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Posts with topic BenQ PE8700:

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

NEC Bundle Pricing

What is the next review in the schedule? We are currently working on two sets of reviews. First is the higher end HD2+ DLP projectors. The review will include the Toshiba MT800, (a.k.a. InFocus Screenplay 7205), the BenQ 8700 (updated edition), and the Optoma H77. We will also have some comments on other HD2+ machines such as the SharpVision Z12000 and the Marantz VP-12S3. Among the questions to be addressed is that of value--can some HD2+ machines really be worth double the price of others as current street...more

Setting Up Summer Review Schedule

Thanks for all the email requesting reviews of the projectors you are most interested in. We are setting up our summer review schedule, and our intent is to get to as many of the units you have asked for as possible. These would include several of the HD2+ machines, including the InFocus Screenplay 7205 (a.k.a. the Toshiba MT800), the BenQ 8700 (updated edition), and the Optoma H77. We have also called in for review the Epson Cinema 500 and Epson Cinema...more

Changes to the Top 10 List

As you may have already noticed, we have completed an overhaul of the Top 10 list to make it more relevant to all of our readers. As it was, the popularity of relatively few very inexpensive home theater projectors was causing the list to be dominated by these units. Thus nobody could tell what the most popular high performance home theater machines might be, or which models are currently hot for portable presentation use, school classrooms, etc.more

Paint Solutions vs Screen Products

In response to many emails on the subject, we are indeed planning reviews of both the Optoma H30 and the upgraded BenQ PE8700. These are the next home theater projectors in the review schedule.more

Great Value Among Hi Res DLP

The review of the BenQ PE8700 has just been posted. If you are looking for great value among high resolution DLP products, this is a beauty. We are adding it to the Highly Recommended list.

We've had a number of requests for comment on the Mitsubishi HC2 Colorview. After seeing it I understand why. That unit produces remarkably good video for a standard SVGA LCD product. We will get that review posted by Friday.more

BenQ PE8700 Review Forthcoming

I was hoping to get the review of the BenQ PE8700 posted today. We've been working on it all week, and the projector is looking really good. We are just waiting for responses from BenQ engineering on a couple of technical points, and it appears we won't have that info until Monday. So the review on this unit will go up on Monday afternoon.

We've had a number of requests for comment on the Mitsubishi HC2 Colorview. After seeing it I understand why. That unit produces remarkably good video for a standard SVGA LCD product. We will get that review posted next week also.

CEDIA Overview Posted

This week we've been heavily involved in CEDIA follow up activity, arranging for review units and getting more details on the products announced. This is an exciting time in the business. For an overview of this year's CEDIA show, click here.

There has been a special offer on the NEC HT1000 underway recently that includes an optional anamorphic lens. How many people know what an anamorphic lens is? Not many, based on the emails we've been getting. So just posted is a new piece entitled What is an anamorphic lens?more