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Tech round up: Optoma 4K projector; Philips B-Line EMEA roll-out; RCF Russian cathedral install

Installation rounds up some of the product, tech and project news from across the AV world

Optoma releases 4K, 7,500 lumen laser projector 

Optoma has announced its ProScene ZU720T, a compact, fixed-lens, 7,500-lumen laser WUXGA projector.

The Optoma ProScene ZU720T is 4K and HDR10 compatible and features a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, producing detailed visuals with rich colors. With built-in image blending and warping and four-corner correction, as well as 360-degree and portrait installation modes, the ZU720T provides versatility to accommodate even the most complex installations. A fixed, telecentric lens design with full motorized lens-shift and 1.8x manual zoom and focus delivers the flexibility of interchangeable lens solutions at an affordable price-point. In addition, the ProScene ZU720T features an integrated Android OS and built-in media player.

Brian Soto, Optoma Technology’s director of product management said that the projector is “Designed to fulfill the performance needs of nearly every pro AV segment, the ZU720T is equipped with a variety of features needed to overcome any installation challenge, including 4K and HDR10 compatibility, blending and warping, 1.8x zoom, and full motorized lens shift.”

Philips rolls out B-Line pro TV range in EMEA

Philips Professional Display Solutions has announced that its new range of B-Line Ultra HD pro TVs is now available in EMEA. 

The Google- and Crestron-Connected certified range was first announced at ISE 2020 earlier this year and provides “seamless content sharing and collaboration in meeting rooms, education settings and hospitality environments”.   

“The reaction and feedback from the market since the unveiling of our new B-Line range at ISE has been incredibly positive,” said Jeroen Verhaeghe, Philips’ global product manager for professional TVs. “Customers recognise the many different benefits and opportunities it provides, whether looking to enhance collaboration in meetings, or boost communications to customers in bars, restaurants or even small kiosks with live menus, entertainment or marketing. We’re delighted to bring this innovative product to our customers across EMEA.”

Features include built-in Chromecast for wireless presentation; meeting room integration (Crestron certified and Extron- and Neets-compatible); and automatic switching between connected devices.

RCF equips Russia’s armed forces cathedral with complex audio install

Audio systems provider RCF has been talking about its recent install at Russia’s Main Cathedral of the Russian Armed Forces (Cathedral of the Resurrection of Christ). The project included the installation of more than 500 speakers to provide coverage over 11,000 square metres of space in a building that stands 100 metres tall, and has a capacity of 6,000 people.

“The task wasn’t easy.” Sergey Gurin, ARIS Head of Development and Corporate Clients told us. “We were asked to equip the area in front of the temple with a sound reinforcement system, and to equip the 1418 ‘Memory Road’ multimedia museum complex with an additional sound reinforcement system, with the best product quality in the shortest time.”

The installation included 50 wide dispersion P 3115T weatherproof coaxial speakers; more than 250 MR 33T near-field two-way speakers; 80 CS 6940EN weatherproof column speakers; and more than 100 HD 3216T weatherproof horn loudspeakers.

RCF has also announced that its MR Monitor Series – MR 40 and MR 50 bass reflex two-way speakers – are now shipping.