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InFocus IN100 Series DLP Projectors Preview

InFocus IN100 Series DLP Projectors Preview

InFocus has really done well with the IN100 series of projectors. By splitting the features up into a number of models and putting them all in the same enclosures, they've enabled themselves to put out many different projectors without having to stock a bunch of different enclosures. This is fairly brilliant in our opinion and will only help to keep priced down for the consumer. And in the end, who cares what case the projector is in? With a filterless design, longer-lasting bulbs, and price points starting as low as $400, we're sure the InFocus IN100 series of projectors are sure to entice businesses, schools, and home theaters buffs on a budget alike.

The InFocus IN100 series of projectors splits desirable features up into a number of models and puts them all in the same enclosures with price points starting as low as $400.

— July 15, 2011 08:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLC-WU3800 Compact Projector Preview

Sanyo PLC-WU3800 Compact Projector Preview

If you want bright, the Sanyo PLC-WU3800 has got what you need. At 3800 lumens brightness, this compact projector will give you a useable image even in the least hospitable environments. With tons of options for the inexperienced (auto setup, auto keystone, power-off and go) and the power users (Picture in Picture, Picture and Picture), there is something for everyone. With plenty of inputs (including HDMI 1.3b) and even a built in speaker, there isn't a lot this projector can't do in a business setting.

If you want bright, the Sanyo PLC-WU3800 has got what you need. At 3800 lumens brightness, this compact projector will give you a useable image even in the least hospitable environments.

— June 21, 2011 21:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma GT750 3D Gaming Projector First Look

Optoma GT750 3D Gaming Projector First Look

The new GT750 is probably the first gaming projector that has really caught my eye. With its DLP Link 120Hz 3D-capable display technology, or RF 3D technology options, not only does it support computer gaming 3D, but also Blu-ray and broadcast 3D. What this means is that it is the first projector, geared toward gamers, that can be used in every 3D application. This a huge boon as it allows the projector to truly do dual duty as your everyday display, supporting all the latest video formats, and also be portable for the gamer on the go. While there are some downsides, the $799 price tag is sure to have people taking notice.

The new GT750, with its DLP Link 120Hz 3D-capable display technology, or RF 3D technology options, not only does it support computer gaming 3D but also Blu-ray and broadcast 3D with a $799 MSRP.

— June 09, 2011 07:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Wolf Cinema SDC-15 3D D-ILA Projector First Look

Wolf Cinema SDC-15 3D D-ILA Projector First Look

The SDC-15 retains the same boxy styling of other Wolf Cinema offerings (it almost looks like an AV amplifier more than a projector) but has a much more modest 220W lamp (the larger ones start at 500 watts). It sports an advanced three-chip, 1920x1080 D-ILA engine, a 220W lamp with 1300 ANSI brightness and 100k:1 contrast ratio, and is compatible with a number of options. That's right, for $15,000, you GET to buy the 3D kit separately. Or the Wolf Cinema ProScaler. Or the ceiling mount kit. Or the fixed anamorphic lens assemblies. Hey, but at least it's gloss black!

The SDC-15 sports the same boxy look as other wolf offerings but has a more modest 220W lamp, an advanced three-chip, 1920x1080 D-ILA engine, a 220W lamp with 1300 ANSI brightness, and an 100k:1 CR.

— June 08, 2011 00:30 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ SH960 1080p DLP Projector First Look

BenQ SH960 1080p DLP Projector First Look

Business projectors have it rough but the BenQ SH960 looks to be up to the challenge. With a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 5500 ANSI lumens brightness, 1.07 billion colors, horizontal and vertical lens shift, and BenQ's proprietary Wall Color Correction system for non-white projection surfaces, there is very little you can throw at the SH960 that it can't handle. While details at this point are still sketchy, we look forward to learning more (and why we should pay $7k for these features) when the projector ships in Jun.

Business projectors have it rough but the BenQ SH960 looks to be up to the challenge with a 3000:1 contrast ratio, 5500 ANSI lumens brightness, 1.07 billion colors, and horizontal/vertical lens shift.

