Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2024 Edition

February 19, 2024

Welcome to my 24th annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! It’s been an honor to have written this for 24 straight years and even more of an honor for it to have so many thousands of readers annually — it’s almost always our most-read article of the year on rAVe [PUBS]. So, if you’re reading this right […]

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Flat Panel and Front Projection Markets Stall Amidst Recession Fears

July 5, 2023

By Sean Bradley and Freddie Mossop Futuresource Consulting The flat panel and front projection markets continue to battle a string of challenges, as Q1 of 2023 saw substantial declines in volume and value across both markets. The worldwide flat panel market volume saw losses at -8% YoY, with value dipping by -19%. For front projection, […]

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5 Factors for Considering a New Projector

March 15, 2023

By Brian Rhatigan Exertis Almo When it comes to producing large displayed images of 100” or more, projection technology is the front-runner when it comes to cost, ease of installation and system maintenance over time. While projector brightness is a key consideration, it is not the only factor you should look at when selecting a […]

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Kayye’s Krystal Ball: 2023 Edition

February 9, 2023

Welcome to my 23rd annual Kayye’s Krystal Ball! I wonder if this will be my last … are you bored yet? To think I have been opining this column for 23 years is stunning to me. I am humbled by your loyal readership, and I continue to be amazed by how many of you read […]

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Hang and Bang — It’s Not for Outlets and It’s Not for Projection Screens

June 30, 2022

By John Borns Exertis Almo I recently decided that I wanted to upgrade and replace my outlets and switches throughout my house. I went to the hardware store and bought the good stuff. Did I splurge on the fancy screwless covers? Did I get outlets with little USB outlets and tiny night lights built into […]

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White Paper: Finding the Right Display Technology for Your Space — Projection or dvLED?

February 23, 2021

THIS IS A PROMOTED POST FROM EPSON  A lot can go into choosing the right display technology for a venue of any size. Often, the primary decision comes down to this: projection or direct-view LED? This is an important choice, and with more on the line for end users than ever, it shouldn’t be taken […]

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New Epson BrightLink Interactive Laser Displays Show Content From Four Devices Simultaneously

November 15, 2019

Epson announced the availability of the all-new BrightLink interactive laser displays — the BrightLink 1485Fi is now shipping, and the BrightLink 1480Fi will ship in March 2020. Both are 3LCD interactive laser displays spec’d at 5,000 lumens of color/white brightness and a maintenance-free 20,000-hour laser light source. The 1485Fi and 1480Fi also support split-screen display, […]

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Optoma Releases ZW403 and ZH403 Projectors

November 4, 2019

Optoma announced two new projectors aimed at the K-12 and higher education markets. The Optoma ZW403 and ZH403 are affordable solutions ($1,029 and $1,299, respectively) that offer either 4,500 or 4,000 lumens and a 300,000:1 contrast ratio that includes HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) compatibility. The 1280×720 resolution ZW403 and the 1920×1080 resolution ZH403 both […]

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The Wholesale Replacement of Projectors in Churches

September 24, 2018

LED video technology will begin to surpass projection technology, spurring a wholesale replacement of projectors in the house of worship market when audiovisual (AV) manufacturers and integration firms realize the path of least resistance for churches is in modularity. The end of video projection for large venue churches is now in sight. Indeed, the wholesale […]

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The One Projector Shootout

January 5, 2016

Let me start this blog by saying that there is never a better way to demonstrate the differences in multiple projectors to a client than to set up each projector in the venue at hand with the correlating screen and actually do a multiple projector shootout.  It’s the only way to see how the projectors […]

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PMA Research Releases Q1 2013 Worldwide Projector Sales Report

May 21, 2013

PMA Research has published its latest research findings on the worldwide projector market. Total projector volume was 1.95 million in Q1 of 2013, down slightly from 2.07 million units in the same quarter last year. These figures now exclude projector modules embedded in host devices such as cell phones, camcorders and heads-up displays, which are […]

