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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 25 Apr 2014 03:14 #40828

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Ok so within 5 to 10 years the xenon bulb will be just a memory ..
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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 31 May 2014 06:19 #40971

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Yes I agree. Saw this on the internet today. I for one can't wait until the prices come down on laser.

www.marketwatch.com/story/nec-display-so...al-cinema-2014-05-29

NEC Display Solutions Announces World’s First DCI-Compliant Laser Projectors for Digital Cinema
Entire NEC Digital Cinema Projector Series is Now DCI-Certified


CHICAGO, May 29, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- NEC Display Solutions of America , a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI) compliance for its NC1100L and NC1040L laser projectors, the latest models in its Digital Cinema Projector Series . Both the “NP-NC1100L-A” and “NP-NC1040L-A” have earned compliance on DCI Compliant Equipment – the first as Laser Digital Cinema projectors.

The test was completed by the Research Institute for Digital Media and Content (DMC) at Keio University in Japan, one of three entities licensed by Digital Cinema Initiatives, LLC to perform the Compliance Test Plan (CTP) tests. All NEC digital cinema projectors, including the NC900C , NC1200C , NC2000C , NC3200S and NC3240S , have been certified in:

(*1) Digital Cinema System Specification (DCSS) Version 1.2 with Errata as of 30 August 2012, Incorporated (Approved 10 October 2012)

(*2) DCSS Compliance Test Plan Version 1.2 as of 10 October, 2012

The NC1100L is the world’s first compact Digital Cinema projector using blue Laser as a Light Source and is the ideal 2K digital cinema solution for smaller screens up to 36ft./11m (14ft.-L using a 1.8 gain screen) or small projection booths with the highest quality at an affordable price.

On the other hand, the NC1040L with 4K resolution uses RGB laser for an unsurpassed color gamut, which delivers unequalled image quality for the most discernible cinema goers. The unique projection head coupled with a separate laser module is designed for smaller screens up to 32.8ft./10m (14ft.-L using a 1.8 gain screen).

Utilizing a solid state light source, both projectors provide up to 20,000 hours of life, enabling lower maintenance cost.

Both laser projectors are the first in the Digital Cinema market to meet Laser Class 3R on IEC60825-1 Edition 2 of the international laser standard.

"Achieving DCI compliance for our entire digital cinema projector line points to the leadership position NEC has earned in the Digital Cinema industry,” said Rich McPherson, Sr. Product Manager for Projectors at NEC Display Solutions. “Our progress, however, is measured only in meeting the needs of exhibitors and ensuring they are equipped for business success.”

As a result of NEC’s DCI compliance, exhibitors are positioned to capitalize on current and future growth opportunities. For more information about NEC's digital cinema projectors and financing options, visit www.necdisplay.com/GoDigital .

About NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

Headquartered in Itasca, Ill., NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc., is a leading designer and provider of innovative desktop LCD monitors, commercial- and professional-grade large-screen LCD displays, a diverse line of multimedia and digital cinema projectors, and integrated display solutions. NEC Display Solutions develops leading-edge visual technology and customer-focused solutions for a wide variety of markets, including enterprise, healthcare, education and digital signage. For additional information about NEC Display Solutions of America products, call (866) NEC-MORE, or visit the website at www.necdisplay.com . For digital images, please visit necdisplay.com/digital-media-library . Follow us on our social media channels: Facebook , YouTube , Twitter and LinkedIn .

About DMC/Keio University ( www.dmc.keio.ac.jp/en/ )

The mission of DMC is to develop, encourage and promote advanced digital media technologies and digital content creation. Keio University has a proud history as Japan’s first private institution of higher learning founded in 1858. With Founder Fukuzawa’s spirit of science, Keio University educates people to think independently, to find solutions to the problems we are facing and to create additional value in society.

SOURCE: NEC Display Solutions of America, Inc.

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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 01 Jun 2014 22:52 #40976

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I'd still prefer carbon arc any day.
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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 03 Jun 2014 10:34 #40979

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while bulbs of one form or another can be more or less expensive... it is a very small part of my costs.... whatever works...
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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 03 Jun 2014 14:55 #40982

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No kidding. Our three small auditoriums are all at about 1750 hours on their bulbs with a 3000 hour warranty period and have been running since Christmas day of 2013. We will easily make it 8 months of operation before needing to swap them and they cost about $750 a piece. Our large auditorium is about 3 months in and just crossed it's half-life. So we will probably be swapping that one twice a year at $1100 a piece.

So we are talking about maybe $5500 in "bulb costs" per year. That is sub 1% of total expenses.
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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 03 Jun 2014 16:03 #40983

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Hi Andrew

You are lucky you are getting 3000 hours. I am mainly getting about 1500 hours and about 700 hours on a larger 3d screen. I am up early this morning to change a lamp at a location 30 minutes drive away so takes alot more time than if i had laser installed then also have to worry about stock take and ordering. I buy the lamps wholesale from the manufacturer in China so I do save on costs but I also hate the costs. One cinema just spent $13,000 on bulbs. Does anyone know if we change to laser if we still need the filters. I am guessing we will still do.
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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 06 Jun 2014 04:50 #41012

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We have a ways to go yet.

The Seattle Cinerama is getting one, but that's because of who owns the place.

For the rest of us, the last price I saw was in the $300,000 range.

Still... if you have a Barco machine, it is said to be built for retrofitting. They say the conversion price should get to where it's comparable to a whole projector. For my big (7kW) screen, I could see doing it.

My back two use 4K bulbs, and I'd be dead of old age before the cost of xenons for those screens would equal the conversion cost to laser. As long as I'm not forced to (hmmm..... xenon bulbs go the way of 35mm?) I won't be converting those two.
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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 06 Jun 2014 04:50 #41013

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We have a ways to go yet.

The Seattle Cinerama is getting one, but that's because of who owns the place.

For the rest of us, the last price I saw was in the $300,000 range.

Still... if you have a Barco machine, it is said to be built for retrofitting. They say the conversion price should get to where it's comparable to a whole projector. For my big (7kW) screen, I could see doing it.

My back two use 4K bulbs, and I'd be dead of old age before the cost of xenons for those screens would equal the conversion cost to laser. As long as I'm not forced to (hmmm..... xenon bulbs go the way of 35mm?) I won't be converting those two.
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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 06 Jun 2014 08:36 #41014

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I don't think studios will ever care about your light source in the way they care about digital over 35mm.
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Xenon ...the end is coming .. 06 Jun 2014 09:05 #41015

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I still feel the prices are going to come down quite quick. Maybe in a few years or a little longer we will all have laser light houses in our 3d cinemas.
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