June 30th, 2011 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The Mitsubishi HC9000D projector review has been posted!
For review… That’s it folks. I haven’t seen it since CES, where the setup had problems (very engineering sample, and shipping damaged), but still managed 3D. With a price tag over $5K, and an SXRD LCoS engine, Mitsubishi is pricing it roughly halfway between Sony’s just announced VPL-HW30ES (click for specifications), and the already reviewed VPL-VW90ES (click for review) – both 3D capable and ready to go.
Should be very interesting! Can’t wait. Got my 3D content ready, and tired of watching 3D on an Optoma GT720 (click for review) game computer, who’s black levels are nothing short of poor. On the other hand, the GT720′s got lumens enough for 3D, something most of the higher end 3D projectors (under $15K) seem to lack). We’ll run it through the paces, from standard, to 3D movies, 3D games, sports in 3D, and more. Is this the one to own? We shall see. -art
June 26th, 2011 Art Feierman
I haven’t been able to track down a preliminary data sheet for the HD3300 projector, who’s news leaked at Infocomm, but there seems to be some consensus, as to what the HD3300 is.
It would seem that the Optoma HD3300 is a more feature laden HD33. The primary difference should be that the HD3300 is equipped with HDMI 1.4a, and is compatible with Blu-ray 3D and other 1080p HD sources such as satellite or cable. This would separate it from the HD33 which looks to be Read the rest of this entry »
June 26th, 2011 Art Feierman
The ViewSonic VP3D1 3D processor earns our Special Interest Award!
Eureka! It works!
I’m talking about ViewSonic‘s VP-3D1. What is it? What works? The VP3D1 lets you watch 1080p 3D content from Blu-ray 3D discs and other, including HDTV sources, on 3D projectors that aren’t currently able to do so. It’s the magical device that changes the range of capabilities of those relatively low cost first and second generation 3D projectors sporting 720p and similar native resolutions such as WXGA. For lack of better terminology, let’s call the ViewSonic VP-3D1 a 3D processor. That seems to make sense. and, that’s what ViewSonic calls it.
VP3D1 - brings Blu-ray 3D, and 1080p 3D HDTV to low cost 3D projectors
The VP3D1 has an MSRP in the US of $299, but street price seems to be mostly around $249 based on a quick online search. That makes it a very reasonably priced add on to your system, considering the benefits delivered.
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June 21st, 2011 Art Feierman
Wow! This is cool. The announcement of the VPL-HW30ES first appeared almost a week ago, over in Europe. I heard Read the rest of this entry »
June 20th, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings! I mentioned the Optoma HD33 the other day, when I wrote about the unofficial HD8300, I said that there was also supposed to be an HD33 projector or it might be an HD3300. Well, with much digging – that is – searching the internet. Optoma’s been no help at all, in this case. I have learned a lot more. I’ve even laid my hands on a preliminary data sheet. If you would like to check that out, Read the rest of this entry »
June 16th, 2011 Art Feierman
I wish I could tell you for sure, that there will be an Optoma HD8300 projector. I hope that this Optoma 3D home theater projector really will exist later this summer or fall. Truth is, I met with Optoma this morning, and they had nothing to say about it. That is, the word was that they have nothing to announce. I got not even an inkling about it from them.
The thing is, a fan of our site tipped me off, that word of an HD8300, including a fair amount of detail, has shown up on a couple of blogs and apparently at least one online forum. Before I repeat what I found on those blogs, about the Optoma HD8300 projector, I have to believe that there will be an HD8300 and it will be at least close to what I’ve read.
Why? Just too much detail on those two blogs (they are almost identically worded), for it to be completely made up. In fact, all the information below that I learned from those blogs, is about what you would expect in a press release announcing a new 3D projector. For that reason, give or take a spec or two, I fully expect this HD8300 if/when it comes out, to be pretty accurate. There was even a photo in one of the blogs, but that could be a photo of the existing 2D HD8200 (click for review), so that tells me nothing. BTW, same blogs also talk about an Optoma HD33, another new 3D projector, which I’ll cover in my next blog!
Optoma HD8300 3D Home Theater Projector:
(based on those blogs)
HD8300 brightness: 1300 lumens – a good start, as 3D projectors need to be brighter than 2D ones due to the significant perceived loss of brightness of 3D projectors (when running 3D).
