A lot of people have been asking us, Lumagen, about an update on Radiance, so I thought I would post one on this thread before doing a press release this week. This info is hot off the presses, as we made the decision this past week.
Many people on this forum have followed the Radiance series since well before we even had a name for it. They will recall that we originally planned on the RadianceXD being the first family member, that it was to cost $5999, and that it would have six HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs.
Then as the prices fell dramatically on 1080p projectors, we were trying to have 4 HDMI inputs at $4499, then at $3999 (this got into a Widescreen review of the Vision HDQ). We were working on further design refinements that we thought would allow a $3499 price with 5 HDMI inputs, 2 component, 2 SVideo, 1 VGA and 2 composite. This is what we talked about at CEDIA.
Three months have gone by and we have made some additional decisions on the Radiance series. We were not able to come up with enough cost savings to make the $3499 price with five HDMI inputs (or even just four) fly for us. We really wanted this to be the best video processor available, so, after a lot of thought, and even some work on a non-modular design, we have come to the decision to increase the input complement to six HDMI inputs plus add additional analog video inputs, and to list the product at $3999.
In addition, since this product has virtually all the features we originally proposed for the $5999 RadianceXD, we decided it should bear that moniker. We believe the second letter being related to the number of outputs (S=single, D=dual) will keep confusion down some as we add more products to the line.
I believe it's okay for me to now confirm that we are using the new Gennum chip (as opposed to the last generation currently used by others) in the RadianceXD. Originally our NDA prevented us from publicly confirming this. We believe the silicon Gennum already has available for this new chip has all the functionality we need or will use. Since we - unlike pretty much everyone else - use the Gennum only for deinterlacing/inverse-telecine, edge enhancement and noise reduction, and these functions were demonstrated publicly at CEDIA, I hope we can put to rest some unfounded rumors about availability of the Radiance series Beta. If some issue was later uncovered, we - since our system is modular - could replace the Lumagen RadianceXD Beta unit's Video-Processor-Daughter-Card containing the Gennum chip. However, we do not think this will be necessary based on the data we now have.
We are planning on the Beta shipments starting at the end of January with a few key distributors and dealers getting a look at the unit. We will follow with limited Beta through March. We are hopeful that first production will be in April. Of course we have a lot of ground to cover before then, and we might not make this date. However, as with our Vision series, if production release were to be delayed, we would continue the sale of Beta units. Beta units are again to be production hardware with pre-production software. I think our history shows we continue to actively update our software before and after production. So, for us, production release is a softer boundary than for other companies in this business.
RadianceXD Video Inputs (18):
RadianceXD Audio Inputs (18):
6 HDMI (companion to video on same HDMI connection)
4 Stereo Analog
2 COAX Audio
Other features are pretty much as described earlier. There will be a press release on our website Monday. We will be demonstrating the Alpha level RadianceXD at CES booth South 21666.
If anyone is interested in being a RadianceXD Beta test site, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and we will try to accommodate you. As with the Vision series, since Beta units have production hardware, and can be updated to full production with a software update, we do charge the same price for Beta as production. We do require Beta testers to sign a license agreement that these are not (yet) production units, that Beta results are confidential to Lumagen, and to actively provide feedback to Lumagen. We hope this is a win-win since it provides us with much enhanced testing, and provides Beta testers early access to new technology.