And the technology marches on. The makers of 3LCD technology have recently announced their latest and greatest 3LCD technology, the “D7” with C2FINE™ chip technology. So, what’s so great about the D7? Read on.
The D7 Difference
As we blogged about in our CEDIA 1080p Home Theater Projectors article last month, the new D7 chip improves upon the contrast ratio, color processing, and virtually eliminates the (now nearly fabled) screen door effect in new 3LCD 1080p projectors. C2FINE™ technology utilizes a vertical alignment technique to provide higher contrast ratios, deeper blacks and up to 12-bit color processing to produce over 68 billion unique colors.
Quick Take on D7 Improvements:
- Contrast ratios – Now can acheive as high as 50,000:1 contrast. 16,000:1 is more typical.
- Color Processing – Now with 12-bit color for over 68 billion unique colors
- Image Quality – Reduced “screen door” effect. All but eliminated on with D7 technology.
- Competitive Prices – Prices are not known for these models yet, but it’s very safe to guestimate that there will be several options under $3,000.
But It Must Be 1080p!
You might call it a catch, or just the way it goes, but the new D7 chip is only available on 1080p high-definition (native HD resolution) projectors. The good news is that the new chip will be powering what are likely to be the most popular 3LCD projectors for the next several months. If you’re on the fence, the D7 image improvements are one more reason to go 1080p.
New Projectors Coming Soon with D7
The Sanyo PLV-Z2000 includes enhanced 3D color management system and two HDMI 1.3 inputs. Features include an advanced lens shift system with short throw lens and wide-range zoom capability for maximum installation flexibility. The PLV-Z2000 offers 1,200 lumen output and 15,000:1 contrast, a Wide aperture, and low noise fan for super-quiet operation.
Follow up to the top selling PT-AE1000U, the new Panasonic PT-AE2000U will include 3 HDMI inputs, a new “Split Adjust” mode allows users to split the screen into two halves, one to make picture adjustments and one to see those adjustments as a baseline reference, a waveform monitor – seen mostly on professional video and film equipment for measuring the level of brightness output from a given video signal source. It will also automatically verify the source device is outputting at full dynamic range and makes automatic adjustments to optimize for you. Of course it still has the features you love like lens shift and a 2.0x zoom lens.
– Available late October/November.
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 UB
The Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB offers a contrast ratio of up to 50,000:1 and new UltraBlack™ technology for brilliant image quality and the richest, deepest blacks. This projector has two HDMI 1.3 inputs and an OptiCinema™ lens with 2.1x optical zoom for flexible set-up – projecting up to a 100-inch widescreen image from only 9.8 feet. The Home Cinema 1080 UB will also include the new D7 chip.
– Available in December
3LCD technology is currently the number one selling HD front projection technology, in both 1080p and 720p resolutions.
For more questions about new 1080p projectors call a Projector Expert today!
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