- Reference Showroom Dealer Program a HUGE Success!
- DP Defines Product Availability with QuickShip>> Designation
- TITAN Line-up Extended with New Models
- DP To Release New Home Cinema Pricing
- Vision Series Now Available in WUXGA
- The Brighter the Better for Home Cinema
- DPI and Alford Media Host a Day at the Races
- Tribeca Film Festival Insists on DP Displays
- Home For Sale: LIGHTNING 1080p Projector Included
- DP Welcomes New West Coast Field Service Engineer
- Photo Of The Month: Maggitti Theater
- Tech Tip: The Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering
DP's 2008 Reference Showroom Dealer Program is a HUGE Success!
30 days. Ten confident integrators. Unlimited high performance sales potential. Please join us in congratulating our 2008 Reference Showroom Dealers–all of whom have made the commitment to feature our amazing TITAN Reference 1080p in their Showrooms:
Atlantic Control Technologies - Washington DC
Audio Advisors - Florida
Audio Command Systems - New York
Audio Images - California
Audio Video Environments - Tennessee
Aurant - Utah
Beyond Audio - British Columbia
Entertaining Spaces - California
Mountain Heritage Systems - North Carolina
Paragon Technology Group- Colorado
Watch for our ads featuring the amazing TITAN Reference 1080p projectors operating in our these integrators' showrooms, as well as information about how they are using their Reference Showroom Dealer status to maximize all of their projection display opportunities.
Congratulations and a sincere Thank You to each of our 2008 Reference Showroom Dealers!
DP Clarifies Product Availability with QuickShip>> Designation
DP’s decade long commitment to provide projection products for varied array of applications has resulted in an extensive DLP® product line. A brief review of our latest price sheet reveals a total of 60 3-chip and —single-chip models-now that’s a lot of distinct projectors!
With all of these product variations available, DP is better equipped than any other projector manufacturer to provide projectors that truly address each application’s display requirements. That being the case, with so many products in our line-up it is impossible for us to always hold every model in stock at all times.
Fortunately, a number of the models in our lineup are very specialized, and most projection applications do not require these more highly specialized displays.
Thus, to simplify the process of selecting the best projector with an availability timeline suited for your installation schedule, on our May 1, 2008 pricing, DP has categorized our products into two availability designations:
QuickShip>>: As you review our latest price sheet, at the top of each product page you will find numerous projectors that carry the QuickShip>> designation. Projectors marked with this logo are generally held in DP inventory, and are almost always available to ship within 2 days – 2 weeks, pending dealer credit approval. DP offers dozens of QuickShip>> projectors – each selected based on current application trends and historical demand. We are certain more than 80% of our customer’s applications can be best served by one of the QuickShip>> models.
Special Order: Within each of our product pages you will also find projectors marked as “Special Order”. These units feature specific performance characteristics that make them well targeted for more specialized applications. For example, customers requiring unusual native resolution, custom lumen/contrast performance, or Vision series projectors equipped with specialized color wheels or ultra short / ultra long throw lenses, may be best served by one of these models. Although DP may hold some Special Order products in our inventory from time to time, as a general rule, Special Order availability is normally 2-4 weeks ARO. If your application demands a special order product, plan a few extra weeks into your delivery schedule.
TITAN Line-up Extends to More Applications and Budgets with New Models
Introducing the TITAN 600M series and the TITAN 1080p-Ultra Contrast!
Always looking to improve the Pro Series II product line, DP is pleased to announce three new additions to our TITAN Pro Series II: the TITAN SX+ 600M, TITAN 1080p-600M and TITAN 1080p Ultra Contrast.
The new TITAN SX+ 600M and the TITAN 1080p-600M projectors are identical in nearly every way to the existing models from which they were created - our hugely successful TITAN SX+ 600 and 1080p 600 projectors. What sets the new “M” series apart is that they fill an important price and performance niche right between the TITAN 500 and TITAN 600 series.
TITAN sx+ 500
6000 Lumens/2000:1 Contrast
NEW! TITAN sx+ 600M
8500 Lumens/2000:1 Contrast
TITAN sx+ 600
11000 Lumens/2000:1 Contrast
6000 Lumens/2000:1 Contrast
NEW! TITAN 1080p-600M
8000 Lumens/2000:1 Contrast
10000 Lumens/2000:1 Contrast
The TITAN 500 and 600 models have been solid, high brightness performers for our TITAN HD (720p), SX+ and 1080p platforms. With the addition of the new “M” SX+ and 1080p displays, DP customers are now in an even better position to select the perfect projection solution to meet their performance and cost objectives.
