June 29th, 2009 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The Ensemble HD Review has been posted.
This blog will be short (well, short for something I write)! I’ve already posted an article on the new configurations of the Ensemble HD, and the new pricing.
The long and short of it is this: The Ensemble HD continues to be the only fully integrated projector based home theater system on the market. And one designed for a quick and easy installation! As such, what are now three different models, have no direct competition. They do, however, “compete” with systems put together by folks piece by piece, making separate decisions on projector, AV receiver, Read the rest of this entry »
June 26th, 2009 Art Feierman
I’m going to keep almost all of this piece to the home theater side of what was shown at Infocomm 2009. There was far more action – as expected, on the business side, with many dozens of new biz projectors. Hey, this is a home theater blog, so I won’t bore you. I will add an article about Infocomm 2009 to the website late next week, discussing a number of the new business projectors as well as, in general LED light source projectors and 3D projector solutions. 3D is getting A LOT of attention in the commercial space, but I figure we are still a few years off before we see any real move toward 3D in our homes.
Where to start? Hmm! Vivitek, a not overly well known Taiwanese manufacturer was showing an LED lightsource based projector, the H9080HD. I should have a review unit late July, and publish (hopefully) in the first half Read the rest of this entry »
June 26th, 2009 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The Samsung SP-A600 Review has been posted.
The other day, I received an early engineering sample of the Samsung SP-A600. I fired it up yesterday for the first time.
Now I’ve got a quandry. Whether to do a review on this unit, or send it back and wait for a late pre-production unit, or a full production projector. Read the rest of this entry »
June 4th, 2009 Art Feierman
I just bought a new HDMI switcher, and since I do get a number of emails with questions about switchers, I thought a blog was in order. From a practical standpoint, I brought in the switcher to review, because it looked like it would solve some problems for me. Turns out, it solved them, and I’m trying to work out a great deal on the review unit. I’ve done a review of the unit, which was posted a few days ago, you can check it out here: Octava HDMX42
OK, Before I start, keep in mind that I’m getting a little out of my Read the rest of this entry »
June 2nd, 2009 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The Sharp XV-Z15000 Review has been posted.
I’ve been playing with the XV-Z15000 for more than a week now. The Sharp XV-Z15000 projector is Sharp’s low cost 1080p DLP home theater projector. When first announced it had an MSRP of $2999, but it seems to have dropped to $2499. Either way, online pricing tends to be around $2000, mostly a little more, though I have spotted a few prices just below $2000.
I often talk about projectors that are particularly enjoyable to watch, regardless of details relating to color accuracy, black levels, etc. Read the rest of this entry »