Sanyo LCD Projector Uses Three TFT Panels

The Pro-X PLC-5500N represents Sanyoís lightest, brightest and smallest true SVGA LCD projector to date. It sells for an SRP under $10,000.

The unit weighs 16 pounds and measures 11.7' x 5.7' x 18', facilitating transport and storage. The PLC-5500N utilizes a specially designed dichroic mirror and three 1.3' thin film transistor (TFT) LCD panels of 519,168 pixels each. From a direct S-Video input, it produces 550 TV lines of horizontal resolution.

A 250-watt metal halide lamp projects a 500 lumen picture from 20 to 640 diagonal inches with a throw distance of 3.6 to 75.6 feet. The projector works with most Macintosh and IBM-compatible computers, VCRs, videodisc players and satellite TV tuners.

All input and output jacks are located on the right-side panel, within easy reach. An infrared remote with a track pad controls power, mode, volume, mute, menu, zoom, focus and freeze; the track pad lets presenters move an onscreen cursor and execute commands.

At the flip of a switch, the Pro-X PLC-5500N reverses images for rear-screen projection. Sanyo, Chatsworth, CA, (818) 998-7322.

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This article originally appeared in the 05/01/1997 issue of THE Journal.