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Sanyo PLC-XL50 Ultra Short-Throw Projector

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Sanyo PLC-XL50

Sanyo PLC-XL50

Summary

  • Product Name: PLC-XL50
  • Manufacturer: Sanyo
  • Review Date: January 15, 2008 10:07
  • MSRP: $3295
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now

Brightness: 2000 lumens
Resolution: 1024 x 768
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Audio: Built-in mono speaker with 2 watts of power
PC I/O: D-sub 15-pin Input, Mini D-sub Output
Video Input: Component Input (RCAx3), Composite (RCA), S-Video
Audio: Stereo mini-jack input and output, Analog stereo input (RCAx2)
Service Port: Mini DIN 8-pin
Dimensions: 14.75 (W) x 7.75 (H) x 19.5 (D) inches (374 x 196.8 x 495 mm)
Weight: 16.8 lbs. (7.6 kg)

Executive Overview

Sanyo showed off their PLC-XL50 LCD Short-Throw Projector at CES this year. The unique short throw distance of the PLC-XL50 allows projection in virtually any environment, particularly areas that traditional projectors can not be used, such as walls, floors and desktops. In order for Sanyo to shorten the projection distance of the PLC-XL50, new large diameter aspheric lens and high-precision aspheric mirror technology was developed. A new optical engine was also developed, which enables an 80-inch projection from the short distance of only 3-inches (8 cm)! This creates an opportunity to project extremely large images in any room or space that is available.

The proprietary optical and cooling mechanism technology used in the PLC-XL50 allows both vertical and horizontal projection. The new optical engine was created with a high-precision aspheric mirror combined with a distortion correction mechanism lens, enabling large magnification without distortion, even from an ultra-short distance. To allow projection either vertically or horizontally, a special cooling mechanism was essential. The resulting solution is a one-way flow system consisting of an air intake and exhaust mechanism on the main body of the projector, which allows the optimal positioning of the main components.

By shortening the distance for projection, the options for installation are greatly improved, which includes floor, tabletop and wall mount projection. The variety of applications is almost limitless, providing effective, quick and easy presentations or announcements. For instance:

  • Projecting a large screen on the floor in a pre-school, creates a new style of teaching and classroom interaction.
  • When installing the projector directly above the screen or blackboard in classroom, the light that once entered the teachers' eyes and long shadows are a thing of the past.
  • Used as a tabletop projector, images can be projected on a dark surface allowing designers and architects to see their designs more visually for review or additional inspiration.
  • The projector can be used in department stores to advertise sale products in hallways or on open floor spaces, optimizing the use of all available space.
  • It is still possible to project large images when placing the projector directly next to a wall in a small office or meeting room.
  • The projector can be used to make announcements on the ceiling, wall or floor at the entrance of a business or in a lobby.

Additional features include Top and Bottom Keystone Correction for proper alignment of the projector, a Color Board Mode, which allows adjustment of the hue when projecting an image on a colored (non-white) surface so that it appears to be projected on a white surface. The additional Black Board Mode enables educational institutions to use the projector with all standardized educational boards.

The PLC-XL50 has been outfitted with a built-in vibration sensor alert. An alarm sounds when the unit is picked up, proving to be an effective theft-deterrent. The unit turns on automatically when the power cord is plugged into an electrical outlet and with the Easy-Off function it's possible to remove the power cord without waiting for the machine to cool down, which is convenient for quickly clearing away the area after a presentation. The PLC-XL50 is now shipping with a MSRP of $3295. For more information please visit http://www.sanyoprojectors.com.


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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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