November 20th, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings one and all. It’s time for me to share some more tidbits about the Home Cinema 5010 now that I’ve run it side by side with the Panasonic PT-AE7000 for a few hours, and also the Optoma HD8300.
Mostly I’ve got great news so far, but also a disapointment or two, but the news is mostly good. Read the rest of this entry »
October 31st, 2011 Art Feierman
Almost exactly 2 years ago, I was asked by an advertiser – Visual Apex, to review their Vapex screen, which they bring in from Asia and sell under their Vapex brand. I would generally refer to this as a private label screen, and reviewing it had the potential of creating some conflict. My solution back then was straightfoward: I asked Mike to review Read the rest of this entry »
September 28th, 2011 Art Feierman
OK, OK! This blog is almost definitely off topic, but not quite. After all, the Amazon Fire, and the IPad2 tablets can download movies from the internet, and both devices can ultimately feed that to your home theater system, including your home theater projector. Darn, looks like I’m somewhat on topic after all.
I’m a huge tablet fan, and love my iPads. So I thought some of you might care how I see the Amazon Fire vs. iPad2. Now mind you, I’ve been reading various releases all morning, also visited amazon.com to read their own Read the rest of this entry »
September 21st, 2011 Art Feierman
The 3D Entertainment summit (and the adjoining mobile summit), have seen some interesting thoughts (and technology).
First of all, I sat and listened to a panel with James Cameron, who is very big on 3D (can you say Avatar…).
He and others have dazzled us with a lot of impressive numbers for 3D, and especially mentioned the rapid growth of 3D in the Read the rest of this entry »
September 13th, 2011 Art Feierman
This is off-topic for this blog, but I’ve had a couple of experiences with DirecTV of late, and since many of us move from cable to satellite, and from satellite to cable, etc., there might be a useful tidbit hiding in my experience with DirecTV. First let me say, it was a good ending. Here’s the scoop: Back in July,
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September 2nd, 2011 Art Feierman
Introducing two new series of 3D capable Epson home theater projectors. Believe it or not, we’re talking two different core projectors, and several variations, including a very interesting twist!!!
Epson launches new 3D Home theater projectors - Home Cinema 5010
Everything I now know about these projectors is going live at the same time, although I’m splitting all the info into this blog and five separate articles on our main projectorreviews.com website, one for each new projector. Read the rest of this entry »
July 11th, 2011 Art Feierman
Visit our second gaming blog here at Projector Reviews, written by Scott, “Projectors and the World of PC Gaming” now!
UPDATE: Scott has posted his first review of the Optoma GT720 gaming projector on his blog! Check it out!
Well, I’ve warned you guys. It’s time for our third new blogger to come on line. This time, welcome Scott S. He’s a local – lives about 25 miles from me here in So. Cal. Scott S will blog on gaming and projectors, and, like Pete, has looked at the Optoma GT720, which he will comment on in is first (non-intro) blog.
This may be curious, or co-incidence, but would you believe Scott S, like Pete Read the rest of this entry »
July 2nd, 2011 Art Feierman
Hi! OK, RonJ’s own blog is up and running. As promised, therefore, I’m deleting it from here (with a link to his first blog article on his own blog: Projectors: The Technical Side… This blog is Titled: Moving to 3D Click to enjoy.
A couple of folks posted comments to this blog. I had asked to wait until RonJ’s was up. OK, bottom line, a couple of you, that I suggested post your comments on Ron’s blog, instead reposted on this one, but addressed to Ron. Ron has no access to my blog, other than as a reader. Please (Peter, and one other) repost on to Ron’s blog, at the address above.
Or if you prefer to jump to his blog’s homepage: http://www.projectorreviews.com/projector-technical-blog/
July 1st, 2011 Art Feierman
Visit Ron’s blog, “Home Theater and Projectors: The Technical Side” now!
It’s time for me to introduce another new blogger on our site. Welcome Ron Jones, below he’s provided a brief introduction to himself, and tomorrow I’ll be posting his first serious blog on the technical side of projectors and related home theater.
I’ve asked him to write a short intro, for me to post here. After that, I want to tell you a bit about what we’re up to, blog wise, and why Ron’s starting to blog for us. So, here’s Ron:
My name is Ron Jones and I am very pleased to have been invited by Art to contribute to Projector Reviews with a new blog focused on home theater video technology with an emphasis on new technologies, such as 3D, and associated issues/considerations. My background is as an Electrical Engineer (MSEE) with 30+ years professional experience and as a home theater owner/enthusiast for 35+ years. My home theaters Read the rest of this entry »
June 16th, 2011 Art Feierman
I wish I could tell you for sure, that there will be an Optoma HD8300 projector. I hope that this Optoma 3D home theater projector really will exist later this summer or fall. Truth is, I met with Optoma this morning, and they had nothing to say about it. That is, the word was that they have nothing to announce. I got not even an inkling about it from them.
The thing is, a fan of our site tipped me off, that word of an HD8300, including a fair amount of detail, has shown up on a couple of blogs and apparently at least one online forum. Before I repeat what I found on those blogs, about the Optoma HD8300 projector, I have to believe that there will be an HD8300 and it will be at least close to what I’ve read.
Why? Just too much detail on those two blogs (they are almost identically worded), for it to be completely made up. In fact, all the information below that I learned from those blogs, is about what you would expect in a press release announcing a new 3D projector. For that reason, give or take a spec or two, I fully expect this HD8300 if/when it comes out, to be pretty accurate. There was even a photo in one of the blogs, but that could be a photo of the existing 2D HD8200 (click for review), so that tells me nothing. BTW, same blogs also talk about an Optoma HD33, another new 3D projector, which I’ll cover in my next blog!
Optoma HD8300 3D Home Theater Projector:
(based on those blogs)
HD8300 brightness: 1300 lumens – a good start, as 3D projectors need to be brighter than 2D ones due to the significant perceived loss of brightness of 3D projectors (when running 3D).
Contrast: 30,000:1 That should yield some very respectable black level performance
Technology: Single chip DLP Darkchip 3
Processing: 10 bit – 1 Billion colors
3D Glasses: Active shutter (as are all single chip DLP 3D projectors currently out there), they (blogs) say Optoma will have new RF glasses for the projector
Screen compatibility: Does not need a 3D screen (my assumption), no single chip DLP 3D projectors need 3D screens
First shipment – Mid-July. My thoughts are that this is the most likely thing written, to be wrong. While most companies announce most home theater projectors in the US, at the CEDIA show, Optoma is one company that seems to launch projectors just about any time. If that is accurate, I’m wondering why Optoma has nothing to say. The general rule of thumb is get the word out early, and build up some buzz, so that there’s already demand when a projector first ships. We shall see.
Price Tag: Sorry, there was no price mentioned on those sites. My best guess, $4000 or up. The operative term is “or up”.
Remember so far, not one 1080p 3D home theater projector has a list price of less than $4495.
OK, that’s the story, for now, until I can get some verification from those silent types at Optoma.
Bottom line: Everyone expects a 1080p 3D projector from Optoma. Myself? Can’t wait to meet it. I’ll keep you posted as things become clearer.
BTW, the exception, to press releases having a decent amount of info is the incredibly short one line press announcement from Panasonic about their forthcoming 1080p 3D home theater projector. (Panasonic didn’t even provide a model number.)
Hang in there, this sure looks like the fall is going to be fun year for new home theater projectors 2D or 3D. That will be a great improvement over last fall, when the CEDIA show had few really new impressive models, mostly updated versions of existing ones. -art