Ladies and Gentlemen, the future is here, technology has advanced to replace the lightbulb and paved the way for laser technology in projection systems. Yes that’s right, lasers. Okay, maybe I’m a little to excited here, but as someone who replaces projector lamps every year, I get excited at the prospect of never changing another one.
Digital Projection Systems (DPI) is launching their new 10,000-lumen, laser-powered projector later this summer and with it, are boasting 20,000 hours of nearly maintenance-free run time. The HighLite Laser WUXGA 3D is designed to be a “set it and forget it” system. Replacing conventional lamps with a high-powered laser, creating a solid state illumination system.
Standard inputs include Dual HDMI, DVI, and 3G-SDI are all included as well as HDBaseT connection accepting uncompressed HD video via a CAT6 network cable at a distance of up to 328 feet. Native display resolution of 1920 x 1200 at 24p and 1080p. Built in active 3D capabilities with frame rates up to 144 Hz, image edge blending and warp correction capabilities allow this projector to be used in a variety of applications. Interchangeable lenses with a selection of both zoom and fixed styles also enable flexibility in placement.
Utilizing the latest three-chip DLP technology, this projector utilizes the Dark Chip DMD technology to achieve smoother grayscale and deeper contrast. Measuring at a 2000:1 ANSI ratio, this is well above comparable projectors from other manufactures.
The MSRP for all of this is $44,000, which with a little help from Google, seems to be incredibly reasonably priced. Especially since it is a brand new technology without much competition on the market. I would have expect it to carry a higher price tag. If the hours of operation are true, I wouldn’t mind paying more upfront if my usage costs go down. That is to say, there are no expensive lamps to replace every 1,000 – 2,000 hours.
By Shaun Miller ***See Full Story on www.churchproduction.com