Toshiba's HDTV projector
Desperate for HDTV, but think that TVs just aren’t nearly big enough? Toshiba may have the answer in its new MT700. Unlike many large projectors, this huge 16:9 beast has met the standards for the HD Ready status, displaying in 1280×720 resolution and capable of an impressive 315″ (diagonal) image. This is further enhanced by Faroudja DCDi™ processing and an O+ 10bit scaler to ensure that fast moving sequences are reproduced accurately and clearly. The MT700 produces 2500:1 contrast ratio whilst retaining a low 29dB noise output and will be available later this month.
In the growing 4:3 ratio range ideally suited to schools and offices are four new models. The S25 and T40 feature a 2000:1 contrast ratio and come equipped to change to 16:9 producing a 250″ image if necessary. The S25 only produce 800×600 resolution and you’ll have to upgrade to the T40 if you want 1024×768. Each will be available from May.
The T98 (available April) is an upgrade to the popular T90 series and is largely the same as its predecessor; it is now capable of 2,500 ANSI lumens making it better suited to wide-open environments. Or if you are in need of corporate standard projection, the T250 is capable of 3,000 ANSI lumens and is further by DLP technology suiting it to much brighter lighting conditions.
Finally, a slightly less high tech model, the S80 (available now), is designed for public space such as bars and even has a special pub warranty available with it. Sporting a 2000:1 contrast ratio and an 800×600 resolution, the S80 also has a sealed optical engine to protect against smoke and wayward pints.