Three new ultra short throw projectors have been added to the range of Hitachi projectors available in Europe.

The ED-A220N, the CP-AW250N and the CP-A300N are all LCD models and can be used in classrooms or home cinema environments to create optimum viewing set ups from table top or wall mounted positions.

The Japanese manufacturer has impressively reduced the throw distance needed for an 80 inch picture down to just 50 centimetres for standard models and only 53 centimetres for the wide screen variants.

Enabling this is the use of free shaped optics in these second generation models which occupy less than half the volume of Hitachi’s current CP-A100 models. The new ergonomics of the projectors also give them a new approach to air flow and cooling: one of the cooling fans is eliminated, reducing noise and power consumption.

The cooling system also aids the lamp operation, reducing maintenance and prolonging its life. The projectors also have reduced power standby mode - using just 0.3W - which ensures power usage is reduced during the lifetime of the projector.

The ED-A220N offers 2,200 lumens and is optimised for use in educational settings. The CP-AW250N and the CP-A300N deliver 2,500 and 3,000 lumens respectively, giving them impressive capabilities in any medium-sized venue. All three projectors come with Hitachi’s Active Iris to produce a contrast ratio of 2,000:1.