Updated review outlook 3/19
Our spring review schedule features some fascinating new projectors for home theater and home entertainment fans...
To update an earlier posting, I am happy to report that the Sony HW50ES has arrived and Bill Livolsi has it under review at the moment.
UPDATE 3/21: We are evaluating the HS50ES side by side with the Panasonic AE8000 in order to assess the relative strengths of each. I had anticipated posting the Sony review by this Friday, but the comparative evaluation is running longer than I thought it would so we will take the weekend to complete it and post on Monday. These are two highly competitive home theater projectors and the head-to-head comparison of them is quite fascinating. The HS50ES is the best Sony home theater projector we've ever seen anywhere near its price range.
The Epson Home Cinema 750HD has arrived and will be on tap for review as soon as the Sony HW50ES is wrapped up. This 1280x800 resolution model is spec’d at 3000 lumens, has on-board audio, and delivers both 2D and 3D display for $899. And the 3D is not just the limited 3D you often find in this price range, but full 3D compatibility with Blu-ray, cable, and video game sources. This should be a significant addition to Epson's line of consumer-friendly home entertainment projectors.
The Mitsubishi WD390U-EST is also in house. This new and groundbreaking “cloud projector” can interface with any number of remote PCs via LAN. The industry has never seen versatility like this before, and Mitsubishi will get a lot of well-deserved attention with this new innovation.
Several projectors are scheduled to arrive in the next couple of weeks. Among them is the ACER H6510BD, sporting full native 1920x1080 resolution and a 3000 lumen output rating for just $799. 3D is limited to PC sources, and at a tiny 4.8 lbs it will be interesting to see how much fan noise it produces as a by-product of all that light. But this may end up being a hot seller for home entertainment due to the 1080p resolution at a super-friendly price.
Also, the BenQ W1080ST should be here shortly. This is among the first of the short throw native 1080p home theater machines to hit the market. It can light up a 120” diagonal screen from as little as six feet. So it gives you coffee table placement options that many home theater projectors do not. At $1099 it is attractively priced for 1080p, and Bill Livolsi is looking forward to giving it a test drive.
On the big machine front, the new Infocus IN5555L begins shipping this month, with WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution and 7000 lumen output. At $14,999 it is aggressively priced compared to many WUXGA models in this performance class. We will have one here to take a look at soon, and Bill will see how it compares to the other WUXGA models he reviewed recently.
Meanwhile, Marc Davidson and Allan Abbott are lined up to deliver several more reviews of portable, education, and business projectors.
All in all, March and April are going to be busy months here in the review department. Thanks for your patience as we work through them all.