November 06, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Projectors can be hours of fun for your theater room, but man, those hours quickly add up on the lamp life. Not so much when you have dual lamps.
That’s what Sanyo’s incorporated into its LP-XTC50 projector, which features dual lamps that can give you up to 6,000 hours in alternate lamp mode, and up to 3,000 in regular single-lamp mode (on Eco setting). You could watch the complete Lord of the Rings trilogy (in alternating lamp mode) for 600 straight days before replacing the lamps.
The LP-XTC50 is billed for commercial use, but we know how sometimes the technology (and even application) can later hit the residential market. “Along with the updates over the previous model in terms of higher brightness, the use of projectors is expanding in locations such as large halls and rooms with high ceilings and harder to reach projector settings,” says Sanyo. Sounds like some of the big home theaters we’ve seen.
The improved brightness will give you 5,000 ANSI lumens, with high-def resolution of 1024 x 768. You get plenty of installation flexibility too, with horizontal and vertical lens shift, keystone correction and workable projection at any 360-degree angle. It also comes with 10 filters and automatically advances to a new one when it senses clogs and muck messing up the air flow.
This one will be available in Japan around CES-time, on January 9, 2009. MSRP is about $10,700 U.S. dollars (1,050,000 yen).
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