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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As you know, we just posted the Panasonic AE700 review yesterday. Usually when we post new reviews or commentaries we email everyone on our list that the new posting has just occurred. If you want to be included on our list, please enter your email address in the Free NewsAlert box on the home page. We never sell or trade our email list. It is used just to notify regular readers of new postings. There is no cost, just your time to enter your email address and press the button.more

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

Attractive Street Prices

We've just been informed that we will receive the InFocus 4805 next week. If that happens the review that everyone is asking for on this unit will be completed by the following Friday. We are also currently working on the InFocus X2, the Mitsubishi HC2000, and the Sanyo PLC-XU60. The Mits is a dedicated HT unit. The InFocus X2 is of interest to many because it is an InFocus product, and because it is below $1,000. The Sanyo deserves some attention because is a beautiful and powerful machine for both data and video applications.more

Wrapping Up Some Reviews

To update you on the review schedule....we are wrapping up the review of the Epson Cinema 500, but are still awaiting feedback from Epson on a couple of issues. We have added the Epson Cinema 200 to the review as well, so both products will be covered. I will post this tandem review as soon as we clarify a few details.more

Yamaha 1px510 Added to highly Recommended List

We have just posted the review of the Yamaha LPX-510, and are pleased to be adding it to our Highly Recommended list. This is a great solution for those buying a fully installed home theater system from a professional installer. For the do it yourself'er, it is a bit high in price, and the Sony HS20 or BenQ 8700 are better choices in terms of pure image quality for the money. But read the review for more comments on this.

We had hoped to finish the Epson Cinema 500 today as well, but it will be up early next week. I will update this page with more upcoming review info at that time.more

Great Results with the DVDO iScan

This week we completed reviews of three of the HD2+ DLP projectors, include the Toshiba MT-800, the BenQ 8700 (updated edition), and the Optoma H77. We will defer comments on some of the other HD2+ machines until next month after we've had a chance to do some more research.

The reviews of the Epson Cinema 500 and the Yamaha LPX-510 are proceeding, and we should have those posted within two weeks from today.more
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