AV Peripherals and Systems Guide
Canon Unveils New Category of Projectors with Latest Xeed Models
Canon introduces a new multimedia projector category that marries the picture quality of larger installation projectors with the plug-and-play convenience of portable models.
Designed for short-throw use, the new Canon Xeed WUX400ST and WX450ST Compact Installation LCOS Projectors are equipped with an advanced Genuine Canon 1.35x zoom lens with horizontal and vertical lens-shift adjustability for distortion-free image quality in environments where the projector must be located close to the screen or display surface.
All of Canon's new Compact Installation LCOS Projectors employ a new Canon AISYS 5.0 optical engine that helps improve the management of light through the projectors' next-generation Canon LCOS display panels. The Xeed WUX400ST deliver WUXGA (1920 x1200) resolution imagery with 4000 lumens of brightness while the XEED WX450ST provide WXGA+ (1440 x 900) resolution imagery with 4500 lumens.
About 25% smaller than their predecessors, both models are ideal for short-throw environments with the capability to project 100" image at 1.2m and 1.23m respectively. Both come with a built-in 1.35x distortion-free zoom lens, a 0-75% vertical and ± 10 percent horizontal lens-shift adjustment feature.
A four-point keystone-adjustment function enables users to adjust each other of the image independently while also keeping focus consistent, and to achieve true diagonal projection as well as moire reduction, while a built-in edge-blend function with precise luminance ramp adjustment and pixel-overlap control enables the new Canon Xeed Projectors to be used in multi-projector configurations for the display of large, seamless images with precisely matched edges.
The Xeed WX450ST and WUX400ST are Crestron RoomView-compatible, and they include key networking features such as a content-streaming capability. This NMPJ (Network Multi Projection) system has the ability to display content from four different PCs on a single screen. Content can be streamed from any point with a network connection to a projector, either within a room or in multiple locations, simplifying installation.
Input terminals on the new XEED Projectors include a USB port for "PC-less" presentations of JPEGs and other content directly from a thumb drive or other USB-equipped flash-memory data storage device (and for firmware updates). Other inputs include DVI, component video, HDMI, and two mini-jack audio inputs. A special Picture-by-Picture Processor allows for the simultaneous use of HDMI and DVI in split-screen mode. A 5-watt mono speaker is built-in for audio playback without peripheral components.
The Xeed WUX400ST and WX450ST will be available in June 2014 at Canon’s authorized dealers for S$9,000 and S$8,000 respectively.