June 23, 2005
We just posted a new article entitled A Great Home Theater Concept. The purpose of this article is not only to suggest an idea that you might not otherwise think of, but in general to illustrate how important it is to consider what you want to do with your home theater before deciding on the equipment. Too often people get driven by specs before giving thought to applications. After posting this article, one reader sent in pictures of a unique mounting solution that addressed the same 16:9 vs. 4:3 problem in a different way--he ceiling mounted the projector to a rail system that allows him to move the projector forward and back a full three feet, thus eliminating the need for the zoom adjustment. The bottom line--think creatively about how you want to manage the display of different types of formats in your theater. Though a standard 16:9 projector on a 16:9 screen is a fine solution for a lot of people, it may not be right for you.
We also recently posted the shootout of the 480p projectors. These things are the hottest thing going at the moment, due to their outstanding performance for the money. Entry level home theater never looked so good, and DLP technology has definitely contributed to a revolution in video quality for those starting out with big screen theater systems in the home.
Speaking of DLP, we saw what promises to be a significant competitive development from Texas Instruments at Infocomm. They announced "BrilliantColor", which delivers up to six colors in the rotation of the wheel--red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow. From the demos it appears that this new color wheel design will deliver enriched colors the likes of which we've not yet seen from DLP. Historically LCD has maintained an edge over DLP in color richness and saturation. Once the new DLP products with BrilliantColor begin to hit the market, that competitive edge will be neutralized.
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