The third new model in the expanded TITAN lineup is the TITAN 1080p Ultra Contrast. Based on the TITAN 600 chassis, this 1080p native resolution display has received major enhancements that maximize contrast performance, rather than brightness. For customers with visualization, simulation, medical, scientific or exploration applications, or for customers who simply have theatrically dark venues and want superb dark area detail, the results are impressive:
NEW! TITAN 1080p Ultra Contrast
5000 Lumens/5000:1 Contrast
Truly deep contrast performance not only enhances the visible dark-area detail and total dynamic range – it also produces astonishingly rich and saturated colors. In a dark or critical viewing environment, the effects of seeing 5000:1 contrast from a 3-chip DLP® projector are immediate - viewers become literally immersed in large screen imagery that, to put it simply, is the absolute best that can be produced. You have to see a TITAN 1080p-Ultra Contrast display to believe it.
In addition to the improvements announced above, each of the new models offer the same cost of ownership benefits that position the entire TITAN product line far ahead of industry standards. By incorporating our exclusive CoolTekä engineering, each TITAN projector produces maximum lumen levels while consuming less wattage than competing products. Our “Minimum Wattage In, Maximum Lumens Out” principle ensures both a longer life span for key components and lamps, as well as the lowest operational cost.
We will be demonstrating all three new TITAN models at infoComm, so if you plan to be in Vegas in June get ready to be treated to breathtaking new displays from DP!
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DP To Release New Home Cinema Pricing in May
If you are a DP Home Cinema dealer, watch for an email around mid-May inviting you to log onto our website to download the new pricing.
Vision Series Now Available in WUXGA
Digital Projection is proud to announce new members to the iVision and dVision family of projectors – the iVision 30-WUXGA and the dVision 30-WUXGA.
At 1920 X 1200 resolution, WUXGA presents some great options for power users. This native 16 x 10 aspect ratio is quickly becoming a standard for higher-end desktop computer displays, laptops and Apple computers. Given the 16 x 10 aspect ratio fairly “splits the difference” between 4 x 3 and 16 x 9 material, it is an optimal format for viewing both standard definition (4 x 3) content as well as HDTV /1080p content. Both formats are displayed at maximum resolution, with minimal wasted screen area.
Computer users beware: many users state that once they acclimate to the 16X10 format, and the vast 1920 x 1200 pixel desktop, older, lower resolution desktops seem crowded and insufficient.
Visit us at booth N6340 at infoComm ’08 so you can see these cutting-edge WUXGA products in action.
The Brighter the Better for Home Cinema
A pervasive trend is emerging in end user preferences. More and more people are gravitating towards brighter pictures. In the past few years we’ve heard countless stories of integrators trying to design home theaters for target image brightness of 15 to 20 ft. lamberts. Why settle for this range? This is the recommended light output range designated for commercial theaters by the SMPTE, or Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers specification.
Huge screens in movie theaters and CRT based home theaters would struggle to meet 15 to 20 ft. lamberts, so this range seemed reasonable. Theaters (both commercial and residential) were designed to be as dark as possible. In a dark room, the eye’s iris acclimates to the lack of ambient light and a 15 ft. lambert output looks reasonably bright. However, when you first walk into a dark theater, and your eye is still set for normal lighting, 15 ft. lamberts has much less of an impact. If you then add any ambient light to the viewing space, 15 ft. lamberts appears washed out.
So the question is: While designing a system for 15 ft. lamberts is acceptable, is it exciting?
The flat panel TV is quickly replacing the previous consumer reference of home television. Plasma TV’s are dynamic and bright, and the new LCD flat panels are even brighter. For instance, many flat panel TV’s are emitting the equivalent of approximately 40 to 60 ft. lamberts of light. And though these units are specifically designed for active living environments with plenty of ambient light, they have become the standard by which many customers judge HDTV picture quality.
Not surprisingly, more and more dealers and consultants are responding to the growing customer preference for higher screen brightness, by designing theaters and media rooms for 30, 40 and even 50 ft. lamberts. The results seem to be overwhelmingly positive as home cinema customers can now own systems that match their expectations for brightness. This new wave of home cinema consumer is seeing more dynamic colors and projected images with more punch, and if they like, they can also view their entertainment without sitting in total darkness. Considering these new brightness expectations and possibilities, it is no surprise that more and more customers indicate they will pay a premium for brighter pictures.
