July 1st, 2012 Art Feierman
We’ve received this new 720p Epson projector, and Mike has it now, for measurements and calibration. I’ll get it back on Monday and start running it through its paces.
Sharp XV-Z30000 - Cool
Sharp announced at CES in January, the XV-Z30000 to replace their XV-Z17000. That older Z was the first of the affordable 1080p 3D capable projectors to ship. I’m looking forward to see what they’ve accomplished in the over two years since the first one launched.
I really like the look of the Sharp projector. Of course it’s the performance we really care about. I thought this projector would arrive this week, but there seems to be a delay. Will keep you posted. -art. SIM2 is also promising a C3X one of their $40K projectors I believe. That should arrive before the end of July. It will be the most expensive projector I’ve ever reviewed, but I figure it’s going to be hard pressed to top the Sony Read the rest of this entry »
June 30th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings, just a quick note, the Acer H6500 review is live. Lori’s still proofing, etc. It’s a nice little projector for the average consumer. Too many idiosyncrasies, I think, for the enthusiast. Still it does put out a maximum 2100 lumens, but more importantly it has a color mode with over 1700 lumens that looks real good. Not a full set of color controls. Well, check out the review.
June 13th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings from Las Vegas, at the Infocomm 2012 show.
For those of you not familiar, Infocomm is the big US show for displays. There are plenty of projectors, but the show is dominated by LCDs Plasmas, LEDs, lots of digital signage.
Infocomm is not a home theater projector show. While most home theater projectors tend to get announced at CEDIA in September (the show for home theater projectors), the good news for you home theater fans, is that there are always a few new projectors for the home, launched here. 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 »
March 18th, 2012 Art Feierman
I had to celebrate St. Patty’s day in Florida. I came down to Florida, primarily for business, but also a quick visit to family (the mom).
I attended EHX in Orlando. Sadly a smaller and smaller show each year, and I hear this is the last year, but I wanted a chance to catch up with a few contacts of mine I knew would be there.
Turns out, it was a far more successful show, for me than anticipated.
An announcement or 2:
1. Of interest to many of you. The JVC DLA-X70 Read the rest of this entry »
March 6th, 2012 Art Feierman
I know you’ve been waiting for this quick look at Panasonic’s new super bright home theater and home entertainment projector, the PT-AR100U.
Greetings projector fans, movie fans, sports fans, TV fans, and the world in general. I’ve had a couple of days now with the Panasonic PT-AR100U. Not as much time as I would have liked, but that’s my fault. This weekend I had a tough choice watching a dozen or so hours on the PT-AR100U projector, or heading to Las Vegas with an old friend, to catch a concert.
But, first things first. Panasonic’s pricing has dropped dramatically since the PT-AR100U was first announced around the fall. A quick look on the web the street price is obviously right around $999, despite an MSRP of $1999. Panasonic is definitely getting aggressive, price wise.
Sorry folks, in this case, the PT-AR100U projector lost out. The band, btw, that Eddie and I saw, was Alan Parson’s Project. (Yeah, just about none of you have ever heard of them, even though they’ve had some huge hits over the decades. Hey, even a lot of folks from the 60′s don’t remember Alan Parsons. More about the trip below!
The Panasonic PT-AR100U isn’t your average home theater, or home entertainment projector. It is simply the brightest of them all, at least Read the rest of this entry »
March 2nd, 2012 Art Feierman
It’s about time! At long last, a Panasonic PT-AR100U projector (click for specifications) has arrived for review.
I’ll start working with it tomorrow, should be fun. The PT-AR100U is a light canon of a projector.
For those who don’t recall anything about this projector, here’s a quick refresher course:
It’s really bright. Panasonic says the PT-AR100U has 2800 lumens under the hood. Read the rest of this entry »
March 1st, 2012 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The BenQ W7000 calibration update has been posted! Read the review here.
Greetings BenQ W7000 and home theater projector fans everywhere!
I’m going to post our calibration settings tonight! These settings are the ones that Mike came up with for the old engineering sample. The “final” W7000 firmware, though has done some fixing, including the color tables. The anomaly with Cyan, seems to be gone. Mike’s Read the rest of this entry »
February 18th, 2012 Art Feierman
BenQ W7000 Projector
UPDATE: The BenQ W7000 Review has been posted!
Greetings Projector fans,
As usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short, in getting out this blog. This time I can share the blame with our friends at BenQ. A promised Wednesday delivery turned into a Thursday afternoon one after they were a little slow getting an upgraded W7000 projector shipped out to me. Too bad, I could have driven up there on Tuesday… saved a couple days.
No worries though. I’ve been viewing the W7000 for several hours, primarily concentrating on black level performance Read the rest of this entry »