avielo optix SuperWide 235 DLP Projector Preview 
Home Theater Front Projectors DLP Projectors
Written by Michael Palmer   
Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Ever wanted to see a constant height projection system without the need a brightness-reducing adapter kit and auxiliary lens?  Norway's projectiondesign avielo optix SuperWide 235 single chip DLP projector might just be for you.  It is the world's first projector to display 2.35:1 content natively at a 1080p vertical resolution (2538 x 1080p to be precise).  And since this is an avielo series projector, we can also assume these projectors will include a dual lamp system, SpectraCal Cal MAN calibration software, and projectiondesign's BrilliantColor (or RealColor) technology for improved illumination efficiency and a wide color gamut.

Before the avielo optix SuperWide 235, the only way to watch a 2.35:1 aspect ratio film was the combination of an adapter lens and a video scaler, a process which, according to project design, can reduce measured picture brightness by up to 10% even with higher end glass lenses.

Developed by a partnership between projectiondesign engineers and Texas Instruments, the avielo optix SuperWide 235 promises more pixels, more resolution, and an image displayed exactly as a film's director intends.

According to Anders Løkke, projection design Marketing & Communications Manager, “The Blu-ray Disc media is considered by most to be the heart of the High Definition format, and sets the standard for true HD home theater. However, Blu-ray Disc is based on a 1.78:1 image format. In order to fit a 2.35:1 image on a device that is 1920 pixels wide, the vertical resolution must be reduced to around 800 pixels."

Enter the avielo optix SuperWide 235's built-in video processing, which then scales the 1920 x 800 image up to the projector's native resolution, 2538 x 1080.  The engineers claim this process -- which uses 78% more pixels for native 2.35:1 over a standard 1080p projector (any readers want to do the math on this?) -- increases image quality, brightness, and a visible impact over a standard projector outfitted for constant height projection.

The avielo optix SuperWide 235 (say that ten times, fast) also features an all-new series of signature projection lenses, custom designed for the 2538 x 1080 pixel resolution.  All lenses will utilize aspherical glass elements and enhanced, low-disperse glass for "increased contrast, improved color saturation, and above all, excellent sharpness, producing unsurpassed image clarity and incredible detail."  

Overall, the avielo optix SuperWide235 seems like a fascinating product, and I'm looking forward to seeing a head-to-head comparison with a typical constant height setup to see if projectiondesign's claims are validated.  Sadly though, despite what we can assume to be the projector's premium pricing, there's no mention of how conventional 1.78:1 aspect ratio source material will be treated.  

Contact your high end home theatre installer or dealer for pricing and availability.






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