Vivitek has signalled its intention to penetrate the US home-theater projector market with the unveiling of its latest FullHD 1080p home-theater projector.
The H1080FD FullHD model, which is based on Texas Instruments’ S450 chip/light-engine design, will go on sale in August for a price of USD $999.
Christopher Yang, Vivitek senior product manager, said that by combining the latest digital technologies in a portable and economical package, the new model offered "amazing" HD content without compromises.
While the projector’s specs are modest, this is to be expected given the price tag.
Features include 1,800 lumens of brightness and a 5,000:1 contrast ratio.
The unit’s I/O ports include: two HDMI inputs, composite video, S-video, and component video inputs, RS-232c data control and a 12v trigger.
Lamp life is rated at 3,000 hours and Vivitek has designed the cabinet for easy bulb access, enabling users to replace burned out lamps.
Vivitek offers a one-year limited warranty on parts and labor and a 90-day lamp warranty.
The unit’s noise level is listed at 29dB, and the fan vents from the sides, unlike many models that vent from the front.
Vivitek is in the process of compiling a full line of home-theater and business projectors.
It is also selecting authorized dealers to carry top performing models for custom installation and specialty A/V channels.
As part of this move, the company is hiring new channel specialists, revamping it Web site and has signed AVAD, Tech Data and DBL Distributing to help get the products and the brand to the right dealers.