— May 23, 2011 06:10 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Cineversum BlackWing MK2011 3D Projector First Look

Cineversum BlackWing MK2011 3D Projector First Look

Cineversum has released MK2011 versions of their BlackWing One, Two, and Three. Sporting 3D with active glasses, motorized zoom, focus, and lens shift (vertical and horizontal), individually calibrated for D65, and up to 100,000:1 contrast ratio, there is a lot to like. Add in the proprietary internal video processor/scaler that adapts for wide range of film and video cadences plus enhances the input signal and removes video noise, ultra quiet operation (<19dB), and optional motorized anamorphic CineTwist kit for Cinemascope, 2.35:1 viewing and we are talking about an installer's dream. The fact that prices start at $9,600 shouldn't really surprise anyone.

Cineversum has released MK2011 versions of their BlackWing One, Two, and Three sporting 3D with active glasses, motorized zoom, focus, and lens shift, and individually calibrated to D65.

— April 13, 2011 11:15 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi WD8200U WXGA Large Venue DLP Projector Review

Mitsubishi WD8200U WXGA Large Venue DLP Projector Review

Mitsubishi introduced its ultra-bright, dual-lamp WD8200U projector last summer, but we weren't able to come up with an excuse to review it until Super Bowl weekend. The DLP projector uses 1280 x 800 (WXGA) 0.65" DMD chip with Dark Chip 3 technology. What really separates this "man" from the boys, however, is the use of its dual 330W UHP lamp, which can operate the projector in dual-lamp mode for maximum brightness (in this case 6500 lumens) or non-stop sequential mode. With each lamp needing only one hour of shut-down time every week, this feature enables users to configure their lamp settings appropriate for applications that run non-stop 24/7/365 operation or in areas with variable ambient light.

Mitsubishi introduced its ultra-bright, dual-lamp WD8200U projector last summer, but we weren't able to come up with an excuse to review it until Super Bowl weekend.

— March 03, 2011 03:20 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLC-HF10000L Large Venue 2K Projector Review

Sanyo PLC-HF10000L Large Venue 2K Projector Review

Some projectors are designed for home theater, others for commercial applications. Anyone stumbling onto this review should be 100% convinced that this projector is designed, intended, and perfectly suited for large venue applications and is not created to compete with less-expensive home theater models. To be quite frank, the Sanyo PLC-HF10000L projector is in a completely different class altogether. First off, it's the world’s first "QuaDrive" projector with Real 2K resolution. What that means is this projector has, natively, a resolution of 2048 x 1080 pixels on each of its three 1.64" TFT Poly LCD panels. This not only exceeds the requirements for full HD resolution, it also makes this projector suitable for commercial cinema use. Additionally, this widescreen 3LCD projector puts out an incredible 10,000 ANSI lumens when using both of its 380W UHP lamps.

The Sanyo PLC-HF10000L projector is in a completely different class altogether. It's the world’s first "QuaDrive" projector with Real 2K resolution. It also features 10,000 lumens of output.

— February 24, 2011 05:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Acer K11 LED DLP Pocket Projector First Look

Acer K11 LED DLP Pocket Projector First Look

If you have salesmen that need to impress or if you are lacking a dedicated meeting room, a pocket projector is a must. The Acer K11 has a lot going for it. It's small, light, and portable, it's got an LED lamp which means you'll probably have to replace the projector before the lamp dies, and it is very reasonably priced. With an integrated speaker, HDMI input, and a focus on supporting all the different PC video outputs, the Acer K11 looks to be a trouble-free projector for the businessman (or woman) on the go.

The Acer K11 has a lot going for it. It's small, light, and portable, it's got an LED lamp which means you'll probably have to replace the projector before the lamp dies, and it is affordable.

— February 08, 2011 01:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Vivitek Wireless HDMI 1080p Projector Preview

Vivitek Wireless HDMI 1080p Projector Preview

As part of our continuing coverage with Robert Silva of About.com, we were treated to an up close-and-personal look at a new wireless projector. Vivitek showed off a new projector that includes wireless 1080p streaming capabilities. The projector itself had nothing but a power cable plugged in and, with the help of an included USB dongle, the marketing/product rep was able to stream 1080p video from a Macbook to the projector in real time (though we were unable to view frame rates). Since the Vivitek also uses DLP technology, the system can also supported 3D via DLP sync - a system that is somewhat less than reliable in our opinion but does satisfy the minimum requirements of projection 3D. Robert was kind enough to capture some video of the projector in use.

