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JVC 2014 Projector Lineup Preview

JVC 2014 Projector Lineup Preview

JVC's 2014 projector lineup sports a new imaging device, upgraded e-shift technology, 4K HDMI inputs and a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture. Their 2014 lineup consists of the Procision Series DLA-X900R, DLA-X700R, and DLA-X500R, marketed by JVC’s Consumer AV Group, and the Reference Series DLA-RS6710, DLA-RS67, DLA-RS57, DLA-RS4910, and DLA-RS49, available through JVC Professional Products Company. All are 3D-enabled and offer 4K e-shift3.

JVC's 2014 projector lineup adds three new units and keeps two from last year. The big upgrades are a 4k inputs, improved Eshift technology, and Intelligent Lens Aperture.

— September 27, 2013 18:44 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Projector Preview

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Projector Preview

The big deal about the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is the price. At $999, you can't find very many projectors out there than can compete. You certainly will have a hard time finding one that is designed with a home theater in mind and not an office. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 has all the inputs, features, and, most importantly, resolution, you'll need for your home theater. All without having to settle for a business class projector or breaking the bank. With dual HDMI inputs (one MHL enabled), 3D support, and more, we're sure the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is going to be a hit.

The $999 Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 has all the inputs, features, and, most importantly, resolution, you'll need for your home theater without having to settle for a business class projector.

— September 18, 2013 08:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ W1500 Wireless Projector Preview

BenQ W1500 Wireless Projector Preview

The BenQ W1500 has a ton of features. With a wireless high definition streaming solution, 3D, ISF certification, 6000 hour lamp life, and much more, there is a lot to like here. At $2300, there better be. While it might be cheaper to buy a similiarly featured projector and hire someone to run wires for you, that may not be possible for many. The only thing we can find left off the feature list is horitontal lens shift. For many, that's not even close to a deal breaker and the WHDI wireless streaming more than makes up for it. If you need a wireless projector, the BenQ W1500 should be on your list. We can't wait to see how well it performs.

The $2300 BenQ W1500 HD projector has a ton of features. With a wireless high definition streaming solution, 3D, ISF certification, 6000 hour lamp life, and much more, there is a lot to like here.

— August 19, 2013 10:50 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD25 and HD25-LV Projectors Review

Optoma HD25 and HD25-LV Projectors Review

We're no strangers to Optoma projectors. Today I'm looking at the HD25 and the HD25LV-two 3D 1080p models that just came to market. We've reviewed the HD65, the HD20, the HD72...and the HD33 among others. That last model came out a couple years ago and presented a real bargain for a 3D 1080p projector. Two things have happened since then which have changed the marketplace: one, there is a lot more competition. New products from BenQ and Epson, among others, are starting to be felt in the budget-projector market. Second, the desire for 3D capabilities has gone down-following the expiration of the artificially-generated hype. Don't believe me? ESPN actually shut down its three-year-old 3D sports channel this month citing "limited consumer adoption of 3D services to the home."

The HD25 and the HD25LV are two 3D 1080p projectors that just came to market. We've reviewed the HD65, the HD20, the HD72...and the HD33 before, but these new units break 3D into a new price point.

— July 25, 2013 07:40 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ W1070 and W1080ST Projectors Preview

BenQ W1070 and W1080ST Projectors Preview

BenQ is attempting to set some new price barriers for home theater projectors. The new W1070 and W1080ST projectors are priced at $1,099 and $1299 respectively. The W1070 is a 1080p 3D DLP model that uses Dark Chip 3 (DC3). In the past, this chipset was used for high-end models only. The W1080ST is a short-throw 1080p 3D model that lets users enjoy a big screen experience even if their room isn't big on space. Both projectors support NVIDIA 3DTV Play, DLP Link, and dual HDMI. Designed with DLP’s DC3 technology, both projectors feature a 10,000:1 contrast ratio and, oddly enough, built-in 2-watt stereo speakers.

BenQ is attempting to set some new price barriers for home theater projectors. The new W1070 and W1080ST DLP projectors are priced at $1,099 and $1299 respectively.

