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INFOCOMM in Las Vegas this week

Judging from the intensity of the pre-show buzz, this year's InfoComm trade show happening this week in Las Vegas looks like one of the bigger projector trade show events in a while.

InfoComm is a professional AV trade show that happens every year in June. It is a major projector show with a focus on commercial projection and display, digital signage, and all of the associated support products and technologies.

There is usually not a lot of home theater activity at InfoComm, but today Sony announced their new VPL-HW45ES, a 1080p resolution home theater projector with SXRD, Sony's proprietary version of LCoS. This is an upgraded version of the popular VPL-HW40ES with slightly improved brightness and contrast, but with a significantly improved video processing for detail enhancement. And the MSRP has been reduced from the HW40's $2499 to $1999.

Of particular interest at InfoComm this year is the roll-out status of projectors featuring the new 4K resolution DLP chip. Not sure what we will see, but we will be looking for it.

Our appointment book is packed solid with vendor meetings all week, so we will have a lot to report on new products hitting the market. Projector vendors showing new products at InfoComm this week include BARCO, BenQ, Digital Projection, Casio, Canon, Christie, Epson, Eiki, InFocus, Optoma, Panasonic, Ricoh, Sony, Viewsonic, Vivitek, and many others. I will post a recap of all of the new products of most interest to us by the end of the week.

Evan Powell


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Erich Posted Jun 7, 2016 1:09 PM PST
I look forward to any information you can get on the newer 4K projectors. I have been eyeballing a JVC RS400 to replace my aging vivitek H5080, but I have not pulled the trigger yet because I am waiting to see what drops from the DLP camps this year.
Toby Posted Jun 7, 2016 5:00 PM PST
I thought Panasonic was dropping out of the projection field.
Evan Powell, Editor Posted Jun 7, 2016 5:07 PM PST
Toby, not at all. Panasonic is huge in the large venue installation projector market. They've got many dozens of models currently in production. They just haven't been releasing new models in the consumer home theater niche since the release of the AE8000 (which, by the way, is still one of the top selling home theater projectors on the market).
Lowell Posted Jun 11, 2016 4:13 PM PST
Did there happen to be any info on the new BenQ or Optoma 4K DLPs at this event. I can find nothing on the internet about them.

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