It takes a home theater projector to make a serious home theater experience. Forget those 65″ LCDTVs!
In this blog our technical guru, Ron explores the technologies involved, shares what’s important when choosing a home theater projector, and helps you understand issues like 3D, the new Blu-ray UHD standard, 4K Projectors, and much more. If you are technical, great, if not so much Ron still makes sense.
Just remember, this two terms belong together – Home Theater and Projectors. If you aren’t clear about some of the tech, and want to know more, this blog is a great place to learn.
Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and the first player officially rolled out on March 1, 2015 (with actual availability a few days earlier in some cases). This blog takes a look at both the good and the bad for these first generation discs and players.
This blog is a follow-up toÂ my Day 1 blog (HERE) reporting on news from the 2016 Consumer Electronic Show.Â While the Day 1 blog reported on announcements from press events, Day 2 (Wednesday, Jan. 6th) is the first day the show’s trade floor, with its thousands of exhibit booths (i.e., over 3,000 exhibitors), will be open.Â I’m generally limiting the discussion in this blog to just 4K/UHD related topics and anyÂ projector related news.Â I will be updating this blog during the days of Jan. 6th and 7th, so check back.
Art is attending CES and heÂ may be posting a blog (HERE) with his observations, but perhaps not until he returns from the show.
While the CES 2016 trade show opens on January 6th, there are press events on Jan. 4th and 5th where some information is being presented on the new products being introduced at the show. I will be updating this blog a few times to add information from these press events. The focus of this blog will be on the Ultra High Definition products and technologies being introduced at CES.
The 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is set to open on January 6, 2016 in Las Vegas. As I write this Blog on Christmas day CES is less than two weeks away. While CES is not typically the premier trade show for new video projector introductions, it is normally the showplace for most other types of audio and video products. This blog will focus on what types of new home theater related products and technologies we anticipate to be introduced at CES 2016.
CEDIA Expo 2015 – Day 1: Sony, JVC and Epson Projectors
October 15, 2015 - Ron Jones
This blog reports from my visits and discussions with projector manufacturers exhibiting new projector models at CEDIA Expo 2015 being held in Dallax, Texas. This blog will be updated a few times through the day to include additional information.
CEDIA Expo 2015 – Day 0: Sony, Epson, DreamVision Projectors
October 14, 2015 - Ron Jones
This first blog from "Day 0" of CEDIA Expo 2015 in Dallas, Texas provides a preview of new projectors we expect to be announced/demo'ed over the next couple of days at the trade show. I will be posting blogs also on Day 1 (Thursday - Oct. 15th) and Day 2 (Friday - Oct. 16th) to cover in some detail what has been seen and heard from the projector manufacturers.
New Home Theater Projectors – IFA and CEDIA Introductions
September 1, 2015 - Ron Jones
The European IFA consumer electronics trade show begins Sept. 4th in Berlin, Germany.Â JVC has released information on their three new X-series home theater projectors and information on the new Sony models should be coming shortly.Â This blog provides the info on the new X-series of DILA projectors from JVC and updated Sony 1080p and 4K UHD projectors that are being shown at IFA.Â This series along with the equivalentÂ RS-series, from JVC’s professional division, are expected to be shown in the USA at the CEDIA Expo that starts on Oct. 14th in Dallas, TX.
Ultra HD Blu-ray Licensing and Anticipating New Projectors at CEDIA Expo 2015
August 6, 2015 - Ron Jones
This blog follows up on last month's blog, where I provided some technical details of the video formats that will be supported by the upcoming Ultra High Definition Blu-ray discs. The Blu-ray Disc Associaton (BDA) has now announced plans to be begin the patent licensing for Ultra HD Blu-ray this month and also provided some insights as to when the new format will make it way to consumers. The month's blog also offers some discussion on what we my see at this year's CEDIA Expo in terms of new HD and 4K/UHD home theater class projectors.
4K UHD Blu-ray – Ultra-HD Specification now Complete
May 12, 2015 - Ron Jones
Many owners and potential owners of 4K/UHD projectors are eagerly awaiting the arrival Ultra-HD Blu-rays. I have discussed the new technology in a number of previous blogs. The Blu-ray Disc Association has just announced the initial version of the Ultra-HD Blu-ray specification is now complete and this blog provides an update on this new premium quality UHD video format.
The 2015 International Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2015) runs 6-9 January 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.Â As far a home theater projectors go, the CEDIA show, typically held in September, Â is the venue where we typically see the most new projector introductions, but there are sometimes a few new projector announcements made at CES.Â Beyond projectors, CES is normally theÂ venue for introducingÂ the other home theater gear, such as video sources (e.g., disc players) and audio gear (e.g., AV receivers and speakers).Â
Just because a consumer electronics (CE) manufacturer can build a 4K/UHD TV does not make that technology or product a success. As we learned with the introduction of HDTV, this puzzle has several pieces that must be fully defined and implemented before they can be fit together to produce complete entertainment solution that will become a commercial success. This blog discusses the status of 4K/UHD standards, content creation, content distribution, and consumer 4K/UHD source electronics.
Mini Shootout – Hitachi and Epson Interactive Classroom Projectors
November 30, 2014 - Ron Jones
This blog offers a direct comparison of interactive classroom, or conference room, projectors from Hitachi and Epson that were reviewed individually a few months ago. The Epson Brightlink 595Wi includes the hardware and software for using either interactive pens or fingers touch for drawing and making on-screen menu selections, while the otherwise similar Epson Brightlink 585Wi supports only the use of interactive pens.
This blog covers day 3 at the CEDIA Expo 2014 show in Denver, CO. Included is some follow-up information from what was posted in the Day-2 report as well and info from a few more manufacturers that are exhibiting at CEDIA Expo 2014. Included is information on products for Epson, Sony, Yamaha, Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Integra, Sim2, and Darbee Vision.
This blog covers Day 2 of the CEDIA Expo 2014, which is the first day for the manufacturers exhibit booth to be open. I covers my discussions with Sony, LG, JVC and Epson. Also I discuss my visits to the booths booths of some manufacturers of home theater accessories. Also I am checking out a few new Audio/Video Receivers (AVRs) that are equipped with Dolby's new Atmos surround system and be reporting on in the Day 3 blog.
The annual CEDIA Expo tradeshow kicks off with the keynote address and opening press events on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Denver, CO. This blog discusses what we expect to see at CEDIA Expo and also reports on some rumors and speculation as to what new products and technologies MAY be introduced.
Over the past 18 months I have posted several blogs discussing the various industry standards related to 4K / Ultra High Definition (UHD) video. For this blog I'll discuss a new voluntary standard for UHD products that has been released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and report a major step forward for the premier codec for the encoding/decoding of UHD video.