Comments by Projector Reviews staff:
Panasonic’s new 1080p PT-RZ370 and PT-RZ470 series projectors may be somewhat pricey initially at $4599-$6799. But with no lamps to replace (ever), maintenance costs are virtually non-existent. This makes them ideal for public venues, such as museums, educational institutions, etc.
PANASONIC ANNOUNCES IMMEDIATE AVAILABILITY OF NEW SOLID SHINE™ SERIES LED/LASER LIGHT SOURCE PROJECTORS
The World’s First 1080p Lamp-Free Professional Projectors with Digital Link Technology Delivers up to 20,000 Hours of Virtually Maintenance-Free 24/7 Operation
Secaucus, NJ, February 25, 2013 – Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a provider of professional projector solutions, today announced the immediate availability of its new SOLID SHINE™ Series of lamp-free projectors with DIGITAL LINK technology. This new product line includes the PT-RZ370 Series, which will begin shipping this month and the PT-RZ470 Series projectors that will be available in March.
The LED/laser light source in the SOLID SHINE™ Series of 1-Chip DLP™ projectors delivers up to 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation, representing a new and important milestone in the evolution of projection. All models in the Series deliver 3,500 lumens of brightness and provide features that make these projectors ideal for educational institutions, as well as museums, command and control centers, and digital signage applications.
All SOLID SHINE™ Series projectors are equipped with a DIGITAL LINK terminal, and by combining the optional ET-YFB100G Digital Interface Box with its HDMI and other input terminals, transmission of uncompressed HD digital video, audio and control signals (Ethernet, RS-232C) for up to 100 meters (328 feet) through a single CAT5e (STP) cable or higher is made possible. This simplifies cabling and system upgrades, making the projectors ideal for ceiling-mounted and other permanent installations. The combination of DIGITAL LINK with this lamp-free lighting technology significantly reduces end user installation and maintenance costs.
DIGITAL LINK is an original function added to technology based on the transmission standards used in Crestron’s DigitalMedia 8G+ and Extron’s XTP Systems, as well as others. Signals from the ET-YFB100G Digital Interface Box can also be relayed to a non-DIGITAL LINK-ready projector by using another manufacturer’s equipment based on the same technology.[i]
The PT-RZ470/RZ370 Series projectors offer installation flexibility, with a 2x zoom, wide lens shift capability, HDMI/DVI digital inputs and Crestron RoomView compatibility. The PT-RZ470 Series offers additional flexibility with Portrait Mode projection capability, as well as Edge Blending, Color Matching and 3D projection.
Solid Shine™ Series Specifications:
|Resolution||1080p (1,920 x 1,080)||WXGA (1,280 x 800)||1080p (1,920 x 1,080)||WXGA (1,280 x 800)|
|Contrast Ratio||10,000: 1||20,000:1|
|Availability||January 2013||March 2013|
* Projector cabinet colors: (UK) = Black / (U/UW) = White
Availability and Limited Warranty
The PT-RZ370 Series, which includes the PT-RZ370U and PT-RW330U, are available immediately through authorized Panasonic resellers at an MSRP of $5,899 and $4,599, respectively. The PT-RZ470 Series, which includes the PT-RZ470UK/UW and PT-RW430UK/UW will be available in March at an MSRP of $6,799 and $5,499, respectively. The projectors come with a standard 3 year limited warranty and illumination parts are warranted for 10,000 hours.
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Panasonic Solutions for Business
Built on a celebrated engineering foundation, Panasonic architects business technology solutions that help build a better world. Customers in government, healthcare, production, hospitality, education and a wide variety of commercial enterprises, large and small, depend on integrated solutions from Panasonic to help them acquire, manage and interpret the information that drives innovation. The complete suite of Panasonic solutions addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, high definition visual conferencing, visual communications (professional projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD and 3D video production. As a result of its commitment to R&D, manufacturing and quality control, Panasonic engineers reliable and long-lasting solutions as a partner for continuous improvement. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, which is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC).
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About Panasonic Corporation of North America
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC), and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Panasonic was the only Consumer Electronics company to be listed in the top ten brands on the Interbrand Best Global Green Brands 2011 ranking (http://www.interbrand.com/en/best-global-brands/Best-Global-Green-Brands/2011-Report/BestGlobalGreenBrandsTable-2011.aspx). As part of its continuing efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, Panasonic Corporation of North America will relocate its operations to a new eco-efficient office tower adjacent to a mass transit hub in Newark, NJ in 2013. Information about Panasonic Eco Ideas initiatives is available at http://panasonic.net/eco/ecoideas/. Information about Panasonic and its products is available at www.panasonic.com. Additional company information for journalists is also available at www.panasonic.com/pressroom.
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