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United Visual AV Insider - August 2006

Table of Contents:
1. Canon Expands Line of High Resolution REALiS Projectors
2. Sharp Shows One New DLP, Two New LCD Projectors
3. Da-Lite Large Venue Fixed Screen Available to 90 Feet Wide
4. Several New Projectors From Mitsubishi
5. Chief Adds Feature Set to New Mounts
6. Casio's Super-Thin Projectors
7. TANDBERG's HD Videoconferencing
8. Epson Introduces Two PowerLite Models
9. Founders Release HDMI 1.3 Spec
10. Sony Debuts New 3LCD Projectors
11. LCD, DLP, CRT, 3LCD or Plasma? Part 2 of 2
12. Mounting Options

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1. Canon Expands Line of High Resolution REALiS Projectors

Canon's three new Multimedia Projectors, the REALiS SX6, REALiS SX60, and REALiS X600 models now join the award-winning REALiS SX50 projector to create a full line-up.  Whether professional photographers or graphic artists needing to display large, high-resolution digital images with precise color or educators projecting spreadsheets and technical drawings in stunning detail, or even the discerning home theatre enthusiasts, Canon's new REALiS Multimedia Projector line provides the features and performance to meet their needs.

Unlocking the Power of LCOS: AISYS Technology
At the very heart of this new line of REALiS Multimedia Projectors is Canon's patented, proprietary latest generation AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical system.  In Canon's REALiS Multimedia Projectors, AISYS enhances LCOS technology to achieve crisp, color-rich, intricately detailed images by efficiently utilizing and equalizing light from the projector lamp.  Canon's AISYS-enhanced LCOS technology displays exceptionally detailed, seamless, lattice-free motion or still images.

Astounding Color Reproduction: Canon REALiS SX6
Canon's new REALiS SX6 Multimedia Projector offers smooth, lattice-free images, outstanding color reproduction with Adobe RGB and sRGB color support for professional artists, photographers, and printing professionals who require accurate results.  This projector enables users to project their images with the clarity and color accuracy that matches the original images.  At 3500 ANSI Lumens, the REALiS SX6 projector clearly displays large images even in brightly lit environments.  The model features 1400 x 1050 Super High Resolution (SXGA+) and 1000:1 contrast ratio.

Whisper-Quiet: Canon REALiS SX60
Canon's new REALiS SX60 Multimedia Projector is a high-resolution product, designed to meet the demands of those professionals who desire critical viewing applications (engineers, designers, etc.)  This SXGA+ resolution projector with lattice-free properties reveals the most intricate details.  This 2500 ANSI Lumen Multimedia Projector can achieve clear display of large images, even in lighted indoor environments.  Its 27dB noise level makes the SX60 exceptionally quiet for its class.  The SX60 model's lattice-free properties also appeal to home cinema enthusiasts.  For home cinema applications, the SX60 projector includes a Home Cinema Mode, which provides a contrast ratio of 2000:1 for display of crisp blacks essential to defining cinematic images with depth and dimension.

Smart Presentation: REALiS X600
The REALiS X600 Multimedia Projector is the world's first XGA, LCOS projector to deliver high quality and exceptional color reproduction at an affordable price.  This projector is ideal for business presentations and boardroom installations.  The X600 provides excellent price-performance with 3500 ANSI Lumens for clear display of large images, even in brightly lit situations.  Featuring XGA (1024 x 768) resolution display and 1000:1 contrast ratio, the new REALiS X600 projector is virtually silent at 31dB operation.  Call United Visual to set up a demonstration of one of these impressive units.

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2. Sharp Shows One New DLP, Two New LCD Projectors

Sharp's new DLP projector is the XG-MB67, designed for conference and classrooms.  It is specified at 3000 ANSI lumens, XGA resolution, and 2000:1 contrast ratio.  It has a built-in network connection with a RJ-45 LAN connector The projector incorporates a Condenser Lens Optical System that creates richer black tones and sharper on-screen images and improves whites with a 3x speed 4-segment color wheel.

The new Conference/Classroom series LCD projectors from Sharp (models XG-C330X and XG-C430X) are specified at 3,300 to 4,000 ANSI lumens with XGA resolution and have built-in LAN terminal, DVI-D input with HDCP compatibility, two RGB or component inputs, S-video, composite video and stereo audio.  They are built with a carrying handle for easy transport.

