How NEC Built Two Quieter Than Whisper-Quiet 5,000-Lumen Projectors With the P525WL and P525UL

If you guessed laser-LCD, you guessed right.

The new NEC 3LCD P525WL and P525UL projectors are WXGA (1280×800)and WUXGA (1920×1200), respectively, which are virtually silent at 22dB — this is like 10dB less than nearly every other projectors in their class. How quiet is that? Well, technically, a whisper is like 28dB. So, yes, these are quiet than a whisper. Oh, and they’re 5,000 ANSI lumens.

This matters. The secret sauce is a combination of using laser and very low power consumption.

As well as being near-noiseless, the P525 laser projectors can input signals up to 4K@30Hz (and obviously scales them), lasting over 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation thanks to their laser light source. Furthermore, the optical laser LCD engine is completely sealed, meaning there is no need to change bulbs or filters over the projectors’ lifetime.

NEC’s latest projectors include connectivity via Wi-Fi with an embedded MultiPresenter function enables wireless presentation and screen-sharing for up to 16 devices simultaneously. They have an HDBaseT input, two HDMI ports and a VGA port.

Power consumption is just 330 watts in normal mode and 240 watts in eco-mode.

The new P525UL and P525WL are shipping now.

Gary Kayye

About Gary Kayye

Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..