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Mitsubishi Quits Projectors
October 11, 2013 - Art Feierman
That’ the news here in the US. Â I was informed this morning that Mitsubishi is exiting the front projector business. Â When I was being told, I first figured they were talking only about home theater projectors, but no, it covers all their business and education projectors as well.
It’s not too surprising when a company exits home theater projectors only, such as InFocus has done in the US, but the business Â and education projector market is about 20 times the size, so exits are rare. Â Further,
Where Have All The NEW Home Theater Projectors Gone – Long Time Passing?
October 8, 2013 - Art Feierman
The Pro Cinema 4030 offers 2000 lumens and a three year warranty, it was the one of the few under $3000 projectors announced.
CEDIA news of new home theater projectors this year must be a major disappointment to most home theater enthusiasts. Â I personally can’t recall a previous CEDIA in the last decade or so, with as few new projectors announced. Â I’m definitely bummed! Â It’s a good thing I wanted to learn a lot about smart Home Automation at CEDIA, so we can start covering it. Â If I only had meetings this year with projector manufacturers, I could have been out of Denver in an afternoon!
What is stunning, is the lack of newly announced lower cost home projectors. Â I’m talking under $2000, and it’s almost as bad
Greetings everyone, I’ve just spent 3 days with the VW600ES here in my theater! Â I’ve already blogged about it extensively, now it’s time to share my first impressions about its performance. Â Before I get started, here are some of the basics again. Â Price: Â $14,999, or $1000 more with Sony’s 4K server, 1700 lumens claimed, 200,000:1 contrast… Â I’m still playing with the VW600ES for a few more days before Sony needs it back. Â I’ll be adding commentary down around the bottom of this blog, as I think of things to add.
This time around, I’m pretty sure I’m looking at the same engineering sample Sony VPL-VW600Es that Sony brought up here a few weeks ago, and let me play with it for about 6 hours. Â This time, I’ve already watched at least 6 hours of NFL football, 4 hours of misc HDTV and at least 8 hours of movies on it. Â Mind you this time they did not bring me any 4K content, nor 3D glasses, so this First Look blog about the VPL-VW600ES is strictly focused on viewing 2K content in 2D. Â I have yet to load in my own still photos (18 megapixel) to view them via
Shown at CEDIA, the JVC DLA-X700R projector (and it’s twin from the “Pro” division, the DLA-RS57U) clock in at $7999.
JVC's DLA-X700R offers superb black levels, 3D capability and 1300 lumens for $7999. Shipping in November?
These models will replace last year’s JVC’s come the November timeframe (give or take). Â What’s big and new for 2013-14 is the addition of a dynamic iris! Â That’s right, the company with the best native black levels has added a dynamic iris (in the lens area), to further enhance black level performance, (and probably so they can have some ridiculous contrast numbers like everyone else.
In the demos at CEDIA which were showing the essentially identical, but built with “hand picked” components, higher end DLA-X900R (and RS6710), blacks were extraordinary!
E-shift3 replaces e-shift2, and JVC still calls it “4K”. Â We consider it to be a dynamic detail enhancement solution – a novel one, but as long as the size of the pixels are that of 1080p, we can’t buy into calling it 4K. Â Still, it works. Â It just isn’t in the league of a true 4K projector such as the two new Sonys but the less expensive of those two is almost double this JVC’s price.
Brightness gets a slight bump of 100 lumens, although that is attributed to the new LCoS panels which have thinner wireframes to allow a slight improvement in the amount of light that passes through. Â Contrast numbers are in the twilight zone
Let’s chat a minute about Sony’s VPL-VW1100ES Projector. Â If you are one of my regular readers, you should know two things: Â First, I’m a black level fanatic, not a lunatic, but unless black level performance is already approaching the best, I’ll opt for better blacks over fancy features. Â Don’t worry, I’ll get back to Sony’s VPL-VW1100ES in a moment.
Less obvious, but just as true, is that I am way sold on 4K, I’m sold on 8K too, but that’s probably 8 or 9 years out per most industry experts. Â Why so important, because the great movie experience is about being immersed. Â 42″ LCDTVs are too small to really be immersed theater style. So are 65″ unless you are sitting awfully close. Â Anyway, short of buying a genuine Cinema projector (of which Sony is one of the three major players in Digital Cinema projectors), the VPL-VW1100ES is the best 4K home theater