Comdex: Toshiba introduces DLP Projector

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Toshiba is shipping its first DLP (Digital Light Processing) home theater projector, a high-end video display device that measures 10.3 x 11 x 3.5 inches and weighs less than six pounds.

Toshiba's MT5 projector, unveiled today at the Comdex trade show in Las Vegas, is made for use in a wide variety of home theater, commercial and portable projection applications, as well as for use with personal computers, according to Sam Malik, Toshiba's director of sales and marketing, Multimedia Products Group. The MT5 utilizes Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing technology, along with Toshiba's premium optics and a quad-speed, six-segment color wheel in a sealed enclosure to deliver image quality that has high 1000 ANSI lumens brightness and a 600:1 contrast ratio.

Key to the image-enhancing benefits of DLP is a specially designed optical semiconductor chip that utilizes an array of over one million microscopic mirrors to create a high-resolution, full color image with a minimum of video artifacts, Malik said. And because DLP is an all-digital display technology, a signal from a digital video source retains its digital purity through the entire video chain without conversion to analog at the projector. This makes the MT5 ideal for use with all-digital home entertainment source components such as DVD-Video players, DV camcorders and DTV set-top boxes, Malik said. The device also boasts sophisticated video processing circuitry including high-end de-interlacing, per-pixel motion compensation, 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown film-mode detection and cross-color suppression.

The MT5 can accommodate virtually every analog video program source, as well as the output from an HDTV set-top box and the digital and analog video output from Macs and PCs, Malik said. The projector features an extensive complement of inputs, such as DV (digital video), component, composite and S-video, two computer inputs including DVI RS232 control and communication, a hard-wired remote jack, an audio input and more, plus a much greater variety of video and audio outputs than typical multimedia projectors.

It also offers a host of additional operational and convenience features for maximum home theater versatility and image quality, Malik said. Its dual mode display provides optimized image quality for both 16:9 widescreen and 4:3 aspect ratio images and supports standard and anamorphic DVD, HDTV, NTSC, PAL and SECAM sources. It features a selection of pre-set image control modes for best reproduction of film, video and personal computer-based content as well as provision for manual picture adjustment. Other refinements include digital keystone correction that enables the projector to be located above or below the screen with no image distortion, an icon-based onscreen menu, and a full-function remote control.

The Toshiba MT5 projector will be available later this month at a suggested retail price of US$4,995.99.

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