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3. Da-Lite Large Venue Fixed Screen Available to 90 Feet Wide

Da-Lite has a new large-venue screen, the Series 300 Lace and Grommet Frame System, that gives you sizes up to 90 feet wide.  The new system is made of three-inch diameter aluminum tubing, and includes lacing cord and positioned "S" hooks for attaching a Da-Lite Lace and Grommet projection screen surface.  It has a black powder coated finish, or may be specified with the optional seven inch wide Pro-Trim masking cover that conceals the screen binding and lacing cord. The Series 300 is also available as a curved model with any degree of single axis curve. The Series 300 Lace and Grommet Frame is recommended for use with any of Da-Lite's front projection surfaces in sizes up to 90 feet wide and rear projection surfaces up to 40.

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4. Several New Projectors From Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi introduced the WD2000U, a DLP widescreen front projector specified at 3000 lumens, WXGA (1280 x 768) resolution and 2000:1 contrast ratio. It's pretty quiet for the size, at 27dBA.  According to the announcement, the company is seeing a shift in the presentation market to widescreen format. Very true and this year we're finally seeing the manufacturers really get behind widescreen.

The new ultraportable is the XD435U-G, featuring quick power-down.  This is also the first Mitsubishi projector to offer a USB flash memory reader so users can connect a USB thumb drive and display saved .jpeg or .mpeg files such as photos or short video clips without the need of a computer.  The projector is specified at 2500 ANSI lumens and other specs aren't yet in the literature.  This projector also features the rapid cool-down, as so many projectors do these days.

Mitsubishi also showed at InfoComm a new version of the PocketProjector.  The second generation LED-based PK-20 PocketProjector is 100 percent brighter (although we aren't sure of that exact spec), with greater contrast ratio of 500:1.

The new PK-20 offers instant on/off control, and Mitsubishi says it's virtually noiseless.  No replacement bulb is necessary because of the LED design, which is very cool.  This isn't for power presenters but it really could be handy for ad hoc presenting - you can create a 20-inch diagonal screen with just over a foot of projection distance.

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5. Chief Adds Feature Set to New Mounts

Chief's new RPA Elite series of custom and universal mounts has the same independent roll, pitch and yaw, with integrated cable management and security.  But the new series has a new design and adds MicroZone adjustments for micro adjustment with a No. 2 screwdriver, macro adjustment with Centris technology which allows movement with a touch of a finger, and Q-Lock, a locking lever, designed for easier access to the lamp and filter without losing registration.

Chief is also offering a new selection of Speed-Connect accessories including ceiling plates; extension columns and suspended ceiling kits for faster installs.

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6. Casio's Super-Thin Projectors

Casio showed its new CASSIOPEIA PRO series, including two models: the XJ-S35 and the XJ-S30.  You won't believe how flat these little projectors are -- height of the unit is just 1.69" (1.26" at the thinnest point).  In fact, they are so small we almost didn't even see them in the back of the Casio booth.

The XJ-S35 comes with a USB port for PC-less presenting, otherwise the units are the same.  They are DLP projectors specified at 2000 ANSI lumens, 1800:1 contrast ratio and XGA 1024 x 768 resolution.

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7. TANDBERG's HD Videoconferencing

TANDBERG incorporated high definition into the company's video conferencing products with systems that automatically select the optimal video quality for the bandwidth available.  They also offer CD-quality audio, encryption and dual stream support for displaying participants and presentations at the same time.

TANDBERG HD includes the Centric 1700 MXP, a desktop system with a 20-inch monitor; the PrecisionHD Camera, a 720p 16:9 camera with 180-degree pan; the Edge Series, which creates a virtual meeting room; the Profile Series package; and TANDBERG Total Solution package.

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8. Epson Introduces Two PowerLite Models

Epson introduced two 3LCD-based PowerLite projectors, the S4 and the 6100i.  The PowerLite S4 is specified at 1800 ANSI lumens and SVGA 800 x 600 resolution (contrast wasn't specified).  It weighs 5.7 pounds, has instant off.  It also offers seven selectable color modes that are pre-programmed for various video devices.  Depending on the selected application, users can choose color modes such as presentation, theater, gaming, and even a photo mode with black-and-white enhancement levels to show off highlights in photographs.

The 6100i is specified at 3500 lumens and XGA 1024 x 768 resolution.  One huge and unique feature of the 6100i is it's compatible with tuners and components that transmit closed caption content for hearing impaired.  This embedded solution is also convenient to universities and businesses for closed caption content on a projector without having to purchase and install an external closed caption box.

The 6100i is network ready, and comes with 1.6x optical zoom and +30-degree keystone as well as 5-watt speakers.

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9. Founders Release HDMI 1.3 Spec

HDMI is already the champ when it comes to consumer (and even Pro) electronics, and now the technology gets a boost with the release of a major enhancement to the spec.  It was signed off by the HDMI founder companies (Hitachi, Ltd., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Royal Philips Electronics, Silicon Image, Inc., Sony Corp., Thomson, Inc. and Toshiba Corp.).

