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New LUX Solution Featuring Modular 6P Laser Source Projectors Will Debut At CinemaCon 2015

Laser Solution Offers Massive Gains in Brightness, Crisper Colors, Energy Efficiency, Reliability and Outstanding 3D projections; Strategic Partnership Capitalizes On CINEMECCANICA’s Technological and Manufacturing Strengths and XPAND’s Leading Optical and Visualization Knowledge.

In a partnership of leaders, CINEMECCANICA and XPAND today announced an alliance to offer a highly-evolved line of laser projectors and laser light engine modules to the global cinema and special events industries.

At CinemaCon 2015 the companies will debut LUX, an aftermarket 6P laser light engine, compatible with Series 2 cinema DLP projectors. 6P laser light sources deliver significant advantages over traditional xenon lamps, the most noteworthy of which are an improved service model, a 30 percent increase in brightness, a lifetime of 30,000 hours rather than 500 and a gain in energy efficiency of more than 50 percent.

Today’s joint alliance CINEMECCANICA and XPAND ensures more cinema businesses around the world have access to the LUX laser technology comprehensive worldwide sales and support network. The LUX laser light engine provides cinemas and event production professionals, among others, with a 3D system-agnostic solution that allows all standard 3D techniques, including 6P color separation. It also offers greatly improved brightness for 2D. These professionals can now operate at a higher level of consistency and confidence as the LUX laser light engine delivers constant brightness powering up the largest screens with no xenon light decay.

“This alliance presents the global exhibitor community with a winning combination of leading technology and an excellent partnership network,” noted Maria Costeira, Chief Executive Officer of XPAND. “Strong commercial opportunities exist for the light engine retro-fit solution that enables exhibitors to offer the highest quality to the largest screen, improve performance, lower costs and boost efficiency.”

Echoing this sentiment, Massimo Riva, CEO of CINEMECCANICA noted, “The consumer gains a much richer, more immersive experience while the exhibitor dramatically improves his product offering at a lower cost of ownership! The one-two punch of this alliance addresses a real market need and provides each organization with a likeminded, well-equipped strategic partner.”

Having a LUX laser light engine series — as featured with the LUX laser projector or retro-fitted to Series 2 cinema DLP projectors — delivers an unrivaled gamut of crisp colors, stable high-performing brightness (twice the light per projector compared to brightest xenon projectors) and versatility to perform optimally on white or silver screens. Used with the LUX 6P modular projector, the LUX solution is especially ideal for special event producers seeking to show on giant screens or achieve unprecedented brightness on normal screen sizes (14 fL in 3D). The modular design further advances system reliability and device customization from 20,000 up to 60,000 lumens with single-projector and up to 115000 Lumens in dual-projector configuration.

“Our partnership is clearly backed by substantive technology,” Costeira and Riva added. “The innovative design of the light engine allows for a better quality of the image via sustainable brightness, crisper colors, better uniformity and better contrast. We’re confident these advances will make a difference at the box office and the back office!”

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Christie also has a price request option on its website. Companies like these generally are not to forthcoming with prices, I was surprised to hear list prices on the Boxer this ISE, given the reluctance in the past. I would say let integrator Peter ask them at Cinemacon next week.

Lightsource and modification will depend on capacity and projector model, I presume. Kinoton did ad its own lighthouses to Barco's, many years ago I was told they couldn't do much more, due to licensing terms, basically the heart of the projector was to be acquired and left intact, leaving room for a different lighthouse, and lens, this might have been a decade ago, but DCi TI licensing is still tight?
 

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Well 30K lumens 4K NEC and Barco was 340/350K $ list, for comparison. No idea what Christie is charging?

Of course one needs the modding expertise to fit the fiber in the place of the regular RGB outputs, and have it stay there. Cinemeccanica provides this. Power Technology's doens't seem to do so, though it has demonstrated a modified Barco HD20 working with its lightsource.

I am sure you'll be seeing both of these companies at Cinemacon next week.
 

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Peter did you find out if the Power Technology LASER units would be an alternative? Or is PTi marketing exclusively to projector manufacturers?
 

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Yes but it is a work in progress, this is a full blown professional rollout. Sometimes the Italians out design everyone else....But I don't want to give out the real benefits......
 

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They had the first public demo install almost a year and a half ago. So, this should be a proper ready to ship product. Power Technology has barely been in this business for that long. PT has not, but has been doing LASERs for decades, so hopefully we see plenty of viable alternatives. Not just on the absolute high-end or the low-end, when the Chinese manufacturers replacement cycles kick in.

If you see the enthousiasm for the LG PF1500 LED 1080P $1K projector, that is doing 700 lumens calibrated to 709, and well over a 1000 uncalibrated (1400 spec), as an example of the picoprojectors creeping up to regular HT projector performance. Little in the middle, yet, Epson being the major exception, but in the thread it is mentioned they only produce 3 units a day, ahum.
 

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I would love to hot rod a laser light source to retrofit my projector. Is there any inherent reason it can't be done to any projector?

Then it's just a question of getting a consumer friendly non-astronomical lumens version and selling that.

What would be cool is a dual 3P source, for 3D, to equate to 6P and then use those new 3P-per eye glasses that Dolby 3D is using. But in the home. That would be stellar.
 

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I would use a regular 0.65" DMD projector not the 0.43, as it has limited tilt, and speed, and processing power compared the regular mass market 1080P DMD, for instance the BenQ W1070 sells for around $/€650, best value for 1080P front projection. Did they use the big 3 RU box or the mysterious single rack unit that is in several pictures, but not (no longer) a current product. So many lumens in such a tiny (originally LED or UHP?) InFocus.

Edit: @burnside. It can be done, if you can re-engineer, another reason to not use the new 0.43" DMD, from my understanding it will not be fast enough to handle two times the speed for sequential, 2x3P, will you get mixing of frequencies with simultaneous 6P?

In the budget subforum there was this guy posting pictures of deconstructed LASER/LED projectors, he took apart to find sources for LASER Diodes, not yet available to the public, he kept mentioning the LASER Forum, I could not find that, but did found his ebay store, I pm-ed him but he did not respond, Because I am interested in the activities on tat LASER Forum, eventhough I am completely incapable of doing any of that stuff myself;-)
 

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Peter the single projector is 6P? With all LASERS, from both sets of primaries being on all the time, for both 2D and 3D?
 
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