This blog includes a few updates related to the discussions on 4K and Ultra HD video, as discussed in my previous blogs, plus provides preliminary info on a few interesting new 1080p projectors from Optoma, BenQ and Sony that have been recently announced (i.e., post-CES 2013). Read the rest of this entry »
This is a short post-CES blog intended to provde a very quick review of the projector related news out of CES 2013. CES 2013 had very little to offer in terms of new projector introductions and the big push by the video manufacturers was for 4K Ultra High Definition LCD/LED displays. However there were a few projector introductions. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
This post is intended to provide a little history for 3D video and to also provide some context for my prior blog on the 3D signal formats that are defined by the HDMI version 1.4a specification and for Blu-ray 3DTM. I hope that it will also provide some context for future blogs and discussions related to 3D video.
As a little bit history, 3D using the anaglyph technique has been used with television for decades. This technique requires the viewer to wear eyeglasses using colored lenses (e.g., one red and the other cyan) and this is an inexpensive method to display 3D content with any standard color TV or video projector. Read the rest of this entry »
Greetings to all existing and future home theater owners that have made the decision to use front projection at the means of achieving the cinema experience in their own home. For my first blog, as well as the next several here at Projector Reviews, I have decided to focus a little on the history and more on the technology for bringing 3D into the consumer home theater environment. Pete Connolly’s “The Art of Gaming” blog will cover 3D gaming while my focus will be on 3D for viewing movies and video programming. Read the rest of this entry »