Soka University, a private four-year liberal arts college and graduate school located in Aliso Viejo, Calif., has outfitted its new performance facility with Canon U.S.A. Inc. REALiS WUX4000 LCOS projectors.
“The Soka Performing Arts Center is a stunning space both visually and acoustically,” said Sam Morales, the university’s associate technical service manager. “We wanted to have a zero-compromise facility in terms of the equipment that we put into that space, and that’s why we chose Canon REALiS WUX4000 projectors.”
The new Soka Performing Arts Center is one of three campus locations—including a 180-seat “black box” theater in the Academic Building—outfitted with REALiS projectors.
“I was skeptical that the Canon REALiS WUX4000 would even work in the black box theater, since it didn’t even have a projection screen in it,” Morales said. “What it does have is an almost transparent cyclorama with a non-reflective surface. But when we fired-up the REALiS WUX4000 and saw how it looked, we were amazed,” he said. “The pictures were really sharp even though we intentionally used dark imagery to see what kind of detail we could get out of the projector. The results were so good that we felt immediately compelled to purchase one for that theater,” he said.
Impressed with the performance of the Canon REALiS WUX4000, which produces 4000-lumen, higher-than-HD-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen 16:10 video and still images, Morales and his team also tested it in the Soka Performing Arts Center. What they saw resulted in their decision to purchase not one but three more of the projectors. Two are stacked in the center and another was installed in a large classroom.
Even from 100 feet away, one Canon REALiS WUX4000 projector can do the job in the center with good high definition quality with proper brightness and contrast, Morales said. “It’s also quite a cost savings, when you consider that the projection lamp for the first large-venue projector we looked at cost almost as much as an entire REALiS WUX4000. There are absolutely no grids in the picture like you see with LCD projectors and the overall quality is fantastic,” he said.