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Epson Home Cinema 5010 3D Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 5010 3D Projector Review

The Home Cinema 5010 is Epson's 1080p 3D projector that targets the enthusiast... make that the premier enthusiast. The 5010 is the highest model in Epson's Home Cinema lineup and it's designed to produce the richest blacks, the highest contrast ratios and the most detailed picture possible. We utilize the company's 9700UB, which is the professional model of the 8700UB, which this projector replaces. The 5010 ups the output of its predecessor to 2400 lumens. Now while we don't typically need that much light in home theaters, in 3D mode you lose a significant amount of the brightness due to the way the glasses are constantly closing and opening over each eye. With 2400 lumens and custom calibration options for 3D, Epson takes care of that and lets you calibrate the set for optimal 3D performance. We seem to be hitting a lot of projectors this year, but it's no surprise since most manufacturers are releasing new 3D models that can do justice to the newest 3D Blu-ray movies.

The Home Cinema 5010 is Epson's 1080p 3D projector that targets the enthusiast... make that the premier enthusiast. The 5010 is the highest model in Epson's Home Cinema lineup.

— January 23, 2012 04:45 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD33 3D Projector Review

Optoma HD33 3D Projector Review

The Optoma HD33 projector is the company's foray into budget 1080p projectors. A couple years ago, Optoma redefined the projector market by introducing a 1080p model for under $1000. That was unheard of. What's equally unheard of is a 3D projector under $3000 - except that Optoma has now broken down that barrier again, too. And this is the model that did it, the HD33. And, you know, you'd think that doing this would result in a projector that meets the 3D spec, but perhaps drops a lot of features and sacrifices quality to do it. That's where it gets weird, in a good way, because the HD33 is actually a good projector. In fact, it's a great projector. There are several stand-out features that I'd like to point out. First, color is incredible, right out of the box. We used the Cinema mode and set the lamp to Standard to reduce light output. This gave us just under 700 lumens, perfect for our light-controlled room and a configuration that gave us deep, rich black levels.

The Optoma HD33 projector is the company's foray into budget 1080p projectors. What's equally unheard of is a 3D projector under $3000 - except that now, Optoma has broken down that barrier too.

— December 27, 2011 07:10 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ Joybee GP2 Mini Projector Preview

BenQ Joybee GP2 Mini Projector Preview

Almost every complaint we had with the BenQ Joybee GP1 was addressed with the Joybee GP2. They've greatly expanded the number and types of connections. They've included a carrying case for the power supply (and even added an optional battery). The only thing we don't know is if they've reduced the size of the power supply and if the fan noise is still an issue. With 2 gigs of internal memory, HDMI connection, Made for iPhone/iPod dock, doubling of the brightness, and so much more, it's unlikely to matter. If you thought the BenQ Joybee GP1 LED Mini Projector sounded like a good deal, for $50 more, the Joybee GP2 is an absolute steal.

Almost every complaint we had with the BenQ Joybee GP1 was addressed with the Joybee GP2. If you thought the BenQ GP1 sounded like a good deal, for $50 more, the Joybee GP2 is an absolute steal.

— November 28, 2011 03:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma PT105 Portable LED Projector Preview

Optoma PT105 Portable LED Projector Preview

We can't stress enough the price. At $230, a price that is sure to come down closer to Christmas, the Optoma PT105 hovers around the cost of a replacement bulb for your dedicated home theater projector. We can see a dual projector setup with the Optoma PT105 used as a day-to-day projector providing a decent picture that is much larger and much cheaper than any flat panel on the market. Plus, you now have a portable projector which has more uses than we can count. At this size and price, the Optoma PT105 is practically a stocking-stuffer for a home theater enthusiast.

We can't stress enough the price. At $230, a price that is sure to come down closer to Christmas, the Optoma PT105 hovers around the cost of a replacement bulb for a typical home theater projector.

— November 17, 2011 05:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 3010e WirelessHD 3D Projector Preview

Epson Home Cinema 3010e WirelessHD 3D Projector Preview

A 1080p 3D capable projector with WirelessHD for only $200 over the price of the non-wireless projector? We're betting the Epson Home Cinema 3010e is going to be a popular option (once we read some reviews saying it works). Compared to the price of an HDMI cable plus the cost of installation, and you'll easily come out way ahead. Given that you're still getting all the HDMI functionality including 3D and HDMI-CEC, and there is no downside. Pair this with one of Epson's 3LCD projectors sporting 2200 lumens and 40,000:1 contrast ratio, and we think they've got a winner. We're looking forward to testing this one out.

A 1080p 3D capable projector with WirelessHD for only $200 over the price of the non-wireless projector? We're betting the Epson Home Cinema 3010e is going to be a popular option.

