Sony Now Shipping World’s First 3LCD Laser Light Source Projector

by Tom 09/15/2013, in Projectors, Sony Professional

Sony is now shipping the first units of the most eagerly anticipated products in the AV presentation market: the VPL-FHZ55 laser light source projector. Announced in June 2013, industry demand is strong and growing for Sony’s next-generation projection technology.

The first units are being delivered to education, corporate, medical, and houses of worship, with the first customers to receive the new VPL-FHZ55 projector including the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., Georgia State University and others.

“The initial response to this projection technology has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Wally Mohri, marketing manager for professional projectors at Sony Electronics.  “Every customer who’s had a demo has walked away impressed. Now that we’re shipping, even more people will get a chance to see first-hand what this technology can really do.”

Based on a laser light source, the VPL-FHZ55 delivers a range of performance capabilities and eliminates many of the issues associated with conventional lamp-based projection. This projector is Sony’s first lamp-less projector using 3LCD imaging technology to achieve 4,000 lumens of color light output at WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), to deliver bright and vivid color reproduction.

The new VPL-FHZ55 projector uses blue laser as its light source, which excites a phosphorous material that in turn creates white light. The white light is delivered to the 3LCD optical system, generating full-time, vibrant RGB color through a color splitting process. The resulting 4,000 lumen color light output produces brightness sufficient for a range of commercial applications, unlike competitive models based on one-chip imager and hybrid light source technologies.

The VPL-FHZ55 projector expands Sony’s efforts to achieve lower total cost of ownership and energy efficiency in its projector line. The projector offers virtually maintenance-free operation for up to 20,000* hours of expected light source, display device and filter use. The HG (mercury) free projector is packed with energy-saving features, including: Auto Light Dimming, which dims light output down to 5% when left powered on without use; and Auto Brightness Adjustment, which eliminates unnecessary illumination when a dark picture is projected; and Constant Brightness Mode, which allows users to maintain brightness throughout the expected 20,000 hour life by driving the projector at reduced light output.

The use of a laser light source also gives the projector instant “on/off” capability and “tilt- free” capability for seamless installation in nearly any setting or position. Combined with 1.6x standard zoom lens, V:+60%  H:+/-32% lens shift, built-in edge-blending and geometric correction, the projector is fully capable of advanced commercial integration.

The projector has a parts and labor limited warranty of 5 year or 12,000 hours whichever comes first, when purchased from a Sony Authorized Reseller or directly from Sony.

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