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LG’s CineBeam HU80KA Portable 4K Laser Projector: Big Picture, Small Package

LG’s CineBeam HU80KA Portable 4K Laser Projector: Big Picture, Small Package

The LG CineBeam HU80KA is a 4K laser projector designed for portability and flexible placement. The tower-shaped HU80KA can stand on the floor, rest on a tabletop, or be mounted to a wall or ceiling. About half the size of a traditional projector, this new design from LG can fill a 12-foot screen with sharp and bright images that last up to 20,000 hours from a single bulb, and can be yours for $3,000.

The LG CineBeam HU80KA is a 4K laser projector designed for portability and flexible placement with a 20,000 hour bulb life and capability to fill a 12 foot screen.

— August 24, 2018 00:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB 4K Enhanced Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB 4K Enhanced Projector Review

If you’re in the market for a 4K/UHD-compatible projector that can deliver a taste of the full potential that 3840 x 2160 resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), and the BT.2020 expanded color gamut that today’s UltraHD Blu-rays can deliver, then you can’t go wrong with Epson’s Pro Cinema 6040UB. The 6040UB projector is simply superb. With the potential for 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color gamut, 4K-enhancement technology, HDR10, and ISF support all in a price point well under $4,000, you have a winning combination.

The Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB projector features 4K Enhancement technology with HDR capability, 2,500 lumens of brightness, and full DCI-P3 color support for a spectacular image and a top performer.

— February 02, 2018 00:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

JVC DLA-X570R 4K e-Shift4 Projector Review

JVC DLA-X570R 4K e-Shift4 Projector Review

While native 4K/UHD projectors remain out of reach for mortal men, JVC is leading a crop of projectors featuring pixel shifting technology that will generate a stunning 4K/UHD image from native 1080p projectors. The DLA-X570R offers Full compatibility with native 4K/UHD sources, dual HDMI 2.0b inputs at full 18Gbps bandwidth, HDR 10 and HLG HDR support plus fully automated calibration capabilities with JVC's free Projector Calibration Software. Couple that with lens memory features and extensive options to fine tune the JVC to any installation scenario and there isn't much more you could ask for in at a $4,000 price-point.

JVC's e-Shift4 DLA-X570R projector displays stunning 4K images from native 4K/UltraHD sources. Colors are rich and blacks are deep. Coupled with HDMI 2.0b, HDR10 and HLG HDR what more can you ask for?

— August 24, 2017 00:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson's 2016 Budget Friendly 4K Enhanced Projector Preview

Epson's 2016 Budget Friendly 4K Enhanced Projector Preview

We got a chance to see Epson's new line of 4K Enhanced projectors at CEDIA in Dallas, Texas and couldn't believe the price for the quality. OK, OK, they're not truly 4K projectors, but even Epson reps will ask you, "Is the 4K stamp really worth twice the price?" Epson has done some slick stuff with these new projectors that may make the answer to this question very easy for you to decide. Read the following preview to find out.

Looking for a new 4K projector but don't want to spend $6,000-$10,000? Check out the new line of 4K enhanced projectors from Epson that were announced at CEDIA in Dallas, Texas for WAY less.

— November 03, 2016 09:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ M5 Series Projectors for Small and Medium Sized Rooms Preview

BenQ M5 Series Projectors for Small and Medium Sized Rooms Preview

BenQ released at CEDIA 2014 a trio of projectors in their new M5 line. The new MS524, MX525, and MW526 retail at $489, $529, and $749 respectively. They all have a number of similar features including 3,200 ANSI lumens, 10,000 hours of lamp life, 3D ready, and cinema-like Colorific image quality so that they'll be right at home in an office or a home theater. The main difference between the projectors (other than price) is the resolution. The MS524 is SVGA, the MX525 is XGA, and MW526 sports WXGA. At these prices, we expect BenQ will attract a lot of new home theater enthusiasts on a budget.

Preview: BenQ released at CEDIA 2014 a trio of projectors in their new M5 line. The MS524, MX525, and MW526 retail at $489, $529, and $749 respectively and are suitable for the office or home theater.

— October 14, 2014 10:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 3LCD Reflective Laser Projector Preview

Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 3LCD Reflective Laser Projector Preview

The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 projector isn't cheap at somewhere under $8000 estimated street price, but it certainly isn't anywhere near the astronomical prices we've seen in other high-end projectors. With a laser light source bragging up to 30,000 hours, absolute black with zero lumens given off, and every bell and whistle you could want in a projector, the only thing this projector is missing is 4k resolution. With their pseudo-4k solution, maybe you won't miss it.

Preview: The Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10000 projector has a laser light source bragging up to 30,000 hours, absolute black with zero lumens given off, and every bell and whistle you could want.

— September 13, 2014 12:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Preview

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Preview

Sony believes that any projector worth its salt will run you more than $2,500. Their new VPL-HW40ES projector will cost less than that. For that price, you get their SXRD LCoS projection solution, 1700 lumens, a host of gamma modes, impressive vertical and horizontal lens shift, 1080p, and 3D. While they aren't packaging in 3D glasses with the VPL-HW40ES, there are both IR and RF options (the VPL-HW40ES is IR enabled out of the box, RF requires an additional purchase). While it may not fit everyone's definition of "budget", the VPL-HW40ES looks to be a very solid projector for a decent price.

Preview: For $2,500, the new Sony VPL-HW40ES projector has an SXRD LCoS projection solution, 1,700 lumens, a host of gamma modes, impressive vertical and horizontal lens shift, 1080p, and 3D.