The HDMI 1.3 specification more than doubles HDMI's bandwidth -- from 165MHz (4.95 gigabits per second) to 340 MHz (10.2 Gbps) -- and adds support for Deep Color technology, a broader color space, new digital audio formats, automatic audio/video synching capability ("lip sync"), and an optional smaller connector for use with personal photo and video devices.  They say the HDMI 1.3 will allow the next generation of HDTVs, PCs and DVD players to transmit and display content in billions of colors with unprecedented vividness and accuracy.  It supports 30-bit, 36-bit and 48-bit (RGB or YCbCr) color depths, up from the 24-bit depths in the previous spec.

HDMI Licensing, LLC also announced that more than 400 makers of consumer electronics and PC products worldwide have adopted HDMI.  Market researcher In-Stat expects 60 million devices featuring HDMI to ship in 2006.

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10. Sony Debuts New 3LCD Projectors

Sony showed new 3LCD projectors at InfoComm.  These are strictly designed for business applications, says the company, targeting several markets, including education, healthcare, government and house-of-worship.

The VPL-FX52 model is specified at 6000 ANSI lumens, with native XGA with network capabilities designed for installation in auditoriums, conference centers and lecture halls.

The VPL-FX52 projector has power zoom, focus and picture shift lens, and can be mounted right side up (floor mount), upside down (ceiling mount) and tilted 90 degrees upward or downward (for mirrored or special applications).  Other professional features include "direct power on/off," 4x digital zoom, Freeze-Frame and Auto Pixel Alignment.  For applications where more than a standard lens is needed, you can choose among three optional lenses with the VPL-FX52L.

The VPL-ES3 (2000 ANSI lumens, SVGA resolution) is designed for small to medium size businesses and home office professionals, as well as classrooms.  A 2000-lumen version with XGA resolution, the VPL-EX3, is also available.

The VPL-CX63 and VPL-CX61 projectors are specified at 3000 ANSI lumens and 2500 ANSI lumens, respectively.  Both models enhance high picture quality with Digital Processing and 10-bit 3D Gamma correction circuit.  They also feature low fan noise (28dB) to reduce background noise during presentations.

They can be ceiling-mounted, with screw holes on the bottom plate provided for use with a suspension-type bracket. Both models feature a motorized lens with power zoom and focus, and the "off-and-go" feature.  The VPL-CX21 and VPL-CS21 are upgrades to the VPL-CX20A and VPL-CS20A-increasing the brightness to 2100 ANSI lumens.  They are designed for low weight, intelligent auto setup with auto-focus, and a short focal length lens.

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11. LCD, DLP, CRT, 3LCD or Plasma?

As we mentioned in our last issue, the battle between display technologies raged for several years as companies positioned behind one or another, touting their choice while trashing the competition.  But now, each technology has seemed to find its place, literally, as where you want to place it may well be the deciding factor.

We already covered LCDs and plasmas.  Both are very thin in design, able to mount flush against a wall or take up little depth on a table stand.  Lighting conditions become crucial to your choice between the two, since LCDs tend to do better in bright rooms and plasmas give the color depth suitable for darker areas.

Some people prefer plasma technology for watching video, since LCD was haunted by ghosting, or artifacts - a slight blur when watching fast moving images.  But many LCD manufacturers are introducing models with faster response times, so that is becoming much less of an issue.

Now that we've covered flat-panel technologies, we come to rear projection.

As the name connotes, the images are projected from the rear of the set onto the screen.

The first display technology to be widely used was the CRT, or cathode ray tube.  CRTs are the televisions of your childhood.  The big bulky sets had no real competition for decades.  Rear projection CRT monitors are still available, but manufacturers are offering fewer models each year.

Interestingly, there are many who still prefer the images produced by CRT monitors.  And typically, CRT monitors are much less expensive.  But form is the biggest factor in CRT losing ground.  The bigger the CRT set, the bulkier and heavier it is.  A large screen rear projection monitor will be minimum 23 inches deep, which takes up a lot of space in a room.  They will weigh at least 150 pounds.  With plasma and LCD prices dropping so steeply and so quickly, they are now positioned to make CRT very close to extinct.

CRT has other competitors as well.  In the rear projection battle, new digital technologies have emerged and have now been around a few years, proving their worth.

Digital Light Processing (DLP) is a rear projection technology that is popular for commercial use.  DLP models don't burn in images as CRTs do.  That is, you can leave the same images on the screen without worrying that a ghost of that image will remain.  The form of DLPs is a bit better, with a 56-inch model running just under 19 inches deep and weighing 72 pounds.  The digital technology is designed to deliver images that are more crisp and with greater contrast.

