September 8th, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings, Just a couple of quick notes on the new JVC’s and a touch more on Sony projectors.
JVC’s been busy. They’ve replaced the RS40, RS50 and RS60, with their new DLA-RS45, RS55 and RS65. Each has new features, Read the rest of this entry »
September 7th, 2011 Art Feierman
OK sports fans – and movie fans, HDTV fans, and even Discovery HD fans…
I just left the Sony Press conference, (9/7) the evening before the CEDIA show floor opens for the masses.
The VPL-VW1000ES is the first – and (you know how I love the term) IMPRESSIVE 4K Read the rest of this entry »
August 18th, 2011 Art Feierman
8/22 – My apologies. I have pulled down the images of the “rumored Epson”. I’ve done this at Epson’s request, and I understand their issues, and I’m not here with the goal of being the first to reveal ultra super secret photos of the 2016 Mercedes AMG, or the latest pics of the Kardashians. So basically I didn’t have a real problem with that. Well, it was fun while it lasted. They assure me “accurate photos” soon?
OK, I published some minimal rumors I picked up, just last week. Today, I have something exciting for you:
One of you readers (thanks) sent me a link to a Read the rest of this entry »
August 8th, 2011 Art Feierman
Call it a rumor, smoke and mirrors, a future product, and toss in some educated guesses, but it seems almost certain that Epson will have a shiny new 3D projector to roll out at CEDIA and, in Europe, at IFA. Of course such a new Epson projector will be 2D first as well as 3D, which is typical of all the other 3D projectors.
I’ve been digging, but I can’t even get an Epson model number! (I could guess, but why bother.) What I’ve got for you is better than, but not drastically so, then when Panasonic put out a 1 line press release at Infocomm that they would have a new 3D projector. (Of course just two weeks ago, those guys showed it to us press). With Epson, so far, just a rumor or two.
Word would have it that Epson’s first 3D projector will sport the same 3LCD panels Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 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 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
April 13th, 2011 Art Feierman
I would like to tell you about a new blog launching on our site in the next few days. More importantly, t0 tell you we’ve got an expert to blog on the topic of gaming and projectors.
Gaming! As we all know, one popular aspect of owning a projector at home is that you can not only watch movies, sports, TV, but also play games. Games and gamers, come in Read the rest of this entry »
March 8th, 2011 Art Feierman
Runco's 3 chip DLP LifeStyle LS-10d projector
Just a quick note. I’ve finished working on Runco’s $27,995 LS10d projector, and am in final write-up mode. Lisa’s finishing the last of the image processing tonight (resizing, cropping, etc.).
Look for the review to go live late tomorrow. It’s almost half way completed now, and I’ve still got a couple of hours of writing left in me tonight.
Let me just say the LS10d lived up to its expectations. I was looking for basically a 1080p equivalent to the 720p LS-7. That’s what I found. There is an interesting twist or two, because I’m reviewing the LS10d – the one with the outboard image processor, the DHD4, which is not an option for the lower resolution Runco projector.
I really hope they let me keep it for a few extra months. If so, my JVC won’t get watched. The Runco LS-10d is one sweet ride onto the silver screen. A complaint? it doesn’t do 3D… -art