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Samsung's new DLP projectors

Kevin C. Tofel

These won't come cheap, but Samsung announced that their new SP-H710AE and SP-H800BE DLP projectors can reproduce black levels comparable to CRTs. When we realized these were 1280 x 720 res, we had to wonder about the $4,000 and $12,000 price tags so dug a bit. Turns out that the lower priced H710 uses TI's HD2 DMD chip, while the five-figured H800 nabbed the newest HD2 Dark Chip 3 DMD panel. Factor in a 250 watt bulb, an 8-segment color wheel (6-segs on the H710), a fan running at a 28 db noise level, DVI-D with HDCP, two component jacks, S-Vid, VGA and composite in, and it gets you closer to a high price tag. The real kicker is the user-selectable broadcast color formatting for SMPTE-C, HDTV, and EBU. We're not sure that completely justifies going in hock for these, but it makes the big bill a little easier to swallow.

[via HD Beat]

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