Contrast: 30,000:1 That should yield some very respectable black level performance
Technology: Single chip DLP Darkchip 3
Processing: 10 bit – 1 Billion colors
3D Glasses: Active shutter (as are all single chip DLP 3D projectors currently out there), they (blogs) say Optoma will have new RF glasses for the projector
Screen compatibility: Does not need a 3D screen (my assumption), no single chip DLP 3D projectors need 3D screens
First shipment – Mid-July. My thoughts are that this is the most likely thing written, to be wrong. While most companies announce most home theater projectors in the US, at the CEDIA show, Optoma is one company that seems to launch projectors just about any time. If that is accurate, I’m wondering why Optoma has nothing to say. The general rule of thumb is get the word out early, and build up some buzz, so that there’s already demand when a projector first ships. We shall see.
Price Tag: Sorry, there was no price mentioned on those sites. My best guess, $4000 or up. The operative term is “or up”.
Remember so far, not one 1080p 3D home theater projector has a list price of less than $4495.
OK, that’s the story, for now, until I can get some verification from those silent types at Optoma.
Bottom line: Everyone expects a 1080p 3D projector from Optoma. Myself? Can’t wait to meet it. I’ll keep you posted as things become clearer.
BTW, the exception, to press releases having a decent amount of info is the incredibly short one line press announcement from Panasonic about their forthcoming 1080p 3D home theater projector. (Panasonic didn’t even provide a model number.)
Hang in there, this sure looks like the fall is going to be fun year for new home theater projectors 2D or 3D. That will be a great improvement over last fall, when the CEDIA show had few really new impressive models, mostly updated versions of existing ones. -art
June 16th, 2011 Art Feierman
6/15/11 Update: Panasonic’s first 1080p 3D home theater projector, was just announced here at Infocomm. The forthcoming 3D projector from Panasonic, will be shown at the CEDIA show in September, and will ship sometime after that, but before year end. They released little information beyond that, but visit Art’s home theater blog to learn all we know, and some speculation, or click here to read the Panasonic press release (one sentence long). This Panasonic 3D home theater projector will eventually replace the PT-AE4000. -art
Panasonic will have a new 3D ready home theater projector before the end of 2011. Figure that will be after the CEDIA show – which means after September.
This is exciting news. As many of you know, Panasonic has only been selling one home theater projector, the PT-AE4000, for the last year since they discontinued the lower cost PT-AX200U. The PT-AE4000 also happens to be almost two years old. Unlike others – they didn’t announce any new home theater projectors last year at CEDIA. For years Panasonic was the number one seller of home theater projectors in the US, but when you cut your product line in half, that’s got to cost you market share.
This new 3D Panasonic home theater projector doesn’t have a name yet. When Panasonic announced it the other day, they provided almost no info beyond that there will be one. In fact it was a single sentence announcement. I think Panasonic felt it important to let the world, and its fans know their still in the game! Panasonic also introduced a number of commercial projectors but that’s news for our other blog.
Pricing is totally unknown but, since they did say this projector would replace the PT-AE4000, I’ll speculate only this:
Panasonic may well be priced well below the other 1080p 3D projectors out there from Sharp, Sony, and JVC, all of which are at least $4495 (JVC), The Sharp is $4995 – that would be the already reviewed XV-Z17000 projector. The others are the $8000 JVC, the $12000 JVC, and the $10,000 Sony VPL-VW90ES.
Panasonic wouldn’t even tell me if it was 3LCD or something else. All previous Panasonic home theater projectors have been 3LCD. I’ve already seen some blog sites say it is, but, I’m pretty certain they didn’t hear that from Panasonic – so, call it a rumor.
Remember that the PT-AE4000 sells for under $2000. I figure it would therefore be unlikely that Panasonic would replace it with a projector costing twice as much or more.
So, if my guess is correct, it should price somewhere between $2000 ($2K is unlikely but, you never know), and $4000. My “best guess” based on no information but that “replacement” statement, that it is the forthcoming 3D home theater from Panasonic might price at $2995. I’ll be really impressed if I’m right (at the price and that I guessed it).
Now that would be truly exciting. Unfortunately we’ll almost certainly have to wait 3 months until CEDIA to find out.
Otherwise not much exciting news here at the show, for home theater (it’s a show for the commercial display industry (including projectors of course).
But I do have a few rumors to report about more home theater projectors, which I’ll write in separate blogs while flying back from Orlando to San Clemente (California) tomorrow evening. Stay tuned! -art