May 8th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings one and all,
This is just a quickie notification, that our annual Classroom Education projector report is going live this week. I know that’s off topic for this blog, but I figure some of you might be interested. As with all reports, it will go up, piece by piece.
BTW one of the most interesting projectors in the report may not be ideal for the home, but if 3D sports ever really get going, this might be a hot projector for doing 3D in sports bars, etc, considering it uses passive glasses and has over 5000 usable lumens, for the brightest 3D I’ve seen yet without spending $5000+ ($1899). One projector handles 3D for one eye, the other handles the other eye’s 3D image. So, if you have a sports bar, check out the Epson W16SK review.
And for those of you who think Pocket and Pico projectors are cool, and want one, we’re writing up the review of a cool Pocket projector from HB Opto. What makes it cool? Well, lots of features, including 3D, and SXGA resolution (1280×800). It will handle 1080p sources, such as my PS3. But what tends to really set it apart, is having a few hundred lumens, and being able to deliver them from a similarly sized battery pack!
As long as I’ve got your attention, coming up in the next few weeks: Epson Home Cinema 750HD, BenQ W1080ST (basically it seems to be a short throw version of the W1070, and Acer H6510. That’s a nice collection of around and under $1000 home theater/entertainment projectors. Stay tuned.
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 »
January 28th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings all you home theater fans,
I was in contact with Panasonic’s projector group today, as I seemed to remember hearing about a price drop on their flagship PT-AE8000 home theatre projector, when I was attending CES.
Well, I remembered correctly. Turns out that Panasonic Read the rest of this entry »
January 26th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings home theater projector fans, welcome to some “first look” comments on the HC8000D from Mitsubishi.
New Mitsubishi HC8000D 3D DLP Home Theatre Projector
This Mitsubishi H8000D is another DLP projector from Mitsubishi, similar to the white HC79ooDW we reviewed a couple months back, but finished in black, and with additional performance. It offers higher contrast: 330,000:1, claims 1300 lumens, and sports a 6 segment 6X color wheel.
Mike has calibrated it, and it already looks much better than before it did when taken right out of the box, without adjustment (I spent about 5 hours with it pre-calibration), the Cinema and most other modes exhibit too Read the rest of this entry »
January 21st, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings projector fans, it’s time to review more JVC and Mitsubishi projectors.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that we were expecting the JVC DLA-X75R, essentially identical to the DLA-RS56U from the JVC Pro division, and the Mitsubishi HC8000D. I had hoped both would arrive before this weekend.
Alas, a few changes. In speaking with Mitsubishi this past week, they now tell me that an HC8000D 3D projector will ship out and arrive sometime late this week.
JVC also had a problem. The JVC DLA-X75R it turns out would not be available until a new batch arrived at the end of January. I would say “darn” or something more emphatic, but for JVC’s alternative: They are instead, shipping me this week, a DLA-X95R, the JVC flagship home theatre projector. The JVC Pro group’s virtually identical twin is the DLA-RS66U. Both use “hand selected” components, with the rest going into the next lower down models – DLA-X75R and DLA-RS56. These two are are $11,999. Read the rest of this entry »
January 12th, 2013 Art Feierman
Greetings one and all,
I had intended to do three or four blogs from the CES show. So much for good intentions. Part of the problem was that I didn’t see a new home theater projector that I haven’t seen before, until I visited Optoma, Wednesday afternoon – that is, half way through Day 2 of CES.
“That’s not too bad” you say, but, I am under NDA regarding the Optoma projectors (non-disclosure agreement). You know the old saying: ”I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you” (or me). I can tell you that Optoma will likely have three new projectors before CEDIA. The first, probably in the summer.
Plenty of picos and pocket projectors, however. I will blog about those in the next 24 hours. That said, this year pico’s come in all shapes and small sizes.
This first show blog will be a quick rundown of some of the projectors that I did see there, many of which
were announced at CEDIA and IFA back in September:
On the first day of the show, I met with Panasonic, who was showing
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