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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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 »
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
October 5th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings everyone, Epson advises that a 5020 “should” arrive before the end of next week, maybe even a bit sooner. That is all! -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 »
September 7th, 2012 Art Feierman
I met with Mitsubishi yesterday at CEDIA.
Mitsubishi is launching two new projectors at CEDIA. The HC7900DW, the replacement for the HC7800D that we have reviewed. I’m sure you are wondering about the W in the name. Easy, stands for a white case, rather than the black case of the HC7800D, but the real improvements are under the hood.
A big theme with Mitsubishi is their proprietary 2D-3D engine, which they claim looks very close to the quality of viewing original 3D content. That’s a really strong claim we will look into when the first of the Mitsubishi’s arrive for review. The HC7900DW is brighter than its predecessor, now claiming 1500 lumens. That’s a real plus, due to the need for a bright projector for 3D which loses roughly 75% of brightness compared to 2D. Black levels should improve based on a new, higher 150,000:1 contrast ratio.
Mitsubishi sees the HC7900DW as a versatile projector, usable in family rooms, or theaters. They also talk up their lamp life which they say will last up to 5000 hours. This HC7900DW will be available from local dealers and online dealers while our next subject, the HC8000D is targeting the home theater.
Sporting 1300 lumens, the HC8000 is also 3D capable (glasses optional), with Mitsubishi offering proprietary 3D glasses they demonstrated were brighter than the universal glasses that are also compatible. This will allow some folks who have them, to bring their glasses to your house to watch 3D, so you won’t need to buy as many pair of your own. An interesting selling point!
A 330,000:1 contrast ratio should insure impressive “ultra-high contrast black levels”. How good? Wait for the review. It is available only from local authorized Mitsubishi dealers, as has been tradition with Mitsubishi with their top of the line projectors.
That’s it for now. -art