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BenQ W10000 Review After the Holiday

We have posted reviews of the Epson Cinema 810 for home theater, and the Casio XJ-S35 mobile projector this week. We are continuing our review of the BenQ W10000, but it will not be done this month due to our upcoming holiday break. We hope to get it posted the first week of January.

Thanks to all of our readers for a terrific 2006. Have a safe and happy holiday season, and we'll see you again right after the 1st! Keep in mind that the CES trade show will happen January 8-11, so check the site for all the latest news being announced at that show.

Lower Priced 1080p Projectors Causing Excitment

The arrival of the new lower-priced 1080p projectors has got everyone about as excited as they have ever been in the home theater projector industry. The focus is on four aggressively priced models in particular--the Mitsubishi HC5000, the Optoma HD81, the Panasonic AE1000, and the Sony VPL-VW50.more

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 400 Coming Up

The new 1080p models are beginning to appear on dealer shelves. We posted the review of the very hot Mitsubishi HC5000 yesterday afternoon, and this was the first of several 1080p models we will be looking at. Reviews to come in the 1080p category will include the Optoma HD81, the Panasonic AE1000, and the Sony VPL-VW50. Posting dates for these reviews are yet to be determined, but we will get them done on a priority basis.more

The Best Projector Mitsubishi Has Ever Made

I was planning to post two reviews this week. One of them went up yesterday, which was of the Boxlight Broadview. This little 4.4 lb projector packs a lot of light and widescreen resolution into a little box. It is the only 1280x768 projector currently on the market that is under five pounds, and as such it is the only game in town for mobile presenters who desire to present in widescreen format. We like this unit a lot, and wanted to give it a spotlight on the site.more

New Z5 Review Posted

We have just posted a new review of the terrific Sanyo PLV-Z5, and in a separate shootout article we compare the PLV-Z5 to the Panny AX100U. Both of these are beautiful projectors, but each is better than the other depending on the environment they are in. The Panny AX100 is the stronger product for ambient light situations, and the Sanyo Z5 is the better unit for dark theater use. The one that is right for you depends on how you intend to use your projector.more

Working Overtime To Provide Information

Due to being swamped in the aftermath of the CEDIA trade show, I've not updated this page in two weeks. However, as you've seen on the home page, the CEDIA show was full of exciting new developments in the world of home theater projectors. In case you missed our write-up on it, the CEDIA show review is here.more

Buying So Much for So Little

The CEDIA trade show exhibits open tomorrow and runs through Sunday in Denver, and a lot of new projectors will be unveiled. We will have a full overview of the show posted later next week. But here is a taste of what is coming ....

Optoma aggressively takes 720p DLP below the $1,000 price point with the new entry level HD70. Our review of the HD70 is posted here.more

CEDIA in Denver Next Week

The biggest home theater trade show of the year is CEDIA, and it is happening next week in Denver, Sept 13-17. Things appear a bit quiet on the ProjectorCentral site at the moment, but make no mistake, it is the calm before the storm. There is a lot going on behind the scenes that we cannot discuss quite yet because official announcements have not been made. I appreciate your patience as we all await the formal product releases to be made next week.more
Topics: CEDIA, Optoma 7150

1080p is Now a Realistic Alternative

Every year around mid-August as the football season is getting into gear, we begin to see significant increases in sales of home theater projectors. Sports programming, and football in particular, has always been one of the big driving forces behind large screen video systems and the conversion to high definition systems.more

Blu-Ray Feedback

Yesterday we posted Bill's review of the Optoma EP1690, another of the new WXGA resolution DLP projectors. This one is smaller, lighter, and less fully featured than the Mitsubishi WD2000. The EP1690 doesn't put out as much light, but it is much less expensive. So for those who need portability or want to save some money, the EP1690 is a great alternative. Neither is particularly well suited to dedicated home theater use since they have 2x color wheels and they are built to favor light output over contrast. But they can certainly function well as video projectors as a secondary application.more
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