We saw a new Vivitek wireless 1080p streaming projector with advanced capabilities. The projector itself had nothing but a power cable plugged in.

Robert Silva — January 07, 2011 05:50 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson 8700UB LCD Projector First Look

Epson 8700UB LCD Projector First Look

We've reviewed most of Epson's latest projectors and the 8700UB grabbed our attention for several reasons. First off, it can be had for a mere $2199 - bringing most of the features of its Professional big sister to a more affordable consumer level. In fact, aside from a very small amount of features, extra lamp, and an admittedly mediocre mount, the 8700UB is the spitting image of the 9700UB that represents the top of the Epson LCD line. The 8700UB features 3LCD technology with Epson's C2Fine D7 chipset and UltraBlack technology. The projector aims to please by providing some of the deepest blacks yet seen in LCD front projection systems. The delivered contrast is stated at up to 200,000:1. It also delivers sharp, detailed images with Epson’s latest Super-resolution technology, real color reproduction and frame interpolation. And with new pre-set color space selection and a new anamorphic lens mode for 2.35:1 viewing without an external processor, the Home Cinema 8700 UB really offers a cinematic experience in the home.

We've reviewed most of Epson's latest projectors and the 8700UB grabbed our attention for several reasons. It can be had for a mere $2199 - bringing most of the features of its Pro model to consumers.

— November 15, 2010 05:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

InFocus IN5535 WUXGA Large Venue Projector First Look

InFocus IN5535 WUXGA Large Venue Projector First Look

Is your home theater REALLY big? The InFocus IN5535 is a reference projector for large applications, and it looks pretty cool. It is compatible with HD video and native laptop resolutions. It is bright, quiet, and you can control it over the network. There are more than enough connections for even the most demanding of installations and all the different control ports you'd ever need. You can mate it with five different lenses depending on your situation, has motorized vertical and horizontal lens shift, automatic sensors for ceiling detection and keystone, and pincushion and barrel distortion correction. It's flexible, versatile, and can come in wood grain finish. If this sounds like what you need, and you have $10k to spend, the InFocus IN5535 might be fore you.

The InFocus IN5535 is bright, quiet, and you can control it over the network. You can mate it with five different lenses, has motorized lens shift, and is $10k.

— November 01, 2010 02:25 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson MovieMate 85HD Projector First Look

Epson MovieMate 85HD Projector First Look

Epson has been putting out these all-in-one projectors for a while now. They are portable, easy to use, and seem to be geared towards gamers and kids. The new MovieMate 85HD is the new flagship in this product line sporting a 3-chip, 3LCD optical engine. With a 720p (1280x800) native resolution, built in 10 watt speakers, and an integrated DVD player, the MovieMate 85D needs only a wall to aim at. It may not have all the bells and whistles you may want in your home theater projector, it does have more than enough for a projector to take to a friend's or on a business trip. HDMI and component video inputs as well as a USB port that supports an iPod means you'll be ready for whatever your friends show up with.

The new MovieMate 85HD is Epson's new flagship sporting a 3-chip, 3LCD optical engine. With 720p native resolution, built in 10w speakers, and an integrated DVD player, the 85D needs only a wall.

— October 28, 2010 04:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D Plasma First Look

LG 60PX950 THX Certified 3D Plasma First Look

LG front-and-centered its new PX950, the "world's first THX Certified 3D plasma TV". It was given the red carpet treatment at the booth and to be honest it looked pretty good in terms of black levels and picture quality. LG is one of the only company's that seems to be thinking this whole 3D thing all the way through. What we mean by that is that they are the only company we experienced that has rechargeable 3D glasses, for instance. Everyone else makes you reach for a screwdriver to replace the CR2025 (or similar style) batteries every 75 hours of use. Of course, with the current crop of Blu-ray movies, that would have you watching the 3 Blu-ray discs that are available about 15 times!

LG front-and-centered its new 60PX950 "world's first THX Certified 3D plasma TV". It was given the royal treatment at the booth and it looked pretty good in terms of black levels and picture quality.

— September 29, 2010 12:26 in Home Theater Projector Reviews