Sharp/NEC Announce Two New Laser Projectors

Sharp NEC Display Solutions and Sharp Imaging and Information Company have announced the launch of two new laser projectors, the NC603L and NC1503L, for digital cinema applications.

The NC1503L utilizes the latest red-blue-green (RB) laser phosphor technology that produces a speckle-free image at 14,000 lumens. The NC603L uses blue laser with phosphor technology to deliver the same high quality, speckle-free images for smaller screens at 6,000 lumens. Both models have 50,000 hours of expected lifetime and built-in chillers for flexible ceiling mounting without an external cooling system.

With less heat output than xenon lamp projectors, the manufacturers claim the new laser projectors can lower HVAC costs in the projection booth and theater. Their compact size also allows installation inside the theater, providing more options for new or retrofit installations. The sealed optical engine prevents dust and contaminants from affecting image quality over time.

The new models complete their companies’ digital cinema projector lineup while enabling flexible placement inside or outside the projection booth. The 2K DCI-compliant NC603L can display 14 foot-lamberts on screens up to 36 feet, while the NC1503L supports 55-foot screens at the same brightness.

Sharp NEC engineered the projectors for low noise, with sound levels of 39dB for the NC603L and 50dB for the higher lumen NC1503L.

Native Resolution2048×1080
Maximum Resolution2K 2048 x 1080
Contrast Ratio (typical)1600:1
Lifetime2 years / 50,000 hours
Synchronization Range
Horizontal (Analog/Digital)15-100kHz (RGB: 24kHz or over)
Signal Compatibility/Connectivity
External Control2 × RJ45 (4 GPI and 6 GPO); 3 × RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet
Output TerminalsMonitor Out: 1x3D, 1xGPIO, 1xUSB, 1xLAN, 1xSERIAL
Power Consumption
Power Savings ModeTBD
Input Current10.5A
Power Requirements200 – 240V AC, 50/60Hz Single Phase
Power Supply Voltage200 – 240V AC, 50/60Hz Single Phase
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (WxHxD)Product: 27.6 x 12.3 x 32.0 in.; External: 27.6 x 13.1 x 32.0 in.; Shipping: 35.8 x 19.1 x 44.6 in.
WeightNet: 150 lbs. (excluding lens); Shipping: 180 lbs.
Environmental Conditions
Operating Temperature50-96°F / 10-35°C
Operating Humidity10 to 85% Humidity (Non-Condensing)
Operating Altitude0 to 3000 m (9,800 ft)
Storage Temperature14-122°F / -10 50°C
Storage Humidity10% – 85% (non-condensing)
Storage Altitude0-12,000m / 0-39,370ft (above sea level)
Limited Warranty (parts & labor)2 years
Lens Shift+/-0.15 Vertical, +/-0.10 Horizontal
Light Output(Lumens)14,000 Lumens
Light Source Life50,000 hours
Throw RatioVarious (multiple provided)
Projection Distance2.9 – 35.9 ft. / 0.9 – 10.9 m
Projector Angle+10/- 15° (Up / Down)
F number, fnumberVarious (multiple provided)
Installation OrientationFloor/Front, Floor/Rear, Ceiling/Front, Ceiling/Rear
Fan Noise50dB
OptionalVarious Zoom lenses (multiple provided)
Projection Method
Technology3-chip DLP Cinema Technology
Primary Lenses
Lens TypesVarious Zoom lenses (multiple provided)
Lens Adjustment Functions
FunctionsMotorized focus, zoom, horizontal/vertical shift, light shutter, lens memory stores lens setting
Light Source
TypeLaser Light Source
Supported Screen Size (maximum)
MaximumUp to 55.4 ft. / 16.9m
Cooling Method
MethodAir and liquid cooling inside
DMD Specifications
Specification0.69” S2K DLP Cinema Chip