Sanyo really wanted to impress; somehow the four-piece orchestra didn’t seem to fit though, but it was a nice relaxing touch at the end of the day. After a delayed start and ironically multiple mic checks, the presentation got under way. Company VP Keiichi Yodoshi gave the storied history of the company’s projector timeline; Sanyo released its first projector model in 1989, and last year, the company released its first super-short-throw projector, with many milestone models sprinkled throughout. It really signified how far the company and the technology has come, and just where the company is headed: 8.8 million Sanyo units are projected to be sold in 2010, working from a steady 15 percent yearly increase average of projector market saturation the company has seen.
The company’s future vision is wireless, portable projectors for the corporate market and interactive floor-image projector made possible by short-throw projectors for the educational market.
Next on the podium was VP Mark Holt, who had the honor of unveiling the company’s gem for this InfoComm: 4LCD. “Four” meaning it adds a color control device to conventional 3LCD (RGB) systems. The first ship out the door employing the technology is the PLC-XP200L. The company claims it’s the brightest projector on the planet and produces realistic flesh tones because the 4LCD optical engine limits the amount of yellow light in the image. It has a 7000 ANSI lumens and a 2200:1 contrast ration, both of which provide clearer and more realistic images in such applications as meetings rooms and digital signage. The XP200L is shipping in September 2008 with an MSRP of $9,995.