A great benefit of DP’s Home Cinema line-up is that in addition to offering the highest brightness 1080p projectors boasting 5000:1 contrast, we also offer products with even higher lumen output. The ultimate combination of high lumens and maximum contrast is delivered through our Reference Series – which are bright enough to create great imagery in controlled ambient light venues, but still deliver the amazing 5000:1 contrast that really shines in theatrical darkness.
So next time you select a projector for an entertainment venue, increase your target brightness and watch your guests (or customers) glow with excitement!
Digital Projection International's Managing Director Brian Critchley with DLP driver JJ Yeley
DPI and Alford Media Host a Day at the Races
On April 5 and 6th DPI, our Texas-based rep Total Marketing and our staging partner Alford Media hosted 64 guests in our private suite overlooking the 1.5 mile Texas Motor Speedway. This was truly a special occasion where some of DPI's principals were able to spend one-on-one time with a number of dealers and consultants. In true DPI form the event was outstanding–from the police escorted charter bus that ensured easy passage to and from the event to the copious food and beverages being served in the suite, all attendees were treated to a great race in the perfect surroundings.
A few of the highlights included a pit lane area tour, followed by a rousing performance by the Doobie Brothers. The view from the suite was breathtaking, with a vantage point that made for an all encompassing experience for first-time and long-time NASCAR race enthusiasts alike.
Everyone on hand was treated to a great race as well. Even Brian Critchley, Managing Director of Digital Projection International, was able to attend the race during his visit from the UK and can be seen in the image above shaking hands with DLP driver JJ Yeley. Carl Edwards went home the winner, celebrating with a customary back flip from the top of his car!
DPI and Alford Media will be hosting another series of race day-events on the weekend of June 6 and 7. This time, attendees will witness no-holds-barred IndyCar races. For the uninitiated, IndyCar races are held at much higher speeds, sometimes 25% to 30% faster, than NASCAR races. Call your regional manager for details on how you can attend this thrilling event. Tickets are limited!
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Tribeca Film Festival Insists on DP Displays for Fourth Consecutive Year
Since 2004, the much-lauded and highly respected Tribeca Film Festival has insisted on displays by Digital Projection for the presentation of their video and HD digital film prints. We are pleased to report that this year is no exception. With over 150 films in a variety of venues throughout the Manhattan neighborhood, DP’s precision displays are currently bringing stirring dramas, evocative documentaries and rousing comedies to thousands of attendees.
Mark Steele, technical director of the Tribeca Film Festival, stated “the Tribeca Film Festival demands the very best film and digital projection equipment. We insist on displays by Digital Projection International when sourcing our equipment for the Festival to assure we deliver flawless digital screenings for our audience and filmmakers.”
The 2008 Tribeca Film Festival is currently underway, wrapping up on May 4th.
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Home For Sale: 27 Seat Cinema & LIGHTNING 1080p Projector Included!
For a cool $45 million dollars, you can be the proud owner of Georgia’s most expensive and most extravagant home. The Humphrey Estate, also known as Le Rêve, is a sprawling 47,000 square foot mansion nestled on 90 acres outside of Atlanta. In the estate’s massive home cinema, reminiscent of Atlanta’s historic Fox Theater, DP dealer LMI installed a LIGHTNING 35HD projector to provide the ultimate home viewing experience. The 35HD provides an astounding 18,000 lumens and true 2K (2048x1080) resolution. A refreshment stand, marquee and box office round out the entertainment environment.Back to Headlines
DP Welcomes New Field Service Engineer for the West Coast
Earlier this month, Digital Projection announced the appointment of David Kile as New Field Service Engineer for the West Coast. Kile will be working with DP clients ranging from the central part of the U.S. to the west coast.
His responsibilities include product and demo support, as well as application assistance to DP's clients across the Western U.S.
Mark Fuell, Technical Services Manager, commented "Dave has extensive experience with the technical direction aspects of the Performance and Theatre field. He has received a great deal of factory training on all of our equipment and will be a great asset to our customers. I am very excited to have Dave on our team!"
"Growing up a short distance away from the Hollywood area has given me a profound interest in the technology and staging concerns that come with large-scale applications," Kile stated. "Digital Projection has both the extensive product line and stellar reputation in the large venue arena that I was hoping to find," Kile continued, "and I'm truly excited about helping DP expand even further into this market."
