DLP Projectors: Grand Cinema HT Line: HT500 E

HT500 E
  • 3-chip HD2+ DarkChip™ DMDs by Texas Instruments
  • 720p High Definition native resolution (1280x720 pixels)
  • Phenomenal contrast ratio (>4300:1) & brightness
  • SIM2 Live Colors Management (LCM) and Gamma functions
  • Intelligent Memory functions
  • Low noise operation and no rainbow effect
  • HDMI™-HDCP input
  • Choice of 5 high quality zoom lenses
  • Screen size up to 9 meters (>29 ft)
  • DCDi™ Video Processing powered by Faroudja

Featuring SIM2 LCM and Gamma control software and three HD2+ DMD chips by Texas Instruments, the HT500 E projector delivers a resolution of 1280x720 for a flawless home theatre excellence.

This projector has been built to deliver a "real" home cinema experience, delivering a perfect image where other projectors fall fowl to the constraints of a screens dimensions and only before seen at commercial cinemas.

HD2+ DarkChip2™ by Texas Instruments
The HT500 E projector is the first 3-chip on the market to feature the HD2+ DarkChip2™ by Texas Instruments (HD2+ DC2). The DarkChip2™ incorporates smaller mirror hinges, reduced gaps between mirrors, a flatter, more reflective surface and a light absorbent coating for unmatched contrast and color uniformity. Also, the DarkChip2™ coupled with improved software and SIM2 high quality optics allow the HT500 E to reach a true contrast ratio of >4300:1 thus delivering on screen the crispest, sharpest and truest color image.

SIM2 Live Colors Management (LCM) and Gamma functions
SIM2's engineers have given the HT500 E an ultra-sophisticated software design that's worthy of the most discerning home theatre enthusiast.

The LCM algorithm allow the precise adjustment of the color temperature to user preference, by choosing from the 36 predefined white points in CIE Chart.

And, the Gamma Tables provide a wide range of possibilities to optimize image based on variations in the source material, ambient lighting, and individual preferences: 1 Standard curve for movies, 5 SIM2 Enhanced curves to fully exploit the advantages of DLP technology, 2 Graphics curves for PC and graphic sources, and a User adjustment with 16 parametric gamma curves (ranging from 1.5 to 3 with a 0.1 increment).

Intelligent Memory functions
The HT500 E can store up to 3 image memory settings such as brightness, contrast, color temperature, etc. for each input; that is 24 settings. When you select a new source, the parameters stored in each memory may be applied simultaneously. Or, you may simply choose to recall despite the change of source.

Future proof inputs
The HT500 E projector features an impressive array of digital connections, including HDMI™ input. HDMI™ is a purely digital connection that transmit the uncompressed bitstream directly from the source through to the display and is backwards compatible with DVI.
On board DCDi™ Video Processing by Faroudja guarantees an image that is free from motion artefacts and that your film collection is displayed just as the Director intended!

5 lens options available
For ease of installation, the projectors sport the supreme flexibility of five different lens options, making it possible to project a perfect 4.7 meter image from only 1.3 meter from the screen, up to 7.8 meter image from 28 meters.

The HT500 E also sports unparalleled features such as H/V electrical lens shift, digital keystone adjustment, absence of color wheel for an artifact-free image and many more.

Design and colors
Italian Concept Designer Giorgio Revoldini has once again delivered a design that sports smooth curves, making the HT500 series a high-class focal point for any décor. The HT500 series is available in an elegant Dark Gray cabinet color.

Light Engine

DLP™ Type 3-chip DMD (HD2+ DarkChip2™ chip).
Resolution True 16:9 (1280 x 720 pixels)
Lens High quality, high resolution improved optics for higher contrast and better black level with both motorized zoom and focus adjustments
Lamp power consumption & life time 250W UHP; 1500 hours (*)


Lens shift V +13° - 5.5°; H +/-3.9°
Digital keystone V +/-18°; H +/-10°
Picture size 50-300 inches diagonal
Aspect ratio 4:3, 16:9, Anamorphic, Letterbox, 3 custom-user (H&V) adjustments, panoramic and pixel-to-pixel

Lens options

Lens 1 Throw ratio 1.44 - 1.8:1 zoom
Lens 2 Throw ratio 1.2 - 1.44:1 zoom
Lens 3 Throw ratio 1.8 - 2.4 :1 zoom
Lens 4 Throw ratio 2.4 - 3.6:1 zoom
Lens 5 Throw ratio 3.6 - 5.6:1 zoom


Horizontal & vertical scan freq. 15-80 KHz / 48-100 Hz (max horizontal freq. corresponding to UXGA, 85 Hz)
Video standards and graphic resolutions PAL B,G, H, I, M, N, 60, SECAM, NTSC 3.58 & 4.43 automatically selected; HTDT ATSC (480p, 720p, 1080i) PC graphic standard up to UXGA (1600 x 1200 pixels).
Deinterlacer & processing On-board DCDi™ by Faroudja (FLI2310). 3:2 & 2.2 pull-down sequencing automatically detected
Contrast ratio (Ful ON / Full OFF) >4300:1
Color temperature 3 preset color temperatures + a RC user adjustment acting directly on each color (R, G, B)
Special video adjustments noise reduction, fleshtone regulation, gamma correction, Microvision Anticopy Pulses Cleaner, Image panning and zooming.
Other special adjustments: memories/overscan

General Specifications

Control control software upgradable via RS232 serial interface
Power Consumption 340W
Mains voltage range 120-240 Vac, +/- 10% (48/62Hz)
Cabinet dimension (WxHxD) 540x210x615 mm (21,25”x8.27”x24.21”)
Weight 28 Kg. (61.7 lbs)


Analog 1 x composite video via RCA connectors
1 x S-VHS via mini Din-4 pin
1 x RGB via DB15 HD connector
3 x RGBH/V YCrCbH/V via RCA connectors
1 x RGBH/V YCrCbH/V via 5 BNC connectors
Digital 1 x DVI via DVI-D connector
1 x optical S/PDIF audio output from HDMI™
Control 1 x RS232 on Dsub 9 pin connector
Miscellaneous 2 x jack 12V power outputs


Supplied Installation and user manual
AC power cords (EU, UK, and USA); length 2 m
Backlit remote control and batteries
Optional HT BRKT ceiling mounting bracket

Cabinet Colour

Standard Dark Gray

(*) Lamp life: the hours quoted have been calculated in a lab under strict test conditions. Lamp life varies depending on usage conditions and the surrounding environment. The calculated lamp life cannot be guaranteed and is not protected by warranty.

Due to constant product development, specifications and design might be subject to change without notice.
in cm 16:9




User Manuals

Description: HT500 E User Manual
HT500 E User Manual
(6345Kb) down-HT500E_UK.pdf 08.25.2009


Description: HT500 E Catalog
HT500 E Catalog
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Description: HT500 E Review
HT500 E Review
(417Kb) 57-rws.pdf 08.24.2009