The Art of Home Theater Projectors

Home Theater Projector Reviews: Coming Up soon, Comparison

Greetings everyone,

It’s that time of year again.  Most of the major home theater projector manufacturers rolled out their new projectors at CEDIA, with a few projectors shipping immediately, but most with first shipments scheduled for October, November, and December.

I’m getting buried in emails from folks asking when I’m going to get to this one, or that one.  In some cases I know, in others I have ball park promises from the manufacturers.  To keep my life simple, here’s what’s happening, and my best guess as to the answer to the question “when”.

By projector manufacturer:

Sanyo:

PLV-Z3000 – Early November or end of October arrival.  A priority review (as are the top of the lines from the other major brands).


PLV-Z700 – just posted, some additions to add, proofing, etc.
PLV-Z60 – published end of September

Panasonic:

PT-AE3000 is expected in two weeks or less.  It definitely will publish this month, unless they delay the review unit.

Epson:  The’ve got 5 new models, and that’s not counting the MovieMate 55, which I will get to, as well:

Pro Cinema 7500 UB – Should arrive late November
Home Cinema 6500 UB – probably late December, but since it’s identical to the 7500 UB in many ways, most will get all they need to know about the 6500 UB, from the Epson Home Cinema 7500 UB review.
Pro Cinema 7100 – Probably late Nov. or early Dec.  I’ve made it clear to Epson that the UB, is the priority
Home Cinema 6100 – again, basically the same projector as the Pro Cinema 7100…
Home Cinema 700 – No good word on this one, probably December?  (this is the first under $800 3LCD home theater projector (720p).

Mitsubishi:

HC6500 – currently under review – will post next week
HC7000 – expecting one before month end

Planar 8150 – arrived, but shipping damage – lamp won’t power up fully, and it shuts down.  Waiting to here from them (plan B).  Hopefully I’ll be able to get back to this one by early November.

JVC – I hope to complete the review of the new DLA-RS20, as soon as I can get one, also by year end.  The RS10, too, if I have the time, if not, then January.

Optoma:  No new projectors

BenQ:  No new projectors, most recent review: BenQ W20000 (last month)
W5000 an updated projector, with newest firmware, finally shipping my way next week, so I can see if the image noise issue has been improved.

I’m also trying to get in the low cost SIM2, but SIM2, like Runco/Vidikron, isn’t big on giving review projectors to online reviewers, since they do not allow online sales.  projectiondesign is also on my list, I’m hoping to review one of the new Avielo models they announced at CEDIA.

That folks is the latest.  I will update, as I get newer information from the manufacturers.

As soon as I have reviewed all the key new home theater projectors, I will be starting on our year end 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report.  I hope to publish in December, but, honestly, it’s unlikely that I’ll have completed all the necessary reviews.  More realistically, expect the report in the 2nd half of January.

Hang in there, it’s going to be an exciting next three months.

I’m particularly excited to see the improvement in black levels compared to last year’s crop of higher end projectors, and I’ll be looking closely at two new features found on several projectors:  

Creative frame interpolation: Epson UB projectors, PT-AE3000U, Sanyo PLV-Z3000

Features supporting letterbox free movie viewing:  Panasonic PT-AE3000U, and Mitsubishi HC7000

Stay tuned!  -art

News And Comments

  • Elkhunter

    Art:

    Have you received the updated W5000 yet ??? If not, when is it due ??? Will your comments on the update be posted here in your blog, or will they be added to your original W5000 review, dated 2-28-08 ???

    I returned a W5000 to the BenQ store in February, due to the projector’s image noise.

    Thanks in advance.

  • Ray

    Hi Art-
    I was all set to buy the Epson 1080UB a couple of weeks ago before I read about all the new projectors coming out. I have a few questions as a projector newbie. First- in your opinion, would you wait till you see actual reviews of the new models from Epson/Sanyo/Panasonic or spring for the 1080UB now, factoring in street price? Second- in your experience, will the price of the 1080UB drop significantly at dealers once the new models are out, and related to that, what is your experience with final price factoring in the current Epson rebate vs likely promos for the new models in the first month of release? In other words, should the current Epson rebate be a major factor in my decision so that I should pick up the 1080UB before the rebate runs out? Finally- how much of an improvement do you think the 120 hz motion enhancement features of the new models will make if I am someone who likes that 3D window effect, which I realize not everyone likes? Should I wait for the 120 hz models? Thanks so much. I am going a bit crazy trying to decide if I should wait or just get the 1080UB now.

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    I’ll better be able to answer your question about 120 hz projectors after I actually lay my hands on one. Fortunately, UPS tracking shows that the Panasonic PT-AE3000U review projector is arriving today. I should post, probably this weekend, or next Monday. By that time, I may be able to comment intelligently. I know I’ll be watching football on it all weekend! (Not to mention watching tonight’s Monday Night Football on it as well (although that will be pre-calibration) -art

  • Anirban

    Hi Art,

    I extremely value your reviews and I have purcahesd 3 projectors till date following your reviews. The H27, IN72 and the HD65. And they never failed me. I have sold my HD65 recently and currently looing for a new PJ. I saw you have the X9 for review soon. I will be very glad if you can let me know or in the review mention how the X9 compares to the HD65 and the X10.

    Thanks

    Yes the review will touch on that. The X9 is calibrated and ready to be reviewed, but I’m moving it back in line one spot, so I can do the Panasonic PT-AE3000U review first – the Panasonic is arriving today, I’m told. the X9 will be next, which means about 2 weeks until it’s ready to publish. -art