Home Theater Projectors

When it comes to choosing a Home Theater Projector, we at Projector Reviews get to review more home theater projectors than just about anyone on the planet.  We’ve reviewed hundreds over the last 15 years.  We’re getting pretty good at helping you figure out which is the best home theater projector for your specific needs, and the lighting in your room.

Our reviews are in-depth.  In addition we have created videos of many of the best home theater projectors, that you can find here on the Projector Reviews TV tab.

Our reviews and videos cover home theater, and home entertainment projectors from a few hundred dollars up to almost $30,000, but we focus primarily from $500 to $10,000 projectors.

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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.

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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.

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CEDIA Expo 2012 News – Part 3

September 7:  This is the third blog in a series reporting on new products being introduced at the CEDIA Expo 2012, that is now underway in Indianapolis, Indiana.  I will update this blog later today with more news out of  the CEDIA show.

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CEDIA Expo 2012 News – Part 2

Thursday – 9 September:  Today is the first day the CEDIA trade floor is open and several companies are officially introducing new projectors and related products today.  I will be updating this blog a few times today, so check back.

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CEDIA Expo 2012 News – Part 1

Wednesday – 5 September:  The CEDIA Expo 2012 trade show officially started today with the keynote address, but the trade exhibits don’t open until tomorrow (Thursday, 6 Sept.).  However, there are a few news items from today.

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CEDIA Expo – Part 2 Preview

This blog is a final preview before the start of the CEDIA Expo show that is held next week in Indianapolis (the CEDIA keynote speech and first press conferences are on Wednesday Sept. 5th and the trade show opens Sept. 6th).  My previous blog included several video projector related products rumored to be making their appearance at CEDIA.  For this new blog I will only cover those projectors for which their manufacturer has already released some information.

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CEDIA Expo 2012 – Preview

This blog presents a preview of new projectors and a few related products that may be introduced and/or demo’ed at next month’s CEDIA Expo 2012.  The CEDIA Expo is the most important trade show in the USA for the introduction of new home theater video projectors and related products.  Also included below are some products that may come to the marketplace during the next few months, but the manufacturer does not have an exhibit/booth at the CEDIA Expo.  In some cases the product information that I discuss below is based the preliminary information from the manufacturer while for some other products the information below is based on what appears to fairly credible rumors.  In the following write-up I have tried to clearly identify the rumors from the more firm information.

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Beyond HDMI 1.4

The current generation of the HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) specification was issued in early 2010, in the same time frame as the specification for Blu-ray 3D players (which specifies a HDMI 1.4a output).  The latest version of the HDMI Specification is v1.4b which is functionally the same as v1.4a, but with the addition of testing requirements to be used by manufacturers to certify compliance with the specification.  Most current consumer video devices include support for the HDMI v.1.4a.  I provided an overview of the HDMI v1.4a provisions related to 3D video in my very first blog (HERE) for Projector Reviews.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 10

This blog provides a wrap-up to the discussion of my past 9 blogs on the subject of Passive 3D Projection.  Most of that discussion focused on using two consumer projectors operating in 2D mode and configured with auxiliary equipment/components such that one projector is used for the right-eye view and the second projector is used for the left-eye view as required to present a stereoscopic 3D image when viewed thru passive 3D glasses.  This final blog in the series on passive 3D projection discusses a single projector solution for implementing a passive 3D projection system.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 9

This post is Part 9 in a the series of blogs discussing do-it-yourself (diy) passive 3D projection systems that use two conventional front projectors.  This new blog continues the discussion on the use of dual projection system that use color bandpass filtering (i.e.,  “wavelength multiplexing”), instead of polarization, as the means to separate the right from the left images.  In simply terms, wavelength multiplexing, uses two projectors equipped with filters that pass only very narrow bands of colors within the visible spectrum with one of the filters passing a set of colors that is slightly offset from the set of colors passed by the filter being used on the second projector.  The viewers then must wear passive 3D glasses whose lenses are filters that pass narrow bands of the visible spectrum that matches those being used on the two projectors.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 8

This post continues the series of blogs discussing do-it-yourself (diy) passive 3D projection systems that use two conventional front projectors.  In my previous blogs of this series the discussion has focused on passive 3D projection system that use polarized light as the means to separate the right from the left images that make up the stereoscopic image pair that creates the 3D effect.  This new blog starts the discussion on the use of dual projector system that uses color bandpass filtering (i.e.,  “wavelength multiplexing”), instead of polarization, as the means to separate the right from the left images.  In simply terms, wavelength multiplexing, uses two projectors equipped with filters that pass only very narrow bands of colors within the visible spectrum with one of the filters passing a set of colors that is slightly offset in wavelength from the set of colors passed by the filter being used on the second projector.  The viewers then must wear passive 3D glasses whose lenses are filters that pass narrow bands of the visible spectrum that matches those being used on the two projectors.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 7

