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Epson Home Cinema 720 LCD Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 720 LCD Projector Review

I got an email the other day from a friend I hadn't heard from in a long time. We caught up with each other about a few things, and then he asked me: What's the best projector out there for under $1500? Wow, that's a good question, isn't it? A couple of years ago the level of quality you'd be able to expect from that price was much different. Today, it's almost amazing what consumers are getting for their money. I told him I was reviewing the Epson Home Cinema 720 LCD projector and that if it even remotely resembled its "bigger brother" the 1080 or 1080UB it would be high on my list. As I launched into the review process I found that some consumers might just do very well to eschew 1080p - especially if they are using smaller screens or sitting back more than 2x the screen width.

I got an email the other day from a friend I hadn't heard from in a long time. We caught up with each other about a few things, and then he asked me: What's the best projector out there for under

— June 11, 2008 08:13 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-F200U LCD Projector Review

Panasonic PT-F200U LCD Projector Review

We reviewed the PT-F100U projector last year and were very impressed by the level of quality available for general viewing. When selecting a projector it's important to know your requirements and set performance goals. In the case of the PT-F200U, the projector is targeting users with a need for high lumen output and analogue video sources. This means that you will not get as much performance in low light situations, nor can you expect to connect the latest HDMI devices. With that said, this projector is going to be a massive "win" for business presentations or even houses of worship.

We reviewed the PT-F100U projector last year and were very impressed by the level of quality available for general viewing. When selecting a projector it's important to know your requirements and set

— June 06, 2008 14:18 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema 1080UB Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 1080UB Projector Review

When we got our first glimpse of Epson's Pro Cinema 1080UB at the 9th Annual Audioholics State of the CE Union Event in Clearwater Beach, Florida, we knew we were in for a treat. We had already reviewed the excellent Pro Cinema 1080, and the UB - short for Ultra Black - only took a good projector and made it even better. This review is more of a comparison and evaluation of the new features than a full descriptive overview of everything about the 1080UB. If you want the full blow-by-blow, take a look at our review of the Pro Cinema 1080 and you'll find everything you need to help you evaluate the full complement of this projector's features.

When we got our first glimpse of Epson's Pro Cinema 1080UB at the 9th Annual Audioholics State of the CE Union Event in Clearwater Beach, Florida, we knew we were in for a treat. We had already

— May 08, 2008 23:22 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector Review

Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector Review

Passion is what drove me to become a videoholic. I love good quality video - be it HDTV or high definition DVD. It doesn't matter if the subject matter is retarded African pigmy elephants, a great picture will glue me to the screen. With that said, this review of the Marantz VP-15S1 DLP projector started off as any other except that after a while I began to become obsessed with how well this projector integrated into my room. I found that I more quickly became drawn into the story lines of films and my ability to forget I was sitting in my theater room instead of being a part of the on-screen content became greatly diminished. In short, this projector made me covet...

Passion is what drove me to become a videoholic. I love good quality video - be it HDTV or high definition DVD. It doesn't matter if the subject matter is retarded African pigmy elephants, a great

— February 19, 2008 09:27 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLC-XL50 Ultra Short-Throw Projector

Sanyo PLC-XL50 Ultra Short-Throw Projector

Sanyo showed off their PLC-XL50 LCD Short-Throw Projector at CES this year. In order for Sanyo to shorten the projection distance of the PLC-XL50, new large diameter aspheric lens and high-precision aspheric mirror technology was developed. A new optical engine was also developed, which enables an 80-inch projection from the short distance of only 3-inches (8 cm)! This creates an opportunity to project extremely large images in any room or space that is available.

Sanyo showed off their PLC-XL50 LCD Short-Throw Projector at CES this year. In order for Sanyo to shorten the projection distance of the PLC-XL50, new large diameter aspheric lens and high-precision

— January 15, 2008 10:07 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Hitachi CP-A100 Short-throw Projector

Hitachi CP-A100 Short-throw Projector

Hitachi America unveiled the CP-A100 3LCD projector, a unique product that offered a dramatically short throw distance at a remarkably steep angle. This type of projector, geared primarily towards the commercial markets, eliminates the problem of presenters obstructing the projected image by standing in front of the screen. Additionally, the CP-A100 offers networking capability, allowing multiple projectors to be controlled and monitored from a single location. It also makes for a very impressive screenwall effect when multiple units are used from an overhand along a stretch of wall.

Hitachi America unveiled the CP-A100 3LCD projector, a unique product that offered a dramatically short throw distance at a remarkably steep angle. This type of projector, geared primarily towards

— January 14, 2008 10:34 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics Ultra Bright 1080p Projector

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics Ultra Bright 1080p Projector

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division debuted the FL7000U, its first ultra bright 1080p HD projector for commercial, home theater and education installations at CES. Blasting 5000 lumens with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, the projector uses three robust 1.1 inch 3LCD inorganic panels.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division debuted the FL7000U, its first ultra bright 1080p HD projector for commercial, home theater and education installations at CES.

