Sanyo’s New Projectors Include Market’s First 4LCD Model
Sanyo has begun rolling out to retailers a series of front projectors that include what the company says is the first 4LCD model on the market, and a flagship projector that is said to be the first 5:5 pull-down projector with a 120Hz Full HD panel.
The XGA model PLC-XP200L ($9,995) uses the 4LCD proprietary Sanyo optical engine, which adds the QuaDrive Color Control Device over the green in the conventional 3LCD red/green/blue system. The device filters out yellow light, according to Sanyo’s Mark Holt, vice president and general manager for the Presentation Technologies Div., to yield richer reds and greens. A boon for installers is the projector’s AMF (Active Maintenance Filter), a single cartridge that holds 10 lengths of “clean filter” along with a sensor that automatically detects when the projector’s airflow is being obstructed by dust and then rotates a new filter into place. “Since filters need to be changed about every thousand hours of normal use, AMF lengthens the necessity for hands-on maintenance tenfold,” explained Holt. It is rated at 7,000 Lumens of brightness, and offers a contrast ratio of 2,200:1.
The Model PLV-Z3000 1080p LCD projector ($3,295; December availability), which replaces the PLV-Z2000, uses a new panel set operating at 120Hz. “Think of the old line-doublers and how they interpolated and smoothed images,” said Holt, “and you can get an idea of how this works.” It boasts a 65,000:1 contrast ratio and 1,200 Lumens brightness, and Holt said it is one of the quietest projectors on the market, with noise levels that never exceed 19dB in the energy-saving mode. Adding to its installation flexibility, he said, is its lens-shifting technology and short-throw capability, whereby it can project a 100-inch-diagonal image from 10 to 20 feet away from the screen.