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Paradigm "Edge" Compact Entertainment System

Paradigm "Edge" Compact Entertainment System

Paradigm showed off their "Edge" entertainment system in the Venetian at CES this year. Featuring a DVD player, IPOD dock, S_Video input, and internal speakers this projector-combo is designed for those with limited space who are looking for an all in one entertainment solution.

Paradigm showed off their "Edge" entertainment system in the Venetian at CES this year. Featuring a DVD player, IPOD dock, S_Video input, and internal speakers this projector-combo is designed for

— January 13, 2009 06:50 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Vivitek H6080FD LED DLP Projector

Vivitek H6080FD LED DLP Projector

Vivitek Corporation demonstrated what we understand to be the industry’s first 1080p, LED projector. The H6080FD was extremely quiet (there was no UHP-based lamp to cool down) and provided a small picture size due to the fact that Vivitek hd the projector in a limited space where it was demoing the picture. The new H6080FD DLP projector puts out 800-lumens and Vivitek touts the contrast ratio as being around 100,000:1. With full HD (1920x1080) resolution and wide-screen capabilities, Vivitek’s new projector is compelling and it will be very interesting to see how it does in a competitive market.

Vivitek Corporation demonstrated what we understand to be the industry’s first 1080p, LED projector. The H6080FD was extremely quiet (there was no UHP-based lamp to cool down) and provided a small

— January 09, 2009 10:57 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Nextar Z10 Palm-sized LCOS Micro Projector

Nextar Z10 Palm-sized LCOS Micro Projector

Nextar is introducing an LCOS micro projector (the Z10), that is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. They are also producing a diminutive 20” diagonal screen (the PS-001) which will perfectly match the potential of this mini projector. The duo makes it easier and more economical for more people to make quality, professional presentations on the road.

Nextar is introducing an LCOS micro projector (the Z10), that is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand. They are also producing a diminutive 20” diagonal screen (the PS-001) which will perfectly

— January 09, 2009 03:30 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Cineversum BlackWing One Theater Concept Anamorphic Kit

Cineversum BlackWing One Theater Concept Anamorphic Kit

Cineversum has announced two new anamorphic lens kits, designed specifically for the Blackwing One, both of which facilitate “constant height” Cinemascope viewing. The BlackWing One Theater Concept Kit (MSRP $12,840) contains an ultra high-quality, motorized slider mechanism; a full-glass, a precision ground spherical anamorphic lens; a radio-frequency remote control unit, and an RF emitter for a 12V trigger.

Cineversum has announced two new anamorphic lens kits, designed specifically for the Blackwing One, both of which facilitate “constant height” Cinemascope viewing. The BlackWing One Theater Concept

— January 09, 2009 03:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics Diamond Series

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics Diamond Series

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America’s Presentation Products Division showed off its Diamond Series of projectors today at CES. The Diamond Series of projectors includes Mitsubishi’s new flagship home theater projector, the HC7000U, and the HC6500U. These HD projectors are designed for home theater aficionados who want to recreate a professional movie theater experience. They boast a new sleek and highly stylized design with a rich deep blue cabinet in either a piano-like high gloss or a matte finish. They are also two of the quietest projectors on the market today, emitting only 17 dBa in low mode.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America’s Presentation Products Division showed off its Diamond Series of projectors today at CES. The Diamond Series of projectors includes Mitsubishi’s new flagship

— January 09, 2009 01:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD8200 DLP Projector with Lens Shift

Optoma HD8200 DLP Projector with Lens Shift

Optoma showed us their all-new HD8200 home theater projector, the company’s latest high-end 1080p DLP-based front projector. It's powered by Texas Instruments’ DLP DarkChip3 DMD Technology, and incorporating Optoma’s PureShift and PureMotion technologies. Designed to meet the most demanding custom installation environments, the HD8200 also integrates installation-friendly features like ISFccc (Imaging Science Foundation Custom Calibration Configuration) Day & Night certified modes.

Optoma showed us their all-new HD8200 home theater projector, the company’s latest high-end 1080p DLP-based front projector. It's powered by Texas Instruments’ DLP DarkChip3 DMD Technology, and

— January 09, 2009 00:31 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

SIM2's C3X LUMIS HOST - More Projector Than You Can Afford

SIM2's C3X LUMIS HOST - More Projector Than You Can Afford

SIM2 showed off a new addition to the Grand Cinema C3X Series. SIM2’s C3X LUMIS HOST pairs a reference standard 3-chip DLP-based projector with a discrete outboard projector control electronics module that connects via SIM2’s proprietary, three-line optical-digital High-Definition Optical Signal Transfer (H.O.S.T.) system, which is able to connect the two over distances up to 750 feet (250m). You'll have to trade in your Camry to get it but hey, we all make sacrifices right?

SIM2 showed off a new addition to the Grand Cinema C3X Series. SIM2’s C3X LUMIS HOST pairs a reference standard 3-chip DLP-based projector with a discrete outboard projector control electronics

— January 08, 2009 09:35 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-DW7000U Cinema DLP

Panasonic PT-DW7000U Cinema DLP

Prepare to be amazed. There is no denying that when you finally witness a 3-chip DLP projector up close and personal, the effects are nothing short of mind-blowing. The Panasonic PT-DW7000U takes all of the rainbow-free advantages of a traditional 3-chip LCD system and combines it with the excellent black levels the DLP chip is known for. It does this, and fits it into the lightest 3-chip large venue package currently on the market. The results, to be brief, are quite stunning.