— January 11, 2008 15:31 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD65 and HD71 Projectors

Optoma HD65 and HD71 Projectors

Optoma, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital projection and display devices, introduced two new 720p home theater projectors today at CES Las Vegas. The HD65 and the HD71 bring accessibility to high-definition, big-screen video content. The Optoma HD65 and HD71 combine amazing picture quality with extensive connectivity options for optimum performance.

Optoma, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital projection and display devices, introduced two new 720p home theater projectors today at CES Las Vegas. The HD65 and the HD71 bring

— January 09, 2008 04:41 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD803 Projector

Optoma HD803 Projector

Optoma, announced a new addition to its 1080p home theater projector lineup at CES today with the HD803. The Optoma HD803 offers native 1080p resolution, exceptional functionality and features. It has a 1080p DLP DMD chipset from Texas Instruments and an 8,000:1 contrast ratio with Optoma’s ImageAI-II technology, which lets the HD803 deliver excellent color saturation and subtle details for superior image quality. The Optoma HD803 features studio-grade resolution for the high-quality, HD experience that enthusiasts crave.

Optoma, announced a new addition to its 1080p home theater projector lineup at CES today with the HD803. The Optoma HD803 offers native 1080p resolution, exceptional functionality and features. It

— January 08, 2008 16:10 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-F100U LCD Projector Review

Panasonic PT-F100U LCD Projector Review

Houses of worship are faced with many challenges when considering projectors. Ambient light conditions, placement, input requirements, and resolution are just some of the things that grace the top of the list. It was with surprise that I began a journey with the PT-F100U, discovering that many of the features I associated with and loved about home theater projectors were present on this commercially-targeted product. As multimedia needs advance in both the corporate and house of worship venues, technology seems to be ready to oblige our needs in the form of products willing to cross over and provide features previously thought to be distinct.

Houses of worship are faced with many challenges when considering projectors. Ambient light conditions, placement, input requirements, and resolution are just some of the things that grace the top of

— November 08, 2007 16:21 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-AX200U LCD Projector Review

Panasonic PT-AX200U LCD Projector Review

The budget-priced 720p PT-AX200U projector has several new features of Panasonic's incremental but impressive projector update – not the least of which involved a tantalizing gaming-centric mode which decreases lag and speeds up gameplay.

The budget-priced 720p PT-AX200U projector has several new features of Panasonic's incremental but impressive projector update – not the least of which involved a tantalizing gaming-centric mode

— November 05, 2007 12:52 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB First Look

Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB First Look

We got an up close and personal look at the new Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB projector at the 2007 Audioholics State of the CE Union event in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The "UB" stands for Ultra Black and by the looks of what we saw on the screen, the designation is not given lightly. While DLP insists on providing a color wheel and holding out its 3-chip designs for only the most high-end models, Epson and other 3LCD manufacturers are cleaning house in terms of bang for the buck. This under-$5000 projector features a healthy amount of lens shift (almost 100% vertical and 50% horizontal), two HDMI 1.3 inputs, Deep Color (x.v.Color) support, and a 2.1x zoom.

We got an up close and personal look at the new Epson Pro Cinema 1080 UB projector at the 2007 Audioholics State of the CE Union event in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The "UB" stands for Ultra Black

— October 17, 2007 16:01 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma EP749 DLP Projector Review

Optoma EP749 DLP Projector Review

I was thrilled to get my hands on this projector for my first review for the good folks at Audioholics. Understanding that this projector is intended to be a data projector more than a home theater projector, I wasn’t expecting great performance from it in that particular use. Wow, was I in for a surprise once I got started. At under $1000, this little projector is a real gem for either work or play. If you’re in the market for a powerful yet small and transportable projector under the $1000 mark… seriously consider this one.

I was thrilled to get my hands on this projector for my first review for the good folks at Audioholics. Understanding that this projector is intended to be a data projector more than a home theater

Scott Ceretti — September 27, 2007 15:31 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

JVC DLA-HD100 First Look

JVC DLA-HD100 First Look

JVC's latest high-end LCOS projector sports an unprecedented (claimed) native contrast ratio of 30,000:1, an industry first and a number they say is achieved without the use of a dynamic iris. The DLA-HD100 is to be marketed by JVC's consumer group, JVC Company of America and is positioned to complement the recently launched DLA-HD1. The retail price is expected to be around $7999 but for that you get an incredible picture as well as some high-end features like ample lens shift, motorized zoom lens and on-board Gennum VXP processing.

JVC's latest high-end LCOS projector sports an unprecedented (claimed) native contrast ratio of 30,000:1, an industry first and a number they say is achieved without the use of a dynamic iris. The

— September 27, 2007 10:23 in Home Theater Projector Reviews