updated 11:50 am EDT, Fri April 25, 2008
Pioneer HD KURO projector
At the High End trade show today in Munich, Pioneer announced its return to the projector market with the KURO KRF-9000FD home theater projector. The Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) KRF-9000FD is capable of displaying 1920x1080 pixel progressive video at sizes up to 14.5 by just over 8 feet. This translates to a TV screen size of 200 inches, with the minimum projected image equivalent to a 60-inch TV screen. A 2x motorized zoom lens allows a large image to be displayed in smaller rooms. The contrast ratio, at 30,000:1, is one of the best in the industry.
Like Pioneer's plasma TVs, the KURO line has a strong focus on reproducing true black colors, which is a key aspect of delivering a realistic, film-like movie experience.
Flexibility is also the KRF-9000FD's strength, thanks to a lens that allows 80% vertical and 34% horizontal adjustments without affecting the image, leaving it square on the wall or screen. The native aspect ratio is 16:9 and movie theater-like 2.35:1 is supported. Brightness is rated at 600 ANSI lumens.
Connection options include two HDMI ports, one each for component, composite and S-Video cables, as well as a PC-friendly RS-232C jack. The included remote, meantime, features back-lit buttons.
The new projector will be available in Europe by May, where it will carry an equivalent price of approximately $12,000. While Pioneer has a US line of KURO branded plasma TVs, no US launch date for the projector has been announced. [via Heise]