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HITACHI CP-SX5500 LCOS Projector

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Nic Rhodes, Nov 22, 2001.

  1. Nic Rhodes

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    Does anyone have any experience of this projector please?

    It uses the LCOS reflective LCD system (potentially better than LCD / DLP IMHO)

    1365 x 1024 resolution
    fH 12-92 Khz
    fV 50-120Hz
    Manual zoom and focus
    220W lamp
    600:1 contrast
    S-Video, Composite and component
    2 x RGB
    DVI
    NTSC / PAL / SECAM
    480I, 480p, 570I, 720p, 1080I
    1500 ANSI at 36dB
    1200 ANSI at 32dB
    3/2 aware
    16:9 and HDTV compatible
    vertical and horizontal keystone correction

    $9000?
     
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    For once we can get a good deal in the UK.

    http://www.ivojo.co.uk/hitachi-cp-x5500.htm

    Actually I have been following this projector very closely for a while now. It has a lot of potential, but so far reports from shows have been mixed. Tom from AVS had one to play with for a week and he didn't rate it too highly, but it was a preproduction model. Mark Hunter is currently looking into Dilard support, I managed to find him a contact within Hitachi, hopefully it will work out.

    Jeff
     
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    Thanks Jeff. £3,800.00 (£4,465.00 inc. VAT) seems very good value for what is on offer. Very high resolution in 4:3 and even matches the Sanyo 60 / Sony 10/11 / Sim 300 in the wide screen modes.
     
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    Cool good news : like to see what Dila could offer. Seems to require careful calibration for best results.

    See they offer a JVC model also
     
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    The little JVC D-ILA has been around for some time, very poor contrast and not much better after calibration. Very different from the regular D-ILAs

    Jeff
     
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    mmmm, tempting, hell of a lot of potential failed pixels though, anyone know Hitachi's policy on this?
     
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    yes, but at least the failed pixels will be really really small.....

    Looks good...I'd be very interested if anyone sees one of these and for any other info.

    Ian Guinan
     
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    My understanding is that dead pixels on LCoS and DLP projectors are quite rare.

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    Just downloaded it...only first 24 pages in english out of 207 :(
    Fairly basic stuff....but gives an idea of what it can do though.
    Ian Guinan
     
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    My experience of DILA/ L Cos is that this is not going to be a true plug and play technology.
    It will need setting up and tuning very much like CRT.
    Keep watching it this will be good stuff
     
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    Roland

    I personally am not after plug and play. I don't believe the future is LCD or DLP. I find the technical advantages of D'ILA and LCOS more interesting. I am after some I can get an average image out with no work but will yield a very good image with effort on my part. In fact I would love to 'set' these up. This was part of the reason why I bought a CRT. It also needs to be future technology aware (DVI etc) and few projects are forward thinking at the moment.

    My reading to date does seem to indicated that LCOS and D'ILA will be less susceptible to duff pixels. As has been pointed out, the pixels are very small. I have always noticed dead pixels more on SVGA projectors. On the Sony 10 they aren't as much an issue IMHO as long as they aren't a single block, not too many and aren't in the centre. It doesn't have the 'fog' that LCD projectors have and it doesn't have the worries of all those mechanical mirrors going wrong. I'm interested.
     
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    extensive tweaking and calibration doesn't worry me as long as I don't have to redo it everytime I switch the thing on.

    As long as you can get a decent dynamic range and achieve some level of colour accuracy and it doesn't tear or posterise etc etc it could very well be what I'm looking for. Incidentally Kodak are far more into LCOS than DLP as the way forward for theatrical digital projection.

    I'm assuming that with a decent enough theoretical contrast range and the approprate equipment to map the response characteristics of the display you can colour correct in software with reference to this and give yourself a nice video accurate display device ( as long as you don't have to push it beyond the hardware limits with your software colour corrections/ LUTs)

    Must look into powerstrip and see if this is a possibility.
    (mind you this goes for any display technology that achives the right tolerances)
     
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    mmm, interesting, I was just reading old posts on the avs forum about JVC dilas with failed pixels. Not sure I would spend 4 1/2 K on a projector to be told that failed pixels were within acceptable tolerances. I think a failed pixel ( pixels ) is just as likely on this unit as any lcd. Shame, unless of course Hitachi have a fantastic quality control/exchange policy ( unlikely ).
     
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    Since this is neither a D-ILA or a standard LCD it is impossible to judge whether dead pixels will be a problems of not. Only time will tell.
     
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    Isn't lcos basically the same technology as dila?
     

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