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Recently Reviewed Home Theater Projectors

Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector First Look

Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector First Look

Marantz has once again released another iteration of its high-end “True View” DLP projectors. This time, the VP-15S1 features 1080p single-chip DLP action and a host of options for anamorphic lens options - including two each of the motorized and manual flavors. The VP-15S1 features Konica Minolta Optics, Gennum Processing, and a pair of HDMI 1.3 inputs with full support for Deep Color 12-bit color depth. The true 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution is something that ensures the image will be smooth and true to life. For video processing and scaling duties, the Marantz projector features a Gennum GF9351 VXP system. Retail price? Well, if you ask, then you really can't afford it.

Marantz has once again released another iteration of its high-end “True View” DLP projectors. This time, the VP-15S1 features 1080p single-chip DLP action and a host of options for anamorphic lens

— September 18, 2007 15:10 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD80 DLP Projector Review

Optoma HD80 DLP Projector Review

The Optoma HD80 is a leaner, trimmer, HD81, without the outboard processing, but with plenty of performance and inputs to make a home cinema enthusiast ecstatic to nab a 1080p DLP for under $3000.

The Optoma HD80 is a leaner, trimmer, HD81, without the outboard processing, but with plenty of performance and inputs to make a home cinema enthusiast ecstatic to nab a 1080p DLP for under $3000.

— September 13, 2007 13:15 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-AX200U First Look

Panasonic PT-AX200U First Look

Panasonic unveiled its new PT-AX200U LCD 720p home theater projector which is designed to target gamers. Tom Taylor, or Tsquared as he's known in the Major League Gaming community, was on-hand to demonstrate just how the PT-AX200U aids in removing game lack associated with online play. The system boosts speed by 3x (though it wasn't expressed exactly how this functioned) in an effort to lower game lag - something Tom is very familiar with. According to him, the lag was all but gone and the system made gaming much more enjoyable. An Xbox 360 was on hand to allow attendees to play him head-to-head... Taylor was gracious and only made a partial fool out of us as he gave us tips to avoid having him walk up behind us, tap us on the shoulder, and frag us...

Panasonic unveiled its new PT-AX200U LCD 720p home theater projector which is designed to target gamers. Tom Taylor, or Tsquared as he's known in the Major League Gaming community, was on-hand to

— September 10, 2007 11:57 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HC1500 DLP Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC1500 DLP Projector Review

We absolutely jumped at the chance to get a very close look at the new Mitsubishi HC1500 DLP projector since we missed the boat on checking out the HD1000U which preceded it. The attraction is a clean system that handles up to 720p for less than $1000. This projector is worth a serious look.

We absolutely jumped at the chance to get a very close look at the new Mitsubishi HC1500 DLP projector since we missed the boat on checking out the HD1000U which preceded it. The attraction is a

— August 31, 2007 13:01 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma MovieTime DV11 Projector Review

Optoma MovieTime DV11 Projector Review

For those who can't permanently convert their living area to a theater, Optoma's DV11 combines ease of use with some nifty features that allow "movie nights" without breaking the bank and tearing up the house.

For those who can't permanently convert their living area to a theater, Optoma's DV11 combines ease of use with some nifty features that allow "movie nights" without breaking the bank and tearing up

— July 12, 2007 17:14 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HC5000 Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC5000 Projector Review

In a sea of new 1080p projectors being released this year, Mitsubishi has a distinctive product that sets it apart as a leader. The C2Fine technology renders an incredible picture and does indeed produce some excellent black levels. If you're shopping for a 1080p model you owe it to yourself to check it out.

In a sea of new 1080p projectors being released this year, Mitsubishi has a distinctive product that sets it apart as a leader. The C2Fine technology renders an incredible picture and does indeed

— June 27, 2007 09:19 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 1080 Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 1080 Projector Review

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 is virtually identical to the Pro Cinema 1080. If you are a consumer, BUY this projector as it has nearly all of the performance advantages and features of the Pro model with a lot of cost savings.

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 is virtually identical to the Pro Cinema 1080. If you are a consumer, BUY this projector as it has nearly all of the performance advantages and features of the

— May 01, 2007 03:23 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

InFocus Play Big IN78 Projector Review

InFocus Play Big IN78 Projector Review

The IN78 is an incremental update to a very popular projector line that includes the IN72, IN74 and IN76. Incremental upgrades are nice in that they update hardware and make sure that a product line is kept up to date, but they rarely astound or dazzle with new revolutionary performance or hardware. Such is the fate of the IN78, a fact made even more difficult due to its retail pricing of $3,499 which seems a tad high given the recent introduction of lower cost 1080p displays into the market. Still, the IN78 positions itself as a capable projector that performs high-level video processing and requires no color calibration out of the box. We'll see if it lives up to that promise.