This post continues the series of blogs discussing do-it-yourself (diy) passive 3D projection systems that use two conventional front projectors.  In my previous blog (i.e., Part 6 of this series), I completed (at least for the time being) the discussion on projectors suitable for use as part of a passive 3D projection system that uses polarized light as the means to separate the right from the left images that make up the stereoscopic image pair that creates the 3D effect.  This new blog wraps up the current discussion on passive 3D projection systems that use polarized light.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 6

This blog post continues the discussion of do-it-yourself (diy) passive 3D projection systems that use two conventional front projectors.  In my previous blog (i.e., Part 5 of this series), I discussed using projectors that inherently project polarized light as well as the role of external filters needed for use with such projectors.  For this new blog, I will address one comment received to that previous blog as well as continue the discussion on passive 3D projection systems that uses polarization as the means to separate the right from the left images that make up the stereoscopic image pair that creates the 3D effect.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 5

This is Part 5 of a series of blogs discussing passive 3D projection systems.

For these blogs I am focused on passive 3D systems that use polarization as the means to separate the right from the left images.  Previously I discussed (in Part 3 – HERE) the role of the 3D Source, the 2-way HDMI Splitter and the 3D Processors.  In my most recent blog (Part 4 – HERE) I discussed the different types of polarization, sources for polarizing filters, and projectors with non-polarized light output. Also in these earlier blogs I discussed some general characteristics to consider when selecting the projectors to be use for a do-it-yourself (diy), dual projector passive 3D setup.  For this 5th installment of this series, I am discussing the use of projectors that inherently project polarized light and how these can be used in a diy 3D passive linear polarized dual projector system.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 4

This is Part 4 of a series of blogs discussing passive 3D projection systems.

The current discussion is focused on passive 3D systems that use polarization as the means to separate the right from the left images.  Previously I discussed (in Part 3 – HERE) the role of the 3D Source, the 2-way HDMI Splitter and the 3D Processors.  Also in that earlier blog I discussed some general characteristics to consider when selecting the projectors to be used for a do-it-yourself (diy), dual projector passive 3D setup.  For this part of the series I continue the discussion by providing specific details for making the selection of a suitable pair of projectors.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 3

This blog is a continuation of my previous discussion on passive 3D projection (HERE).   Specifically, this blog is focused on do-it-yourself (DIY) dual projector passive 3D projection systems using polarization as the technique to separate the right from the left images.  Future blogs will discuss DIY 3D passive dual projector systems using other technologies.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 2

This blog is part 2 of a series on passive 3D projection.  Part 1 was posted HERE.  In this new blog I begin with a discussion of passive 3D projection systems for a home theater that is not specific to either of the alternative passive technologies for 3D (see my previous Blog for a discussion these alternative technologies).  After this initial discussion I move on to more specifics on using polarization as the means to separate the right and left image pairs that make up the stereoscopic (i.e., 3D) image.

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Passive 3D Projection – Part 1

This Blog starts a discussion on passive 3D projection systems.  I expect this discussion will continue over several future blogs.  For this initial blog I present some of the fundamentals of passive 3D projection.  This is intended to prepare the reader for more in-depth discussions of the alternative technologies and descriptions of do-it-yourself (i.e., DIY) dual projector passive 3D projection setups.

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More 3D Crosstalk Testing – JVC and Epson

This Blog is a follow-up to my two earlier blogs of December 14th and December 19th on 3D crosstalk (i.e., 3D ghosting).  In the second of those previous blogs I presented some results for 3D crosstalk measurements taken for my own JVC DLA-RS40 projector.  I have now taken one critical additional measurement for that projector plus also present results from my testing of an Epson Home Cinema 5010 projector.  This is physically the same Epson projector Art used for his review HERE at Projector Reviews.  I have done a visual comparison of the 3D crosstalk levels using full resolution 1080p 3D material (input to the projector at 24Hz using the Blu-ray 3D standard frame packing signal format) and also half resolution 3D programming via DirecTV (provided from my DirecTV HD-DVR in 1080i/60 3D side-by-side format).   For my 3D crosstalk measurements I used a Blu-ray 3D test disc which I have created (i.e., in full resolution 1080p at 24Hz in the frame packing format, as per the Blu-ray 3D standard).

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CES 2012 Preview

This blog offers a preview of some products being introduced at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held this week (Jan. 10-13) in Las Vegas.  The products discussed below are limited to only those that have been announced in advance of the Tuesday (Jan. 10th) start of the show.  While CES traditionally is not the primary trade show for the introduction of new home theater oriented projectors (CEDIA in the USA and IFA in Europe are where most manufacturers introduce new home theater projectors), it is the premier trade show for the introduction of most other consumer electronics products.  This includes new flat panel HDTVs, Audio/Video Receiver, Speakers, etc., as well at computers, networks, smart phones, automotive electronics, and many electronic gadgets.  Art (from Projector Reviews) is attending the CES and will be reporting via Podcast (Info HERE and the Podcast site it HERE) on projector related (home theater or business) products being introduced at the show.

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