Prepare to be amazed. There is no denying that when you finally witness a 3-chip DLP projector up close and personal, the effects are nothing short of mind-blowing. The Panasonic PT-DW7000U takes all

— December 02, 2008 17:06 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLV-Z60 LCD Projector Review

Sanyo PLV-Z60 LCD Projector Review

It's been a little over two years since we played with Sanyo's last projector offering. Indeed, the company took a short break in their recent string of annual product releases to bring consumers a new 720p home theater projector in the affordable PLV-Z60. The new projector is an incremental update to the PLV-Z5... which was an incremental release to the PLV-Z4. To be honest, our first impression is that somebody took the Z5, painted the chassis black, and threw a new release party for the Z60. While that's our honest first impression, a more complete evaluation will involve some serious Audioholics-style reviewing and lots of test material.

It's been a little over two years since we played with Sanyo's last projector offering. Indeed, the company took a short break in their recent string of annual product releases to bring consumers a

— November 25, 2008 09:18 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Ensemble HD – Form and Function Together at Last

Epson Ensemble HD – Form and Function Together at Last

Whenever I hear the word 'revolutionary' attributed to a product I go partially deaf and prepare for a sales pitch. Clever is a far more useful description when it comes to something new in the audio/video market and piques my interest every time. Let the printing press be revolutionary, Epson’s Ensemble HD is a truly clever innovation.

Whenever I hear the word 'revolutionary' attributed to a product I go partially deaf and prepare for a sales pitch. Clever is a far more useful description when it comes to something new in the

— October 29, 2008 19:05 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

LCD and DLP Projector Updates - Mostly Incremental

LCD and DLP Projector Updates - Mostly Incremental

LCD and DLP projectors received mostly incremental updates this year. Both DLP and LCD didn't particularly impress us with anything that was incredibly visual or outstanding beyond current models, but everything seemed to get a little tweak, including some impressive LCoS models. Everyone, including me was hoping for a showing of LED front projection technology, but since neither DLP, Texas Instruments, or the people behind PhatLight didn't have a booth this year, the only LED demo was an off-site OEM demo by a Chinese manufacturer named Chilin.

LCD and DLP projectors received mostly incremental updates this year. Both DLP and LCD didn't particularly impress us with anything that was incredibly visual or outstanding beyond current models,

— September 06, 2008 02:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

BenQ W5000 DLP Projector Review

BenQ W5000 DLP Projector Review

If you think you're having a hard time deciding which projector is the best, think about my job... I actually get to see, use, and calibrate most of them and yet I still have a hard time determining which is "best". Let me tell you that I do NOT envy the job manufacturers of projectors have these days. The market is ripe with bargains and price points are all but written in stone, with very clear distinctions between $1000, $2500, and $5000 models - all of which are competing for consumers' wallets. BenQ is clearly going after the custom installer market with its new W5000 DLP projector and that's good - because it gives them some leeway that wouldn't be granted for those pursuing consumers directly.

If you think you're having a hard time deciding which projector is the best, think about my job... I actually get to see, use, and calibrate most of them and yet I still have a hard time determining

— July 23, 2008 20:38 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

ViewSonic Precision Pro8100 LCD Projector Review

ViewSonic Precision Pro8100 LCD Projector Review

It strikes me as odd any time I see a projector of any significant price lacking features such as power Zoom & Focus and Lens Shift. With higher cost projectors I've become an unfortunate victim of the establishment. I've come to expect less in the way of features. Now along comes ViewSonic with its Precision Series Pro8100 LCD projector. It has powered Zoom & Focus, in addition to powered Lens Shift. It also features Silicon Optix Reon-VX video processing. Oh, and it's priced at just $4,995. I have a feeling some other manufacturers are going to have to get off their laurels and start bringing their 'A' game very quickly.

It strikes me as odd any time I see a projector of any significant price lacking features such as power Zoom & Focus and Lens Shift. With higher cost projectors I've become an unfortunate victim of

— July 08, 2008 14:27 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Samsung SP-A800B DLP Projector Overview

Samsung SP-A800B DLP Projector Overview

The new SP-A800B DLP projector from Samsung Electronics looks to be a nice addition to the 1080p DLP family, though it lacks some advanced features (like DarkChip3 or horizontal lens shift) we'd expect at its $10k price point. To squeeze out the highest quality home theater experience and color reproduction, Samsung teamed up with Joe Kane, a well-known and highly respected authority on visual imaging equipment and development. We've hung around Joe a few times - the man knows color and so we're expecting Samsung's new DLP projector to really shine in terms of its color accuracy.

The new SP-A800B DLP projector from Samsung Electronics looks to be a nice addition to the 1080p DLP family, though it lacks some advanced features (like DarkChip3 or horizontal lens shift) we'd

— June 19, 2008 10:29 in Home Theater Projector Reviews