SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors, announced today a new professional projector with an extraordinary brightness of 15,000 ANSI Lumens that is unmatched by other projectors in its class. The PLC-HF15000L utilizes SANYO’s exclusive QuaDrive™ technology to produce superior color accuracy with a very wide color gamut, providing Real 2K digital cinema performance that exceeds Full HD requirements at 2048 x 1080 resolution. Designed for the mid to large venue presentation, staging and digital signage markets, the PLC-HF15000L (lens sold separately) is scheduled for release in December 2010, with an MSRP of $44,995.
The QuaDrive engine advances beyond conventional 3 LCD systems by adding a yellow color control device to the existing red, green and blue elements. The additional control of the amount of yellow light in the image increases color purity and accuracy, produces a wider color gamut and enables higher brightness levels. A new long-life inorganic 2K LCD panel enables the PLC-HF15000L to achieve resolution greater than Full HD in a 17:9 aspect ratio. Housing four high output 380 W lamps and using unique cooling technology, the projector achieves a record brightness of 15,000 lumens in a high-efficiency, energy-saving design. This extraordinary brightness makes it suitable for applications where other projectors may be inadequate, including large exhibition halls and auditoriums and conference rooms, as well as for dramatic digital signage applications.
"By setting a new standard for brightness in its category, and using our most advanced technologies that include QuaDrive, a long life DIOS (Durable Inorganic Optical System) engine and widescreen 2K resolution, the PLC-HF15000L performs superbly in even the largest presentation environments. We see it creating new opportunities for large format digital signage, even in well-lit spaces. Furthermore, its operational flexibility and features enable its effective use in rooms of virtually any size, with low operational and maintenance costs,” said Sam Malik, Vice President of SANYO’s Digital Solutions Division, and General Manager of the Corporate Solutions Group.
Dust in the optical and mechanical systems of a projector can hurt performance and reduce service life. SANYO’s Active Maintenance Cleaner (AMC) system is the most advanced yet, protecting critical components for an incredible 12,000 hours before a filter change is required. By using an intake air volume monitoring system that determines the current effectiveness of the filter, AMC will clean the filter surface automatically based on a time requirement or by using its automatic clog detection capabilities to provide a clean optical surface. Also, while the standard filter will help protect against dust, SANYO is also offering an optional “Smoke Filter” (model POA-FIL160) that can help protect against smoke from sources like cigarettes and other fine airborne particles that could enter the projector. This expands the applications for the projector to more public settings, including those where smoking is permitted without its adverse effects to the optical engine. Both of these systems increase long-term reliability and reduce maintenance costs, especially for installations where the projector is mounted in a difficult to reach location where easy access is difficult.
The PLC-HF15000L is equipped with a “Hot Operation Lamp Exchange System” that allows individual lamps to be replaced without turning the projector off. Previous models required a projector shutdown and restart for all bulb replacements. The new hot-swappable system gives operators a smooth, simple way to replace a failed bulb and continue presentations without interruption.
To allow use in a very wide range of venues, eleven lens options are available in a variety of focal lengths to accommodate any projector to screen distance. A power zoom with focus control can be remotely operated, as can a motorized lens shift that operates both horizontally and vertically for maximum installation flexibility with sacrificing image fidelity.
Where multiple images are required, the PLC-HF15000L can simultaneously display two images, in either picture-in-picture or picture-by-picture modes. For presentations utilizing multiple projectors, aligned either horizontally or vertically to create a single larger image, variations in image quality between projectors is eliminated through SANYO’s Edge Blending, Color Matching and Constant Brightness functions. Color Matching corrects for any variations in hue between adjacent images, Edge Blending smoothes the transition point between projected images by compensating for differences in brightness, and Constant Brightness creates uniform brightness across the entire image area.
Built-in LAN networking facilitates control of the projector or a group of projectors through CAT5 network cabling. For presentation applications where necessary, a mechanical shutter system allows operators to instantly shut off light transmission. Input options include HDMI 1.3; DVI-D; D-sub 15 pin RGB; BNC for RGBHV and CV/Y-Pb/Cb-Pr/Cr; and S-Video, with optional boards available for HD/SD-SDI and Dual Link SDI.
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global, leading provider of energy, environment, and lifestyle applications. The Corporate Solutions Group, is based in Chatsworth, California, and is part of SANYO North America’s Digital Solutions Division (SANYO North America is a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.). The Digital Solutions Division is a service and sales division that markets digital projectors, digital still cameras, digital media camcorders, home appliances, security video equipment, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics and HD televisions. For more information on SANYO, please visit http://us.SANYO.com.