low Total Cost of Ownership
This conference/classroom series maintains an advanced feature set at an affordable price point. A low power "eco" mode extends the projectors' lamp life up to approximately 3000 hours and reduces fan noise (30dB) for quiet, economical operation. Theft prevention has also been addressed by the line, with "key code activation" to prevent unauthorized operation and the availability of an ultra-heavy-duty security cable kit for use with Sharp's ceiling-mounting systems.

Both models are backed by a two-year parts and labor limited warranty including two years of Sharp's industry-leading 24-hour turnaround "ER" Express Repair support. Warranty on the user-replaceable projection lamp is 90 days.

Availability and Pricing
The XG-MB65X will be available in February at a Manufacturer's Suggested List Price of $3,395
The XG-MB55X will be available in February at a Manufacturer's Suggested List Price of $2,495

For more information, please write to Sharp Electronics Corporation, LCD Products Division, Sharp Plaza, Mahwah, N.J. 07430-2135, call 866-4-VISUAL (866-484-7825) or e-mail For online product information, visit Sharp's Web site at or

Sharp Electronics Corporation is the Mahwah, N.J.-based marketing and sales subsidiary of Japan's Sharp Corporation, a worldwide developer of the core technologies that are integral to shaping the next generation of home entertainment products, appliances, networked, multifunctional office solutions, solar energy and mobile communication and information tools. Leading brands include AQUOS® Liquid Crystal Televisions, 1-Bit™ digital audio products, SharpVision® projection products, Carousel® microwaves, IMAGER™ digital multifunctional systems, and Notevision® multimedia projectors. Sharp Electronics Corporation employs approximately 2,000 people throughout the U.S. supporting more than 50 product lines.

*DDR (Dual Data Rate) Technology is the semiconductor chip developed by Texas Instruments, which improves the projector's contrast ratio through microscopic mirrors that recreate a video or graphic source by reflecting or not reflecting light onto a projection surface.

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