How it works: white light passes through a color wheel filter, causing red, green and blue light to be shone in sequence on the surface of the DLP chip.  The switching of tiny mirrors, and the proportion of time they are 'on' or 'off' is coordinated according to the color shining on them.  The human visual system integrates the sequential color and sees a full-color image.

The newest rear projection technology to hit the market is 3LCD.  3LCD technology employs three high-temperature polysilicon liquid crystal displays (HTPS LCDs), hence the name 3LCD.

How it works: white light is divided into red, green, and blue using two dichroic mirrors, special mirrors that transmit light with a certain wavelength.  Each color is then passed through a dedicated LCD, before being combined with the other colors in a prism.  The image is then ready to be projected onto the screen.

A 55-inch 3LCD will be just under 20 inches deep and will weigh about 92.5 pounds.

There are two other technologies that we won't cover here: Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) and Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display (SED).  LCoS has not really made its mark in the commercial market, so we can't yet recommend them, and SED isn't yet ON the market (but some believe SED will be the market killer when it finally comes out).

The decision among rear screen technologies will really come down to what you want to do with it.  We will determine what connections, input, outputs that you will need for your particular application and then we'll make recommendations.

The choice between flat-panels LCDs and plasmas versus rear projection is often the bigger decision.  LCDs used to only deliver sizes up to 42 inches and plasmas are only 42 inches and up.  That is changing, however, because manufacturers are working on, and delivering, larger LCDs.  So, you may be able to get what you need with either flat panel technology.  But you will pay - LCD and plasmas tend to be pricier than their rear projection counterparts.

And, sometimes, we can make those rear projection models look just as flat as an LCD or plasma.  Depending on where and how you need to display information, we can actually build the rear projection unit into the wall, making the picture flush with the wall and taking up literally no physical space in the room - delivering that flat-screen look without the cost.

The good news is that you have a lot of choices today in display technologies.  The bad news is so many choices can be confusing.  Just call us next time you need to set up one display or a whole network of displays -- we'll help you determine the most economical and effective display technology for your application.

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12. Mounting Options

With the growing popularity of flat-screen LCD and plasma displays, manufacturers who design and market mounts for those panels have become highly creative.  Mounts used to be fairly boring, utilitarian products designed to just make sure something was held securely in place.  Not any more.  There is now an abundance of choices of features that fit just about any application imaginable.

Touch of a Finger

Not long ago, changing the angle of a screen meant getting the tools out and unscrewing this, screwing that and obtaining the desired position.  In later developments, you could turn a knob to loosen the position, position it, then tighten the knob to secure it.  But what if your display is in a lobby, where the sun's changing position causes afternoon glare, which leads you to want to change the angle twice a day?  Or what if a tour group is composed of adults at 11 am and children at 1 pm?  Or what if you have a flat-screen TV over your fireplace and need to keep it flush with the wall when not in use, but angled down when watching?

There are many instances when you'll want to change the viewing angle on a flat-panel TV.  But it was tedious work.  One of the best developments is that the need to use tools to do this has been eliminated, and now you can simply use a fingertip to adjust the screen up, down and sideways!  Even a light touch will adjust the angle and lock it into place.

Pull out

Unless your display is mounted in its own cubbyhole, you will need to pull a flat-panel display out from the wall in order to adjust the left/right viewing angle.  That's more typically the case.  Again, this used to either require tools or turning knobs to loosen or tighten to secure the display.  The new mounts let you use your hands to easily pull the monitor out from the wall, to any desired distance from the wall, then change the angle.

Motorized

Finally!  Motorized mounts are here.  Fingertip adjustment is great, unless the panel is mounted very high and out of reach.  Rather than having to haul out the ladder, you can now use a remote control, just like the one you use for a TV, to change the position, any position, of the monitor.

Cable Management

A major focus for mount manufacturers has been helping to keep cables under control.  You may have as many as five different cables coming into and out of the panel and when they are just dangling everywhere, it's simply messy.  With cable management, a tube or other wrap-type device keeps the cables together and running together to the desired location (ideally, behind the wall and completely out of sight).

Designs

To be frank, mounts used to be ugly.  They had a job to do and they just did it, and no one paid much attention to how they looked.  But the whole idea behind flat-panel displays is that they look great, so who wants to have a homely mount distract from that great design?

Today's mounts are designed to either compliment the panel with matching finishes, such as black or chrome, or they are designed to be practically invisible.  Many mounts place the panel almost flush against the wall, so you don't even see the mount until the angle is adjusted.  And even then, the mounts are designed with the smallest parts possible to be as incidental to the installation as possible.

You may have a number of great looking flat-panels in your applications, but you might have old and less useful mounts holding them up.  If you're ready to upgrade your mounts to those that are far easier to use and tons easier on the eyes, give us a call.

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