State of 4K UHD Projectors at CEDIA: DP to Launch $20k TI-Powered Unit
The new 4K UHD home cinema chip from Texas Instruments is almost shipping, and Digital Projection plans to rival Sony, Barco Loki, Sim2, JVC, Epson and others with native 4K UHD projectors at CEDIA 2016.
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Demonstrating 4K projector prototypes at CEDIA 2016, Sim2 and Digital Projection are just two of the manufacturers waiting to get their hands on TI’s new 4K UHD chip – 4 million mirrors packed into a 0.7-inch piece of silicon using the company’s TRP (Tip & Roll Pixel) design.
When the chip ships – TI wouldn’t tell CE Pro when that would be, but it is expected to ship this year – DP will be ready with “our cheapest 4K product,” DP marketing VP Michael Bridwell tells CE Pro.
Digital Projection’s entry-level 4K projector, the E-Vision Laser 4K, is a single-chip DLP solution expected to retail for about $20,000.
“We haven't had that price in such a long time,” Bridwell says.
DP also will demonstrate a three-chip DLP projector, the Highlite Laser 4K, hitting a still-reasonable price point of around $45,000 for the high-end home theater market.
Both products are expected to ship in the first quarter of 2017.
Sim2 is another TI customer eagerly awaiting the new chips. The company will introduce at CEDIA the NERO 4 with an estimated MSRP of $30,000.
Before DP and Sim2, the only other projector manufacturers that have announced TI-based products are Optoma, BenQ and Acer, none of which (shamefully) have a booth at CEDIA.
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JVC, known for D-ILA images with legendary black levels, has over the years produced exceptional “faux-K” images through its eShift “wobulation” technology, but the new BluEscent technology presents “native” 4K resolutions for the first time for JVC.
And then there’s Epson, which has been using a wobulation technique for 4Ke – the “e stands for enhanced -- projectors that are reasonably priced, and well reviewed.
Introduced in June, Epson offers the 3LCD 5040UBe that retails for less than $3,000.
“Epson owns the Japanese patents on 3LCD technology so that is what we are using,” Epson sales manager Charlie Boornazian tells CE Pro. “No Texas Instruments DLP chips for us.”
Boornazian says to expect “multiple new 4Ke projector models” at CEDIA next week.
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