NEC Intros Projectors, Plasma Displays


11.01.2006—NEC today announced several new projectors and plasma displays that it will begin shipping later this year. These include five new projectors in NEC's VT series of entry-level professional projectors, as well as two home theater plasma displays. The new models will roll out this month and into December.

Included in the lineup are three new “standard” VT models and two “enhanced” models. The VT49 and 490 are SVGA (800 x 600) projectors, differentiated by their brightness. The VT49 uses a 150-watt lamp to produce 1,600 ANSI lumens of brightness. In economy mode, the lamp life of the VT49 is 4,000 hours. The VT490 uses a 180-watt lamp to produce 2,000 ANSI lumens. Also introduced is the VT590, which offers XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution and a brightness of 2,000 ANSI lumens. The VT490 and VT590 offer a lamp life of 3,000 hours in economy mode and feature an optical zoom (1.2x). Features shared between these three projectors include:

  • A 0.6-inch LCD panel;
  • 600:1 contrast ratio;
  • Support for screen sizes up to 200 inches;
  • Support for NTSC, PAL and SECAM standards;
  • Automatic sync to computer signals;
  • Inputs: 15-pin analog RGB, S-video, composite video, stereo audio (RCA);
  • Monitor-out port and 1-watt speakers.

The VT49 and VT490 will begin shipping in December for $699 and $739, respectively. The VT590 will ship this month for $859.

NEC has also introduced two “enhanced” projectors in the VT series. The VT595 is similar to the VT590 but also offers 5-watt speakers, dual-computer inputs (including DVI-I) and automatic keystone correction. The 5-watt speakers can be controlled via remote. It will ship in December for $899. The VT695 offers all of the features of the VT595 is a three-panel LCD projector offering XGA resolution and a brightness of 2,500 ANSI lumens with a 3,000-hour lamp life in economy mode. It will ship this month for $999.

Finally, NEC also announced two plasma displays targeted toward home theater users: the 60XM5 and the 60XR5.Both offer support for resolutions up to 1080p. The M5, available Nov. 8 for $7,999, includes DVI and HDCP inputs; the R5, available now for $8,999, includes HDMI and HDCP inputs.

NEC late last month announced its Star Student program, which rewards frequent purchasers in education with discounts and other benefits. (You can read more about the Star Student program by clicking here.) For more information on NEC displays, visit


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