What’s new in 3D projectors

3D projectors were the stars of the show at CEDIA 2010.

Multiple manufacturers, including Sharp and JVC to name a few, debuted their latest offerings for viewing the third dimension.

We’ve got the rundown.

3D projectors from Sharp

Sharp, already a leader in the 3D projectors for business and education realm, debuted a 3D-ready DLP projector at this year’s CEDIA. Hometheaterreviews.com reported the new Sharp XV-Z17000 projector has a rated contrast ratio of 30,000:1 and brightness of 1,600 lumens. It comes with two pairs of active-shutter 3D glasses and should be available in early 2011. Best guesses at an MSRP put the Sharp XV-Z17000 projector at about $5,000.

3D projectors from JVC

JVC announced 6 new 3D-ready projectors, ranging in price from $4,495 to $11,995, reported Hometheaterreviews.com. The JVC DLA-RS60, JVC DLA-RS50 and JVC DLA-RS40 are geared for professionals. 3D home theater enthusiasts get their pick from the JVC DLA-X9, JVC DLA-X7 and JVC DLA-X3. These are expected to hit the scene in late November.

3D projectors from Sony

The VPLVW90ES (MSRP $10,000), first announced at the IFA show in Berlin, is similar to the JVC units in many ways. Both use active glasses technology, reports CNET. The VPLVW90ES includes two pairs of glasses. They are the same $150 models used by Sony’s 3D LCD TVs. Unlike the JVC projectors, the required IR emitter is built into the unit.

3D projectors from Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi launched its latest home theater projector, the Diamond 3D 1080p, at CEDIA. The LCoS unit is capable of producing 100+ inch images at a 120,000:1 contrast. The Diamond 3D projector has an auto-iris function and a 120Hz refresh rate. Users can tweak the color, intensity and brightness, as well as individual red, green, cyan, magenta and yellow colors through the independent management function, reports Electronicista.com. No word on the 3D protocol used, pricing or availability.

Optoma and 3D projection

Optoma‘s new 3D-XL converter box enables 720p 3D projectors to play 3D Blu-ray discs through their HDMI inputs. This is big news. Before, 720p projectors were only able to receive content from a PC through a VGA or DVI cable, which could reduce the image quality to a lousy 480i.

Expect this to hit the shelves later this year. The price is a rumored $400.

“The 3D-XL is an important product for the market right now,” Jon Grodern, senior director of product and marketing for Optoma, told MaximumPC.com. “It gives a large installed base a way to embrace 3D life without having to make a new, expensive investment.”

Which innovations in 3D technology are you waiting for?

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