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Blu-ray 3D Spec Finalized

Today the Blu-ray Disc Assn. approved specifications for delivering 3D content on Blu-ray discs.more

CES Impressions

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just wrapped up yesterday in Las Vegas. All things considered it was a quieter show that usual. There was not a lot of pre-show buzz. And, to nobody's surprise, attendance was down noticeably from years past. However, that was all good for those of us who don't care for lines and crowds. It was easier to get around, and for that reason probably the most pleasant CES experience in memory.more

CES Rush and Delayed Review

Just a quick update from yesterday's posting on this page. We have requested a second sample of the 6500 UB from Epson, as the unit we have in house is manifesting some atypical behavior. This problem is not related to frame interpolation, which is indeed a weakness, but it is not the biggest problem we are concerned about. The 6500 UB review will be delayed until we are able to test a second unit. Since the CES rush is on top of all of us, it is a difficult time for vendors to coordinate delivery of a second unit. We will report more when we know more.

Competitive with the Best of 1080p

We are back in gear after some holiday downtime. Hope you had a safe and relaxing holiday season. As usual, our first week back entails a lot of CES Show meetings and activity. The show happens later this week, and we will be writing it up next week.

At the moment we are reviewing the Epson 6500 UB. Our plan was to get it done before CES, and that still may happen. But we are seeing a mechanical problem with our sample that may require us to call in a second unit, and that may delay things a bit.more

Exciting Home Theater Components

While awaiting arrival of the Epson 6500 UB, we've been able to put up a couple of reviews on two exciting home theater components you'll want to know about. One is the new Da-lite JKP Affinity HD screen. This really is an amazing screen as far as purity of image goes. I was quite surprised to see that the extremely smooth screen surface really did make a difference in how natural the picture looks. We have already ordered a 10.5 foot wide JKP Affinity screen in 2.35 format, and we will be using it on all reviews of 1080p projectors once we get it installed in a few weeks.more

Corrected Statements and Anticipated Arrivals

Well, last week we posted the review of the Sanyo Z3000, as well as the comparison between the Z3000 and the Panny AE3000. (By the way, I initially reported in the Z3000 review that the seven user programmable memories could not be custom labeled. They can, in fact, it was just not intuitive in the menu. I have corrected that statement in the review as of this morning.)more

Latest Epson Releases Looking Good

Well, we finally got the Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB review done and posted. Another great achievement by Epson, a company that has definitely increased its focus on producing leading edge home theater projectors. This latest crop of releases from Epson far surpasses anything they've done in the past as far as price/performance is concerned.more

Early Thoughts on Upcoming Reviews

Well, welcome to 2008! We hope you all survived the holidays. I came down with an unexpected bug that had me out of commission for a while. However, I'm back in the saddle and ready for the CES convention that starts Monday here in Las Vegas.more

Editor's Choice to Mitsubishi HC4900

Last week's announcement from Mitsubishi that they were offering a $500 rebate and taking the price of the HC4900 to a mere $1995 stimulated a lot of inquiries. How does the HC4900 stack up against the other aggressively priced 1080p model, the Sanyo Z2000? Well, we set them up and took another close look at both of them. The review of the Mitsubishi HC4900 is complete and posted. As you will see, the HC4900 and the Z2000 are both formidable competitors, and each has some real advantages over the other. However, we were impressed enough with the combination of picture quality, features, and price, to give the HC4900 our Editor's Choice Award.more
Topics: CES, Mitsubishi

Projector Information From CES

Sometimes there are many new home theater projectors being unveiled at the annual Consumer Electronics Show. Sometimes there aren't, and the CES 2007 that just wrapped up in Las Vegas was one of them. So we will forego a full show review. However, we want to spotlight what in our view were the two most important developments of the show as far as home theater projectors are concerned ....more
Sony CH Series Projectors
Visual Apex