—-DPX-1100’s T.I. HD2+ Chip Uses Narrow Mirror Gaps to Achieve 4000:1 Contrast Ratio—-
INDIANAPOLIS —-Yamaha Electronics Corporation has solidified its commitment to home theater video display products with its third generation DLPTM projector, the DPX-1100, to complement its line of high-end AV equipment. Its predecessor, the DPX-1000, was recognized by the Industrial Designers Society of America as one of the most innovative designs of 2003.
The DPX-1100 builds upon a successful foundation of innovative product development concepts by Yamaha to provide a film-like picture, natural black and silent operation. Now more than ever, viewers can enjoy television, movies and sports in superb digital quality on a screen significantly larger than a rear projection television. For home theater enthusiasts who want a high-performance DLP projector, the DPX-1100 offers a stimulating visual experience and a complement of usable integrated features.
Yamaha’s DPX-1100 is centered around Texas Instruments’ newest DMD device, HD2+, which uses narrow mirror gaps to improve contrast and is capable of delivering 1080i or 720p HDTV resolutions with a 1280×720 16:9 native aspect ratio for a true widescreen image. It is equipped with a motorized powered iris control, which greatly enhances contrast and depth of field, giving images a more three-dimensional feel.
The DPX-1100 uses a new high resolution lens (f= 2.7-5.0) that maintains sensitivity to the very edge of the lens. The use of four anomalous dispersion glass components have cut the chromatic aberration in half while maintaining a short focal point and high-magnification zoom.
For a true 16×9 home theater experience, the DXP-1100 throws a generous 100″ image in as little as 9.9′ and has a 1.6x motorized zoom lens for extreme flexibility in projector placement. The projector also features a motorized vertical lens shift that is ±50 percent of projection height, and digital keystone correction for a perfectly rectangular picture even if users need to mount the projector above or below the screen center. Fine tuning the picture can be done through built in color temperature levels and color balance. A 270 watt UHP lamp with variable power control helps to offer brightness levels of up to 800 lumens, while using the latest DMDTM HD 2+ devices allows high contrast ratios of up to 4000:1. A one-line graphical menu configuration can be used to keep the projector operation adjustments simple.
The DPX-1100’s new high-speed seven segment color wheel adds a neutral density filter to improve color reproduction and detail in darker scenes. With the addition of the ND filter-equipped green segment, greens are more true-to-life than ever. Dark area gradation representation has been improved, and better color balance also contributes to a 30 percent improvement of actual brightness (D65) compared to conventional projectors.
To boost image quality even further, the DXP-1100 features Faroudja DCDi (Directional Correlational De-interlacing) video processing to eliminate common video artifacting with NTSC signals and provide an accurate picture. For high-definition signals, Yamaha uses its original 1080 processing and area-adaptive scaling for optimum formatting to the native 1280×720 resolution panel. Another significant addition sure to provide excellent picture quality with clean, sharp edges is Faroudja’s TrueLife Enhancement technology, which makes detailed transitions such as skin texture, freckles or hair more lifelike. It also enhances large edges to create greater depth of perception without introducing visual artifacts or distortion.
A full suite of video inputs gives the DPX-1100 the flexibility to handle a wide variety of analog and digital signals, including a new HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) input that provides for an uncompressed digital video signal from a capable source component directly to the projector. Other connections include component video with BNC terminals, RGB, composite and S-video inputs. In addition, the DPX-1100 features a PC standard RS-232 serial port so users can control the projector via a computer or system controller. For additional system integration, a 200mA +12V trigger can activate a motorized screen when the projector is powered on or off.
Other features include Smart Zoom for projecting 4:3 sports broadcasts onto a full 16:9 screen; Cinema Zoom, which tracks a cinescope size black bar outside the 16:9 screen; six memories for each input; operation lock function; and automatic aspect conversion.
Excessive cooling fan noise is a common problem with many projectors, but the DPX-1100 Tri-Silencer system uses whisper-quiet Scirocco fans combined with silencer ducting to
keep the projector cool, extend lamp life and mute noise to a low 28dB. The unique airflow is also designed to keep heat waves away from the image path to prevent shimmering.
The DPX-1100 is now shipping with an MSRP of $12,495 and can be seen during the CEDIA 2004 show at Yamaha’s booth (#424), Indianapolis Convention Center, beginning September 10.
For more information on the DPX-1100, write Yamaha Electronics Corporation, P.O. Box 6660, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9105; email email@example.com; or visit www.yamaha.com/home
Yamaha Electronics Corporation (YEC), USA, based in Buena Park, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha. YEC offers Home Theater components and systems, featuring A/V Receivers, Amplifiers, DVD/CD, Speakers, Mini-Systems, Video Projection, as well as A/V & IT Convergence Products