— January 08, 2013 09:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma TW865-NL DLP Projector Review

Optoma TW865-NL DLP Projector Review

While we typically review home theater projectors, we couldn't help but want to take a peek at Optoma's latest large venue product. The TW865-NL is a WXGA projector that was unveiled at InfoComm earlier this year. WXGA is 1280 x 800, or 16x10, which happens to be a very popular laptop screen aspect ratio. When I called this projector a "monster" in an email, the PR company got a little scared and wanted some clarification. Well, I don't mean that it's scary...it's just...big. Industrial. A machine. We've reviewed so many budget-minded products lately, that when you get a fully-featured DLP projector with this much output...well, it's just cool. So that's why we called it a monster. Well, that and it weighs over 40 pounds without the lens.

While we typically review home theater projectors, we couldn't help but want to take a peek at Optoma's latest large venue product. The TW865-NL is a WXGA projector that was unveiled at InfoComm.

— December 16, 2012 17:20 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema 6010UB 3D Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6010UB 3D Projector Review

Epson's new PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010UB is one of the latest 3D projectors. Fortunately, however, its got a lot more going for it than just 3D - although it actually does that pretty well, too. There's a place to be budget-minded and a place to recognize that if you want the best, you're going to have to lay down some money. But with the Epson 6010 you fall somewhere, well, in the middle. This is an LCD projector that costs around $4000 - and while that's not a small amount of money, you get a lot of really advanced features. Features that custom installers are going to love for their clients. And that's really who I'm talking to here, because if you want to buy this online you aren't going to find it. It's official, 3D has bombed - at least according to digital TV manufacturers in the know who will admit it to us off the record. But that doesn't stop the technology from pouring out of manufacturers as they release products which have been in the works for over a year.

Epson's new PowerLite Pro Cinema 6010UB is one of the latest 3D projectors. Fortunately, however, its got a lot more going for it than just 3D - although it actually does that pretty well, too.

— September 24, 2012 12:40 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

JVC Unveils New DLA-X and DLA-RS 3D Projector Lineup with e-Shift2

JVC Unveils New DLA-X and DLA-RS 3D Projector Lineup with e-Shift2

JVC isn’t exactly a leader in TVs anymore, but they are a big name in home theater projectors. At CEDIA 2012 they unveiled their new projector lineup which ranges in price from $3,499 to $11,999 and is set to start shipping this November. The new line has a number of upgraded features including RF 3D glasses, 4K e-Shift2, and a new lamp system.

At CEDIA 2012 JVC unveiled their new projector lineup which ranges in price from $3,499 to $11,999 and will start shipping this November. The new lineup has a number of updates over previous models.

— September 19, 2012 18:15 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

SID Adds Color Lumens Spec

SID Adds Color Lumens Spec

This week, at the 2012 CEDIA Expo, several manufacturers are touting the Society for Information Display's new standard for measuring Color Light Output. With this new spec, users will be better able to more accurately evaluate an important aspect of color performance – the brightness of color. In May of this year, the Society for Information Display (SID), published the ground-breaking International Display Metrology Standard (IDMS). The first of its kind document provides the industry with a reference guide to key specifications and measurement methodologies for displays. This document includes the Color Light Output, or Color Brightness, specification.

This week, at the 2012 CEDIA Expo, several manufacturers are touting the Society for Information Display's new industry-recognized standard for measuring Color Light Output in lumens.

— September 06, 2012 20:15 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema 6020UB Projector Preview

Epson Pro Cinema 6020UB Projector Preview

The Epson Pro Cinema 6020UB projector is updated from the Home Cinema 5010UB and Pro Cinema 6010UB to the new Home Cinema 5020UB and Pro Cinema 6020UB. Basically, the company has made some updates in the contrast ratio and the new projectors have jumped up from 200,000:1 to over 320,000:1. On top of that Epson has spec'ed the new projectors so that they have 2400 lumens of White Brightness and Color Brightness - which is a new SID spec that debuted earlier this year. Epson has also tweaked the pixel brightness so that 3D images are brighter and better compensate for the losses due to the active shutter glasses. And those glasses? They still include two pairs, but they went from IR technology to RF technology and are now rechargeable. In fact, they'll run for 40 hours and you can get 3 hours of run-time from a quick 3 minute charge.

