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Projector Review Schedule

We've got a number of review projects going at the moment, so here is a quick rundown on what you can expect in the coming weeks...

On Friday we posted a review of the Brilens LS1280 in response to some inquiries about the merits of this LED/Laser hybrid projector that is claiming 3800 ANSI lumens and a 50,000 hour lamp life. This review includes a shoot-out comparison between the LS1280 and the Viewsonic PJD5555W another 1280x800 projector that is also claiming 3000+ lumens. We were not too enthused by the LS1280, but the Viewsonic unit made us stand up and take notice. For under $500, this unit puts out a lot of light and, of particular note, truly outstanding color performance for an entry level projector. A separate free-standing review of the PJD5555W is underway. For those on a budget, the Viewsonic PJD5555W is a projector not to be missed.

At the opposite end of the price and performance spectrum is the new Canon WUX6000. This 1920x1200, LCOS based installation projector is rated at 6000 lumens weighs under twenty pounds and comes in at a price below similarly featured units. The review of the Canon WUX6000 will be posted this week.

Many people have been asking how the JVC projectors with 4K enhancement stack up against the Epson LS10000. We currently have the JVC X500R in house for that evaluation. This projector is the lowest priced of the JVC models, officially at under $5,000, but it can (at the moment) be found on Amazon for $3,999. This is an excellent value, basically at the same price as the Sony VPL-VW55ES which does not have 4K enhancement capability. So the JVC X500R review will discuss how it stacks up against both the LS10000 and the VW55ES.

Finally, the Optoma HD50 has arrived. This home theater projector is priced at $1,599, so is of interest to a wide audience. The review of the HD50 will be next up after the aforementioned projector reviews are completed.

Evan Powell


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