Meridian demos $185K 10-megapixel projector
Last Tuesday, high-end audio/video company
The $185,000 810 Reference Video System starts with a reconstructed, very tweaked-out version of a JVC D-ILA commercial cinema projector. It uses four 1080p D-ILA chips, "mashed together and cropped to 16:9" as
The scaler connects to the projector through four separate DVI digital video cables, one for each D-ILA chip. "If you disconnect the scaler, you can actually display four separate 1080p images on the screen," Forsythe pointed out. The scaler accepts video in any resolution from 480i to the projector's native 10-megapixel resolution. However, it offers only one HDMI and one DVI input. "We expect there will be a video switcher somewhere upstream," Forsythe said.
The demo employed a 14-foot-wide, 2.35:1 Stewart CineCurve screen, which practically filled Stewart's large demo room. Still, even with my eyes only inches from the screen, I couldn't discern the individual pixels in the D-ILA panels. (This is the first fixed-pixel projector demo I've seen where the pixels were invisible.) Forsythe hinted that the projector was practically loafing on a screen of this size: "We're comfortable going up to 24 feet," he said.
Each Reference Video System gets a four-day hand calibration in
The Reference Video System ships in "limited quantities" at the end of September;