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Optoma Intros GT5500 Ultra Short Throw Projector

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Optoma GT5500Optoma announces the GT5500-- an ultra short throw 1-chip DLP 1080p projector the company describes as ideal for the large screen viewing of gaming, TV content, movies and sports.

The 0.25:1 ultra short throw projector features 25000:1 contrast ratio and vivid colours, and creates a 100-inch image from just 33cm distance. Brightness reaches 3500 lumens, making it shine even in the ambient light situations of most homes, while connectivity options include dual HDMI, 3D sync and several analog ports.

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Ilumi and Optoma Combine Projector With Lighting Control

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Optoma IlumiCEDIA 2016 has a demonstration of the first projector with integrated lighting control-- a collaboration between Ilumi Solutions and Optoma Technology in the simplification of home theatre control.

The solution combines an Optoma 1080p short throw laser projector with Ilumi Bluetooth MeshTek technology synced with plug-and-play Ilumi smart lightbulbs. The lights are linked to the projector control commands and adapt to projector status, dimming when turned on, brightening when turned off, dynamically adjusting to image brightness and colours, and flashing red/green when muted/unmuted.

A companion iOS app handles control of both projector and lightning eliminating the need for hard wired control.

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Stewart Filmscreen Intros 16K+ Phantom Screen

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Stewart Filmscreen sets to announce the Phantom HALR at CEDIA 2016-- a flexible high ambient light rejecting screen material designed for fixed-frame wall screen or electric roller screen applications.

Stewart PhantomIdeal for both day and night applications, Phantom HALR black technology offers what Stewart says are four unique features. The screen is seamless in sizes up to 40- by 90-feet, designed for use with most Stewart fixed frame or ElectriScreen models, and available in Cinemaperf or Microperf X2 THX Ultra configurations for acoustic transparency.

It is also described as "future-proof" through proprietary 16K+ resolution capabilities. As such it is both UHD- and HDR-ready, and calibrates out to REC 2020 or REC 709 standards. Stewart also says the screen delivers over 30:1 contrast for a 2000 lumen projector in a room with 20 foot-candles of ambient light and several light sources hitting the screen surface at 40-degree angles.

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JVC Claims "Smallest Ever" 4K D-ILA Projector

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JVC announces the DLA-Z1 at IFA 2016-- a next generation native 4K D-ILA projector the company describes as the smallest yet, featuring a "Blu-Escent" laser light source and unique dynamic light source control.

DLA-Z1According to the company the projector can handle large screens over 200-inch in size, while the light source delivers brightness reaching up to 3000 lumens and 20000 hours operational life time. Also included is a Cinema Filter with wide colour gamut of 100% DCI P3 and over 80% coverage of BT.2020.

Meanwhile the newly developed all glass lens features an aluminium barrel and 100mm diameter (compared to the conventional 65mm) for the full projection of 4K resolution content to every corner of the screen while retaining a wide 100% vertical, 43% horizontal shift range. JVC is also adopting 5 anomalous dispersion lenses in accordance to the different refractive index of R/G/B light, the chromatic aberration and colour fringing when shifted can be minimised.

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BenQ Adds HT2150ST Short Throw Projector

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BenQ HT2150STBenQ launches the HT2150ST-- a single-chip DLP short-throw 1080p projector offering a 100-inch "crystal clear" image from just 1.5m distance, making it ideal for tight spaces.

The DLP chip comes from Texas Instruments and features a 6-segment RGBRGB colour wheel with BrilliantColor technology and 15000:1 contrast ratio. Brightness totals 2200 ANSI lumens, while additional projector features include a .69 short-throw ratio and 1.2X zoom. The display is also optimised for gaming, with micro-second DMD response time providing smooth and quick images.

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Draper Claims Biggest Thin Bezel Screen

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Draper ProfileThe redesigned Draper Profile fixed screen has a bezel frame just 1.3cm thick while still being available in sizes up to 9m wide-- making it perfect for both home AV and digital signage applications wanting a "flat panel look."

The company adds size is not the only advantage of the Profile screen-- the redesigned frame is also 30% lighter, making it easier to assemble. Viewing surface attachment should be simple via new sliding hook-and-loop system, while optional LED lights frame the Profile with thousands of colour possibilities.

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LG Adds to Minibeam Projectors

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LG announces a pair of Minibeam miniature battery-powered projectors-- the Ultra Short-Throw (UST) PH450U able to projecto 80-inch images and the "extremely portable" PH150G.

LG MinibeamThe PH450U projects an 80-inch 1280 x 720 resolution image from a distance of 33cm, making it ideal for rooms lacking in viewing space. Users can also set it upright on one end to render images on any flat, horizontal surfaces, turning tables or even floors into a movie screen. Image brightness reaches 450 lumens, contrast is 100000:1 and lamp life reaches up to 30000 hours.

Connectivity comes through HDMI (with MHL capability) or USB, and LG claims the battery powers 2.5 hours of projection on a single charge.

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