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Major Shootout in the Works

We have just posted the review of the Mitsubishi HC1500. Not much difference between it and the previous model, the HD1000U, but they are both outstanding models, and both get our Editor's Choice Award. Congratulations to Mitsubishi engineers and product managers for creating outstanding entry level 720p resolution home theater projectors.

I don't know about you, but I find that one of the greatest distractions in a home theater system occurs when audio and video are slightly out of synch--when lips move a little bit after you already hear the sound. This is a common problem for one simple reason--there is less digital processing required to deliver an audio signal to a speaker than there is to deliver a video signal to the screen. So they arrive at two different times.

The solution is to introduce an audio delay into the system to bring the picture back into perfect synch with the sound. We have been experimenting with a little box called the Felston DD740 Audio Delay. It's an inexpensive but quite comprehensive way to get lip synch problems eliminated for good. A review of this product will be posted next week (after a brief delay, sorry about that!).

The next home theater projector up for review is the Sony VPL-AW15. This is priced under $1500 and has just begun to ship. That review should be up next week sometime as well.

We are also undertaking a major shootout that will feature six aggressively priced portable XGA presentation projectors in the 2000 to 3000 lumen performance range. So if you are looking for high performance XGA projection at rock bottom prices, don't miss this review to be posted later in July.

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