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JVC DLA-HD250 Projector First Look

JVC DLA-HD250 Projector First Look

JVC showed us their low-cost home theater projector that delivers fairly advanced D-ILA technology at an entry-level price. The new projector, to be marketed as the DLA-HD250 by JVC Consumer and the DLA-HD250Pro by JVC Professional, is priced below $3,000 and delivers 25,000:1 native contrast ratio and 1,000 ANSI lumens brightness.

JVC showed us their low-cost home theater projector that delivers fairly advanced D-ILA technology at an entry-level price. The new projector is priced below $3,000 and delivers 25,000:1 contrast.

— September 24, 2010 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

JVC DLA-X3 DLA-X7 and DLA-X9 D-ILA Projectors First Look

JVC DLA-X3 DLA-X7 and DLA-X9 D-ILA Projectors First Look

We stopped by JVC's booth today and saw their six new 3D-enabled D-ILA projectors. All six have impressive native contrast ratios, and the top model is spec'd at 100,000:1. The new projectors are the Reference Series DLA-RS60, DLA-RS50 and DLA-RS40, to be marketed by JVC’s Professional Products Group, and the Procision Series DLA-X9, DLA-X7 and DLA-X3, to be available through JVC’s Consumer Electronics Group.

We stopped by JVC's booth today and saw their six new 3D-enabled D-ILA projectors. All six have impressive native contrast ratios, and the top model is spec'd at 100,000:1.

— September 24, 2010 00:18 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson 31000 Reflective 3LCD Projector First Look

Epson 31000 Reflective 3LCD Projector First Look

We got to see a new 3LCD technology today first hand, which Epson America is dubbing "Reflective 3LCD". The technology basically involves sending light through an LCD panel which then bounces off a mirror, passing through the panel twice. There are to advantages using this method. First, since the light isn't passing through the panel once and then moving on, there is less bleed, leading to a darker image when blacks are present in the signal. Second, the smaller pixels can adjust more quickly, reducing the pixel lag inherent to LCD. The company announced its entry into a new home theater projector market with three 1080p 3LCD Reflective home theater projectors, the high-end PowerLite Pro Cinema 61000, the 31000 (which we saw demoed), and the Home Cinema 21000.

We got to see Epson's new Reflective 3LCD technology today first hand. This new light engine sends light through an LCD panel which bounces off a mirror for better blacks and faster response time.

— September 23, 2010 23:50 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD66 DLP 3D Projector Review

Optoma HD66 DLP 3D Projector Review

The Optoma HD66 is a 3D ready projector for those that are into 3D gaming. While Blu-ray and broadcast 3D are not supported, gaming is another story. And for $700, the HD66 is a 720p projector that has tons of setup features, a full suite of calibration controls, great color, and decent black levels. You may have to fiddle with it a bit to get the most out of it, but for a dedicated Audioholic, this is a great entry-level projector.

The Optoma HD66 is a 3D ready projector for $700. It features 720p resolution and has tons of setup features, a full suite of calibration controls, great color, and decent black levels.

— July 07, 2010 03:15 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 8100 LCD Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 8100 LCD Projector Review

The industry simply can't deliver brand new mind-blowing technological advances in projectors every year. This year, Epson is focusing on making strides in terms of value and bang-for-the-buck. Its Home Cinema 8100 projector has most of the features of the former Home Cinema 6500UB, but with a sticker price that is over $1000 less. It's also $2500 less than its THX certified big brother, the Pro Cinema 9500UB, yet it shares about 90% or more of the same technology. Indeed, 2010 may mark the year where consumers are spoiled on what to expect for their money. With excellent high lumen color reproduction and fantastic low level blacks, the 8100 is a steal at just under $1500.

This year, Epson's Home Cinema 8100 projector has most of the features of the former Home Cinema 6500UB, but with a sticker price that is over $1000 less. It's also $2500 less than the THX'd 9500UB.

— May 06, 2010 08:40 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLC-WTC500L LCD Multimedia Projector Review

Sanyo PLC-WTC500L LCD Multimedia Projector Review

Continuing our look at presentation projectors, we took a look at the Sanyo PLC-WLC500L, a unique dual lamp system that is designed for flexible installation, high (5000) lumen output and extended run-time that means you won't have to replace the bulbs until after 6000 hours. The projector is a WXGA model, meaning it has a resolution of 1280x800 (16:10) which is compatible with most widescreen laptops and computer monitors. This makes it a perfect match for presentations – that is, if you can fit it under your arm to your next appointment!

We took a look at the Sanyo PLC-WLC500L, a unique dual lamp system designed for flexible installation, high (5000) lumen output and an extended run-time with 6000 hours between bulb replacements.

— March 28, 2010 21:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD20 DLP Projector Review

Optoma HD20 DLP Projector Review

Optoma has upped the bar with their release of the HD20. This sub $1k projector is full 1080p, has more than enough inputs for most applications, and gets you into a front projection system for an unbeatable price. Value shop for a power retractable screen and a mount and you're only out around $1700. I know lots of people that have paid that (and more) for a 50" flat panel. At this price, if it turns on it's pretty much a success. Well, I'll spare you the suspense - it turns on.

Optoma has upped the bar with their release of the HD20. This sub $1k projector is 1080p, has more than enough inputs for most applications, and gets you into a front projection system for cheap.