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Beyond the Digital Conversion: Shaping the Cinema of the Future

May 21, 2013

The digital cinema conversion has progressed at high speed, and as of May 2013, is already more than 70 percent completed globally, with some countries fully digitized, and many others approaching full digitization. Exhibitors are turning their attention more and more towards reaping the full benefits that digital cinema has to offer. It’s an exciting […]

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Digital Projection Launches Home Cinema Trade Up Program

May 8, 2013

Digital Projection is offering $500, $750 and $1,000 credits towards trading in an old projector (and in many cases, it doesn’t matter if it’s an old DPI projector or any third-party brand) and buying a new one. This program is in effect from May 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 and you can sign up […]

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March Projector Sales – Top 5 in Each Category

May 6, 2013

PMA Research has posted its recent Projector Tracking Service results to the “Top Selling Projectors” area of its website. For more than 15 years now, PMA Research has collected monthly sell-through data from leading North American projector dealers, retailers, web resellers and distributors. Its Tracking Service family of monthly reports offers timely sell-through data and analysis on unit […]

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Epson Adds Two Projectors Aimed at ED Market

January 30, 2013

Epson announced two new classroom projector solutions – the BrightLink 436Wi, a portable short-throw interactive projector, and the PowerLite 935W, a 3,700-lumen projector aimed at large classrooms: BrightLink 436Wi ($1,250): The BrightLink 436Wi is the first interactive, short-throw Epson projector that can be moved from room to room. Using a native WXGA (1280×800) resolution 3LCD […]

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Yes, Sharp Still Makes Projectors

January 16, 2013

Sharp’s two newest projectors are the PG-LW3500 and PG-LW3000 WXGA, both using BrilliantColor Technology using TI’s DLP technology. Weighing 6 pounds, the PG-LW3500 and PG-LW3000 have a brightness spec up to 3,500 lumens and 3,000 lumens, respectively. The PG-LW3500 and PG-LW3000 are the first releases in a new series (the PG-LX3500 and PG-LX3000 XGA models […]

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Rants and rAVes – Episode 3: Did You Know NEC Does 11K Lumens?

October 3, 2012

Gary Kayye talks to Clark Brown, Sr. Vice president of Sales of NEC Displays to get the word out about NEC high-brightness projectors and video walls. Show Links: rAVe: NEC PH1000U Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: RSS

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Casio Adds Six to Hybrid LED Line

January 10, 2012

Casio’s SLIM Series has been updated with six updated models: the XJ-A141, XJ-A146, XJ-A241, XJ-A246, XJ-A251 and XJ-A256. Weighing in at only five pounds, the new SLIM projectors are 1.7 inches high, making them the thinnest projectors in the industry. Leveraging its LASER & LED HYBRID light source production, Casio America added six updated models […]

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projectiondesign’s 8000-Lumen F32 Projectors Now Shipping

July 22, 2010

projectiondesign announced at InfoComm that its updated F32 projector series is now shipping. With comprehensive changes to optics and color processing, the updated F32 now delivers up to 8000 lumens brightness on select models. The series is available in a wide range of application-specific configurations, and in WUXGA, 1080p, and SXGA+ resolutions. Using single chip […]

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Sanyo Intros Two Short-Throw 3D Projectors

July 19, 2010

Last month, Sanyo announced the introduction of two new ultra short-focus projectors with built-in 3D capability. Both projectors feature Sanyo’s compact chassis of about half the size of most other brands’ short-focus projectors. The PDG-DWL2500 is WXGA resolution (1280×800; 16:10 aspect ratio) with 2,500 lumens of brightness. The PDG-DXL2000 is XGA resolution (1024×768; 4:3 aspect […]

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Christie Announces New Widescreen LCD Projectors

June 21, 2010

Christie added two new LCD projectors to its extensive product line-up at InfoComm 2010 — the LWU420 and the LW555. The LWU420 targets ProAV users who need WUXGA high resolution and the LW555 fills the need for an affordable WXGA high brightness widescreen projector. The Christie LWU420 is a 4200-lumen projector with WUXGA (1920×1200) resolution, […]

