Hitachi Uses Philips HLD

By Tom Allen
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Hitachi was promoting the launch of its new 5000 Series, which we have covered before (Hitachi Optimises Installation Images), and showing off a new projector using Philips’ HLD LED technology (Philips Introduces ColorSpark).

The 5000 Series consists of five models, each featuring edge-blending, warping and compatibility with remote control systems such as Crestron, AMX and Extron – Hitachi’s first projectors using Extron technology.

The 3000 Series are new models, set to be launched in July. Two models were on show: the LP-WU3500 (1920 x 1200) and WX3500 (1280 x 800). Both feature Philips’ HLD LED technology, which uses special “phosphors” to convert blue LEDs to a green light source; Hitachi describes this as ‘LED Phosphor’. Both of these units are capable of 24/7 operation and output 3,500 lumens of brightness.

Another solid-state model was the LP-WU9750 which is a laser projector producing up to 8,000 lumens. This was seen as a prototype at ISE 2015, but it now set to be launched in March or April. It has 1920 x 1200 resolution, with HDMI (x2), DVI, VGA, SDI and HDBaseT inputs. It is compatible with lenses from Hitachi’s 9000 Series. A 50″ – 600″ image can be produced by the projector.

Over the top of the stand, Hitachi had rigged three of its new CP-WX8750 projector, which were projecting on to a large, curved screen. It has 1920 x 1200 resolution and uses a 430W lamp (2,000 – 4,000 hours). The projector can throw a 30″ – 600″ image and outputs up to 7,000 lumens. It features DisplayPort, HDMI (x2), mini-VGA, SDI, HDBaseT and USB-A ports. This is one of Hitachi’s new installation models, joined by the CP-WU8700, CP-WU9100 and CP-HD9950.

Although projectors were the main focus, Hitachi also previewed a new 75″ FPD called the FHD7510; it is identical to the existing FHD8410, aside from its size. The product will be launched in June or July.