DWIN TransVision DLP Projector and Processor Take HT to the Next Level

If thirteen thousand bucks doesn't sound too steep for a video projector and processor, DWIN Electronics has just what you're looking for. The Burbank, CA-based manufacturer has packed the most advanced features into its TransVision DLP projector and dedicated processor for what are claimed to be "film-like images."

The TransVision™ controller accepts NTSC and Progressive video signals from DVD players, satellite receivers, HDTV tuners, as well as computers. Its automatic ratio recognition and automatic image setup and scaling circuitry formats the screen for dimensions proper for the image being displayed. The projector mixes Texas Instruments' revolutionary Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology with precision optics from Carl Zeiss---the same brand lenses used in legendary Hasselblad cameras---and a 150-Watt long life UHP lamp from Philips for absolute quality and reliability. The TransVision's wide range projection offset and zoom ensures installation flexibility: more than 25% of adjustable projection offset for 16:9 screens.

Nine video inputs (2 composite, 2 S-Video, 3 Component and 2 RGB) accommodate almost every variety of source home theater fans are likely to use. DWIN's active line multiplication improves the display efficiency, and "adaptive film mode processing" reduces motion artifacts. The native resolution of the TransVision projector is 1024 x 768 for a 4:3 image and 1024 x 575 for a 16:9, with a contrast ratio of 500:1. NTSC and PAL video signals are equally compatible with the DWIN, which does Standard Definition and High Definition at 480p, 540p, 720p and 1080i. Image size ranges from 60" (5ft.) diagonally to 200" (16 2/3ft.). The 1000 Lumens light output is claimed to be good for an expected 2000 hours.

The projector is available in either white or dark gray and can be mounted on the floor, on a stand or on a ceiling mount. A ceiling mount kit with dimensional tilt adjustments in three planes is available as an optional accessory. The projector measures only 10" W x 6" H x 12 D, the processor is even more diminutive at 17" x 3.5" x 12.75".

The combo offers a custom setup menu with memory capacity for 20 video sources, meaning that all your inputs can be equalized---or that you can optimize you system for certain favorite films, and not have to readjust when changing to a new one. Color and tint controls for component video, and enhanced black level and gamma selections are standard features on the TransVision. An RS232 port enables computer control of the pair; the necessary software is bundled with them. Two sets of 12V trigger outputs can be used to control amplifiers, light dimmers, or window shades. A backlit remote control is included; the DWIN TransVision projector and processor carry a one-year parts and labor warranty.