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Editor's Choice to Mitsubishi HC4900

Last week's announcement from Mitsubishi that they were offering a $500 rebate and taking the price of the HC4900 to a mere $1995 stimulated a lot of inquiries. How does the HC4900 stack up against the other aggressively priced 1080p model, the Sanyo Z2000? Well, we set them up and took another close look at both of them. The review of the Mitsubishi HC4900 is complete and posted. As you will see, the HC4900 and the Z2000 are both formidable competitors, and each has some real advantages over the other. However, we were impressed enough with the combination of picture quality, features, and price, to give the HC4900 our Editor's Choice Award.more
Topics: CES, Mitsubishi

High Marks

We have just completed the 5-star ratings of the 1080p models. They have been added to each of the reviews. There was one slight modification to the rating of the JVC RS2 we posted day before yesterday. Initially I had given it 5 stars for features. And indeed it is a remarkably well-featured projector. But no projector in the home theater category is as fully loaded with extra features as the Panasonic AE2000, so that model alone received 5-stars for features, and we've adjusted the RS2 to 4.5.more

1080p Finally Under Two Grand

We've been predicting for the past year that 1080p projectors would go below $2,000 by the holiday season this year. Well, it officially happened yesterday, December 10, 2007, for all you projector industry historians out there that are recording these things. The Mitsubishi HC4900 has an official street price of $2,495, but as of yesterday, they are offering a $500 rebate, bringing the official price to just $1995. So there we are--1080p resolution projection for under two grand. I guess we better take another look at the HC4900 and put it into perspective.more

The Choice for the Videophile Purist

We are still working through the review of the JVC DLA-RS2. I was hoping to have it done by today, but it will take another couple of days to wrap up some details. Overall, this is a beautiful projector, and a definite step up from the outstanding RS1. Contrast, black levels and color saturation exceed the RS1. In addition, several of the features we would have preferred to see on the RS1 have been added to the RS2, including HDMI 1.3 and anamorphic lens compatibility. The RS2 is not quite as bright as the RS1, but it is plenty bright enough for light controlled home theater. The DLA-RS2 will definitely be the choice for the videophile purist with the budget to get the best 1080p...more
Topics: JVC DLA-RS2

Working Through the Crunch

Just an update on the review schedule for you. We will be posting the review of the BenQ W500 this Friday afternoon, assuming all goes according to schedule. Meanwhile, the JVC DLA-RS2 has arrived, so that is the next one up in the 1080p review cycle. Neither of the Epson models have been delivered yet, but with a little luck we will see them toward the end of next week. We are still awaiting arrival of the Canon REALiS SX7 as well, but we don't have a firm date on that at this time.more

Holiday Review Schedule

We've just posted the latest 1080p projector review, that of the InFocus Play Big IN82. This is a very bright high resolution projector that is particularly good for ambient light display.more

Comparison Requests

We have been getting a lot of requests to compare models A to B, and everyone's request is a bit different. So we are trying to address the more frequently asked for comparisons first. At the top of the list have been interest in how the Panasonic AX200 stacks up against the Sanyo Z5. These are two of the hot 720p LCD products on the market right now, and Bill put together that comparison. It is posted here.more
Topics: InFocus IN82

Anamorphic Stretch Capabilities

The Sanyo Z2000 review has stimulated a lot of questions which we are trying to get to. One of them was regarding confusion over the anamorphic stretch capability of the Z2000. Apparently other reviewers are saying the Z2000 has it. I said it didn't, without any further clarification.more
Topics: Sanyo Z2000

Possibly a Highly Influential Product Release

Just a quick update, since I know everyone is wondering about the review schedule. We plan to post the review of the Sanyo Z2000 on Monday afternoon, and the Panasonic AE2000 next Friday. However, the Sanyo review will include comments on the Panny AE2000 as well.more

Deep in 1080p

We are deep into the 1080p evaluations at the moment. It looks like the first review out of the shoot will be the Sony VPL-VW60. We are still in conversations with Sony about one issue we've uncovered, and we need to get that resolved prior to completing the review. But it should not take too long.

Meanwhile, many of your are asking for comments on how the Panasonic AX200 compares to the 1080p projectors, and the Panasonic AE2000 in particular. Since I referred to the AX200 as the "poor man's 1080p projector" it warrants further comment.more
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