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Draper Claims Biggest Thin-Bezel Screen

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Draper Profile+Draper starts shipping the Profile+-- a fixed screen with a bezel frame 1.3cm thin available in sizes up to 9.1m wide for what the company calls the industry's biggest "flat panel look."

The  frame is lighter and easy to assemble thanks a new sliding hook-and-loop viewing surface attachment system. Optional LED lights frame the Profile+ with thousands of colour possibilities, and Draper also offers a Zero Edge option.

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Stewart Ships HDR-Ready Phantom HALR

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Stewart Filmscreen announces the Phantom HALR-- a High Ambient Light Rejecting screen material designed for fixed-frame wallscreen or electric roller screen applications, ideal for use both during the day or night.

Stewart HALRPhantom HALR is seamless in sizes up to 12.1m by 27.4m, and can be perforated for acoustic transperancy through Stewart Filmscreen's Cinemaperf or Microperf X2 Ultra technology. In addition the company says the screen is not susceptible to colour shift, and calibrates out to REC 2020 or REC 709 without colour aberrations skewing the primary and secondary colours.

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Digital Projection Intros 5 Laser Projectors

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ISE 2017 sees Digital Projection reveal 5 solid-state laser projectors-- the Insight dual laser 27000 lumen solid-state projector, the Highlite 4K UHD 3-chip DLP system, two E-Vision 4K UHD single chip DLP projectors and an addition to the M-Vision range.

Digital Projection iseThe company highlight at the show is the Insight dual laser 27000 solid-state projector powering a 4.5m wide 4K projection wall. The projector has a native contrast of 2000:1 and claims 20000 hours of maintenance-free operation. Also included is 3D support, dual flash processing and dark time.

Meanwhile the addition to the Highlite series provides a 4K option, the Highlite 4K UHD. The 3-chip DLP system boasts 12500 brightness and native 2000:1 contrast ratio. As for the E-Vision projectors, the two models offer picture in picture (PIP), edge-blending and geometry correction as standard together with a real-time clock for automation.

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Sony Launches VPL-VZ1000ES Projector

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Sony VPL ProjectorSony announces the VPL-VZ1000ES at CES 2017-- an ultra-short throw 4K HDR home theatre projector featuring a laser-phosophor light source ale to project a 100-inch image from just 15cm away from a wall.

Designed to fit smaller spaces than conventional home projectors, the VPL-VZ1000ES measures 93 x 49 x 22cm and weighs 35kg, making it smaller than Sony's previous ultra-short throw projector, the VPL-GTZ1. The Z-Phosphor laser light source generates 2500 lumens of brightness, and uses SXRD (LCoS) panels coupled with the laser light engine to push the deep blacks and bright colours HDR-enabled content demands.

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Optoma Unveils Projector Selection at CES

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Optoma launches a few products at CES 2017-- including the Optoma 4K UST (Ultra Short Throw), the ZH55 laser projector, the UHD60 home cinema projector and the IntelliGo pico projector.

Optoma 4K USTThe Optoma 4K UST is a native 3840 x 2160 resolution laser projector with HDR10 wide colour gamut and an ultra short throw of just 0.18 for images up to 140-inch in size. The UHD60 is another 4K projector, with 3840 x 2160 resolution and vertical lens shift.

On the other hand the ZH55 is a 1080p number offering 3000 lumens brightness, 20000:1 contrast ratio, Rec. 709 colour and HDR wide colour gamut. Connectivity comes through dual HDMI ports with MHL, and the throw ratio is an installer-friendly 1.06 together with a 1.36x zoom. Another home cinema projector is the GT1080Darbee, a successor to the GT1080 offering 1080p resolution, Rec. 709 color, dual HDMI ports, 3000 lumens of brightness, and a 25,000:1 contrast ratio.

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Wolf Cinema Intros TXF Series Projectors

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Wolf Cinema announces an all-new 4K projector series-- the TXF Theatre Extreme 4K, with 3 projectors using 6th generation 3-chip D-ILA light engine integrated with laser/phosphor for light output and colorimetry.

TXF 5000The projectors making the TXF series are the native 1080p lamp-based TXF-900, TXF-1400 and TXF-2000 and the flagship 4K resolution (4096x2160) TXF-5000 featuring a high-output Blu-escent laser-phosphor light source. All projectors feature 18Gbps UHD HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 compatibility, allowing the connection of 4K60 4:4:4 sources (scaled to 1080p in the first 3 models) and brightness specs between 2500 and 3200 ANSI lumens.

Also included in all the projectors is HDR10 imaging compatibility, multiple aspect ratio memories, custom factory gamut, gamma calibrations and an all-metal chassis.

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BenQ Redesigns W1070 Projector

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BenQ announces a replacement of the W1070 projector-- the HT1070, a 1920 x 1080 resolution number featuring a 6-segment colour wheel (RGBRGB) and six times the speed.

BenQ HT1070The HT1070 projects a 100-inch image at 2000 lumens brightness from 2.4m distance. Aimed at game or entertainment rooms (as opposed to home theatres), it also includes CinemaMaster Audio via built-in 10W stereo speakers for customers not wanting to use an external sound system.

Connectivity comes through dual HDMI inputs, with one doubling as an MHL port. The projector is ISFccc-certified to provide two calibrated and optimised modes, ISF Day and ISF Night. SmartEco technology provides longer lamp life, automatically adjusting lamp power to use as little light as as necessary to deliver the best contrast and brightness performance, maximising power savings.

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