August 26, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
It’s nothing new for Scandinavia to give us products that focus as much on their design as their features—companies like Volvo, Ikea and Bang & Olufsen come to mind when thinking of that European region. So when Norwegian manufacturer projectiondesign throws five new home theater projectors our way, it came as no surprise that along with serving up superb images they also stand out from other projectors in their appearance.
Highlighted by exquisite shading in Etruscan Bronze and Pearl White, projection design’s Avielo series includes new DLP models that range from the entry-level Prisma 720p model suitable to screens up to 100 inches, all the way to the monster 3-chip 1080p Helios that can fill a 300-inch screen.
In between, there’s the 1080p Spectra, which incorporates “Signature” series lenses and high-end video processing and technologies taken from projectiondesign’s professional movie industry projectors; the 1080p Optix, which has a choice of six lenses, fills a screen up to 180 inches and incorporates the company’s “DuArch” dual illumination architecture to keep ticking just in case the lamp doesn’t; and the 1080p Radiance, which will have a higher-power output and be suitable for screens up to 135 inches.
The Spectra, Optix and Prisma will be released first, with the Radiance and Helios expected for the fourth quarter.
Other prominent features of projectiondesign’s models include Philips’ UHP VIDI lamp technology, proprietary RealColor color management suite, Texas Instruments’ DLP technology, 10-bit processing, custom designed optics and HDMI 1.3. They come to your home theater after being calibrated at the factory.
Now if we can just find the space for a 300-inch screen and proper seating distance so we can fully prepare for the Helios. No word on pricing for the models, but we’re saving up our pennies.
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