Sony Introduces New 4K Digital Projection System

Sony introduced a new 4K digital-cinema projection system that offers enhancements in performance and functionality. The new system features the SRX-R320 4K SXRD projector and LMT-300 Media Block. It incorporates similar features and design elements of its predecessor, the SRX-R220 system, but measures approximately half the size and weight to give exhibitors more installation options.

According to Gary Johns, VP of Sony Electronics’ Digital Cinema Systems Division. “With extremely high resolution, outstanding security and operational versatility, this new system is ideal for creating an immersive digital cinema experience—in 2D or 3D—on any screen.”

The new system incorporates the 4096 x 2160 resolution of its SXRD counterparts and delivers a high contrast ratio of more than 2000:1. It is designed to be compatible with the same lamps and lenses used for the R220 model. The system is FIPS 140-2 compliant and its secure enclosure design allows the LMT-300 server to be seamlessly integrated into the projector’s chassis, providing a high level of security that meets the SPB-2 anti-tamper regulations stipulated by Digital Cinema Initiatives (DCI).

A choice of six optional automated zoom/focus lenses and selectable 4.2 kW, 3.0 kW, and 2.0 kW Xenon projector lamps allows for screen coverage of up to 20 meters (65 feet), providing a SMPTE-standard brightness level of 14 ft-L on a wide screen. Using an optional anamorphic lens (LKRL-A001), screen coverage can be extended up to 21.4 meters (70 feet).

Using Sony’s 3D dual-lens adaptor, the SRX-R320 projector can deliver crisp 3D images on screens up to 15 meters (50 feet side-masked) in width at 4.5 ft-L brightness.

The new system offers the optional STM-100 Theater Management System software suite that allows theatre staff to manage multiple auditoriums from a central PC connected to a theatre’s LAN.

The SRX-R320 4K projector and LMT-300 Media Block are planned to be available in November.

Source: Film Journal International