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4DLP Facing Competition

For those looking for a great hybrid solution for data presentation, video games, and high quality video in a native 4:3 format, the Mitsubishi XD450U is an excellent solution. The review is now posted.more

Lots of Buzz about the Sony HS51

The Sony HS51 has gotten a lot of buzz since its announcement with the astounding contrast rating of 6000:1. We have just posted the HS51 review to put it all into perspective. It is a great projector, but it needs some help with standard definition video processing. We find the DVDO iScan HD+ to be the perfect front end for this unit, and the combination is a great home theater solution. (See review for more details.)more

Panasonic AE700/ Sanyo Z3 Comparison

Las night we posted an update to the recent reviews of the Panny AE700 andSanyo Z3 which includes a comparative evaluation of their relative strengths and weaknesses. Hopefully this will answer many of the questions on the minds of our readers regarding these two units. However, since they are getting a lot of attention these days, further questions will no doubt crop up.more

New Low Cost HT Projectors

At this juncture we are seeing several new low-cost home theater projectors in various stages of release, all of which feature 1280x720 resolution LCD panels. These include the Sony VPL-HS51, the Sanyo PLV-Z3, the InFocus Screenplay 5000, as well as the Panasonic AE700 already reviewed. Each of these products has a configuration of features, capabilities, and price points that represent attractive value propositions for the consumer. Ideally, we would have review samples in place on all units and perform a comparative evaluation in shoot-out type format. Unfortunately, review units do not come available from all manufacturers at the same time.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

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

CES Heavy on TV's

Well, another Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone, having just wrapped up in Las Vegas this weekend. The show itself was huge. Traffic on the exhibit hall floors exceeded everyone's expectations. Frankly this is the first show in quite a while where it was tough to get from A to B without having to elbow your way through the crowd.

As far as video systems go, this year's show was primarily oriented toward plasma TVs, LCD TVs, and rear projection TVs. Having just seen a roll-out of a number of new projectors at CEDIA in September, there wasn't a lot of new projector release activity at this show. However, there is some news to tell you about.more

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