Home theater gets better and cheaper
Things are getting hot in the sub-$1000 home theater market. BenQ, Epson, Optoma, and Vivitek have all released new home theater projectors priced in the $699 to $999 range.
Our reviews of the Epson Home Cinema 2040 ($799), the Optoma HD28DSE ($799), and the Vivitek H1186-WT ($699) have already been posted. BenQ says we should expect to receive samples of the recently announced HT2050 ($799) and HT3050 ($999) by the end of the week, and if so those reviews will begin on Monday. Once we have had a chance to see all of the new 1080p products in this price range we will write a comparative round-up.
Bill’s expanded review of the Ambient Light Rejection screens is nearing completion, and we are hoping to get it posted by early next week. If you are interested in “lights on” video viewing, this shootout will cover many of the ALR screen products on the market today.
And while we’re on the subject of ambient light, you may have noticed a continuing push toward brighter high resolution projectors that are too bright for conventional dark room theater, but ideal if you prefer to view with some lights on. Among these are the new 3000-lumen Epson Home Cinema 1040 ($799), and the 4400 lumen Epson Home Cinema 1440 ($1699). We are still waiting to hear when samples will be available, but we will be reviewing them as soon as we can.