Editorial Note: Late last week the AVguide.com news desk received word that Audio Plus Services was launching the Starlight-series family of projectors from French manufacturer DreamVision. We present the DreamVision press release, below.
Starlight Series Delivers Cinema-Like Performance and Quiet Operation with Versatile Features and Custom Colors
Champlain, NY – April 26, 2010 — Audio Plus Services, a leading North American importer/distributor of premium products for the audio, video and home theater markets, announced two new HD projectors from Dream Vision: Starlight1 ($6995 MSRP) and Starlight2 ($9495 MSRP). These new high performance models integrate many of the latest video technologies such as 1080p resolution (1920x1080 3-LCOS engine), integrated 2.35:1 cinemascope mode and HDMI 1.3 connections. Starlight1 and Starlight2 are available for immediate delivery.
Raising the standards of picture quality, the new three-chip system, utilized on the Starlight1 and Starlight2, features a trio of 1080p Full-HD panels at a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Using the latest technological innovations, DreamVision has achieved an impressive 32,000:1 (Starlight1) and 50,000:1 (Starlight2) contrast ratio through an improved light engine. This is approximately twice the amount of DreamVision’s previous generation of HD projectors.
In addition to superb clarity and detail, the Starlight Series also delivers more accurate color reproduction within billion color graduations for lifelike realism.
The Crystal Motion ® algorithm is a frame interpolation method which brings an immersive experience to sport, concerts, TV shows. The picture becomes dramatically realistic and three-dimensional, without motion blur or artifacts.
Naturally, the Starlight Series are not dedicated to watching singers or sporting events alone. Thanks to a new very pure optical lens, the Starlight Series creates a new standard in dark color rendition. When watching a movie, black is really black, with much more detail. Starlight2 has been specially engineered this way and implements DreamVision’s new True Cinema Black ® enhancement.
A powerful program with 2.35:1 Theater Mode
While the Starlight is a turn-key, single-box solution, it is also available with the DreamVision’s optional Wide System or 2.35:1Theater System kits that will satisfy the most demanding installations. By featuring a true Cinemascope projection (2.35:1 to 2.40:1 native aspect ratio), the user can simply switch between HDTV and Cinemascope with the touch of a button.
Starlight1 comes with 8 preset Picture Modes that the installer or user can modify according to their preference. On Starlight2, a ninth Picture Mode has been added and optimized for movie watching in a dedicated dark cinema room. An Expert Calibration Menu (via RS232) and CMS functions (Color Management System for color calibration) are accessible for advanced installers of Starlight2.
The built-in video processor is powered by HQV technologies, featuring the latest video quality enhancements to make any video source, from 480i to 1080p, look like pristine Full-HD native resolution.
Key features of this processor are:
- Digital noise reduction.
- Mosquito noise reduction.
- Color transition improvement.
- Detail enhancement.
- Automatic Film and Video mode detection.
- Color Management System for color calibration (Starlight2).
Versatility and Ease of Installation
In addition to its impressive performance, the Starlight projectors are also a snap to install. The input panel, concealed on the side of the projector, offers quick access to a wide array of connections. The 2X zoom, combined with a variable electronic lens aperture, allows for perfect adjustment in virtually any residential installation. With a new fully motorized professional lens, the installation becomes even easier and faster.
The Starlight Series will accommodate virtually any kind of setup thanks to the -80/+80% vertical shift and the -34/+34% horizontal shift, seconded by the crisp, high quality Keystone. In essence, the vertical and horizontal lens shift can solve any challenging configuration.
Starlight’s Design Also Shines
The projector’s ultra-stylish chassis was created by the famed French designer, Antoine Beon, also known in home theater for his design work with DreamBee and Focal. A contemporary work of art, Starlight comes standard in black or white and is available to order in a rainbow of high gloss colors to suit any fine interior. Custom colors are additional in cost and require 60-day lead time.
Thanks to a new airflow design, a new lamp and a better management of the power, the Starlight Series are the quietest projectors ever offered by DreamVision. For added value, the lamp’s lifetime has been increased by 50%, up to 3,000 hours, making the Starlight Series greener and more economical.
According to Daniel Jacques, founder and president of Audio Plus Services, the exclusive distributor of DreamVision in North America, “What sets DreamVision apart is their unique blend of the latest display technologies with high quality materials, attention to detail and striking European design. The result is truly remarkable, especially for a DreamVision projector at such an affordable price point. Once our customers experience either of these new DreamVision projectors, I am sure they will agree that Starlight Series clearly represents one of the best values in video today.”
Key Features of the Starlight Series:
- 1080p24 format for smooth, true cinema-like motion.
- Crystal Motion mode for a realistic and smooth show.
- Improved Light Engine to achieve up to 50,000:1 native contrast (Starlight2).
- Advanced color management system.
- Quiet operation, noise that is hard to perceive.
- Ease of installation, versatile for wide variety of installations.
- Custom high-gloss colors available in addition to black or white.
- 2.35:1 Theater Mode with optional cinemascope kits.
About Audio Plus Services
Established in 1979, Audio Plus Services is a leading North American importer and distributor of premium consumer electronics brands. Based in Montreal with U.S facilities in Champlain, NY, Audio Plus has sales personnel located throughout the United States to professionally service their active roster of more than 300 specialty A/V dealers.
Audio Plus specializes in products and services for the audio, home theater and custom integration (CI) market – both residential and commercial – for North America. Their prestigious lineup of exclusive brands includes: Cambridge Audio, Crystal Cable, DreamVision, Focal Home, Focal Professional, Incognito, Kanto, Micromega, Mordaunt-Short, Pathos, Perfect Vu, Siltech, Solid Tech, YBA, and YBA Design.
Located in Paris and led by industry pioneer Jean Claude Younes, this visionary French firm had its beginnings way back in 1982, being the very first company to import video projectors into the French Market.
Fourteen years later, Jean Claude Younes decided to create his own brand of cutting edge of cutting edge video products and he called it DreamVision. Since 1996, in the shadow of the world-famous Montmartre hill, DreamVision has been developing and refining the latest advancements in digital display technology to provide state-of-the-art video products for Home Cinema. Today, DreamVision is a highly respected global brand in high-performance video.