Previously employed as the Director of Technical Operations at the Rose Theater in Westminster, California, Kile brings over 7 years of sound, lighting and video operations experience to his new position with DP. Kile will be operating out of Huntington Beach, California.
Photo of the Month
The Maggitti Theater won the following awards: CEDIA LifeStyle silver, CoTY (contractor of the year from NARI) and a regional Chrysalis (remodelers) award.
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The World Deserves A Better Projector: The Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering - Part 3
Minimizing Heat, Cost of Ownership and Projector Noise Through Thermal Design
Last month, we explored the facts and figures behind the energy saving features of CoolTek Engineering, and the benefits DP projectors have over similar projection systems.
To briefly review the principles:
1 - Minimum wattage in, maximum lumens out
2 - Apply thermal designs that maximize component life while
minimizing heat generation, cost of ownership and projector
3 - DP Products must be small, light and as quiet as possible,
reducing the projectors' impact on their immediate environment.
In this 3rd article, we will provide a more in-depth analysis of the benefits provided by the second CoolTek Principle: Apply thermal designs to maximize component life while minimizing heat generation, cost of ownership and projector noise levels.
Efficient thermal management within high-performance displays is critical to long-term performance and reliability. DP’s CoolTek™ innovations excel in meeting this design objective while keeping total chassis power consumption to an absolute minimum. Digital Projection has engineered a unique system of airflow management that efficiently cools projector components in a manner that allows us to produce some of the most energy conservative and quiet projectors on the market.
One of the key components of a DLP® display is the DMD chipset located in the projector light engine. Our 3-chip LIGHTNING Pro Series II projectors employ DP’s exclusive DirectFlow™ system that provides active cooling of the DMD’s inside the light engine. This technology allows maximum illumination to be directed to the DMD while ensuring the device operates well below thermal tolerances. Our projectors can now reach an astounding level of brightness using this technology!.
Also in the TITAN family of projectors, DP created a mechanical architecture that reveals a simple but amazingly efficient airflow path. Filtered cool air moves through the chassis with few obstructions and few turns, minimizing back pressure as well as noise due to airflow turbulence. In addition, we crafted an array of DC controlled “smart fans” each controlled by thermal sensors, throughout the TITAN chassis. This innovation, known as Silent Stream™ allows the fans to run only at the speed required to produce optimum cooling, thus reducing overall power consumption and projector noise generation.
The Xenon lamp-based LIGHTNING series benefits from DP’s exclusive Hyper-cooled Lamp Module™ to improve illumination system cooling as well as extend lamp and reflector life. Instead of increasing fan speed, which leads to a direct increase in audible noise and power consumption, the Hyper-cooled Lamp Module™ enlists a directional flow reflector mask and radial heat exchanger to increase airflow turbulence and contact with the reflectors and bulb. DP’s LIGHTNING Pro Series II projectors also employ DirectFlow™, an exclusive innovation that efficiently moves fresh, filtered air through the light engine and around the DMD’s. All of these CoolTekTM sub-systems allow Pro Series II displays to achieve maximum illumination from minimal power, while ensuring critical components operate well within their thermal tolerances.
Next month, we will continue to explore the benefits of CoolTek™ Engineering as we analyze the minimal impact our projectors have on their surrounding environment. Until then, think efficient. Think CoolTek!
