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Meridian’s 4096 x 2400 Pixel Projector – I Guess That’s Impressive

Meridian 810 Projector (Image courtesy Gizmodo)
By Andrew Liszewski

Tiny, ultra-portable projectors might be grabbing most of the attention these days, but what you gain in portability, you lose in image quality and brightness. So if you’re instead looking for a top-of-the-line model for your dream home theater, you can go ahead and add the Meridian 810 to your wish list. It’s the type of projector you need to plan and make room for, but with a resolution of 4096 x 2400 (or 10 megapixels) I think it’s definitely worth converting that spare bedroom into a dedicated projector room. The 810 uses specially calibrated light engine panels from JVC along with a 4000 lumen lamp to project an image on a screen up to 25 feet wide without any visible pixelation. And since most home theater enthusiasts only have access to 1920 x 1080 HD source material, the Meridian 810 uses four 1080p scalers working together to up-res anything from 480i to 1080p up to its full 10MP resolution. In fact I can’t really see a downside to Meridian’s latest offering, unless you have a problem dropping $185,000 on a projector. (Hmm… new house or new projector… new house or new projector…)

[ Meridian ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Olens XPJ Projector Targeted At Gamers On A Budget

Olens XPJ Projector (Image courtesy Olens Technology)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you’re a home theater snob who only considers projectors from companies like Christie or Barco worthy of your time, then please move on. But if you’re a financially restricted gaming enthusiast who would like to play on something bigger than the 19″ CRT in your living room, this might be of interest. The Olens XPJ projector doesn’t pretend to be the top of the line in any department, but with a price tag of just $279 there’s no way it can be. It has a resolution of just 640×480, so you won’t be playing anything in HD, but depending on how far you place the projector from a wall or screen you can get an image that’s anywhere between 40 to 70 inches in size. Apparently if you try and push it larger than 70 inches, the image starts to noticeably degrade.

The XPJ uses a proprietary 270 watt lamp which is rated for about 300 hours. For some reason the Olens Technology website seems to think that’s enough for 300 movies, so maybe they only watch Steven Seagal’s more recent one-hour action masterpieces. Fortunately the replacement bulbs cost a reasonable $29.99, and the projector even comes with a spare right out of the box. As for connections you get VGA, S-Video and composite video, and it also features a set of built-in stereo speakers since there’s a good chance that anyone buying this projector probably doesn’t have a surround sound setup at home.

[ Olens Technology XPJ Projector ] VIA [ PC World ]

Sanyo PLC-XL51 Utra Short Throw Projector – Now With Networking!

Sanyo PLC-XL51 (Image courtesy Sanyo)
By Andrew Liszewski

If your office is big on meetings, but short on space, it might be time to upgrade to an ultra short throw projector like the PLC-XL51 from Sanyo. The projector uses a large diameter aspheric lens and a high-precision aspheric mirror that allows for large projections from an extremely short distance, without distortion. From a distance of just 3 inches the PLC-XL51 can actually project an image up to 80 inches in size. So not only is it useful for small rooms where you want to project on a wall, but it can even be handy for architects who want to project a set of blueprints onto a table.

The PLC-XL51 is actually an upgrade to the company’s PCL-XL50 model, and adds Sanyo’s exclusive PJ Network interface which allows you to monitor and operate the projector’s functions from anywhere you have access to a web browser. Other features include a ‘Color Board Mode’ which allows you to adjust the hue when projecting on a colored surface so that it actually appears to be projected on white, as well as a built-in vibration security sensor which sounds an alert when the unit is picked up.

The Sanyo PLC-XL51 will be available come September of this year with a price tag of $3,995.

[ Sanyo PLC-XL50 (previous model) ]

Christie Introduces An Easier Way To Calibrate Digital Projectors

Christie Digital Projector (Image courtesy Christie)By Andrew Liszewski

Christie, the company who makes those giant digital projectors that are probably in use at your local theater, has just announced a new system called Christie Advanced Color™ that should make color matching an array of projectors extremely easy for anyone who can push a button. The system uses a precision handheld light meter that is pointed at various targets on the projected array. The light output measurements are then used by the Christie Advanced Color software to calibrate all the projectors to a high level of uniformity.

While it might seem like an easy way to color calibrate your home theater display, the system is primarily designed for setups that rely on multiple Christie projectors at once. Since the projectors work together to produce a single image, any differences between them will result in visible seams that take away from the effect. Apparently using the software and the light meter requires no technical expertise, but if you do happen to have an expert on staff they can still make manual changes and tweaks to the calibration as they see fit.

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Honlai Technology MP100 Mini Projector

Honlai Technology MP100 Mini Projector (Image courtesy DigiTimes)
By Andrew Liszewski

I’m definitely looking forward to the day when video projectors are small enough to fit inside a cellphone, but that’s still quite a few years off. If you want to get your hands on a compact projector today, this is pretty much as small as they come. The MP100 from Honlai Technology uses LCoS or ‘liquid crystal on silicon’ micro-projection technology. It’s similar to the way a DLP projector works, but it uses liquid crystals instead of individual mirrors. While the MP100 is small enough to sit in your hand, it can reportedly produce a projected image between 5 to 37 inches in size.

It uses a 5W LED as its lamp source giving it a brightness of about 10-15 lumens, and a contrast ratio of about 200:1. It also features a standard VGA input as well as a mini AV jack and composite video connections. The rendered mockup pictured above even seems to have slots for compact flash and SD cards, but specific details seem hard to come by at this point. Not surprisingly the MP100 only has a resolution of just 640×480 pixels, which will probably keep it relegated to emergency PowerPoint presentations, or crappy vacation slideshows.

[ Honlai Technology MP100 Mini Projector ] VIA [ Ubergizmo ]

SunView PMP Has Integrated Projector

SunView PMPPBy Evan Ackerman

We’ve written about pico projectors a whole bunch in the past, but the SunView portable media player appears to be one of the first commercially available products to contain one. Demoed at the Hong Kong Electronics Fair, the PMPP (that extra “P” stands for “projector,” of course) is a relatively small 133mm x 79mm x 25mm device features at 3.5″ touchscreen, rechargeable battery, speaker, SD slot, and remote control. The highlight is of course the projector, which can illuminate a 53″ screen at 9 lux with a full color gamut VGA (640 x 480) image.

It sounds pretty good, but how well does it work? We’ll have to wait for someone to get their hands on one to find out, although based on our experience with pico projectors at CES, you’ll need a pretty dark place in order to see anything but the most contrasty of images.

Although the SunView PMPP is purportedly available in limited quantities, there’s no word on pricing yet.

VIA [ Display Daily ]

InFocus Play Big IN1 Video Game Projector

Infocus Play Big IN 1 Projector (Image via Infocus)
By Shane McGlaun

InFocus launched a new projector today aimed at the gamer crowd called the InFocus Play Big IN1 projector. The projector is aimed at gamers playing on the Wii, PlayStation and Xbox gaming systems, but can be connected to other input sources like DVD players and cable boxes as well. Amplified speakers are built into the projector so you get sound to go along with your big screen gaming experience. If you room is big enough to get the projector far enough from the screen or wall, you can get an image 8-feet wide.

The projector uses DLP technology and has a native VGA resolution of 640×480. Other resolutions are supported as well with 480i, 576i/p, 720p, and 1080i. Video inputs include S-video, composite, and component. Brightness for the projector is 500 lumens and the contrast ratio is 1500:1. Overall dimensions are 4.69” x 12.6” x 9.5” without the audio module and 8.5” x 13.35” x 10.39” with the audio module. The IN1 is available now for $499 exclusively through Woot.

VIA [ Woot! ]