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Miscellaneous review status

The long-awaited review of the Epson 6100 was posted on Monday. This one takes the prize for the longest time we've ever spent reviewing a projector! It's a perfect projector for those who need a lot of light, and who are on a budget but still want 1080p performance.

Tomorrow afternoon we will post a review of the Stewart Studiotek 100, a perfectly neutral 1.0 gain white screen designed for professional use.more

Epson 6100 Review Coming on Monday

Everyone has been asking, so I just wanted to say that the long awaited review of the Epson Home Cinema 6100 will be posted on Monday afternoon. Thanks very much for your patience on this one.more

Editor's Choice Awards Announced

After spending a week with the JVC RS10 and RS20, we have decided to grant them both an Editor's Choice Award. These are great projectors, at price points of about $5,000 and $7,500 respectively. We could not decide which of the two represented the better value proposition, as the RS20 certainly delivers an incrementally better picture for the money, and the RS10 delivers an incrementally better picture than the lower priced competition. Essentially, you get what you pay for. The review will be done and posted by about the middle of the week.more

Editor's Choice candidates

Thanks to all of you who wrote in with your thoughts about FI and 2.35 screen format. It helps a lot to know what our readers are thinking.

One point of clarification. Contrary to what some readers may have understandably inferred from my comments on this page last week, the JVC RS10 and RS20 are still candidates for an Editor's Choice Award. We just try to give only one award in a given price range, and hence the big debate between the Panny AE3000 and the Epson 6500 UB. But the JVC units are priced higher, and we may very well feel they deserve special recognition as well. We are just now opening them up and getting our first look at them. We hope to have those reviews posted next week.more

Screen Innovations and the Epson Saga Update

Last week we completed the review of the Screen Innovations Black Diamond II, which is a screen you can use with the room lights on. It works beautifully, as long as you use it in ambient light with a bright projector, and you are sitting in its sweetspot. If you have a dark viewing space, a traditional white or light gray screen will give the best results. Though the Black Diamond is more expensive than a conventional screen, it is inappropriate to compare them price-wise. They are apples and oranges products. Think of the Black Diamond and a good projector as a cheap substitute for a 100" plasma TV, and you'll have a better perspective on the price.more

Delayed Epson Reviews

We've been taking a close look at the Epson 6500 UB and the Epson 6100 in preparation for reviews of these two models. We delayed the reviews because of a phenomenon we identified first on the 6500 UB. The issue is that the projector tends to go out of focus over the first 30 minutes of viewing time. If it is sharply focused after initial start up, it will slowly lose its precise focus as it warms up, evidently due to heat expansion in the light engine. When we refocus it after about 30 minutes, it will then remain in focus for the duration of the viewing session.more

Troubleshooting Specific Problem

Just a quick update ... we received a second sample of the Epson 6500 UB as well as a 6100 yesterday. At this point we are in daily communication with Epson product management, trying to troubleshoot a specific problem that needs to be understood and resolved prior to reviewing the 6500 UB. It looks like this will take some time. Once we have all the facts together, we will be able to discuss it in detail. The 6500 UB review will be delayed until we get this worked out. Meanwhile, I think we can proceed with the 6100 review and get that posted by next week.

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

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

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