Yamaha Releases LPX-510 3-chip LCD Projector
Yamaha Electronics Corporation is further enhancing its line of home theater solutions with the LPX-510, an advanced LCD projector that offers improved film-like picture quality due to enhanced brightness and contrast, easy quiet operation, flexible installation and true 16:9 HDTV compatibility. The LPX-510 was recently redesigned to match Yamaha's stylish flagship DLP projectors.
At the heart of the LPX-510 are three 720x1280 high-definition LCD panels that can display a 16:9, high-contrast widescreen image on a large screen. Linear color balance technology corrects color irregularities at each of 640 points on the screen for multiple gradients ranging from dark scenes to bright scenes.
The LPX-510 is equipped with the latest 0.7" 720p liquid crystal panel (with MLA) and a 10-bit gradation control that permits representation of 1.07 billion colors. To ensure that movies retain a film-like quality, the LPX-510 has a 3-2 pulldown progressive circuit, while Faroudja DCDi video processing reduces video artifacting and provides a smooth quality to the image. Other new video technologies include a 10-bit A/D converter for greater resolution during analog input, three-dimensional Y/C separation, three-dimensional noise reduction and motion adaptive i/p conversion.
An exceptional contrast ratio of 800:1 gives users a deep brightness balance, while Yamaha's "Natural Black" video technology gives the correct depth to "blackness" onscreen, making subtle degrees of shadow stand out. A new cinema filter enhances color reproduction while viewing in dark environments. The color reproduction range meets the stipulated range based on the HD monitor standard.
A 150-watt UHP lamp with a 3000 hour life expectancy pumps out 1000 ANSI lumens via a six-level lamp power control that optimizes the brightness level of each specific viewing environment, saves power, reduces noise, and extends the lamp's life. To cool the projector, the LPX-510 has dual Scirocco fans that extend lamp life and run at a whisper-quiet noise level of 30dB.
For setup convenience, the LPX-510 features a short-throw lens, so users can set it very close to the screen. At just over eight feet from the screen, the projector can display an 80-inch screen image with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Another new convenient feature is Smart Zoom, which projects 4:3 signals onto a full 16:9 display by stretching the edges further than the central part of the picture. Positioning of the projector is extremely flexible, thanks to motorized zoom, motorized focus and increased vertical and horizontal lens shifting. The range of movement greatly exceeds that of conventional models, with a maximum of 100 percent vertically and of 50 percent horizontally. A motorized iris control function can be used to improve contrast and focusing, and to give the image a more three-dimensional feel. In addition, it has short focal lengths of 80" and 100" and a high-magnification 1.5x zoom. Digital keystone correction (15°) ensures a perfectly rectangular image, even if the projector is mounted on the floor or high on the ceiling.
Yamaha's LPX-510 has a full complement of analog and digital video inputs, giving users great flexibility. Along with component, composite and S-video connections, a new HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) input provides both digital video and audio from the source component directly to the LPX-510. Also included is a PC standard RS-232 serial port so users can control the projector via home computers. In addition, a handy +12V trigger can activate a motorized screen when the projector is powered on, providing a quick startup procedure even with complex home theater setups. MSRP is $5495.
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