ALLENDALE, N.J., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Want to enjoy the DVD release of
"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on a six- or seven-foot screen in your
own living room? It's easier and more affordable than ever with the
availability of the award-winning PLUS(R) Piano home theater projector. Not
only is the PLUS Piano the world's smallest and lightest home theater
projector, but it's among the most affordable, too.
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Home theater, once an expensive and complex undertaking strictly for
hobbyists, is now more attainable than ever. That's because costs have come
down and the products are easier to use and purchase. Many manufacturers, for
example, now package speakers and a receiver -- often the most confusing items
to purchase -- into "home-theater-in-a-box" systems. But it's a big screen
that brings the feeling of the local multiplex into a living room, and the
PLUS Piano establishes a new benchmark for the category -- first, because at
under $3,000 it's at least half the price of most other video projectors; and
second, it's so small and easy to use that it can be quickly set up for a
night of movie watching, then just as easily put away so the living room can
once again be used for living.
The PLUS Piano HE-3100 home theater projector, winner of four awards for
its design and performance, is barely larger than a college dictionary and
weighs just 4.4 pounds -- less than an audio boombox. Yet it provides a high-
quality image for DVD movie viewing in both the widescreen 16:9 format -- the
rectangular format of a movie theater screen -- and television's nearly-square
4:3 format. It features technology that allows it to deliver the rich colors
and sharp images typically associated with more expensive projectors,
performance that earned it awards from the home theater enthusiast media
(Stereophile Guide To Home Theater, E-Gear magazine, Soundstage Network) and a
design and engineering award from the Consumer Electronics Association.
Like other video projectors, it can be permanently installed, and its
small size makes for a discrete installation. But for those who don't want to
go that route, the Piano can easily be set up as needed with either a
permanently installed screen or any one of the widely available pop-up screens
that roll up into their own carrying case and are a snap to set up and take
down. The projector itself can be placed on a coffee table, with only two
connections to be made -- one to the DVD player and another to the AC power.
An 80-inch image can be projected at a screen-to-projector distance of just
9.8 feet, or a 60-inch image at 6.9 feet, which means that the Piano can be
used in virtually any size room. What's more, it's available in any one of
five colors: silver, black, white, red and blue.
The PLUS Piano uses DLP(TM) technology developed by Texas Instruments to
deliver the high contrast needed for rich color reproduction and the blackest
blacks rather than the gray tones typically found in home video viewing. It
also features other innovative electronics and video technologies that
contribute to its performance capabilities. In addition, the PLUS Piano's
cooling fan is exceptionally quiet -- a feature that's especially important if
it's to be used on a coffee table rather than permanently installed in a
The PLUS Piano also include inputs for a wide selection of video signals
for a number of viewing options, including a composite input, an S-Video input
and a component input, as well as a DVI-D input for a computer signal
(enabling connection to the projector by PC users). Moreover, the Piano HE-
3100 projector comes as a complete package that includes a compact and easy-
to-use remote control, all required connector cables, and a soft carrying
case. In addition, an optional ceiling mount kit is available.
More information about the projector, including the location of PLUS Piano
dealers, can be found at http://www.PlusHomeTheater.com , where there's also
the option to purchase a Piano and a range of home theater accessory products
directly from PLUS.
Headquartered in Allendale, New Jersey, PLUS Vision Corporation of America
manufactures and markets sophisticated and affordable ultra-lightweight,
ultra-portable digital projectors under, respectively, the PLUS(R) and
Lightware(R) brand names. The company also manufactures and markets full
featured PLUS(R) brand electronic copyboards and real-time interactive
whiteboards. Featuring an unprecedented level and range of performance
options, PLUS(R) communication and information products are designed to
provide a high degree of value to today's mobile professionals, including
corporate presenters, medical and legal professionals, educators, trainers,
military/government professionals, and technical consultants.
Digital Light Processing(TM) and DLP(TM), are trademarks of Texas
Instruments. PLUS(R) and Lightware(R) are trademarks of PLUS Vision
Corporation of Japan.
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