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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Bly-Ray Not Living Up Expectations

As anyone who has been online the last few days knows, there is a widely reported story that Samsung has announced the presence of a defect in their Blu-ray player, the BD-P1000. The word is that there is an error in a default setting in the player's noise reduction chip, and it is this error that produces the softness in the image that we and other observers have been commenting on. According to the story, Samsung will issue a firmware update to correct the problem, most likely in September.more

New Product Release Activity

There is quite a lot of new product release activity going on in the 1280x768 WXGA format. Overall, this is still a relatively rare format in the projector world with less than 20 models featuring it. But among the latest arrivals are the Mitsubishi WD2000U, the Optoma EP1690, and even the little 4.4 lb Boxlight Broadview, which is the first projector in this resolution to go under five pounds. We are spending a lot of review time with these units this week, and will get comments/reviews posted on them as soon as possible.more

Attending Blu-Ray Presentation

Many of you are closely watching developments in the face-off between HD-DVD and Blu-ray, the two competing high definition formats representing the future of disc-based digital video storage and playback. We have been experimenting with both formats since they were released, and have formulated some initial impressions, as follows:more

Panasonic PT-DW5000 Begins Shipping

Three new multipurpose widescreen projectors are hitting the market as of right about now. One is the Mitsubishi WD2000U, which commenced shipments last month. Another new model is the Sanyo PLV-75, which just started to ship this week. Finally, there is the big, muscular Panasonic PT-DW5000, which also just began to ship.more

A Multitude of Projectors Hitting the Market

Three new multipurpose widescreen projectors are hitting the market as of right about now. One is the Mitsubishi WD2000U, which commenced shipments last month. Another new model is the Sanyo PLV-75, which begins to ship next week. Finally, there is the big, muscular Panasonic PT-DW5000, which sees its first shipments this month.more

New Projector on Highly Recommended List

Just a quick update for you...as you noticed if you saw the home page or subscribe to our email alerts, we posted the review of the Optoma HD7100 earlier this week. This is an impressive home theater projector in terms of image quality, with some lensing limitations that restrict how it can be installed for best results. But for the money, the image cannot be beat, and it has been added to our Highly Recommended list.more

Peak in Readership

Well, I was doing my best to get the Canon REALiS SX60 review posted by today, but it isn't in the cards. We've been working on it all week, and doing side-by-side comparisons with the Optoma EP910 and the Dell 5100MP (all three of which are 1400x1050 resolution projectors). This extends the review time, but gives us a better take on each unit's strengths and weaknesses. It will take a few more days to get this one wrapped up.more

Review Units in Various Stages

Last week Canon reported to us that the Canon SX60 was delayed until the second half of June, and I posted that info on this page. It turns out that was wrong. The SX6 is the model that was delayed. Dealers currently have the SX60 in stock, and we will review it soon. My apologies for the confusion.

We have other units in various stages of review process now, including the Mitsubishi WD2000 that many have been asking about. If there is a model you'd like to see reviewed, don't hesitate to drop us a note at comments@projectorcentral.com.

DIY Screens

With high quality home theater projectors dropping below $2,000, and impressive entry level units going below $1,000, more people than ever are looking for less expensive alternatives for home theater screens. Many creative do-it-yourselfer's have come up with great ideas that save a lot of money. So we decided to create our own and see how well our DIY solution could compete with the Stewart Grayhawk RS. We spent less than $100, and less than a morning's labor putting it together from materials available at local stores. Click here for the story.more

Setting the Price-Performance Standard

We have just completed and posted two of the four SXGA+ reviews in the schedule. In our opinion, the Optoma EP910 is a remarkable accomplishment that sets a new price/performance standard in the SXGA+ category (see review). Meanwhile, the aggressively priced Dell 5100MP represents an exceptional value in being the first of the SXGA+ projectors to go under $3,000 (see updated review).more
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