It’s rare that a product announcement actually makes me say, “Whoa.” Like, literally out loud. But Digital Projection’s unveiling of its new E-Vision WXGA 6000 today elicited just such a monosyllabic Keanuism.
Why? Because when DPI touts a projector as “affordable,” one’s mind usually gravitates toward the $25K mark.
How’s this for affordable? $3,995 for a dual-bulb DLP projector with a throw ratio range of 0.76:1 to 8.26:1 and brightness output of up to 6000 lumens (I’m assuming that’s uncalibrated). It also comes with two swappable color wheels, so you can pick your preferred balance of light output and color depth.
Now, let’s address the elephant in the room. You may have noticed the “WXGA” in the model number, which hints at the projector’s resolution. In this case, it’s actually 1280 x 800, but before you poo-poo it for not being 1080p, consider this: Well, first there’s the price, obviously, but there’s also the fact that DPI isn’t marketing this specifically as a home theater projector. The press release touts its suitability for “lecture halls, conference venues, houses of worship, corporate auditoriums and boardrooms, digital signage, and any other application needing bright, accurate imagery at an unprecedented price point.” That doesn’t mean you couldn’t put one of these bad boys at home and enjoy a rich, bright, detailed image, assuming you sit as far from the screen as most people do.
If you absolutely demand no less than 1080p, check out the WXGA 6000′s bigger brother, the E-Vision 1080p-8000, which retails for $14,995 with lens.
If the E-Vision WXGA 6000 floats your boat, though, it’ll be available in October.
Digital Projection, Inc.