NEC Introduces Laser Projector with Replaceable Module

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Tue, 04/02/2019 - 10:22 -- Nick Dager

NEC has introduced what it says is the world’s first digital cinema projector that offers exhibitors the ability to replace the laser module in the projector head for the ultimate in versatility and future-proofing. The NEC NC2402ML is a 3-chip DLP projector that features RB laser technology delivering richer colors, brighter images, and a sealed optical engine and laser module for unsurpassed low cost of ownership.

The NC2402ML offers three swappable light modules (24,000, 20,000, and 18,000 lumens) that cinema operators can easily adapt the projector for different needs and screen sizes, up to 72 feet. This functionality allows operators to future-proof their investment and ensures they can showcase premieres on various screen sizes, whether its 2D features or 3D showpieces.

“With the NC2402ML, we have created the world’s first all-in-one digital cinema projector,” said Rich McPherson, senior product manager at NEC Display. “It’s the future of laser projection, with an interchangeable laser light source that alleviates the service concerns found in other projectors, thanks to its revolutionary design that enables quick laser replacement that can be done on-site.”

The NC2402ML is a DCI-Certified projector and features RB laser and phosphor technology capable of showing 100 percent of the digital cinema color space (DCI), native 2K (2048x1080), and a 30,000-hour lifetime.

“We’ve designed the NC2402ML to deliver exceptionally low cost of ownership while delivering unsurpassed performance and versatility,” McPherson said. “This versatility serves to protect the exhibitor’s investment by being able to display different content for different sized auditoriums with the same projector. This means that operators can host not just Hollywood blockbusters, but also corporate presentations, game-watch events, and more – all with one projector.”

The innovation behind the NC2402ML also extends to its installation, featuring an internal liquid chiller that does not need an external cooling system, making placement of the projector more flexible and adaptable to tight quarters. The NC2402ML also dispels the myth that digital cinema projectors are difficult to maintain and service as the laser module can be serviced on-site. The interchangeable laser modules can be purchased separately or leased for even more flexibility.

The NC2402ML will be available in August with the 24,000-lumen brightness module. The 20,000-lumen and 18,000-lumen modules will be available soon after.

NEC Display