Projector News and Industry Commentary

Bulletins about upcoming product reviews and releases, tradeshows, new technology and advanced product features as well as our thoughts and observations on all things related to projectors.

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Practical Installation Advice Coming

We are currently updating several of the commentary articles on the home page to reflect changes and advances in technology and the marketplace since they were written. Two of them were completed and posted last week, The Technology War: LCD vs. DLP, and HDTV in Plain English. Several others will be updated in the next few weeks as well.

In terms of reviews, we currently have the Panasonic AE700 in the lab, and we expect to post the review by mid-next week. We are also working on the BenQ PE7800, which will follow shortly after the AE700.more

Anticipate Great Deals

Well, it has been a hectic week. We flew out to Indianapolis for the CEDIA show on Thursday and got back home on Sunday night. This show is always fun since it focuses on home theater technologies. But this one was particularly exciting due to announcements from Panasonic and Sony regarding high contrast, low cost LCD products. I won't rehash it again here, because you can read all about it in the show review just posted.

We are busy lining up reviews of the new products just announced. We should have a better idea by next week when we can get access to each of the products noted in the CEDIA round-up.more
Topics: CEDIA

Back to Full Operation

Following the posting of the InFocus 4805 review last Friday, we have now added a look at the InFocus X2. The predecessors to these two units, the X1 and the 4800, were basically the same projector packaged for two different markets. The X2 and 4805 are completely different products. The X2 review discusses the differences.more

LCD Positioned to Make a Competitive Advance

On the eve of the CEDIA convention which happens this weekend, we have already seen two significant announcements from LCD makers that will undoubtedly gain a lot of attention. First, the Panasonic AE900 was announced today, representing another step forward in price performance for 1280x720 resolution widescreen LCD technology. At 1100 ANSI lumens, it is 10% brighter than the popular AE700 released last fall. But the AE900's contrast rating of 5500:1 is what will really cause the buzz. This unit features a dynamic iris that is capable of reconfiguring itself on a frame by frame basis every 1/60 of a second. In addition, gamma is similarly reconfigured frame by frame. The result is a projector with markedly...more

Back from Conferences

We have just posted the InFocus 4805 review. This is a surprising projector and a terrific value for the money that we will add to the Highly Recommended list.

We are planning to post reviews of the InFocus X2 and the Mitsubishi HC2000 by next Wednesday. Other units we have on hand including the Sanyo PLC-XU60 and the BenQ 7800 will unfortunately have to wait until after the CEDIA trade show, which happens at the end of next week.more

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