NEC launches NEC P525WL and P525UL low noise projectors

Projecting silence

by Andy Bassett Jan 21, 2019 at 9:21 AM

  • Designed for ‘near-silent’ operation, the P525 projectors from NEC may be ideal in meeting rooms but could they make a difference to your home cinema too?
    Announced in December 2018 the P525WL and P525UL, from NEC Display Solutions Europe, are ‘near-silent’ laser projectors with operating noise levels down to just 22dB whilst in ECO mode, making them them quieter than a ticking watch. In normal operating mode this low noise baseline increases slightly to 24dB (two ticking watches?).

    The P525WL features WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800 while the P525UL is WUXGA at 1920 x 1200.

    Shared features include [email protected] input processing, 5000 lumens brightness and up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation thanks to the laser light source. Furthermore, the optical laser LCD engine is completely sealed, meaning there is no need to change bulbs or filters over the projector’s lifetime, ensuring reliable colour brightness without ongoing servicing costs.

    Along with the low noise feature, power consumption is 330W in normal mode, making these projectors ideal if you put environmental concerns at the top of your feature list.

    The projectors provide comprehensive connectivity including a Mini D-sub 15 pin analogue port for direct computer input, 2 x HDMI inputs, 3.5 mm stereo Mini Jack audio in and out and a LAN port. There’s also a Type-A USB and RS-232 control interface. Wi-Fi is optional for extra flexibility and time-saving operation, while the embedded MultiPresenter function enables wireless presentation and screen-sharing for up to 16 devices simultaneously. The new laser projectors work straight out-of-the-box, with no set-up necessary; meanwhile, because the device falls under Risk Group 2 it requires no safety precautions, saving on installation and operation costs.

    Alistair Round, Product Manager Commercial Display Solutions at NEC Display Solutions Europe stated “People should be able to focus on presentations, video and other content without being distracted by noise from the projector, which is why we designed these two 5000 ANSI lumen projectors to be virtually noiseless.

    The NEC P525UL projector was launched in December 2018 at a price of £3,422, while P525WL will be launched in March 2019 at a cost of £2,804.

    While there are compromises, would the near silent operation be of interest for your home cinema setup or will image quality always win out over ergonomic features ?

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