April 9th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings home theater (projector) fans!
How’s that for a title. I’m getting inundated (as usual) with folks defending their personal favorites that didn’t pick up a major award this year. So, I thought I would just remind everyone that there are more really good projectors than one can hand out awards to. These three all received our individual Hot Product Award but none received any of our Best In Class awards from the report. Let’s start with the most obviously “neglected” great projector, the one I’ve received the most email about:
JVC’s DLA-X35 also sold as the DLA-RS46. JVC has always set the bar for great blacks. Technically Read the rest of this entry »
January 28th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings all you home theater fans,
I was in contact with Panasonic’s projector group today, as I seemed to remember hearing about a price drop on their flagship PT-AE8000 home theatre projector, when I was attending CES.
Well, I remembered correctly. Turns out that Panasonic Read the rest of this entry »
January 26th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings home theater projector fans, welcome to some “first look” comments on the HC8000D from Mitsubishi.
New Mitsubishi HC8000D 3D DLP Home Theatre Projector
This Mitsubishi H8000D is another DLP projector from Mitsubishi, similar to the white HC79ooDW we reviewed a couple months back, but finished in black, and with additional performance. It offers higher contrast: 330,000:1, claims 1300 lumens, and sports a 6 segment 6X color wheel.
Mike has calibrated it, and it already looks much better than before it did when taken right out of the box, without adjustment (I spent about 5 hours with it pre-calibration), the Cinema and most other modes exhibit too Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
January 21st, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings projector fans, it’s time to review more JVC and Mitsubishi projectors.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we were expecting the JVC DLA-X75R, essentially identical to the DLA-RS56U from the JVC Pro division, and the Mitsubishi HC8000D. I had hoped both would arrive before this weekend.
Alas, a few changes. In speaking with Mitsubishi this past week, they now tell me that an HC8000D 3D projector will ship out and arrive sometime late this week.
JVC also had a problem. The JVC DLA-X75R it turns out would not be available until a new batch arrived at the end of January. I would say “darn” or something more emphatic, but for JVC’s alternative: They are instead, shipping me this week, a DLA-X95R, the JVC flagship home theatre projector. The JVC Pro group’s virtually identical twin is the DLA-RS66U. Both use “hand selected” components, with the rest going into the next lower down models – DLA-X75R and DLA-RS56. These two are are $11,999. Read the rest of this entry »
January 12th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings one and all,
I had intended to do three or four blogs from the CES show. So much for good intentions. Part of the problem was that I didn’t see a new home theater projector that I haven’t seen before, until I visited Optoma, Wednesday afternoon – that is, half way through Day 2 of CES.
“That’s not too bad” you say, but, I am under NDA regarding the Optoma projectors (non-disclosure agreement). You know the old saying: ”I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you” (or me). I can tell you that Optoma will likely have three new projectors before CEDIA. The first, probably in the summer.
Plenty of picos and pocket projectors, however. I will blog about those in the next 24 hours. That said, this year pico’s come in all shapes and small sizes.
This first show blog will be a quick rundown of some of the projectors that I did see there, many of which
were announced at CEDIA and IFA back in September:
On the first day of the show, I met with Panasonic, who was showing
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January 7th, 2013 Art Feierman
The HC750HD is expected to look like this HC710HD
Epson has just announced its brightest home entertainment projector ever. The Home Cinema 750HD, when it starts shipping in a couple of months, will be Epson’s best 720p projector. Pricing is officially $899! Or as Epson markets it: ”under $900″ on their press release.
What’s this Epson HC750HD got, you ask?
Well for openers, the Home Cinema 750HD claims a massive 3000 lumens! It’s ready to tackle some ambient light.
This projector just might be brighter than your LCDTV or Plasma TV! That should give you something to think about.
Designed for your family / living / bonus room this Epson projector should prove to be Read the rest of this entry »
December 18th, 2012 Art Feierman
JVC DLA-X55R Projector
Greetings Home Theater Projector Fans,
This was going to be short, since I have much reviewing to do, but it didn’t turn out that way. Let’s get started with an overview of JVC’s new DLA-X55R from their consumer group. This projector is also sold by JVC’s pro group as the JVC DLA-RS48U.
So, what do we have here? We have the DLA-X55 in house, but other than probably some very minor cosmetics, the primary differences are which dealers sell which model. We work with the consumer group these days because we find them more press friendly (at least to us). That is, it’s simply easier these days to obtain a DLA-X55R than to get an RS48 from the other folks, as my primary contact on the Pro side, departed from JVC, and I can’t seem to find a replacement contact. Such is life, with my contacts on the consumer side, I don’t have to worry about it.
The DLA-X55R is a new projector. The X55 is an LCoS projector (which JVC calls D-iLA – thus the DLA name designations). The X55R is priced at $4995. Read the rest of this entry »
December 14th, 2012 Art Feierman
BenQ's W1070: Affordable DLP, 3D, home entertainment projector
The BenQ W1070 arrived about two weeks ago, but due to scheduling, all I could do was give it to Mike for calibration. As soon as he returned it, we “put a stamp on it” and shipped it to Pete – one of our Gamer – Projector – Bloggers.
Pete should be posting his thoughts on the BenQ W1070 as a gaming projector, over the next few days.
Now, since I personally never fired up the W107o projector I’m just going to take a few paragraphs to report on the BenQ’s feature set, and also relate some of the key measurements from Mike’s calibrating of the projector. Here goes:
BenQ’s W1070 projector is a 1080p single chip DLP projector claiming 2000 lumens. It’s small – downright portable at under 6 pounds, and has a built in speaker. A contrast claim of 10,000:1 indicates more than the minimal black level performance that some other entry level projectors offer. (A typical DLP without a dynamic iris usually has claims of 2000:1 to 3000:1.)
This BenQ projector has, as we’ve seen before from BenQ, three lamp mode combinations, not the two. Officially they are rated Read the rest of this entry »
November 30th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings, projector fans,
HC7900DW projector - good in a family room, great in a home theater
As promised in the last review, I wanted to tell you a bit about how I decided in the last couple of days of the review, that the Mitsubishi HC7900 DW, deserved our HOT Product award, when only days earlier I was torn between giving it a Special Interest award (not as “major”), or no award at all.
First, I’ve been reviewing some rather bright home theater projectors lately, including several capable of more than 1500 lumens, and two breaking 2000 lumens. That seems to have “colored” my initial thoughts. I’ve also, in the HC7900 review, described it as a great projector for “condos” – in other words, smaller rooms.
Then, as part of the review, I finally moved the HC7900DW projector down into the testing room Read the rest of this entry »