Few 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution home theatre projectors sell for under $3000 however Taiwanese display manufacturer Viewsonic is set to release the first model in Australia under $2000.

The Viewsonic Pro 8200 delivers 1080p resolution using a DLP (digital light processing) projection system with 2000 ANSI Lumens brightness and a contrast ratio of 4000:1.

The DLP system uses a seven-segment colour wheel to cut down the colour flicker that’s normally associated with DLP projectors.

It comes with two HDMI 1.3/HDCP ports on the back and the lamp life in eco mode is said to be an impressive 6000 hours. At this stage, there is no word on replacement lamp pricing or the noise rating of the projector.

The fact the Pro 8200 delivers 2000 ANSI Lumens at this price is impressive as most 1080p projectors at the cheaper-end (<$3500) of the market often tend to deliver sub-1600 ANSI Lumens output. The brighter the output, the greater the contrast ratio because there is a greater difference in the white the lamp can output to the black video level.

The projector features manual zoom (1.5x) and focus but no details on whether it offers keystone correction and whether it’s just horizontal and/or vertical. For those hearing impaired, the unit includes a closed caption decoder.

The projector will be available in Australia and New Zealand during February priced at $1999 (Aus) and $2599 (NZ).

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