December 16, 2010 By CI Staff
Although Digital Projection (DP) has made a big splash in the residential market in recent years, its core strengths come from its history as a quality commercial product manufacturer.
Its dual-lamp E-Vision WXGA 600 delivers a 16:10 DLP image up to 1080p resolution, with superb brightness for large venues—like houses of worship, which is where our peer reviewer has already found success with the product and has it spec’d for many more to come.
Reviewer: Tim Owens, senior design engineer, Audio Ethics, Charlotte, N.C.
Digital Projection’s Suggested Selling Price: $5,995
Tell us about a project in which you used the E-Vision WXGA 600?
We’ve installed the E-Vision in [a handful of] different house of worship (HOW) venues already, and have been very impressed with the product. Audio Ethics is a design/build AV company, and we have already specified more than 25 different jobs that will enlist the E-Vision in the design. We consider the E-Vision a key component for our video systems.
What factors did you consider before choosing to use the DP product versus another solution?
The quality of the product, in terms of both performance and ease of integration, is superior to the other available projectors in that price range. Performance-wise, when seen side by side against the other popular house of worship projectors, the E-Vision outperforms them in terms of brightness, contrast and color. The E-Vision reproduces colors much more realistically in side-by-side comparisons as well. Another huge factor is that the E-Vision carries the DP brand name, so it contains all the peripheral benefits to using DP projectors such as their customer and tech support. Our confidence in DP products is very high due to the product longevity, product reliability and their responsive support.
One last factor is that the E-Vision comes without a lens, which is a huge bonus. We can simply buy exactly what we need based on the application, without having to pay for a pre-packaged lens that may be completely useless. This saves a lot of money in the long run.
For what types of applications do you recommend this product to other commercial integrators and why?
Houses of worship are our primary focus, and the E-Vision’s flexibility makes it a great fit for that market. Value is paramount for HOW installs, and the combination of the $5,995 price point and performance delivers a ton of value.
We’re very excited about the E-Vision, as we had been asking DP for a product with this feature set at this price point. Another important point is that DP responds to dealer requests and suggestions, which is both really refreshing and [can be] rare. We feel that this product reflects the feedback and insight we gave DP, and can’t foresee a commercial projector installation that wouldn’t benefit from the E-Vision.
Explain how difficult or easy the installation of the DP product was and anything unique you think other installers would want to know before they install it.
The E-Vision is easy to configure, and looks fantastic right out of the box. Even with some ambient light in the room, which can sometimes be plentiful in HOW installations, the E-Vision’s 6,000 lumens give it the horsepower to blow our clients away. This plus the 2,400:1 contrast ratio makes for an incredibly impressive image.
Can you name (and explain) the three biggest benefits – “pros” – for an installer using this product?
Price, performance and DP support.
Can you name (and explain) the three biggest negatives – “cons” – for an installer using this product?
I haven’t experienced any major issues with the projector. It is a little larger and heavier (44 lbs) than the competition.