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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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New Projectors at CEDIA 2014

Greetings and aplogies projector fans, only half information for you. A family emergency caused me to fly out early Friday morning after only one day at CEDIA. Due to that, I had to cancel more meetings than I attended, and the last day, I walk the show, and see even more new “stuff.”

I didn’t get to meet with Sony and some others. The good news is Ron, who reviews biz/edu projectors, should have hooked up with Sony for that meeting. He therefore should have info to report about the new Sony, so let’s start with how little I know about it.  Truth is, I haven’t even been on my site since I left CEDIA  until just now.

Sony announced the VPL-VW300ES at IFA. I believe

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Epson Ups their Home Theater Projector Game with New Pro Cinema LS10000

Greetings.  Seems the word is out about Epson’s new higher end home theater projectors thanks to the IFA show in Europe.  There are two, but I want to share information primarily on the new Pro Cinema LS10000.  This projector has a lot of new firsts for Epson.  And I should mention, it’s pretty good looking, very “Euro”, reminding me of SIM2 projectors.  Note, you can click on any of these images for a larger version.

First, let me say, I received an engineering sample, and am reviewing it.  I am hoping to have the review ready for the first day of CEDIA next week, when Epson formally announces the LS10000 in the US.

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Epson provided image showing the light path

What’s so special?  Let’s start with the light engine.  The LS10000 and the less expensive LS9600e (price also to be determined) sport a dual laser based light engine.  OK, so that means long life, but what else?  The color gamut – the range of colors its capable of is massively large – it supports the DCI (that’s Digital Cinema) color system, which has more range than REC709, etc. that we’re used to.  Of course, we’ll need Hollywood to start offering DCI content to us poor home theater folks, to fully appreciate.  On regular content the LS10000′s performance seems as natural as any lamp based projector, and that’s impressive since generally previous attempts at lasers and LED hybrids in home theater projectors have not reviewed that well, due to a large part with getting the color right.  BTW, this laser engine based projector is pretty bright – after we calibrated it, it still managed almost 1300 lumens!  According to Epson, this is a 1500 lumen projector, and per our measurements, it beat that claim in brightest mode.

No lamps to buy, and even better perhaps, the Laser engine should

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Our 2014 Best Home Theater Projectors Report is Published

Greetings home theater and projector fans,

The 2014 report just went live.

http://www.projectorreviews.com/best-home-theater-projectors-report-2014/

Best in Class Award WinnerWe will still be proofing, and adding minor content over the first week, but this year’s Best In Class awards are all there.  There really aren’t any great surprises for those of you who pat attention to a lot of the reviews, as there were fewer new HT projectors launched in the last 10 months than in most years.  We also lost Mitsubishi which exited both home and commercial projetors.  Check out the report, it’s a lot more condensed than usual, with more

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Home Theater Projectors: Best In Class Awards – Coming Soon

vw600es-front-head-on Sony’s VPL-VW600ES – a true 4K projector. Pricey! But your $15K also gets you a 4K media server and an…

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