August 30th, 2008 Art Feierman
I’m off to CEDIA on Tuesday (Sept 2) – through Saturday of next week. Already we know of a number of new projectors being rolled out for first looks at the show. I’ll do at least one blog next week, with comments on some of the more interesting new models.
In the meantime, a few things to report, that should be of interest to those hot in the search for a home theater projector. First, the “old”:
Epson – the Home Cinema 1080 UB, is, as reader’s know, one of my all time favorites. Epson, most likely will show a new model, and I’ve just learned that Epson has done significant price drops on both the Home Cinema 1080 UB, and the older, less expensive Home Cinema 1080 (the one that goes in the Ensemble HD 1080 complete system.
The Home Cinema 1080 was $2299. It is now $1999, and you also get a free lamp!
Beter still, the Home Cinema 1080 UB, was $2999 (less $200 rebate). It is now:
$2799 less $300 rebate, and free lamp.
Assuming a value of $350 for the lamp, the math works out to new prices of $1649, for the standard 1080, and the Home Cinema 1080 UB, works out to $2149!
That’s got to be one of the best deals going!
Sanyo has announced a new, low cost 1080p projector, the PLV-Z700. It looks a lot like the PLV-Z2000 (from the images – I haven’t actually laid my hands on it yet), and will ship in October.
And now, the New: Sanyo and more…
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August 19th, 2008 Art Feierman
I expect a lot of folks have been waiting, and waiting for this review. It should be posted within the next 3 hours. Those of you glued to the Olympics might just want to take a break and check it out. Without a doubt, the Ensemble HD 1080 is a great, complete system, and really changes the dynamics of home theater.
Finally, millions can consider and buy, and have installed, a real home theater system (sorry plasma and LCDTV owners – your sets are just to small to be a home theater). Up until this product, getting a nice home theater has been an incredibly complex task, considering “which projector, which receiver, which speakers, which sub-woofer, which other components”, and then there is the traditional complicated, drawn out installation as well.
Epson has made it just too easy (and too good). If you’ve got a room picked out, and money in the bank, there’s still time to buy one of these and have it installed in time to catch the end of the Olympics. (But you better hurry, there are only a handful of days left until the Olympics end.
OK, I’ve got to get back to putting the final touches on the review! -art
August 9th, 2008 Art Feierman
Greetings all, Sorry I’m late!
The installation of the complete Epson Ensemble HD system was finished on schedule, the second day. The two man installation team put in about five hours in day one, but before I go further, let me recap, and explain more of the plan. The Epson Ensemble HD is a very complete almost “instant projection based home theater in a box (or 8). The motorized screen has left, center and right front speakers in the screen housing. The housing for the projector – the Epson Home Cinema 1080 – holds the rear left and right speakers, and the cabinet has a built in subwoofer, the Console that controls everything and has a built in DVD player and FM tuner. The package also comes with wiring channels so you don’t have to open walls to run wiring. Also included is all the necessary cabling.
OK, the easy way to install the Epson Ensemble HD, is to use the wiring channels, which can be run along the wall and ceiling. For my installation, however, Read the rest of this entry »
August 2nd, 2008 Art Feierman
OK, the crew at Viewsonic sent me back the same Pro8100, after a firmware upgrade. The new upgrade relates to the issues reported with the dynamic iris. In the original version, the iris was first of all, slow, so you could often see it in scene changes, and even within scenes as brighter objects moved in and out of the scenes, or even just became larger or smaller. Read the rest of this entry »