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Impressive High Contrast Image from the Hitachi JDPJ52

We've just posted the review of the Hitachi HDPJ52. This elegant looking unit features black high-gloss casework, so you get styling along with an impressive, high contrast image. This is Hitachi's best home theater projector yet, and should compete extremely well against the other new high contrast LCD projectors. It has a higher MSRP than the others, but street prices will tell the real story, so it is worth getting quotes on this one as well as its competitors if you are shopping in the $2,000 to $3,000 range.more
Topics: Hitachi HDPJ52

Epson Poised for a Bigger Chunk of the Market

We have just posted the review of the Epson Cinema 550. As you may know, we had a technical problem with the review sample and we needed to sort out how to interpret it and put it into proper context for the review, which required some extra research. We discuss it in the review, so I won't go into it again here. But I will say that the Cinema 550 is a surprisingly strong release for Epson, and for the money it is extremely competitive, showing well against the Panny AE900 and the Sanyo Z4. Epson is positioning itself to take a bigger chunk of home theater market share than it has in the past.more

A Bum Sample

We have been working on getting the Epson Cinema 550 review completed. It was scheduled to be posted no later than today, but we have a technical problem with the review sample that we are trying to sort out. So, since a whole lot of readers are anxiously awaiting this review, let me tell you where we stand with it at the moment.more

Personal Thoughts on the Z4, AE900 and HC3000

We received some email this week asking for more commentary on the relative merits of the Sanyo Z4, the Panasonic AE900, and the Mitsubishi HC3000. So despite the plan to finish up the review of the Epson Cinema 550 this week, I decided to respond to the emails in article form. Thus I have just posted The New 720p Projectors. These are my personal thoughts on the Z4, the AE900 and the HC3000, and I hope they will be helpful to those trying to sort out which one to order.

The Epson 550 and the Hitachi HDPJ52 reviews are in process. However, I am taking next week off. So we won't get these reviews posted until later in the week of November 28.

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We posted the new review of the Mitsubishi HC3000 on Friday afternoon. Those on our free NewsAlert email list were notified by email when it was posted. If you are not on our email list and want to be, just enter your email address in the NewsAlert block on the home page. We never sell or distribute our private email list--we just use it to notify regular readers of newly posted reviews and updates.more

It is a Wild Ride

As you may have noticed on the home page, we have just posted the results of our side by side testing of the Sanyo PLV-Z4 and the Optoma H79. Things are changing rapidly in this industry, and it is a wild ride, to be sure.

Next up on test bench are the Mitsubishi HC3000 and the Epson Cinema 550, both of which have just arrived. Assuming they are in working order, we will get reviews of both of them done as soon as possible.

How Good are the New High Contrast LCD's?

The big question now is just how good are the new high contrast LCD projectors in comparison to the DLP competition? We have been looking at the Panny AE900 side by side with the BenQ PE7700 to get a better feel for it. These are both 1280x720 resolution projectors in the same general price range, with the most fundamental difference between them being that the AE900 uses LCD technology, while the PE7700 features a DLP light engine. Bill's comments on this mini-shootout have just been posted here. We are also doing a separate mini-shootout of the Sanyo Z4 against the more expensive DLP-based Optoma H79. The results of that study will be posted by the first part...more

The Hottest Home Theater Projectors These Days

As you may have noticed, we have just posted two reviews, one for the Panasonic AE900, and one for the Sanyo PLV-Z4. I have also written a commentary that discusses the relative advantages of each of them.more

Which One is Best?

I know everyone is anxious to see reviews on the newly announced products at CEDIA. Currently we have (in alpha order) the Mitsubishi HC3000, the Panasonic AE900, and the Sanyo PLV-Z4 in the lab. We are spending a lot of individual time with each of them, and also viewing them side-by-side with a variety of sources.more

Thanks for Using the DVD Store

As you can tell from the CEDIA trade show review, this year's CEDIA did not disappoint those who were anticipating some revolutionary releases. We will be reviewing all of the newly announced models as soon as we can get production units in hand, so we look forward to a busy review season in the coming weeks. I will post which reviews are underway as soon as the units arrive and we can verify that they are in undamaged, reviewable condition. We know that everyone is anxious to see reviews on all of the new models as soon as possible, and we will work hard to get them done in a timely manner. There will be a lot of projectors to look at, so your patience and understanding is kindly...more
Topics: CEDIA
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