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 »
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 22nd, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings, home theater projector fans. I am sorry to inform you that this year’s Home Theater Projector Comparison report won’t go live this weekend. After much writing, and even more frustration, I’ve scrapped most of the report format used in previous years! The result should be a better report yet a shorter one. And it will be far, far, less redundant.
Panic Not. The delay in the Home Theater Projector report will only take a few more days. In the meantime, I will go forward, and publish this year’s winners on Sunday evening, but without the 50+ pages of sometimes rambling, supporting information.
The new Home Theater Projector Comparison Report report will be significantly shorter.
Here’s the good news: Accompanying the report, and including some of the best content repeated in each year’s report, will be our first ever:
Guide To Buying The Right Home Theater Projector For You.
Sometimes it takes me years for the lightbulb to go off. (Switching to LED!) It finally did. The problem Read the rest of this entry »
March 16th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings everyone – it’s Smart Home Automation time at Projector Reviews!
I promised a blog to tell you a bit about our “Smart Home” plans. Here goes:
We’re creating a Dream Home! It will be a Smart Home, a Connected Home, and lucky me, it’s my home (and Lori’s and Lisa’s).
As a former dealer, my old company Presenting Solutions! did some fairly high local automation, although I personally stayed focused on the online “box” side of our projector business. Note, we mostly did automation for the Navy, and large corporations, rather than home automation. Back then we were Crestron authorized. It’s always been easy to automate a home if you don’t mind throwing six figures of money at the project. Not all of us, however, (certainly not me) have $100,000 or $250,000 to accomplish that.
Our goal, therefore is to create a Dream Home but do it with limited “old school” systems such as Crestron, AMX, Control4, and instead focus more on the new. I’m talking wired/wireless products supporting the Zigbee and Z-Wave alliances, and possibly Insteon too. We’ll use “old school” were necessary, of course.
The goal is to do this affordably. Wireless for most things will drastically reduce installation costs. Less centralized Read the rest of this entry »
March 16th, 2013 Art Feierman
Life is getting crazy, but I’ve been meaning for weeks to tell everyone, some details about the new Projector Reviews website, or should I say, redesigned and expanded.
There’s a lot to tell you. The site is currently being redesigned, by a company I recently hired. Expect the new www.projectorreviews.com site should launch end of May, or June. I’m going to tell you a good bit, but the important thing is, if you would like to make suggestions, now, is the time. Wireframes of the new Projector Reviews website will finished and coding started Read the rest of this entry »
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 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 »
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 »