The CP-D31N is Hitachi’s latest 3LCD, short-throw projector for the education market. The 3,000 lumen XGA projector supports native 4:3, 16:9 and 16:10 formats. The new unit offers a host of connectivity options, including a computer monitor-out, as well as HDMI, S-video, composite, RGB, RCA and mini-jack audio inputs.
The CP-D31N offers network connectivity via an RJ-45 Ethernet jack, facilitating content delivery, as well as monitoring and maintenance. An RS-232 port enables control through either Crestron or AMX systems. Hitachi’s PJMessenger function allows text messaging and audio alerts to be sent to all projectors in the network.
Other interesting features to check out are the audio pass through, which allows for audio even if the projector is in standby mode, as well as the exclusive Template function which facilitates writing on a whiteboard. The remote control has customizable MyButton and MySource shortcut functions, and the Transition Detector disables the projector if it is moved without authorization.
Recent projector market research by Pacific Media Associates shows that short-throw projectors are in demand. Recent PMA surveys of K-12 educators show that the features of this unit are “must-haves” as well.