NEC will be displaying some new low cost 16:9 DLP projectors at CEDIA, the HT410 (Native 16:9, 854 X 480) at an MSRP of $1495 and the HT510 (Native 16:9, 1024 X 576) at an MSRP of $1995. More info on both can be found here:NEC HT410NEC HT510
I'm not thrilled with the contrast ratio (1200:1) or the lack of a DVI or HDMI input.
Here's the press release:
NEC INTRODUCES TWO NEW WIDE SCREEN SHOWCASE SERIES HOME ENTERTAINMENT PROJECTORS
NECâ€™s HT410 and HT510 Offer Consumers Vivid, Adaptable and Reliable Theater-Sized Images for Multiple Room Environments Starting at $1,495
SPECIAL TO CEDIA: Chicago, Sept 10, 2004 - NEC Solutions (America), Inc. is making large screen projection an affordable reality with the addition of two new ShowcaseTM Series home entertainment projectors. Ideal for consumers who want to bring the movie theater experience into their home, the HT410TM and HT510TM single-chip DLPâ„¢ projectors pack 16:9 native resolution, HD display, intuitive user interface and professional grade reliability into a contemporary design for low-cost, larger-than-life entertainment. Under the Showcase Series umbrella, the HT410 and HT510 join four new residential plasma displays and the award-winning, HT1100â„¢ projector, famous for its jaw-dropping 3500:1 contrast ratio.
â€œThe HT410 and HT510 projectors were created to seamlessly integrate into virtually any room in the home and to provide a selection for the home user in search of a simple and cost-effective alternative to other available display technologies,â€ explains Don Fasick, projector product manager for the Visual Systems Division of NEC Solutions. â€œThe new HT projectors function well in the family room, bonus room or as a dedicated home theater projector by delivering broad signal compatibility for uses beyond wide screen DVD movie-watching â€“ such as high definition television, satellite and cable display, as well as gaming, digital pictures, computers and more. They offer a home entertainment solution that brings the large screen viewing available with front projection into the home.â€
Vivid: Home entertainment users can achieve crystal clear, larger-than-life images thanks to the wide screen display of the HT410 (WVGA/854x480) and HT510 (1024x576). Built-in deinterlace video processing provides excellent fast motion picture display without image artifacts while HD signal compatibility ensures the same vibrant, dynamic experience as going to the movies. VORTEX Technology Plusâ„¢ further improves white balance, color accuracy and dynamic range for a crisp and vivid image. The new HT projectors provide a bright 1000 ANSI lumens and sharp 1200:1 contrast ratio for commanding video display in virtually any viewing environment.
Adaptable: The new HT projectors offer portable entertainment that adapts to just about any room with a sub-seven pound contemporary design and new pearlescent white chassis. Built-in wall color correction preset selections provide adaptive color tone correction when projecting onto non-white screen material or other display areas, such as a garage door for neighborhood movie night or a wall in a basement. The new HT projectors function well in home settings with manual vertical lens shift and a rear adjustable tilt foot mechanism to further adjust projector placement and alignment to the screen, along with Autosenseâ„¢ one-touch image optimization. Additionally, a full-function back-lit remote allows for easy navigation at the touch of a button.
Reliable: NECâ€™s HT410 and HT510 provide rock-solid, professional grade reliability and performance based on decades of engineering expertise. The projectors incorporate Eco-Modeâ„¢ technology to extend lamp life up to 50 percent and are backed by NECâ€™s unsurpassed product reliability and service so users can feel confident about their investment while enjoying the benefits of theater-sized images in their home.
Pricing and Availability
The HT410 and HT510 are available for an estimated street price of $1,495 and $1,995 respectively. The HT410 will begin shipping in October 2004 and the HT510 in November 2004.