The IN78 is an incremental update to a very popular projector line that includes the IN72, IN74 and IN76. Incremental upgrades are nice in that they update hardware and make sure that a product line

— April 22, 2007 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 Review

Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 Review

1080p is here with a vengeance and Epson is leading the way with its new 1080p professional model with ISFccc and other installer-friendly functions. See how well this professional projector compares to other products available on the market. With the latest price reduction, this is one heck of a projector for well under $3k!

1080p is here with a vengeance and Epson is leading the way with its new 1080p professional model with ISFccc and other installer-friendly functions. See how well this professional projector compares

— April 05, 2007 13:54 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 810 HQV Projector Review

Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 810 HQV Projector Review

I like nice cars. Epson projectors remind me of a corvette - and that's a nice car. In addition to their good looks, Epson home theater projectors have several traits that are a cut above many competitors - like their ample zoom lenses, which don't appear to negatively affect image quality or picture sharpness. This combo, of course has some professional-grade video processing included which takes it far beyond the integrated video processing found in an entry-level projectors - though, of course, you pay a premium for the advantage.

I like nice cars. Epson projectors remind me of a corvette - and that's a nice car. In addition to their good looks, Epson home theater projectors have several traits that are a cut above many

— March 28, 2007 12:21 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Planar PD7150 DLP Projector Review

Planar PD7150 DLP Projector Review

Planar is a company whose products everyone has likely encountered - they just may not realize it. Responsible for many of the displays found in gas station pumps, shopping centers, ATMs and image-sensitive hospital applications, Planar decided to enter the home theater market in 2006 and the results thus far are more than promising. They are targeting a wide range of home theater users, but are decidedly positioning themselves to compete in the higher end market.

Planar is a company whose products everyone has likely encountered - they just may not realize it. Responsible for many of the displays found in gas station pumps, shopping centers, ATMs and

— March 07, 2007 13:37 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLV-Z5 LCD Projector Review

Sanyo PLV-Z5 LCD Projector Review

The Sanyo PLV-Z5 makes a few improvements on the Z4 platform and keeps itself at the top of a very hot list of 720p projectors that are guaranteed to make any home theater enthusiast almost certain to become a gravitational force on Friday night movie nights...

The Sanyo PLV-Z5 makes a few improvements on the Z4 platform and keeps itself at the top of a very hot list of 720p projectors that are guaranteed to make any home theater enthusiast almost certain

— January 27, 2007 12:45 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma EP7150 DLP Front Projector Review

Optoma EP7150 DLP Front Projector Review

This is one of our first projector reviews that falls into the “ultra-portable” category. Weighing in at just under 3 pounds and measuring less than 9-inches in width, the EP7150 is in a class all by itself. This is the type of unit you’ll want if you are traveling place to place or want a projector to easily set up and take down in an office or teaching environment. It’s the “Mighty Mouse” of projectors in a sense and the 2000 lumens are “real” – we’ve seen a lot of overstated specs, but this isn’t one of them. Let’s attempt to dress down this superhero and see if he can stand up under the scrutiny.

This is one of our first projector reviews that falls into the “ultra-portable” category. Weighing in at just under 3 pounds and measuring less than 9-inches in width, the EP7150 is in a class all by

— January 03, 2007 00:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

MAXX Products LCOS 1400 Projector Review

MAXX Products LCOS 1400 Projector Review

Having been a fan of LCOS technology for some time, we were excited to receive a sample LCOS 1400 projector from MAXX Products. Running it through its paces allowed us to compare this technology up close to LCD and DLP projectors we had utilized to date. The sample we received was a heavily-used model lacking in some of the features MAXX says is present in its newest revision of this machine (such as DVI with HDCP). As the LCOS 1400 is pretty much a re-badged JVC D-ILA projector (the DLA-SX21U/E) we believe MAXX Products when they tell us that currently-shipping models include DVI w/HDCP.

Having been a fan of LCOS technology for some time, we were excited to receive a sample LCOS 1400 projector from MAXX Products. Running it through its paces allowed us to compare this technology up

— December 17, 2006 14:33 in Home Theater Projector Reviews