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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Panasonic AE900 Shipping at the End of the Month

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

CEDIA Next Week

September is upon us already, and we've turned the corner into the fall season. That always means lots of new home theater projectors being announced at the CEDIA trade show, which happens next week in Indianapolis. We will be there as always, and we'll report all the latest product news on these pages as soon as we can.more
Topics: CEDIA

Calibration DVD's

We've received a lot of email asking for comments on the Optoma H78DC3, which many have noticed is extremely similar to the H79. According to Optoma, "the main difference is that the key optical components of the H79 are hand selected to meet a higher quality standard befitting the H79. This ensures that the brightness, contrast and sharpness meets a higher standard than what our component supplier can guarantee. Some of the key optical components include: DMD, projection lens, prisms, light rod, color wheel, condensing lens, UV filter and lamp." We will be taking a closer look to see exactly what this translates to in terms of any noticeable...more

New DVD Store

We are excited to announce the launch of our new DVD Store, which you can access via the button on the left. We call it the Videophile's Ultimate DVD Collection because it has been stocked with titles that are collectible for one of several reasons. Some have been selected simply for their outstanding video quality. Movies like Batman, Lord of the Rings, The Fifth Element, T2, and Shrek look beautiful when blown up and projected onto a 120" diagonal screen. DVDs featuring uniquely outstanding video quality are presented in two groups—those in 16:9 format, and those in formats wider than 16:9. These...more

Black Bars

Black bars--that black dead space that you get above and below the picture when the video frame does not match your screen or TV frame. Nobody likes them. Video material always looks much better when it fills the frame of your video display. Black bars are a particularly serious problem when you view widescreen material on a conventional 4:3 television. But to the surprise of many new home theater enthusiasts, black bars can also appear on widescreen systems as well.more

Specific Uses and Market Niches

There is no such thing as the perfect projector for all applications. That is why there are hundreds of different models on the market. InFocus is one of the manufacturers that puts a lot of effort into designing projectors for very specific uses and market niches. And nowhere is this more obvious than in the comparison between the Screenplay 4805 and the X3.more
Topics: InFocus X3

Congratulations to Texas Instruments

We just posted an update on the NEC HT1100 to alert you to the fact that its price has just been dropped to $1,995. This is a unique product because it is loaded with home theater features while maintaining a native 4:3 format. This is rare in the industry. There are some who prefer native 4:3 for good reasons, and the HT1100 is now an excellent choice for those in the sub-$2,000 budget range who want high quality large screen 4:3.more
Topics: NEC HT1100

DLP Passes LCD for Most Projectors on the Market

The latest installment of The Great Technology War: LCD vs. DLP has been posted. This remarkable story continues to develop and evolve as both technologies get better and better with each new year. LCD is the original digital video projection technology, and hundreds of LCD projectors had been built by the time Texas Instruments' fledgling DLP technology saw the light of day. Thus a particularly significant milestone for Texas Instruments has just been achieved: as of last week we had 349 DLP projectors currently in production, as compared to 330 LCD projectors.more

Check out the Oppo

In case you happen to be looking for an outstanding DVD player for a mere $199, you need to check out the Oppo OPDV971H digital DVD player. Dave has just posted a review of this little wonder. You won't find it everywhere. As a matter of fact, you won't find it anywhere except via direct order on Oppo's website. But it is definitely worth tracking down if you are in the market to replace that old, antiquated, three-year old DVD player that you are still hanging on to.[See the review for details.]more

Latest Competitive Developments

In response to many requests for reviews of the Mitsubishi HC900, we have just posted a review not only of that unit, but of the Studio Experience 30HD as well. These are both impressive home theater projectors using the 1024x576 Matterhorn DLP chip. They are quite distinctive, as we came to discover. See Bill's shootout evaluation of these two very interesting projectors.

We are about to take a long weekend for the July 4 holiday. I plan to have another update at the end of next week focusing on the latest competitive developments between LCD and DLP technology. That subject never fails to stimulate a few emails! Stay tuned.more