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Home Theater and other Projectors at CES 2014

Greetings projector fans,

This will be the first of several blogs about projectors, and also other cool stuff that I saw at CES.   In this first blog, I’ll talk about home theater projectors and home entertainment projectors seen there.  This is the first blog, I’ll touch on a number of projectors but follow up with individual blogs on many of them.   As those other blogs get posted, I’ll link to them from this one.

BenQ GP20 Projector – LED light source, 700 lumens, MHL, designed for today’s Millenials – many of whom stream, rather than have satellite or cable sources.

For the most part, I’ll deal with the smaller LED projectors (there are a bunch of new ones) in a separate blog, but will mention one or two that are appropriate to address in this particular Home Theater Projector blog.


Of course, most home theater projectors tend to be announced at CEDIA, which this past year was in mid-September, in Denver, Colorado.   Those of you who follow our site, or my blogs, know that most of the projectors (under $30,000) announced were from three companies: Epson, Sony, and JVC.   The traditional “big name” DLP oriented companies, such as Optoma and BenQ had little new to show at CEDIA.

In truth, there were very few projectors even on the show floor.  Most full spectrum manufacturers that had booths, didn’t even have demo rooms for projectors, and often not even static displays.


BenQ W1500 Home Entertainment Projector – A First Look Review

The BenQ W1500 is the “flagship” of BenQ’s home entertainment projector fleet.  Similar to the popular W1070, and the W1080ST – a short throw version of the W1070, this W1500 comes with some extra features, a zoom lens with 1.6:1 zoom range (the W1070 is only 1.3:1).

I thought I’d take a break from the full review to let you folks know that it’s about half written up.

There haven’t been many surprises.  As expected the W1500 has some pretty darn good


Optoma HD131Xe Projector Review Going Live

UPDATE: This review of the Optoma HD131XE is now live. Read it here.

Greetings projector fans, this is just a really quick note to say that the HD131Xe home entertainment projector review is almost done.  I’ve just begun the summary.   As is traditional, it won’t go up all at once, but, for starters we’ll have all but the calibration, competitors and screen recommendation pages at launch.

The Optoma HD131Xe packs a lot of punch for an entry level 1080p projector for your home!

The Optoma HD131Xe packs a lot of punch for an entry level 1080p projector for your home!

Also of note, I still will be adding some additional commentary and images.  There will be an additional (and better) set of images looking at the effects of Brilliant Color, some additional HDTV images (non-sports), and some additional feature demonstration images.

The posting of the review will either be very late tonight (Saturday), or early afternoon (west coast US time), on Sunday, Dec. 15th.

Enjoy!  Owners, feedback on your own experiences with this projector are valuable, I’d like to see you comment about your impressions, and I’d especially like to hear from anyone who has figured out how to get some pretty accurate color out of this Optoma projector.


Optoma HD131Xe Home Projector – A “First Look” Review

Greetings to all of you interested in Optoma’s HD131Xe home theater projector.

The Optoma HD131Xe packs a lot of punch for an entry level 1080p projector for your home!

The Optoma HD131Xe, an entry level home entertainment projector with 1080p resolution and 3D, packs a lot of punch!

The full review of the Optoma HD131Xe should post a few days after this “first look”, but this should help many of you trying to make a quick decision.

The Optoma HD131Xe is an entry level projector for home entertainment use.  As one would expect from one of the least expensive 1080p (Full HD) resolution projectors, there are both strengths and weaknesses in terms of performance.  As I was saying to one of my other reviewers just last night:  If “entry level” projectors didn’t have issues, there wouldn’t be more expensive, better projectors out there.”

I already mentioned that the HD131Xe is 1080p resolution.  It’s also pretty bright, although not quite as bright from our measurements as Optoma projects.   They claim 2500 lumens, we measured almost 1800. However, we don’t try


Sony VPL-HW55ES Posting In 3 Hours

Greetings Projector fans!

I apologize for being very late with this Sony VPL-HW55ES home theater projector review.  It’s been a brutal two weeks since we launched the new website.  Although from your side of the site, as a visitor, things are working reasonably well, it’s been one problem after another.  Fortunately, at least we’re doing far better than the Obamacare site (no political commentary intended), from a user experience.  True, some image players aren’t working right (missing captions), and we’ve still got some issues in the new subscriber/member area. We’re getting there, though.

Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector - front view showing lens, front vents

Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector – front view showing lens, front vents

Top Down View of VPL-HW55ES

Top Down View of VPL-HW55ES, black version

Let’s instead focus on the Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector, which I really thought would be posted more than a week ago.

It is almost done.  As I write this I’m doing the performance pages – brightness measurements, etc.   After that, I’ll put together the warranty page (that one’s always fast) and then tackle the Summary page.  That should allow me to post what I have in about 3 hours from the publication of this blog.   Missing still, but added on the weekend will be:  The calibration page, the advanced calibration page (for our subscribers)