Home Theater and Projectors

The Technical Side

CES 2013 Preview

The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins Tuesday, January 8th in Las Vegas.  A day earlier (i.e., Monday, Jan. 7th) is designated as CES Press Day and several of the manufacturers of home theaters projectors and related products (including LG, Sharp, Panasonic, Sony, etc.) will be holding press briefings that day.  This blog previews a few products planned for introduction at CES as well  as discussing some projector technologies and related video products that may be introduced at CES for the home theater market. Updates from Jan. 7th press conferences now posted.


What to Expect at CES 2013

The 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) begins January 8th in Las Vegas.  This blog discusses a few products that are known to be scheduled for introduction at CES as well and some speculation of what else we may see coming from the projector manufacturers (and a few others) known to be exhibiting at CES.


Outlook for 4K Video Sources in 2013

This blog discusses how the technology pieces are starting to come together in support of “4K” video.  The first consumer 4K video projector that made it to market (in early 2012) was Sony’s excellent VPL-VW1000ES projector.  As of the date of this blog, the VPL-VW1000ES is still the only available consumer projector with a native 4K resolution and capable of accepting a 4K video input.  Several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Sony, LG and JVC, are now introducing 4K resolution 84 inch flat panel LCD/LED displays.  All of these 84 inch displays appear to be using the same LCD panels that are, by some unconfirmed reports, being sourced from LG.  While some may point out all of these 4K display devices, with retail prices in the $20,000 to $25,000 range, are far too expensive to be affordable to all but a very select group of consumers.  However, they do represent a modest first step in what will certainly develop into a broader market,with lower priced products, over time.  What has been missing up to this point is any 4K video sources or video material (e.g., movies).  This blog is focused on what we can expect for 4K video sources over the next year.


Home Theater – Useful Add-ons

Since I’m posting this blog in late November and we are now in the holiday shopping season, the focus of this blog is on a few useful accessories/devices for a home theater system.  I’m not talking about projectors or screens, or even AV receivers.  Rather, I’m talking about a few items the new or exiting home theater owner might want to have on their wish list.


The Life of a Projector’s Lamp

Understanding the characteristics of the lamps used in video projectors and going as far as to track the light output of your projector can be a useful exercise for some home theater owners.  The industry standard for lamp life is based on a 50% dimming of the lamp.  Therefore, when a projector manufacturer specifies that a specific model of projector has, for example, a lamp life of 2000 hours that means that they expect the lamp to lose one half of its original (i.e, when the lamp was new) light output after 2000 hours of use.  However, there are other factors that can impact the lamp life and it can be useful for the projector owner to understand what these factors are where their projector’s lamp actually is in its life cycle.