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 »
November 14th, 2012 Art Feierman
I have finally posted the Epson’s competitors page, which includes many paragraphs comparing it to the Panasonic PT-AE8000, as well as sections comparing to the other key home theater competition: Sharp XV-Z30000, Optoma HD8300, Sony VPL-HW50ES (it’s most formidable competitor), as well as the lower cost Epson HC3020, and last year’s HC5010UB.
Some of you are going to ask… where’s the annual Panasonic vs. Epson multi-page comparison? Fear not Read the rest of this entry »
September 22nd, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings, Let’s talk some more, about Sony’s VPL-HW50ES projector.
The HW50ES Projector - Picture Quality is Excellent!
Well, you’ve probably seen some of my previous home theater projector blogs from, and post CEDIA 2012. If so, you probably think I have led you to believe that one of the most impressive projector values I saw there is Sony’s new HW50ES – it’s full name, of course: VPL-HW50ES. If so, you got it right.
I’ve had the VPL-HW50ES here since Tuesday evening, except for the 24 hours away at Mike’s for calibration. I’ve got 20 hours of viewing so far.
BTW I believe this unit is one of the two used in Sony’s “shoot-out” against the Epson 5010 and the JVC Read the rest of this entry »
June 13th, 2012 Art Feierman
Sony VPL-VW1000ES - a True 4K Projector for Home Theater
The title says it all!
After almost 6 weeks with the Sony VPL-VW1000ES, first, I have say, no question: The VPL-VW1000ES is definitely, by my taste, the best Home Theater – or perhaps I should say, Home Cinema projector I have had the opportunity to review. Now, I confess, this is a $24,999 projector so expectations were high going in. Read the rest of this entry »
April 15th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings all, Well, I’ve finally come up for air. Most of the 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report is up, and proofed, at this point.
JVC Home Theater Projector
Still will add a few things, and will try to get about 5-7 more direct comparisons added, mostly so far, it’s just two new ones, and a bunch of carry-fowards from previous years.
The Best In Class awards are up, so for those who haven’t been there yet, the short version:
Down in the under $2K range, carved out a special Best In Class award, 2D only, which went to the Panasonic PT-AR100 projector – PT-AR100U, here in the US.
For 2D and 3D capability, a tie. The Epson has the muscle with their Home Cinema 3010, and bright 3D, and great warranty and support. The Acer H9500BD, though, Read the rest of this entry »
March 18th, 2012 Art Feierman
JVC DLA-X70 projector - 3D, and "4K"
I mentioned in the last blog, that the JVC DLA-X70 home theater projector has arrived, and Mike is calibrating it. It will be working in my theater not more than an hour or two after I return from travels this Wednesday night.
One of the “interesting things of JVC’s DLA-X70 – and the X90, (and also the identical DLA-RS55 and and DLA-RS65 home theater, projectors), is the claim of 4K resolution. None of those JVC’s though have 4K LCoS panels, instead they are doing some “pixel shifting” for lack a a precise term. The tech isn’t that important, what is of interest is how much truth is there in the 4K claim.
Mind you I’m not at all criticizing the performance of JVC’s X70, X90, and their twins the RS45 and RS55, just concerned about calling what they are doing “4K”. That said, if you want to see real 4K, 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