January 21st, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings, Yes, projector owners, Our time has almost come. It is time for us to prepare, to consider, to plan our home theater – and home entertainment future. 4K is almost upon us, and 3D is being taken more and more seriously by more than a few of the greatest Directors out there. This conversation addresses both 4K – Ultra-HD, and 3D, and the impact of both together.
Let’s consider that thought in terms of some of today’s great directors, and consider who’s directing 3D movies. Although I’m skipping most Read the rest of this entry »
November 22nd, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings, time to discuss the Epson Home Cinema 5010.
Pricing turns out to be lower than most of us originally anticipated.
Here are the official numbers per Epson: and about $300 each less than I had expected until recently.
Home Cinema 5010 – MAP of $2699!!! MSRP now $2999 (originally expected to have an MSRP of $3499 as announced at the CEDIA show in Sept.)
Home Cinema 5010e – MAP of $2999!! MSRP now $3499 (previously expected to be just below $4K)
Wow! What is most stunning about this pricing, is that Read the rest of this entry »
November 7th, 2011 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The Panasonic PT-AE7000 home theater projector full review has been posted! Check it out.
Greetings, I’ve put the one page quick look on the main site. Just click here to read some impressions so far on the PT-AE7000 projector. The full projector review is only 2 days away. -art
Gotta run. -art
July 28th, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings from Panasonic West. Ok, not really! Panasonic in the US, is HQ’d in Secaucus, NJ. But they have their digital labs out by Universal Studios in LA. Today, I got a first look at Panasonic’s PT-AE7000 (click for specifications) 3D and 2D, 1080p home theater projector!
It will be shipping in September! I asked, they could not tell me when in Sept – early or late, or… We’ll just have to see.
A quick comment then some details. I had the opportunity to see a good hour plus of assorted 3D content, including Ice Age 3, and Read the rest of this entry »
July 2nd, 2011 Art Feierman
Hi! OK, RonJ’s own blog is up and running. As promised, therefore, I’m deleting it from here (with a link to his first blog article on his own blog: Projectors: The Technical Side… This blog is Titled: Moving to 3D Click to enjoy.
A couple of folks posted comments to this blog. I had asked to wait until RonJ’s was up. OK, bottom line, a couple of you, that I suggested post your comments on Ron’s blog, instead reposted on this one, but addressed to Ron. Ron has no access to my blog, other than as a reader. Please (Peter, and one other) repost on to Ron’s blog, at the address above.
Or if you prefer to jump to his blog’s homepage: http://www.projectorreviews.com/projector-technical-blog/
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 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
January 29th, 2011 Art Feierman
The floodgates are apparently now open (if 3 months late). the JVC DLA-RS60 (click for specs) - JVC’s top of the line home theater projector, landed here yesterday 1/28/11. The DLA-RS60 is a 3D projector (and of course 2D) using JVC’s LCoS panels – which they call D-iLA (Sony calls theirs SXRD, etc.) This JVC projector uses active LCD shutter glasses Read the rest of this entry »
January 27th, 2011 Art Feierman
The Sharp XV-Z17000 looks like it's predecessor
Wow, a practical 1080p home theater projector. I set the Sharp XV-Z17000 down on the table in my theater, plugged it in, connected it to my PS3, and DirecTV box, and dropped in Alice In Wonderland in Blu-ray 3D.
Eureka! It works – in “living” 3D. My PS3, and the disk recognized the projector as a Blu-ray 3D device, and everything fired right up.
So, what have we here? The XV-Z17000 projector from Sharp is essentially a slightly updated (overall) version with 3D, of the existing XV-Z15000 which has been around more than a year, and Read the rest of this entry »
January 12th, 2011 Art Feierman
OK, I got my second look at the HC9000D (click for specs) at CES, although it was first revealed at CEDIA last September.
Mitsubishi's new HC9000D 3D home theater projector
At that time, it was a first gen engineering sample, and had issues with the 3D. While the sample displayed at CES last week was far better, I’m told that even that is old, compared to what is getting ready to ship.
That’s right, the Mitsubishi HC9000 projector’s first shipments are scheduled for February. Hey, experience says, first shipments often slip. Let’s just say my confidence that it will be “in the stores” this quarter, are very high, even if they don’t make their first half of February target.
What have we here in terms of the HC9000D? Well, let’s start with the basics. the HC9000 projector is an LCoS, specifically an SXRD LCoS, which means Read the rest of this entry »