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The Rand Luxury Technology Show Features SIM2 Projectors and Vutec Screens

Greetings projector fans! Last week I attended Rand’s Luxury Technology Show is Los Angeles.  You could think of the show as a tech toy show for the rich and famous. These Rand Luxury shows start with autos, but cover a lot of strange and wondrous other products.

Since I knew that at least one home theater projector company would be showing, I thought I’d take the hour plus ride up there, to check things out, and see how the rich and famous party. Sure enough, SIM2 the Italian maker of high end (and beautifully styled) home theater projectors had a pair of projectors fired up, onto Vutec screens.

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One of these at the event: BMW I8! (stock photo) It’s one Impressive looking, eco friendly sports car!

More on that in a minute, first I thought I’d tell you about the show.  I got there late afternoon – for the press opening.  The show opened to “regular” invitees at 6pm, and then it started getting pretty crowded.

There were celebrities.  Mind you I don’t pay attention to celebrities, but I spotted some LA Lakers players, one of the actors from the Fast and Furious movies, and a couple of others.  I’m pretty sure, though, that if my wife had come, she’d have identified 20 or 30 celebs.  Ne-Yo and Chris Brown were also there somewhere, I’m told.

Most noteworthy was the location of the event:  The Petersen Auto Museum, which is one very cool place.  

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Projectors, Projectors Everywhere – Many to Review

Greetings projector fans, this is just a brief update of what’s in the queue, as things are getting crazy around here.

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Optoma’s HD141X – a very affordable 1080p home entertainment projector claims 3000 lumens at brightest!

First of all, I’m almost finished with the Optoma HD141X, a very nice little roughly $600 – $650 street priced 1080p home entertainment projector.  BTW, I decided not to spend to calibrate this one.  After all, is anyone who’s going to drop $600 on a projector really going to also spend $300 to $500 more to have it calibrated?  Not likely!  Thus, we’ll be reporting and showing images of how it performs, with only minor tweaking, that anyone can do.  The Optoma is only the beginning, lots of projectors arriving, so keep reading.

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First Look Projector Review: BenQ HT1075

BenQ's HT1075 adds some capabilities and serves as a very reasonable replacement for the very popular W1070, but it lacks any game changing improvements.

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Epson Home Cinema 3000, 3500, 3600e Home Projectors – Launched at CEDIA

Epson is bringing you three new home entertainment projectors – or home theater projectors, if you have the right room.  They are, as noted above, the Home Cinema 3000, Home Cinema 3500, and the Home Cinema 3600e projectors.

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Epson’s Home Cinema 3600e is the flagship of the 3000 series. Wireless HD (hdmi), simplifies installation. MSRP:  $1999. Other 3000 PJs from $1299.

Where to start?  These new Epson projectors are pretty bright, with the base model – the Home Cinema 3000 claiming 2300 lumens and the other two projectors both at 2500 lumens.  All three have vertical and horizontal lens shift and 1.6:1 zoom lenses! Think of the line-up this way:  The Home Cinema 3000 is the economy model, while

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Sony VPL-VW300ES 4K Projector – Coming to Europe, but not the US?

Greetings everyone,  As mentioned in my last post, I had to fly out of CEDIA before day two, and never got to meet with Sony, but have since spoken with them.  Of primary interest was the status of the VPL-VW300ES, which was launched in Europe at IFA.

Sony's VPL-HW300ES offers true 4K resolution.  Coming soon to the EU, but no word re US.  $6999 EU.

Sony’s VPL-HW300ES offers true 4K resolution. Coming soon to the EU, but no word re US. $6999 EU.

Below I’ve summarized the situation, and the projector’s basic specs. Originally Ron had gotten conflicting info – “no, the VW300ES is not coming to the US” and “it might be here in Q1.” From my discussion with Sony is plays out this way.  Yes, it’ will be shipping to Europe this fall.  No, it won’t be shipping in the US this fall.” “Could we see it in Q1?” I asked.  Basically, the answer was a nice, politically evasive/correct response of:  

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