The Epson Pro Cinema 6020UB projector is updated from the Home Cinema 5010UB and Pro Cinema 6010UB to the new Home Cinema 5020UB and Pro Cinema 6020UB.

— September 06, 2012 20:05 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ EP5920 DLP 1080p Entry Level Projector Preview

BenQ EP5920 DLP 1080p Entry Level Projector Preview

The BenQ EP5920 is a great little DPL projector to take with you when you know you'll be able to control the lighting. While it will look best in the context of having some ambient light, the 1080p resolution, dual HDMI inputs, internal speaker, and filterless design should keep you very happy. With a price tag of only $900 (likely less in the store), this would be a great second projector for an enthusiast or a nice first projector for those that don't want to plunk down the cash for a more feature-rich home theater projector.

The BenQ EP5920 is a great little DPL projector with 1080p resolution, dual HDMI inputs, internal speaker, filterless design and more with a price tag of only $900 - and even less online.

— August 07, 2012 05:55 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Acer H6500 DLP Projector Review

Acer H6500 DLP Projector Review

Now before you start to think about all the reasons why a front projector may not be the best solution for you, let's take a look at this model, the Acer H6500 DLP projector. It's a 1080p DLP projector with 2100 lumens and it only costs $899. Given that you can pick up a starter screen for around $300, or even roll your own, that's a bright 100" display for $1000 or so. Where are you gonna find that kind of value in a flat panel TV? The H6500 lacks some home theater functions that might be important to you, like advanced video processing and auto-iris. At the same time it's ultra-portable, super-bright, and puts out a beautiful picture. It doesn't have lens shift or much zoom on the lens, so you're looking at a tabletop or ceiling mount installation. A rear shelf probably won't work. We think the H6500 is a great solution for those looking for a living room system - an inexpensive TV killer. If you want only the best, then keep shopping, but expect to pay a lot more as well.

The Acer H6500 DLP projector is a 1080p DLP projector with 2100 lumens and it only costs $899. Given that you can pick up a starter screen for around $300, or even roll your own, that's amazing.

— May 23, 2012 07:30 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Acer H9500BD 3D Projector Review

Acer H9500BD 3D Projector Review

Audioholics has reviewed 3D projectors in the past, but the Acer H9500BD 3D Projector is excellent if you're really into black levels and have a budget of around $1500. But let's back up. We took on this review because Acer is a company we've had a lot of contact with in the past. Let's face it, they make some really excellent products in the PC world and they have a reputation for value. What we didn't know was how well the H9500BD would hold up to the rather wide playing field of competitive products - I mean, there are a lot of projectors in that price range.

Audioholics has reviewed 3D projectors in the past, but the Acer H9500BD 3D Projector is excellent if you're really into black levels and have a budget of around $1500.

— February 09, 2012 05:10 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ W7000 Full-HD 3D Home Cinema Projector Preview

BenQ W7000 Full-HD 3D Home Cinema Projector Preview

The BenQ W7000 sports a lot of the technology found in the bigger, more expensive BenQ projectors. But that doesn't mean it is cheap. With a MSRP of just under $4k, it could be a wallet-buster for an Audioholic on a budget. We've already seen the projector's street price $1500 less than that, so make sure you shop around. Incorporating many of the latest technologies, including DLP Link for syncing the active glasses, tons of features for making placement easy, REC 709 True Color, and ICFccc certification, the BenQ W7000 certainly looks to have a lot of features for the money. We'd love to see what this projector can do. We're betting it will be impressive.

Incorporating many of the latest technologies, the BenQ W7000 certainly looks to be a lot of features for the money. With a MSRP of just under $4k, it could be a wallet buster those on a budge though.

— January 29, 2012 18:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews