Thursday, January 27, 2011

The 3D Projectors of CES 2011

3D ProjectorsCES 2011 made a lot of waves in the world of projectors showing off a wide range of 3D HD projectors that accept content over HDMI. The thing that makes this special is that most of the 3D projectors on the market could only receive content from a PC via VGA or DVI, which reduces the image to a less than stellar 480i quality. That all seems to be changing, however, with the new styles of 3D projectors that will be hitting the market which can output in HD and even transform existing 2D content into 3D content.

Of the 3D projectors shown, a few impressive ones came from Vivitek. Vivitek's newest line of projectors have the ability to transform content that is made in 2D and produce it in HD 3D. The D512-3D, D536-3D and D538-3D projectors convert input sent via HDMI and output them in 720p 3D. All of these projectors also have a range of 2600 to 3200 lumens, and the best part is that these products are only supposed to run between $899 and $1,299 with a summer release date.

Sharp also displayed some nice 3D projectors as well. The company's new 1,600-lumen XV-Z17000 3D DLP 1080p home theater projector is said to come out in February for around $5,000. The XV-Z17000 comes with two pairs of 3D active shutter glasses and uses "IR Link" to sync your image.

Samsung announced their SP-A8000 3D home theater projector which, like the Vivitek ones, is also capable of transforming 2D images into 3D images. The SP-A8000 comes with full HD, 1,000 lumens and has a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The SP-A8000 also only has a single lens as well as a single bulb. No availability or pricing has been released on this one yet.

Other great products came from Mitsubishi as they unveiled their 1,000-lumen Diamond HD9000 3D projector. This projector is a full HD 1080p 3D home theater model that has the ability to produce 100-inch 3D images. The Diamond HD9000 uses active shutter glasses and has a 120Hz refresh rate. It is also powered by an SXRD reflective liquid-crystal optical engine and has a 120,000:1 contrast ratio. No word is out on pricing or availability on this one either.

Projector fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming months, especially if they are fans of 3D.

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