— February 26, 2010 05:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

InFocus IN3108 DLP Projector Review

InFocus IN3108 DLP Projector Review

A business projector is a different animal than a home theater one. What you are looking for is a projector that is versatile, portable, and bright. While InFocus IN3108 doesn't offer the lowest price, you are getting a lot of features for your money. For those looking for a flexible projector that can be controlled and fed a signal via USB over great distances or just a projector they can break down in 13 seconds, the IN3108 has what you need.

While InFocus IN3108 doesn't offer the lowest price, you are getting a lot of features for your money. Those looking for a flexible projector that can be controlled and fed via USB the IN3108 is it.

— December 17, 2009 02:55 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Samsung SP-A600 DLP Home Theater Projector First Look

Samsung SP-A600 DLP Home Theater Projector First Look

Samsung showed up at the 2009 CEDIA Expo with it's new SP-A600 DLP home theater projector - a product that aims at taking its higher end SP-A800 home theater projector and bringing some of that functionality to the masses. It's a good move, considering the company's last two home theater projectors left a price gap of $8000 between the two models. With an expected retail price of just $1,795, the new SP-A600 might just take Samsung into the "mass-market" playing field.

Samsung showed up at the 2009 CEDIA Expo with it's new SP-A600 DLP home theater projector - a product that aims at taking its higher end SP-A800 home theater projector and making it affordable.

— September 15, 2009 08:23 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Hitachi CP-X2510 3LCD Projector Review

Hitachi CP-X2510 3LCD Projector Review

Hitachi's CP-X2510 projector is an excellent value and a great performer. With a street price under $700 this is a go-to model for anyone not requiring DVI or HDMI connectivity. It's an incredible bargain given its featurs and quality. It is bright, crisp and has the flexibility to be used in a myriad of situations. The Keystoning capability and color controls means that power users will be able to successfully dial it in for presentation use with little difficulty. The business/classroom and house of worship market has a barrage of LCD projectors to choose from, the key is finding the best solution for your needs. Removing the CP-X2510 projector from the box did not reveal much difference from the typical business-class projector. I was interested to see if some of the latest advances in the residential market had been translated to the corporate side. It turns out the business projector market has its own surprises.

Hitachi's CP-X2510 projector is an excellent value and a great performer. With a street price under $700 this is a go-to model for anyone not requiring DVI or HDMI connectivity.

Tim Johnson — August 26, 2009 09:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ Joybee GP1 LED Projector Review

BenQ Joybee GP1 LED Projector Review

Projectors have gone through several iterations in the time I've been around. From old, clunky CRT systems to DLP and LCD systems, projectors have gotten brighter, smaller and more feature-rich. But with the introduction of the BenQ Joybee GP1, LED lighting is now taking front projectors where they have never been. With LED lighting, even a DLP projector can be smaller, lighter and more versatile than its UHP or similarly lighted counterparts. The projector is literally smaller than a stack of CDs, smaller than a Mac Mini, and smaller than my outstretched hand. Yet this incredibly tiny projector puts out 100 lumens from its single LED lamp, making it bright enough to light up an 80 inch screen in a darkened room.

Projectors have gone through several iterations in the time I've been around. From old, clunky CRT systems to DLP and LCD systems, projectors have gotten brighter, smaller and more feature-rich. But

— June 16, 2009 08:06 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson 6500UB LCD Projector Review

Epson 6500UB LCD Projector Review

It's always surprising to me to see new projectors hit the market with better and better performance and less and less compromise - and at prices often identical to, or even lower than, just a year prior. It's like going out and buying a house with an extra 500 square feet and better upgrades than your own for 20% less than you paid a year ago. Come to think of it, just about anyone can do that right now. In either case, projectors like the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 6500UB has more features, bulb life, and overall image quality than its predecessor and seems to be a real market leader in terms of performance and value. If you thought the Home Cinema 1080UB projector was a deal, hold onto your DVDs and read on…

It's always surprising to me to see new projectors hit the market with better and better performance and less and less compromise - and at prices often identical to, or even lower than, just a year

— May 19, 2009 11:05 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-FW300U LCD Projector Review

Panasonic PT-FW300U LCD Projector Review

I like to stay current on my projectors, even when they just issue an incremental update. It was with much enthusiasm that I welcomed the Panasonic PT-FW300U in to my home to drive the back yard system for our 2009 Superbowl Party. With 3500 ANSI lumens, native widescreen (WXGA) resolution and vertical and horizontal lens shift, this projector was the perfect match for our needs. It also allowed us to see what Panasonic had been up to this past year and what improvements, if any, it had made to this line of business/consumer projectors.

I like to stay current on my projectors, even when they just issue an incremental update. It was with much enthusiasm that I welcomed the Panasonic PT-FW300U in to my home to drive the back yard

— February 19, 2009 00:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Anthem LCOS Projector

Anthem LCOS Projector

Brand new for 2009 is the Anthem LCOS Projector model LTX 500 (also on hand was the lower priced 300 model - both just re-branded JVC projectors). The projector is full HD, THX ready and includes 2 HDMI inputs, as well as RGB rca inputs, an S-Video out and an RS-232 serial port for communications. Features a 50,000 to 1 contrast ratio. The MSRP is $7499.

Brand new for 2009 is the Anthem LCOS Projector model LTX 500 (also on hand was the lower priced 300 model - both just re-branded JVC projectors). The projector is full HD, THX ready and includes 2

— January 16, 2009 09:50 in Home Theater Projector Reviews