Sony Expands Line of Laser Projectors with New 7000 Lumen Model

Sony will showcase its newest laser light source projector, the VPL-FHZ700L model, at InfoComm 2014.

CI Staff

The world’s first 3LCD laser light source projector, Sony’s VPL-FHZ55, launched almost a year ago.

The company wasted no time following close behind with another, more evolved model. Introducing the VPL-FHZ700L laser light projector, with 7,000 lumens of color brightness, which is 3,000 more than the first model, the FHZ55.

While the original model is mostly used in smaller rooms, the FHZ700L is designed for large venue commercial spaces in education, corporate, theme park and museum applications.

Both models deliver WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200), instant on/off, tilt-angle-free design, edge blending, wide range vertical/horizontal lens shift, advanced geometric correction, and up to 20,000 hours of maintenance-free operation. Sony says the FHZ700L also offers integration flexibility, with multiple interfaces, and seven optional lenses.

The new laser light source technology works to pack all of the benefits of vivid color 3LCD technology with a long-life laser light source, for easier operations than conventional lamp-based projection. Sony boasts 20,000 hours of light source replacement time in the new projector. This can help save integrators time and money on bulb replacements, and the risks of climbing scaffolding and ladders to perform maintenance on lamps and filters.

Sony says the FHZ700L provides near instantaneous power on/off and a constant brightness mode for long time constant projection, ideal for busy meeting rooms and classrooms, auditoriums and large venues.

Sony’s laser light source projectors offer unique capabilities that other technologies can’t, such as tilt angle free installation. Integrators who want to get creative and change the way they present video images can roll the projector 360° clockwise or counterclockwise, including portrait or landscape orientation, and still get a stable, clear projected image.

An optional slot-in HDBaseT board will be available for the VPL-FHZ700L, enabling easier connectivity and reducing total system costs by using fewer cables, signal extenders and receiver boxes and decreasing the risk of failure points.

The VPL-FHZ700L is planned to be available in September 2014.