— October 13, 2011 07:10 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Vivitek D8300 Large Venue Projector Preview

Vivitek D8300 Large Venue Projector Preview

The Vivitek D8300 large venue projector looks to be a very nice projector for use in large venues like classrooms and boardrooms (and perhaps very large home theaters). The Gennum processor ensures that non-HD sources will look good and the plethora of inputs won't leave you searching for external switches. At 33 pounds, it it not the massive box the 6500 lumens of output would suggest. It will be able to light up a huge screen in a less than light-controlled environment. With this type of projector, that's the most important thing.

The Vivitek D8300 DLP large venue projector looks to be a very nice projector for use in large venues like classrooms and boardrooms (and perhaps very large home theaters).

— October 09, 2011 18:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Runco 3Dimension D-113d Projection System Preview

Runco 3Dimension D-113d Projection System Preview

Runco announced the latest extension of its professional cinema 3Dimension family, the D-113d projection system. What the $200,000 D-113d does is pair Runco's Constant Stereoscopic Video (CSV) approach with the optical filters and glasses of the Panavision 3D System. The result is being billed as the brightest CSV projection in the world. The Runco D-113d enables seamless decoding, syncing and merging of stereo images to deliver a constant HD image to each eye without the flicker, distortion, or discomfort inherent in other approaches. This is a truly passive dual-projector approach. In the D-113d, Runco's CSV technology pairs with the spectral filtration technology of the Panavision 3D System and slices the entire visible spectrum is sliced into ten slim bands - with five directed to the left eye and five to the right. The result is that each eye receives the same amount of total white light energy, so the images appear equal in brightness and provide accurate color reproduction. Runco has utilized this technology from the Panavision 3D System in its PreciseColor passive glasses. This differentiates Runco's passive approach from other high-end 3D projection systems, which are based on "active" LCD shutter-glass technology.

Runco announced the latest professional cinema 3Dimension projector, the D-113d. What the $200k D-113d does is pair Runco's Constant Stereoscopic Video (CSV) approach with the Panavision 3D System.

— September 28, 2011 06:05 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Infocus IN5312 and IN5314 DLP Projectors Preview

Infocus IN5312 and IN5314 DLP Projectors Preview

InFocus announced the release of two new constant-duty commercial projectors in their IN5300 series. The projectors can allow a variety of inputs and sources and there are 3 lens options. With a small form factor and a rich feature set, both the IN5312 and IN5314 seem perfectly suited for large classrooms, conference rooms, or houses of worship. The two new projectors are nearly identical but they differ in realized lumen output and native resolution (the IN5312 is XGA and 4500 lumens and the IN5314 is WXGA and 4000 lumens). Three different lens choices are possible, including a standard zoom lens, short throw lens and long throw lens. The projectors also have horizontal and vertical lens shift, which is almost unheard of at this price with DLP and means custom installers can position the image exactly where it needs to be, or even offset the project a bit as needed to compensate for placement limitations.

InFocus announced the release of two new constant-duty commercial projectors, the IN5312 XGA and IN5314 WXGA. The projectors can allow a variety of inputs and sources and there are 3 lens options.

— September 28, 2011 04:45 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Vivitek H9080FD LED DLP Projector Preview

Vivitek H9080FD LED DLP Projector Preview

Since the arrival of LED bulbs on the scene, we've been crying out for LED projectors. Finally, Vivitek has made our dreams come true with their new H9080FD LED projector. Well, except for the price. At a buck shy of $15,000, the H9080FD isn't exactly an impulse buy. In the CEDIA demo, Vivitek's H9080FD LED Projector was very impressive. We saw images from Inception, Tron, and Iron Man 2 on the H9080FD LED projector and were suitably impressed with its color reproduction and sharpness. We're happy that LED has come on the scene with such an impressive offering.

In the CEDIA demo, Vivitek's H9080FD LED Projector displayed images from Inception, Tron, and Iron Man 2 and we were suitably impressed with its color reproduction and sharpness.

— September 25, 2011 15:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

JVC Professional DLA-X90R 4K 3D Projector Preview

JVC Professional DLA-X90R 4K 3D Projector Preview

JVC came to CEDIA with a sort of braggadocio attitude. They spoke out a little on dynamic iris contrast ratios since they can't do both black levels and high output at the same time. Their answer to this was to demo material on their $11,995 DLA-RS65 reference 3-chip projector with e-shift technology. e-Shift is what JVC is using to accomplish it's pseudo-4K projection, which is intended to upscale 1080p content (which, incidentally, is about the only way anybody is going to see 4K at home in the near future). While Sony's demo utilized an actual 4K panel (albeit rather unimpressively in our instance), JVC uses electronics and video processing to establish 3840 x 2160 4K resolution by shifting the image half a pixel up and to the side at 120Hz. Where JVC might have overextended themselves is that they enhanced the lumen output of the DLA-X90R by using a 127" diagonal Stewart Reflections 170 screen material which provides 1.7 gain. The result were lots of sparkly hot spots on the screen whenever pure white was shown.

