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Optoma HD80-- Editor's Choice Award

The new review of the Optoma HD80 has just been posted, and it tells the whole story. But in a nutshell, this is a fantastic projector that delivers amazing 1080p image quality for only $2,699. The HD80 will give the industry's 1080p price structure another tumble since it will outperform other 1080p products that are currently selling for higher prices. That won't last long.more

Falling Prices

Epson's current $500 mail in rebate puts their Home Cinema 400 home theater projector in a whole new light in terms of value for the money. So we asked for a second sample and gave it another review, updating the original review that was done last fall. At street prices of about $1100, it is now a strong contender in the entry level 720p resolution projector class.more

Optoma HD81 Value Rating Increase

We just posted summaries of the 1080p projector reviews, and a couple of updates should be noted. First, due to changes in street prices that have materialized after the initial review of the Optoma HD81, we have increased the Value rating from the initial four stars to a full five stars. (See review). At current street prices, the Optoma HD81 is very competitively priced, and an excellent value for the money. If you are planning to ceiling mount your home theater projector, give this one a very close look.more

CES Next week

Well, we survived another holiday season only to be confronted with the huge CES trade show taking place next week in Las Vegas. We will be down there taking notes on the new releases, and we will write them up as soon as we can.

We were expecting to post a review of the BenQ W10000 this week, but some technical issues have arisen during the course of the review that we want to get resolved before publishing it. We are talking with BenQ and hope to have everything clarified by early next week. Meanwhile, we were happy to see the new Viewsonic Cine5000 arrive yesterday, so we will get busy with that review as well.more

Lower Priced 1080p Projectors Causing Excitment

The arrival of the new lower-priced 1080p projectors has got everyone about as excited as they have ever been in the home theater projector industry. The focus is on four aggressively priced models in particular--the Mitsubishi HC5000, the Optoma HD81, the Panasonic AE1000, and the Sony VPL-VW50.more

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 400 Coming Up

The new 1080p models are beginning to appear on dealer shelves. We posted the review of the very hot Mitsubishi HC5000 yesterday afternoon, and this was the first of several 1080p models we will be looking at. Reviews to come in the 1080p category will include the Optoma HD81, the Panasonic AE1000, and the Sony VPL-VW50. Posting dates for these reviews are yet to be determined, but we will get them done on a priority basis.more