January 26th, 2012 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The BenQ W7000 projector review has been posted!
As many of you who have been waiting, knew, I had expected to have a replacement BenQ W7000 projector with the “final firmware” arrive right about now – a week or two after CES, to check on how good the W7000′s black levels would be.
I heard from BenQ back three days ago (sorry, I’m late with this), that Taiwan likely would not be able get the finished firmware out the door to the folks here at BenQ, before the Chinese New Year. (which has begun).
With the vacation time associated over there, with the holiday, etc., I would now tend to expect to have a W7000 back in my hands with the new firmware, probably the week of Feb 6th. It will take me less than 48 hours to assess, update the review, and alert all of you. Thanks for your patience. BTW, here’s a short piece I found online about the Chinese New Year – and the year of the Dragon:
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4710 begins on Jan. 23, 2012.
Chinese months are reckoned by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks of holiday from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.
Breathing Fire into the New Year
Legend has it that in ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in dragon years are innovative, brave, and passionate. Salvador Dali, John Lennon, and Mary-Louise Parker were all born in the year of the dragon. (this from infoplease.com).
Hang in there – and Happy Chinese New Year! -art
PS. Year 4710 is a whole lot of years ago – to the start of the Chinese calendar, however Read the rest of this entry »
January 7th, 2012 Art Feierman
UDPDATE: The full Mitsubishi HC7800D Review has been posted here.
Greetings projector folk, it’s time to give you a quick run down on the Mitsubishi HC7800D home theater projector, before the full review is ready.
Mitsubishi HC7800D 3D Home Theater Projector
But first – one more time: Happy New Year!
OK, to the Mitsubishi HC7800D projector. This projector (pre-production unit) looks to replace the HC6800 but it features a change in technology, from LCD to DLP, and of course, adds 3D abilities. The HC7800D I got to work with (for a week), I returned to them Thursday (two days ago), as they needed it for the CES show. They will return to me, either that HC7800, or another, with newer (hopefully final production) firmware, when we all get back from the show in a week.
The HC7800D sports an MSRP of $3995, but MAP – the minimum advertised price is $2495 (or was it $2499?). Sales are going to be through CEDIA dealers, that is, local, installing type dealers.
Let’s touch on some key points: Read the rest of this entry »
December 22nd, 2011 Art Feierman
I know many have been waiting so, here’s some useful information on the BenQ W7000 home theater projector, to get you started. The W7000 BenQ rushed to me is pre-production, firmware version 0.22. With a number that low, by now there are probably a couple of newer versions, and I certainly hope so, because this W7000 has a lot of things going for it, but other aspects are just a bit unfinished.
But first: Read the rest of this entry »
December 10th, 2011 Art Feierman
BenQ W7000, Mitsubishi HC7800D, SIM2 Nero 3D-2, Sony VPL-VW95ES Projectors
Greetings home theater projector fans,
Sorry, I’ve been remiss, regarding my blog. I’ve just finished answering probably 25+ comments scattered around a dozen different blog pieces, so with those questions all answered, deflected, or ducked, it’s time to clue you all in to what new home theater projectors are in the works and inbound!
I think you’ll be impressed: Read the rest of this entry »
November 27th, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings one and all. Check out this link to our Comparison of the PT-AE7000 projector and the Home Cinema 5010. These two projectors slug it out in 2D and 3D.
If you’ve carefully read the individual projector reviews, you won’t be surprised, but…We’ve got lots of side-by-side photos for your consideration. And maybe we’ll throw you a curve?
Each year, it seems the two best selling non-entry level projectors are the Epson UB projectors, which the Home Cinema 5010 is the latest (despite the dropping of the Ultra-Black reference), and the Panasonic 1080p projector, this year, the PT-AE7000.
We pick a projector winner for 2D and one for 3D. You’ll have to figure out your balance of importance between 2D and 3D, a couple of other choices, and then then your final selection shouldn’t be too difficult to determine! Have a blast! -art
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 20th, 2011 Art Feierman
Acer H9500 3D projector - $1699 MSRP
Greetings home theater projector fans.
Update 11/22/11 – the bulk of the review is posted, but for the competitors and screen recommendation pages. Some more images (menus) and content to still be added.
Here’s the direct link to the Acer H9500BD home entertainment projector review. Enjoy! -art
I must admit, going into this review, never having seen the projector before, and not knowing too much about it, I didn’t have very high expectations. As it turns out I was
right (only kidding) wrong.
The Acer seems to have several rough edges, as many under $2000 projectors do (MSRP is $1699), but it also had a couple of real positive surprises.
And the first of those is that this just might be an ultra high contrast projector. I don’t think either the Optoma HD33 or the Epson Home Cinema 3010 are particularly close to the Acer H9500BD in this regard. I took some side by sides, comparing to the Read the rest of this entry »
November 16th, 2011 Art Feierman
The Home Cinema 5010 is here, or actually it’s a Home Cinema 5010e.
Upon opening it up, Mike quickly discovered that there are no THX modes. This is different than the original Pro Cinema 6010 I had seen, and my expectations were that the 5010 and 5010e would have THX, since the Epson Home Cinema 8700UB, had THX. My best guess is somewhere in the process, Epson had to decide if the more expensive Pro Cinema 6010 should be the only one with THX modes. Epson has always Read the rest of this entry »
November 13th, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings all, Just an update as to what’s going on, in terms of upcoming projector reviews. The Panasonic PT-AE7000 wins a Hot Product Award. We’re starting reviews of the Acer H9500BD, Sony VPL-VW95ES, and Epson Home Cinema 5010. More about the order, etc., below
Panasonic PT-AE7000 - PT-AT5000 in the EU
As many of you have noticed, the Panasonic PT-AE7000 projector review is up. Sorry for the delay in mentioning that here.
As of this writing, Lori’s just starting to proof, and I still have a few more things to add – some additional comparisons, the screen page, and the menus…
It’s one fine projector. Check out the PT-AE7000 review.
So, what’s next? Glad you asked! 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