The NEC PX602UL
And that brings us to NEC's announced 6000 lumen laser projector, featured at InfoComm. They had an interesting setup at InfoComm. They had this PX602UL mounted "sideways" projecting a "portrait" image that was much taller than wide - which is not uncommon for digital signage applications. Of course, you can use it in the usual landscape mode as well. This high resolution projector was sporting WUXGA 1920x1200! We will definitely want to review this one!
The PX602UL is a laser/phosphor solid state light engine. If I got the scoop straight on the projector, it relies on a blue laser, some of its light hits phosphors that glow yellow. Add yellow and blue, and voila: you have a white light source. NEC rates their light engine at 20,000 hours, and says that by that time, it will have lost about 50% brightness. (Note, lamps in traditional projectors are rated the same way: A 4000 hour lamp is normally down 50% in brightness by that point.) NEC lets you run at maximum brightness, or in an Eco mode, or you can have it maintain the same uniform brightness throughout it's life but it will be less than 6000 lumens full power when new.
The PX is designed to operate continuously - aka 24/7 if desired. It produces a pretty massive 6000 lumens according to NEC. The projector offers a selection of optional lenses, and offers a card slot system that allows additional capabilities to be added. One such card provides HD-SDI, which lets one run a hi-def video source up to 328 feet (100M) over coax. That's a great feature for those needing to project live video, such as in Houses of Worship! NEC mentioned HDBaseT, which lets you run HDMI long distances using CAT5 or CAT6 cabling. I'm not sure whether HDBaseT is standard or one of the card options. I'll know when we get formal data sheets, and more product info.
The PX602UL is scheduled to ship in October (2014), and it's a projector we plan to review! It looked very good displayed at the show.
All considered it's a high brightness, high resolution projector with a long life solid state light engine, lots of smart networking, interchangeable lessees, and plenty of other capabilities. As is not surprising for a commercial type projector of this class, it is not inexpensive. Anticipated cost is $19,999. Whether street prices will be that high is unknown.