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Canon Launches Six New Projectors

May 24, 2010

In launching two WXGA (1280×800) and four XGA (1024×768) projectors, Canon claims they’ve got the greenest projectors on the market with the six models dubbed the LV-8310, LV-8215, LV-7385, LV-7380, LV-7285 and LV-7280 – all 3LCD, LCoS (reflective LCD) projectors.  Claiming to all have at least a 4000-hour mercury-free lamp, a 1-watt stand-by mode and […]

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Pacific Media Expects 8 Million Projectors to Ship in 2010

April 30, 2010

Pacific Media Associates (PMA) expects worldwide front projector sell-in shipments to reach nearly 8 million in 2010, surging nearly 30 percent from 2009 when the industry still managed to turn in a relatively flat year during the global recession. In the mainstream projector market, this year will mark the ramp-up of LED- and hybrid LED/laser-based […]

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Sanyo Launches Four New Wide-XGA Projectors

April 30, 2010

Sanyo announced four new high performance Wide-XGA format projectors last week. The PLC-WM5500 (with standard zoom lens: LNS-S20), and PLC-WM5500L (with optional lens), spec’d at 5,500 ANSI lumens, and the PLC-WM 4500 (with standard zoom lens: LNS-S20), and PLC-WM4500L (with optional lens), spec’d at 4,500 ANSI lumens, both allow for simultaneous presentation of two images.  […]

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Mitsubishi Releases Two Projectors Aimed at ED

April 21, 2010

Mitsubishi has announced two new projectors that target cost-conscious customers looking for classroom or meeting room projectors.  Blasting a spec of 2300 and 2500 lumens of brightness respectively, Mitsubishi’s EX200U and EX240U XGA projectors project XGA resolution (1024×768) images using a 6-segment color wheel in a DLP-based projector. Mitsubishi’s EX200U weighs 5.3 pounds and the […]

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Christie Launches LX505 and LX605 Projectors at ISE Show

February 8, 2010

Christie has announced the launch of two new projectors, the Christie LX505 and Christie LX605.  Targeted at the ProAV market, both projectors offer the latest in LCD technology enhancements including what Christie calls 3D Keystone technology – a new four-corner geometry correction function for versatility in projector placement and easy display set-up.   In addition to […]

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Projectors at CES

February 1, 2010

Last week I discussed Casio’s startling announcement that they were going to end production of projectors with mercury lamps and exclusively build projectors with a hybrid laser/LED/phosphor light source. By no means was that the only projector news from CES, other companies presented their new projection products as well. These included picoprojectors, mini-projectors, toy projectors, […]

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Sharp Launches Six 3D Projectors

January 25, 2010

Last week, Sharp announced its entry into the 3D presentation market with the introduction of six (yes, six!) 3D-ready DLP BrilliantColor projectors offering 3D projection from a single projector. All six projectors incorporate DLP Link technology, which allows for 3D projection when using compatible 3D field sequential content and active shutter 3D glasses that support […]

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StJohn Group Brings Two French 3-chip LCoS Projectors to HomeAV Market

January 18, 2010

StJohn Group, the U.S. importer for Cineversum, a French high definition projector company, announced this week that it will import two new projectors aimed at the HomeAV market.  Dubbed the Blackwing Two and the Blackwing Three, both are 16:9, 3-chip LCoS-based 1080p native resolution projectors that will sell for $9250 and $12,075, respectively.  Both use […]

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InFocus Adds Five New Projectors Aimed at Education and Boardroom Markets

January 12, 2010

InFocus today debuted five new projectors in its IN2100 and IN3100 series projectors, including their first networked projector for under $1000. The IN2100 is available now starting at $599 and comes standard with a long life lamp that InFocus says should last most schools and businesses many years with typical usage. Two computer and assignable […]

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