REALiS WUX500ST PRO AV LCOS PROJECTOR

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REALiS WUX500ST
PRO AV LCOS PROJECTOR
BY BRIAN NADEL, NOVEMBER 2, 2017
THE WUX500ST CAN CREATE A FIVE-FOOT IMAGE FROM JUST 33 INCHES
AWAY FROM THE SCREEN, AND TOPS OUT WITH A SURPRISINGLY STRONG
21-FOOT-WIDE IMAGE.
T
he promise of setting up a short-throw
projector next to the screen yet still getting
large, sharp and bright images is fulfilled for
houses of worship with Canon’s REALiS
WUX500ST Pro AV Projector. Perfect for
everything from projecting song lyrics and
sermon notes to IMAG of the pastor, the
WUX500ST works where other projectors don’t.
Rather than interchangeable lenses, the
WUX500ST is a purpose-built short-throw
projector for specialty situations. At 5.3- by 16.3by 13.2-inches, it is tiny compared to the likes of
Panasonic’s PT-DZ13K and can be easily hidden.
It weighs a reasonable 13.8 pounds and can be
carried and set up by one person. The LEDs on its
top are for power, warning, overheating and lamp
problems.
Based on Canon’s AISYS advanced optics, the
WUX500ST avoids the artifacts common on
short-throw projectors, like bowed borders,
uneven illumination and soft focus; it includes
built-in edge blending for creating huge
composite projections. On the other hand, like
other short-throw projectors, the WUX500ST
lacks an optical zoom lens; it has a 12x digital
zoom.
The WUX500ST can create a five-foot image
from just 33 inches away from the screen, and
tops out with a surprisingly strong 21-foot-wide
image. This can help with small or oddly-shaped
houses of worship, allowing the projector to be
set up behind the lectern, at the base of the back
wall or as the basis of a rear-projection system.
Its four attachment points underneath not only
“With the ability to create
huge images close to the
screen, Canon’s REALiS
WUX500ST can light up a
small or oddly shaped
house of worship.”
work with mounting hardware but also accept
screw-in adjustable feet. You can use a generic
ceiling mount, a Canon-made one or the
company’s unique under-table mounting
hardware. The only requirement is that the
WUX500ST requires 24 inches of clearance for
cooling. Inside, the WUX500ST has Canon’s
latest 0.71-inch Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCOS)
imaging chip that provides the brightness of a
reflective design and the resolution of a liquid
crystal display. It delivers WUXGA (1,920 x 1,200)
resolution and works well with HD material.
> Testing it Out
Setting up a short-throw projector can be tricky
and the WUX500ST eases the process. In
addition to up to 12-degrees of keystone
correction for horizontal and vertical
misalignment, you can create a rectangular
image by adjusting the corners. The projector
also allows you to shift the image mechanically
with a pair of thumb wheels on the left side by
10-percent right-to-left as well as up by as much
as 75 percent.
CANON REALiS WUX500ST PRO AV LCOS PROJECTOR
Unfortunately, once the shift is set, you can’t
lock the knobs. Along the left side, the
WUX500ST’s simple control panel is far from the
projector’s rear exhaust stream. In addition to
controls for power, input and keystone
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correction, there’s a button for opening the
Menu and a T control for navigating within it. The
projector also has an AutoPC key for optimizing
the projection parameters for a connected
“Rather than interchangeable
lenses, the WUX500ST is a
purpose-built short-throw
projector for specialty
situations.”
computer. All of this is replicated on the
WUX500ST’s small remote control, which adds
buttons for Blank, Freeze, Aspect and other
features. There’re dedicated buttons for
adjusting the gamma setting as well as selecting
the video mode, which range from Standard,
Presentation and Photo to DiCom Sym for
grayscale items. You need to dig into the Menu
to adjust things like Sharpness, Contrast,
>
Brightness and R-G-B gain and offset.
My favorite is the access to the
projector’s 13 test patterns, which can
help streamline setting up and checking
the projector’s aim and focus. You can
also directly turn on the WUX500ST’s
split screen system to do things like
show video of the band
and the song’s lyrics side
by side. The WUX500ST’s
ports are a good mix of
old and new, but the
projector lacks a cable
cover as is the case with
select competitor
short-throw projectors.
In addition to audio,
HDMI and VGA, there’re connections for a DVI
and an HDBase T source.
It has an RS-232 for wired control, a Gigabit
Ethernet port as well as Wi-Fi® built in that can
turn the WUS500ST into an access point for
transmitting data throughout the hall. The
projector can be controlled via PJLink, Crestron
or AMX control systems.
Give and Take
It has a USB port that candisplay .jpg images
from a flash drive, but neither Office files nor
video, as other short-throw projectors can. You
can create a slide show of any images in a folder
that are displayed alphabetically with crossfade
or fade-out, fade-in transitions. This can be a nice
touch for weddings and events. If you want a
projector that acts quickly look elsewhere
because the WUX500ST took 32-seconds to get
to its projected image onto the screen and 1:31 to
shut itself off. You can turn it on and off from an
AC outlet controlled by a simple light switch and
the projector worked with video from a Blu-ray
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player, iPad Pro, live video source and a Gefen
eight-way video switcher.
It can’t hold a candle to the PT-DZ13K’s 13,100
lumens of light, but the WUX500ST acquitted
itself well, particularly considering its size and
price tag. Using Presentation mode, it put 6,630
lumens onto the test screen, one-third above
Canon’s spec. This drops 20- and 33-percent in
Standard and the more realistic Photo modes.
Still, the WUX500ST delivers a lot of brightness
for a small package and should be more than
enough for a mid-sized church. It’s loud – with
48.3 dBA of fan noise at three feet, but that’s
nothing compared to the PT-DZ13K’s 56.4 dBA
of noise.
The exhaust comes out the back at a peak of
152-degree Fahrenheit, but the case only gets
warm. In addition to replacing its $420 lamp
that’s rated to last for 3,000 hours of use, the
WUX500ST has an air filter upfront that takes a
couple of minutes to remove, vacuum and put
back in. In its brightest mode, the WUX500ST
used 365 watts. If you want to keep the network
connection active, when its idle, the projector still
consumes 1.8-watts at idle. All told, it has
estimated annual operating expenses of $148 if
it’s used for 15 hours a week and electricity costs
the national average of 13 cents per kilowatt
hour. That’s about one-third the cost to use the
PT-DZ13K. With a three-year warranty, the
WUX500ST has a list price of $8,250, but if you
shop around you can find it for closer to $6,500,
making it a best buy for religious institutions of
all denominations. By delivering a large, sharp
and bright image, it puts projectors in their place:
next to the screen.