October 2004 - Customized Mercury Performance
November 2004 - Perforated Screen Tips
December 2004 - More Perforated Screen Tips
January 2005 - Total Environmental Dynamic Range
February 2005 - What You Need To Know About Gamma
March 2005 - Using DP's Screen Brightness Calculator
April 2005 - Optimizing The Lens Aperture On dVision Projectors
May 2005 - Mounting Projectors Off-Center
June 2005 - Improved Edge Blending With HIGHlite Pro
July 2005 - Handy Formulas For Projectionists
CEDIA 2005 - Using The VIP 1000 To Simplify Installations
October 2005 - dVision Security Features
November 2005 - DVI & HDMI: Making The Connection
December 2005 - Lens Shift, And Projector Sweet Spot
January 2006 - Designing A Projector Enclosure
February 2006 - Managing Video Delay
March 2006 - Building The Ultimate Digital System
August 2006 - The Benefits of Enhanced Seven Point Color Correction
CEDIA 2006 - TITAN/LIGHTNING Lens Options
October 2006 - HIGHlite Bulb Compatibility
November 2006 - HDMI & HDCP
December 2006 - Using DP's Updated Screen Brightness Calculator
January 2007 - How To Use DP's Exclusive Rigging Frame For dVision Projectors
February 2007 - VIP 2000 Firmware Upgrade 1.2.4A
March 2007 - recently Updated Support Files
August/CEDIA 2007 - VIP 2000 Firmware Update
October 2007 - Brilliant Color Part I
November 2007 - Brilliant Color Part II
Jan/Feb 2008 - Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 1
March 2008 - Technology Behind CoolTek Engineering Part 2
December 2004 - 35 Million Pixel Immersive Display
January 2005 - NYPD Command Center
February 2005 - Golden Rondelle Theater
March 2005 - 2005 Academy Awards
April 2005 - NYC Museum of Modern Art
May 2005 - Oak Ridge National Laboratory
June 2005 - Electronic Arts Wins Best Booth At E3
July 2005 - Rotary Club International 100th Anniversary
CEDIA 2005 - LCD v.s DLP Technology
October 2005 - Ingleside Baptist Church
November 2005 - Dataton & DPI At LDI
December 2005 - Holiday Greetings From DPI
January 2006 - Alford Media at Radio City Music Hall
March 2006 - Mercury Projectors In House of Worship
April 2006 - Sinatra At The London Palladium
infoComm 2006 - McCann Systems Brings Mercury To Nintendo
August 2006 - Stunning Images From infoComm 2006
CEDIA 2006 - MB Productions Gears Up The NBA Draft With DPI
October 2006 - DPI Introduces 3-chip 1080p At CEDIA 2006
November 2006 - LDI 2006
December 2006 - Happy Holidays From Digital Projection
January 2007 - K2 Imaging at Tusla Centennial Celebration
February 2007 - 2007 Sundance Film Festival
March 2007 - NASCAR & Digital Projection
April/May 2007 - Liberty University
June/infoComm 2007 - The Palm Casino
August/CEDIA 2007 - LIGHTNING Projectors at Hammerstein Ballroom
October 2007 - iVision 20 Military Visualization
November 2007 - The Caring Place
December 2007 - Happy Holidays From Digital Projection
Jan/Feb 2008 - Integrated Systems Europe 2008
March 2008 - DIFC Annual Event
September 2004 - DP introduces dVision series
October 2004 - FBC Installs LIGHNTING 28sx Projectors
November 2004 - DPI Announces Mercury System Upgrades
December 2004 - Stagers Embrace LIGHTNING 35HD
January 2005 - HIGHlite 12000Dsx+ "Inside the NBA"
February 2005 - DP Introduces New 2K x 1K Displays
March 2005 - LIGHTNING Projectors Used at Academy Awards
April 2005 - DP Selected By Tribeca Film Festival
May 2005 - DPI Introduces New Products At infoComm
June 2005 - infoComm 2005 Review
July 2005 - DP Adds DVI & HDMI Distribution Solutions
CEDIA 2005 - iVision 20 Series Debut
October 2005 - DP Product Repositioning
November 2005 - DPI Launches New Website
December 2005 - New dVision Products Announced
January 2006 - DP Introduces Single-Chip 1080p
February 2006 - Managing Product Availability
March 2006 - Amazing HIGHlite 12000Dsx+ Opportunities
April 2006 - DPI Selected By Tribeca Film Festival
infoComm 2006 - 11 Major Product Introductions at infoComm 2006
August 2006 - DPI Introduces First 3-Chip DLP Platform
CEDIA 2006 - DP Launches TITAN 1080p-250
October 2006 - New HIGHlite Pro Products Added
November 2006 - dVision 1080p & Brilliant Color
December 2006 - DPI Opens Offices in China
January 2007 - DP Announces New Commercial A/V Pricing
February 2007 - Digital Projection Announces 2007 Road Show
March 2007 - New Commercial A/V Pricing Announced
April/May 2007 - LIGHTNING 1080p Announced
June/infoComm 2007 - DP Launches High-Brightness TITAN
August/CEDIA 2007 - infoComm 2007
October 2007 - CEDIA 2007 Wrap Up
November 2007 - DP Announces 30K Lumen Display
December 2007 - DP Marks 10 Years At Sundance Film Festival
Jan/Feb 2008 - DP Exhibits at ISE Amsterdam
March 2008 - DPI Makes History with Product Shipping Landmark