January 7th, 2013 Art Feierman
The HC750HD is expected to look like this HC710HD
Epson has just announced its brightest home entertainment projector ever. The Home Cinema 750HD, when it starts shipping in a couple of months, will be Epson’s best 720p projector. Pricing is officially $899! Or as Epson markets it: ”under $900″ on their press release.
What’s this Epson HC750HD got, you ask?
Well for openers, the Home Cinema 750HD claims a massive 3000 lumens! It’s ready to tackle some ambient light.
This projector just might be brighter than your LCDTV or Plasma TV! That should give you something to think about.
Designed for your family / living / bonus room this Epson projector should prove to be Read the rest of this entry »
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 »
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 30th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings projector fans!
Optoma's HD23 DLP home entertainment projector is our next review
I’ve been slammed for weeks, with all these projectors arriving, so time to bring you up to speed, on what’s going on, starting with the next review: Finally we’ve got our hands on the Optoma HD23, which is mostly available at Best Buy. I’ve received a number of emails and comments asking about that one, and now it’s time.
Mike had the Optoma HD23 and just returned it to me this afternoon, calibrated and ready to go. I’ve been so slammed that I haven’t done a “first look” blog in a while, but I will have one for you on the HD23, later this weekend. When exactly? I’m not sure.
The BenQ W1070 is a lower cost home entertainment projector, and that one also arrived. I’ve just shipped that out to Pete for his take on the W1070 as a gaming projector. I will be doing a full review of the BenQ W1070 when Pete returns it.
Basically my blogging gamers have gaming projector comments (some already posted on their blogs), on recently reviewed/being reviewed home projectors including the Epson HC5020/PC6020, Epson HC3020, Viewsonic Pro9000, Optoma HD23, and BenQ W1070.
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October 16th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings. This is just a quick update – one that I should have put out a few days ago, regarding the status of the Viewsonic Pro 9000 projector and the Panasonic PT-AE8000 projectors for your home theater.
The Panasonic PT-AE8000 is here – Mike’s calibrated it, and I’ve more than Read the rest of this entry »
October 7th, 2012 Art Feierman
The Viewsonic Pro9000 projector is back in action here. With the Sony review finished, my attention again turns to this LED/Laser hybrid home theater projector. Built around the same chassis as their business Pro8300, this new Pro9000 is geared for your home, probably a dedicated theater type room.
Mike’s already calibrated the Pro9000 and I’ve been viewing for a few days. This is a projector that can put out up to (or slightly beyond) 1300 lumens, but is best in more of a theater environment. While most color modes look pretty good, the one Bright mode, at least on this engineering sample, is weak, color fidelity wise – pale and strong on greens, the current firmware doesn’t allow modifying it.
The other color modes – including the best, are in the 400 to 750 lumen range. Calibrated, the Pro8000 measured 448 lumens, enough for the typical 110″ diagonal screen for movie viewing. You can “map” those modes to User 1, or User 2, and from there modify the settings.
I will say that color controls are not all that I’d like them to be. Discussing with Viewsonic, they’ve already fixed an issue or two (including a flakey User 2, that didn’t hold settings), and are addressing some others that I’ve mentioned. Personally, I hope the final production versions have controls that would allow Mike to calibrate a bit better. Actually there is a very nice CMS – color management system for adjusting individual colors.
The Color Temp controls though have a single control for each primary color, instead of the two found on most projectors. Without that second control this Viewsonic will need a touch better color tables to get as precise a calibration as we can do with most others. After this review, due to the early nature of this unit, I’ll be looking for a full production version to take a follow-up look at.
Meantime expect my review within the week. I’m just starting the first photoshoot, and will be checking it out tomorrow, to see how it does with sports – lots of football planned. Definitely a different projector, and one where you won’t have to worry about finding $300 to $500 every year or two, for a new lamp. The hybrid light source helps the value proposition big time – makes this projector seem relatively inexpensive – for those that are planning to keep their projector for YEARs, not just a year or two. OK, back to reviewing the Pro9000 projector for me. -art
October 6th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings gamers – who love projectors!
My bad, Scott published some info in his blog, with info on lag tests of the AAXA P4-X pico projector. Click here, to read his results. His more complete write of of gaming with this little P4-X should be posted very soon.
There he will discuss how well the P4X performs during actual gaming. The P4X has some decent brightness (80 lumens) for a pico, which is a real plus, compared to most of the others out there.
Check it out! -art
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 »
September 11th, 2012 Art Feierman
The Panasonic PT-AE8000 - sold as PT-AT6000 in Europe
I’m fresh back from CEDIA, and wanted to fill you folks in on the PT-AE8000 projector, which Panasonic was nice enough to bring by our place more than 2 weeks ago. Sadly, they didn’t let me hang on to the PT-AE8000, or you’d be reading a full review by now, instead of a blog talking more features, than performance.
Although in the brief time Panasonic had it in my theater, there was no time to do a side by side comparison with the Epson, JVC, and
Sharp projectors I had at the moment, as they wanted to go back and forth between the PT-AE8000 with a PT-AE7000 they also brought. Alas, they had to show the PT-AE8000 projector to someone else, later that day, limiting my time.
So, what have we here? Click for link to specs/brochure
Like many projectors this fall, the new Panny projector is essentially evolutionary. That translates to improved performance, but a projector that basically “looks and cooks” like the older PT-AE8000.
Here are some of the key aspects that separate the PT-AE8000 from the older projector:
Start with a claimed 20% boost in brightness from 2000 to Read the rest of this entry »
September 8th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings Projector Fans – in a couple of month’s Sony’s shiny new VPL-HW50ES should hit the streets. This VPL-HW50ES is a new projector that slides into the lineup above the HW30ES and way below the VPL-VW95ES.
Let’s position it first. The price tag will be $3999 or was it $3995? The HW50ES will come with a spare lamp for the money. The VPL-HW50ES, will be available Read the rest of this entry »