May 8th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings one and all,
This is just a quickie notification, that our annual Classroom Education projector report is going live this week. I know that’s off topic for this blog, but I figure some of you might be interested. As with all reports, it will go up, piece by piece.
BTW one of the most interesting projectors in the report may not be ideal for the home, but if 3D sports ever really get going, this might be a hot projector for doing 3D in sports bars, etc, considering it uses passive glasses and has over 5000 usable lumens, for the brightest 3D I’ve seen yet without spending $5000+ ($1899). One projector handles 3D for one eye, the other handles the other eye’s 3D image. So, if you have a sports bar, check out the Epson W16SK review.
And for those of you who think Pocket and Pico projectors are cool, and want one, we’re writing up the review of a cool Pocket projector from HB Opto. What makes it cool? Well, lots of features, including 3D, and SXGA resolution (1280×800). It will handle 1080p sources, such as my PS3. But what tends to really set it apart, is having a few hundred lumens, and being able to deliver them from a similarly sized battery pack!
As long as I’ve got your attention, coming up in the next few weeks: Epson Home Cinema 750HD, BenQ W1080ST (basically it seems to be a short throw version of the W1070, and Acer H6510. That’s a nice collection of around and under $1000 home theater/entertainment projectors. Stay tuned.
March 25th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings, Finally this year’s awards for the best Home Theater Projectors currently available, are now published. Again we offer a variety of awards: Best In Class, Best In Class Runner-up, and Best In Class Special Awards.
Click for this year’s Best Home Theater Projectors report winners, now published.
There are many more pages to the report, along with our new Guide to Choosing the Best Home Theater Projector for You, all of which will go live over the next 72 hours.
March 13th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings projector enthusiasts, newbies, purists… It’s almost time for the annual 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report
I’m done reviewing for the next week or so. I started writing up the annual comparison report for home theater projectors two nights ago. I really expect to publish it by next Friday. Of course I tend to be optimistic about the timelines, as you all know, but I will try! I have to switch gears and starting working education projectors for the annual education report, which has to publish by mid-April, so I can’t slip too much.
Still a couple of things to mention. First, Acer shipped me another H9500BD projector, 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 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 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 »
January 6th, 2013 Art Feierman
This W1070 review is coming. Lori’s already doing first proofing of most pages. We’re heading out to celebrate a close friends birthday, and when we return in a few hours, I’ll start writing the Summary page.
With luck the review will be posted between 11:30 and 1:am tonight.
People, even if the review isn’t worth the wait, the W1070 is. Consider: Read the rest of this entry »
December 21st, 2012 Art Feierman
Lisa, Art’s daughter here. I’m home from college for the holidays, but we’re hard at work over here to bring you some great Projector Reviews TV videos, including review summaries, special topics and FAQs.
Because December has been a big month for us video-wise, I thought I’d highlight some of our newest videos.
As far as projector reviews, we’ve got video review summaries of two hot Epson projectors, the Home Cinema 5020UB and the Pro Cinema 6020UB.
Remember, a projector or accessory becomes eligible for a video summary when it earns one of the Projector Reviews awards, including our Hot Product Awards and Best In Class Awards.
We’ve also brought you Parts 2-4 of Choosing the Right Home Theater Projector for your Family Room (click here for Part 1, released in October). The new segments include:
“Part 5: 3D” is on its way and will be here by New Year’s.
We have a few other videos currently in post-production, so stay tuned for these in the coming weeks:
- Epson Home Cinema 3020
- Panasonic PT-AE8000U
- Sony VPL-VW1000ES
- Sony VPL-HW50ES
And there’s still more on the way! Look forward to other topics coming up, including: understanding the importance of black levels, an overview of pico and pocket projectors, a guide to our website, and more!
For a complete list of finished Projector Reviews TV videos, click here.
Happy holidays everyone!
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 »