— May 15, 2014 08:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Acer H5380BD Home Entertainment Projector Preview

Acer H5380BD Home Entertainment Projector Preview

At $550, the Acer H5380BD is a great solution for those on a budget, with a setup that is likely to change in the near future, or that are looking for a projector to do dual-duty between the office and the home. With an MHL enabled HDMI input, LED lamp, and 3D support, the Acer H5380BD has everything you want except for 1080p or 4K. But for those that don't need a huge image, 720p may be good enough.

Preview: At $550, the Acer H5380BD is a great solution for those on a budget, with a setup that is likely to change in the near future, or that are looking for a projector for the home and office.

— April 25, 2014 08:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

FAVI Pico+ WiFi Projector with Miracast Preview

FAVI Pico+ WiFi Projector with Miracast Preview

The FAVI Pico+ projector is barely larger than your iPhone but still has full-sized HDMI (MHL compatible) and USB ports as well as an SD card slot. The real claim to fame of the Pico+ is that it can become its own WiFi hotspot so that you can stream to it via Miracast, DNLA, or Apple's AirPlay. There are some concerns, however, as the battery will only last up to 3 hours in eco-mode, the native resolution is pretty low, and it only sports 85 lumens. Still, with such a cool form factor and tons of useful features, we're betting more than one business executive has the FAVI Pico+ on their wish list.

The FAVI Pico+ projector is the size of a phone and can become its own WiFi hotspot so that you can stream to it via Miracast, DNLA, or Apple's AirPlay.

— February 06, 2014 00:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ W1500 WHDMI Projector Video Review

BenQ W1500 WHDMI Projector Video Review

Then BenQ W1500 wireless DLP projector can be had for less than $1600 and it comes with WHDI built right in, and an HDMI dongle that lets you send video wirelessly from any HDMI output. And I mean ANY HDMI output. You can put the dongle on your Blu-ray player or your Playstation 4, or even your laptop computer or tablet. Wireless projectors have been out for a while, but they haven't been quite this accessible—and they certainly haven't been aimed squarely at the affordable home theater market.

Review: The BenQ W1500 wireless DLP projector can be had for less than $1600 and it comes with WHDI built right in, and an HDMI dongle that lets you send video wirelessly from any HDMI output.

— January 17, 2014 09:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

SIM2 Crystal Cube Coffee Table Projector Preview

SIM2 Crystal Cube Coffee Table Projector Preview

The SIM2 Crystal Cube is a DLP projector encased in crystal-glass. It would be at home displayed out in the open in any contemporary home or boardroom. Obviously targeting the custom installer, SIM2 has provided an option for those that want a big screen but don't want to see a projector. While details of features are sparse at this time it seems to have everything you might want out of a projector except 4K. With full 3D and HD support, the Crystal Cube is sure to find its way into quite a few high-end homes.

The SIM2 Crystal Cube is a DLP projector encased in crystal-glass. It would be at home displayed out in the open in any contemporary home or boardroom.

— November 28, 2013 08:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Acer K132 LED DLP Projector Review

Acer K132 LED DLP Projector Review

When I saw the data for the Acer K132 LED DLP projector, I was very surprised by what it said. First of all, this little projector uses an LED light source. That's not amazing in and of itself, except that it boasts 500 lumens of output. I don't use much more than that in my home theater and so that seems like a realistic amount of output for a projector. Couple that with the fact that Acer's K132 is about the size of a Mac Mini and that it uses HDMI and you've got a very portable, very bright projector with unlimited potential.

Review: The diminutive Acer K132 LED DLP projector uses an LED light source. That's not amazing in and of itself, except that it boasts 500 lumens of output-plenty enough for home theater use.

— November 06, 2013 10:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB LCD Projector Preview

Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB LCD Projector Preview

We got a chance to interview Jason Palmer of Epson about their new Pro Cinema 6030UB LCD projector, which is the company's flagship home theater model for the custom installation channel. This replaces the Pro Cinema 6020UB. The major improvements are contrast ratio, which is almost double. It was 320,000:1 and is now 600,000:1. There are also a lot of under-the-hood features that have been improved—particularly lens and processing improvements. The 6030UB can also do frame interpolation in 3D mode, and the projector also does Classic Black and White mode, which sets the color temperature model to 5400K, the way film cameras used to be back in the day.

Preview: The new Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB LCD projector is the company's flagship home theater model for the custom installation channel. We interview Jason Palmer and give you the scoop.

— October 02, 2013 20:55 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema G6900WU Projector with HDBT

Epson Pro Cinema G6900WU Projector with HDBT

We got to interview Jason Palmer on the new Epson Pro Cinema G6900WU. This is actually a new product for Epson. Epson has never had this type of pro Cinema lineup of this type. The 6900UB has 6000 lumens of output and has features like a Faroudja DCDi Cinema chip. It uses HDBaseT (HDBT) technology so you can plug in Cat 6 and run it up to 328 feet. It has lens shift. and a lot of other features of the Pro Cinema lineup like frame interpolation—but in an incredibly bright projector suitable for larger projection screens or screens in bright rooms.

We got to interview Jason Palmer on the new Epson Pro Cinema G6900WU. This is actually a new product for Epson. Epson has never had this type of pro Cinema lineup of this type.

— September 28, 2013 03:10 in Home Theater Projector Reviews