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.
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.
This blog presents a overview of the "High Dynamic Range" capability being proposed in some quarters as one of the enhancements to be supported by future Ultra High Definition (UHD) displays and video sources/services. Also included in this blog is an update on the update to the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard, which defines one of the critical UHD related technologies.
This blog provides an update on several aspects of the 4K Ultra-HD technology and what's new for 4K/UHD video sources. It includes information of Hollywood's position on 4K/UHD, and update on 4K/UHD standards and a update on 4K/UHD video streaming and download services.
This blog includes the contents of the message we received from a visitor to our web site as well as some background and discussion on the subject of using a 4K Sony projector with 'Scope' projection screen, with an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 or 2.40:1, instead of the traditional HDTV aspect ratio of 1.78:1 (i.e., 16 x 9).
This blog is focused only on new video projectors and Ultra High Definition (UHD) video sources introduced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES). I will also cover what's happening in general with the roll-out of UHD products and related technologies.
This blog provides an update on the new HDMI version 2.0 standard’s support for handling 4K Ultra-HD video. I have included some specific information that I have received from an official source within the HDMI organization as well as some more general information about this new HDMI standard.
This is the second blog in this series from the CEDIA Expo 2013 Show in Denver, CO, USA. In the Day 1 blog I covered some of the interesting new projectors from JVC, Sony and Epson. In this Day 2 blog I have a little follow-up information related to JVC and Epson products as well as information on other home theater related products I've seen here at the show.
This Blog is my Day 1 report on home theater projectors and related products being introduced at the CEDIA Expo trade show being held in Denver, CO USA. Today's blog covers projectors from JVC, Sony and Epson and I plan to post another blog tomorrow for the second day of the show that will cover additional manufacturers and their most interesting products.