JVC's answer to 3D was to demo material on their $11,995 DLA-RS65 reference 3-chip projector with e-shift technology. e-Shift is what JVC is using to accomplish it's pseudo-4K projection - it works.

— September 20, 2011 03:35 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson MG-50 and MG-850HD MegaPlex Projectors Preview

Epson MG-50 and MG-850HD MegaPlex Projectors Preview

Epson America today announced its innovative new line of portable, combo projectors, the MegaPlex MG-850HD and MegaPlex MG-50. Both systems pair a value-priced, bright projector with stereo speakers and a built-in dock that is compatible with nearly all iOS devices (iPod, iPhone and iPad). The MegaPlex projectors specifically target both entry-level home theater enthusiasts and professionals who want a single, integrated solution for presentations or movie-watching. The MegaPlex MG-850HD and MG-50 make it easy for consumers to watch movies, view presentations, share photos, or enjoy content saved on portable devices on a big screen. You can easily project, play and charge an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, or share high quality imagery from a variety of other media devices, like smartphones, PCs, tablets, or game consoles.

Epson America today announced its innovative new line of portable, combo projectors, the MegaPlex MG-850HD and MegaPlex MG-50. Both systems pair a value-priced, bright projector with stereo speakers.

— September 19, 2011 03:25 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K SXRD 3D Home Theater Projector Preview

Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K SXRD 3D Home Theater Projector Preview

One of the "gotta see" events at CEDIA were the 4K projectors on hand. Now these weren't commercial theater products. Companies like Sony Electronics were releasing home theater products that bring the 4K experience to the home. That means that their new VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theater projector doesn't look like an air handler for a single family home. No, it's elegant and shiny - just as you'd expect for a $25,000 home theater projector. What's amazing is that just a few years ago $25k would have defined a high end 3-chip DLP projector. Now you can jump to 4K. I like technology and how fast it advances so quickly - we all get to benefit in the long (and often short) run.

Sony's new VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theater projector doesn't look like an air handler. No, it's elegant, as you'd expect for a $25,000 product with 4K upscaling for 2D and 3D & gazillion:1 contrast ratio

— September 10, 2011 13:35 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema 6010 3LCD Projector Preview

Epson Pro Cinema 6010 3LCD Projector Preview

Among one of the brighter, no pun intended - OK, yes it was!) moments of CEDIA occurred when we witnessed the demo of Epson's new Pro Cinema 6010. This is Epson's newest Pro model (which means it comes in black and is sold through traditional dealers only). The new projector replaces the Pro Cinema 9700UB (currently our reference projector). As you'd come to expect from Epson, the new 6010 comes with a full 3-year service warranty (and there is no limit on hours of use) and that warranty service includes advance replacement (typically within 48 hours from Epson to the client). Like all Epson Pro models the price includes a spare lamp, Chief ceiling mount (this is a new mount style), and a plastic rear cable cover to dress up the connections. New for 2011's Pro Cinema 6010 is the inclusion of 2 pairs active shutter glasses... that's right, the Pro Cinema 6010 is fully 3D compatible.

Epson's newest Pro 6010 projector (which means it comes in black and is sold through traditional dealers only) replaces the Pro Cinema 9700UB, puts out 2400 (peak) lumens and is fully 3D-compatible.

— September 10, 2011 06:37 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-AR100U Projector Preview

Panasonic PT-AR100U Projector Preview

Panasonic had the PT-AR100U on hand at CEDIA, touting it as their "Full High-Definition" LCD Home Theater Projector with 1080p resolution. While 1,920 x 1,080 pixels doesn't win you any awards of late, the projector boasts 2,800 lumens of brightness and a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, the PT-AR100U lets home-theater enthusiasts enjoy Full-HD large screen entertainment – from movies, sports to games – in various lighting conditions. The PT-AR100U projector produces bright, sharp images by employing a new, high-power 280-watt Red-Rich Lamp and optical unit that generates 2,800 lumens of brightness - which is enough to overcome a significant amount of ambient light. In addition, Panasonic included its advanced Light Harmonizer 3 feature which will automatically adjust the output of the projector to match the ambient light levels.

Panasonic had the PT-AR100U on hand at CEDIA, touting it as their "Full High-Definition" LCD Home Theater Projector. The projector boasts 2,800 lumens of brightness and a 50,000:1 contrast ratio.

— September 08, 2011 20:46 in Home Theater Projector Reviews