Originally Posted by JeffKB
Is there anything you'd like to tell us about these projectors that maybe no one would think to ask about? Perhaps an internal design feature that you're particularly proud of, or a new bit of firmware functionality that you think is cool? Also, since we're all AV geeks and would probably find it very interesting, are there any anecdotal stories about their development that you'd like to share?
The things I am most proud of with this platform are the refinements. Many of the team members are the same as the ones who worked on the SP4805 and the production line is in the same building, and everyone is impressed that we have gone from a business projector slightly modified for home use to a full-fledged no-complaints home theater product. Every system and subsystem have been improved for home users. We made a list of all the complaints and suggestions and implemented everything we could and still have a value product. This is our first grounds up platform designed specifically for home use, and we took that task seriously.
The biggest single difference from a performance standpoint between the new line and the old X1/X2/SP48xx platform is the airflow design. The new design provides for minimal light leakage and minimal escaping of noise, while improving maintenance with a screen-less, non-outgassing lamp enclosure. The new design allowed us to put all of the connectors in the back where they belong and not worry about vents there. It also got rid of all light leaks out the front and cleaned up the look of the product tremendously.
Right now the design team, located on two continents, is working night and day crossing the "t"s and dotting the "i"s in preparation for mass production. I'm writing these responses in between optical tests on our pre-production units and I think I am a little bit too close to the project right now to really give you anything anecdotal that wouldn't read like a pessimistic story (engineers are paid pessimists you know). Ask me again in a month or so.