Acer continued to advance its home-based projector business at IFA this week by unveiling a pair of 4K Ultra HD DLP projectors based on Texas Instruments’ XPR technology and supporting high dynamic range (HDR).

The new projectors include the Acer VL7860 (pricing and availability were not disclosed as this was posted) laser diode projector with a listed 1,500,000:1 DynamicBlack contrast ratio and the Acer P8800 Ultra HD 4K projector with up to 5,000 lumens of brightness and 1,200,000:1 contrast ratio.

Read more on Acer’s new 4K Ultra HD DLP projectors after the jump:

The Acer VL7860 (pictured at top) is billed as a home cinema projector with capable of displaying up to a 120-inch screen size in sharp 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) resolution.  The projector is based on Texas Instruments’ XPR DLP technology, which uses a pixel-shifting technology that produces independent single-pixel structures for generally sharper resolution than 4K pixel shifting systems used for DILA and 3LCD systems.

The VL7860 is also billed as “the world’s smallest 4K UHD laser projector,” due to a compact design and laser-quality lighting using laser diode technology replacing mercury-based lamps. In ECO mode the projector is estimated to reduce power consumption and extend lamp life up to 30,000 hours.

The VL7860 reaches up to 3,000 ANSI lumens and is said to produce a 1,500,000:1 DynamicBlack contrast ratio (dynamically adjusting lamp power to optimize black levels).

Acer said the HDR-compatible projector is “able to reproduce a greater dynamic range of luminosity with expanded contrast and a wider range of brightness – it adjusts to brighter scenes so the highlights glimmer with detail, while in darker scenes rich blacks are preserved and details typically hidden in the shadows are enhanced for greater overall luminance.”

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The Acer VL7860 supports a wide color gamut, which Acer said is “110 percent of the Rec. 709 color space.” It will also be able to accept images produced in up to the Rec. 2020 wide color gamut.

Acer uses its AcuMotion frame interpolation system to provide what it calls “ultra-smooth” motion even in fast moving scenes. It also includes two built-in 5-Watt speakers.

The VL7860 includes a 1.6X zoom for greater installation flexibility from a range of different throw distances.

The Acer P8800 projector is positioned for larger rooms and venues but is also equipped with TI XPR 4K UHD DLP technology. It outputs a peak brightness level of up to 5,000 lumens, and the contrast ratio is listed as 1,200,000:1.

The P8800 also incorporates the same AcuMotion technology as the VL7860 and covers the same 110 percent Rec. 709 wide color gamut and Rec. 2020 compatibility capabilities.

Also incorporated into the unit is Crestron Network System control which allows LAN-based or multi-user control of the screen.

For installation, the P8800 offers 1.96X motorized zoom for placement flexibility as well as H/V lens shift and a central lens design.


By Greg Tarr


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