CEDIA 2011 – Highlights

Posted by: David Birch-Jones at 4:04 pm, September 14th, 2011

Three of the Lumis models are active shutter 3D types, while the fourth is a passive 3D model, with starting prices at $38,000. The Lumis LED-powered projectors feature Sim2's exclusive no-fan cooling system for completely noise-free operation.


Screen Innovations Zero Edge


File this one in the “I should have thought of that” department. Screen Innovations specializes in high contrast screens that allow viewing front projection video in higher ambient light environments and at CEDIA they debuted their Black Diamond Zero Edge screen, which dispenses with the traditional 2~3 inch black velvet flocked frame in favor of a fixed frame screen that features a pencil-thin black flocked edge.

Since the days of three tube CRT front projectors, front projection screens have employed a thick frame with black flocking to absorb projector light overspill. With many modern DLP, LCD and LCoS front projectors however, there’s little to no overspray, and many of the better projectors feature edge blanking in addition to keystone adjustments which allows the projected image to be tightly confined to within the screen itself with no light overspray. Ergo, there’s no longer a need for the traditional thick black frame edge, and the Zero Edge screen presents an aesthetically pleasing look, compared to traditional fixed frame projection screens.

The Zero Edge is available in three screen gains, including 2.7 high gain silver, 1.7 moderate gain black and .8 sub gain black, and ships fully assembled—just unpack and hang. Screen Innovations can supply the Zero Edge in screen sizes up to 142” diagonal, and the screen can be mounted a number of ways, including recessed (unframed), flush-to, projected off the wall or flying from cables for a sleek look.




Epson introduced a range of new home theater 3D and 2D front projectors, including models that feature wireless transmission of the video signal to the projector. The top line 3D Pro Cinema 6010 features ISF certification with ISF day and night calibration memories, two anamorphic squeeze and stretch modes (for fixed and movable external anamorphic lens setups), two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses, a ceiling mount, rear panel cable cover and a spare lamp, and is slated to retail for under $4,000.

The 3D Home Cinema 3010 is available in two versions, with the second version (3010e) equipped with wireless video signal transmission to the projector conforming to the WirelessHD RF standard, which provides lossless HD wireless video signal transfer over short distances. The 3010e is slated to retail under $3,500, a $500 premium over the base 3010 model (under $3,000). The obvious benefit of the “e” version is the cost savings by not needing a long HDMI cable, as well eliminating the need for an installer to actually run the cable through the wall and ceiling to the projector, which can often cost more than the price of the HDMI cable itself. You’ll still need to have an AC power source near the projector however, and broadcast AC power still hasn’t yet been invented.





High-end video flat panel and projector maker Runco held a press conference to debut two new front projectors, one an ultra high-end 3D setup (with a high-end price tag to match) and an innovative short-throw model designed to solve the continuously vexing problems of projector size and placement.

Runco’s new D-113d 3D front projection system pairs two of the firm’s high-end 3 chip DLP dual lamp VX-series models, bolted and stacked together vertically and mated to a companion video processor. Unlike many other 3D front projectors, which use active shutter 3D glasses, the VX-113d system features passive 3D glasses, which require no batteries or recharging. Unlike the typical 3D movie theater's cheap passive polarized glasses, the Runco 3D glasses feature deluxe dichroic color-filtered lenses similar to the Dolby/Infinitec 3D system, but more refined. The Runco incorporates Panavision's five-band dichroic 3D technology (the Dolby/Infinitec is a three-band system) that has each eye receiving different parts of the visible spectrum split up into five bands.


AJones -- Sat, 09/08/2012 - 12:15

Great article David, the Pioneers were definitely the best as far as plasma screens went, i also have the 42" Pioneer a beautiful piece of kit.


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