3000 Lumens DPI LED after all
Michael Bridwell, Vice President of Marketing and Home entertainment at Digital Projection, Inc. told me at ISE that DPI is still looking to bring a 3000 lumens version of its 3 DMD 4K LED projector to market. He expects this to be around November. “It isn’t simply a matter of doubling the number of LEDs to get double the output”, well it is out of the LEDs, “but you can’t get it out of the projector” Mike added.
There was some disappointment when, following the first announcement last year, DPI had reduced the preliminary spec. from 3000 Lumens to 2000 Lumens. 3000, already a tad low for the price level, around the $120K mark. Especially since you can’t use two in an Infinitec passive 3D set-up, and active 3D requires a lot of light with shutter systems costing 84% to 86% of the projector’s original output. This persuaded people to go for the DPI Blue LASER Phosphor Hybrid projector instead that is listed at 12K lumens, the same as its NEC sibling.
However just after the show reports of color issue that started to appear on the NEC Blue Push LASER projector that precedes this 4K model, the 1080P version, so those that want to avoid these issues might now find an answer in LED, but not till towards the end of the year, and three thousand Lumens might still be too little, for High-End Home Theater.
DPI was also showing a 5K lumens single chip DLP, with Hybrid LASER light source, still a prototype, and it wasn’t running when I visited.Well, as shown above its lens was covered. And whomever says Solid State Lights don’t produce heat should have visited the dark room at the heart of DPIs ISE booth that had the 2000 Lumens LED and a single chip LASER projector running.