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Narrowing the ANSI Contrast Performance Gap

The review of the Sanyo Z700 has just been posted. Don't miss this one if you are looking for 1080p at a rock bottom price. As we did last year, the reviews of this year's 1080p models will be posted, initially, without the 5-star ratings. We want to be able to do some shootouts before making final 5-star rating assessments.more

Projectors for Photography

In the last couple of months we have evaluated quite a few projectors specifically for their attributes as photography projectors. We have many more to look at, so this will be the subject of ongoing study and comment as we find models that are particularly exciting for photography.

What we have concluded so far are the following:more

Focus On Projectors for Photography

This afternoon, we are posting a review of the ViewSonic Pro8100, which is that vendor's first 1080p home theater projector, and the first model to be sold by ViewSonic through the custom installer and specialty retailer channel. That is a remarkable diversification in channel strategy, and it remains to be seen how successful they will be.

After sorting out some technical issues, we are proceeding with the review of the Infocus IN83, and that review will be posted by the end of next week.more

Impressive BenQ Model and Upcoming Reviews

We've just posted a review of the BenQ W20000, the newest flagship, high performance 1080p projector from BenQ. Overall, this is the most impressive home theater projector yet made by BenQ. Though retail priced at $7,999, it is available for 4,999, including a three year warranty. Outstanding value for sharp, high contrast 1080p performance.more

Establishing of Baseline of Real Comparison

As you probably already know, the contrast specifications on projectors are not reliable guides to the real contrast you experience when viewing the image on the screen. A primary reason for this is that when the projector has an automatic iris, "full on/full off" contrast measurements yields different results when the iris is on and when it is off. It is not always clear from the specs whether a projector has an auto iris, or if it does, whether the contrast rating was done with that feature activated or not. If the auto iris is off during the contrast reading, it will inevitably yield a lower number, normally referred to as native contrast.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

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