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Optoma HD81 DLP Projector Review

Optoma HD81 DLP Projector Review

The HD81 is not just a projector. It combines an excellent optical display system with an advanced external video processor that handles, among other things a host of inputs from composite all the way up to HDMI and RGBHV/component.

The HD81 is not just a projector. It combines an excellent optical display system with an advanced external video processor that handles, among other things a host of inputs from composite all the

— November 21, 2006 19:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD70 Projector Review

Optoma HD70 Projector Review

When I found out that Optoma was taking over the entry level projector market – excuse me, I mean introducing a 720p DLP projector for under $1000 – I quickly lined up a unit for review. You heard correctly, this is a 720p-native DLP projector that is debuting for $999 (street price). To suggest that this projector might be a popular item going into the holiday season and throughout 2007 would be like saying that Reality television might be getting a bit stale. I’ll just say it now – this should be the top-selling projector of the coming year, and for good reasons that I will outline in this review.

When I found out that Optoma was taking over the entry level projector market – excuse me, I mean introducing a 720p DLP projector for under $1000 – I quickly lined up a unit for review. You heard

— October 18, 2006 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Hitachi PJ-TX100 Projector Review

Hitachi PJ-TX100 Projector Review

LCD projectors have been a favorite recommendation of mine for some time. While I love the deeper black associated with most DLP models, the lens shift functionality and lack of rainbows make LCD recommendations easy. Hitachi is not a manufacturer I have reviewed frequently on Audioholics and we’d like to remedy that in the future (after all, we want to give ALL companies’ products a chance to influence our readers, not just the usual suspects). This first pass with the PJ-TX100 projector left us wondering where we’ve been all this time. While it didn’t start out this cheap, at a $999 street price (at the time of this review) this is one projector that should be on everyone’s short list.

LCD projectors have been a favorite recommendation of mine for some time. While I love the deeper black associated with most DLP models, the lens shift functionality and lack of rainbows make LCD

— October 12, 2006 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-AX100U Projector Review

Panasonic PT-AX100U Projector Review

The PT-AX100U offers some updates to what was quite possibly the best-selling product of 2006. With smooth screen technology and a powerful lens shift, form meets function in this low cost high-performance projector.

The PT-AX100U offers some updates to what was quite possibly the best-selling product of 2006. With smooth screen technology and a powerful lens shift, form meets function in this low cost

— October 01, 2006 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma EP1690 DLP Projector Review

Optoma EP1690 DLP Projector Review

Up until now I have found that most “dual use” projectors are more designed for the office or school and not so much for the home theater. In the case of the Optoma EP1690, we may have found the first unit capable of actually performing well in both situations. We can place the thanks for this partly on Optoma and partly on the advancement of DLP front projection technology which allows for greater contrast, better output levels and performance options not found a couple years ago. I’ll outline the strengths and weaknesses of the EP1690 below, but I have to say that I am impressed overall and I could see a lot of office managers and teachers wanting to take this unit home from the classroom each night “for safe keeping”.

Up until now I have found that most “dual use” projectors are more designed for the office or school and not so much for the home theater. In the case of the Optoma EP1690, we may have found the

— September 17, 2006 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD7100 Projector Review

Optoma HD7100 Projector Review

We were very eager to get our hands on the new Optoma HD7100 home theater projector, considering the very high performance we achieved with the recently reviewed Optoma HD72 . The New HD7100 boasts 5000:1 contrast ratio, incorporates the new 0.80-inch DarkChip3 technology and includes horizontal and vertical lens shift.

We were very eager to get our hands on the new Optoma HD7100 home theater projector, considering the very high performance we achieved with the recently reviewed Optoma HD72 . The New HD7100 boasts

— June 12, 2006 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLC-XT16 Projector for House of Worship

Sanyo PLC-XT16 Projector for House of Worship

We had a limited amount of time to play with the Sanyo PLC-XT16 projector, but I wanted to give it a brief run-through in a context that comes up a lot on our forums and in discussions with custom installers. We took a look at this bright, flexible Sanyo projector from the perspective of installing it in a house of worship (that’s a church to us Southerners). The Sanyo seems well-suited to the task and indeed my church already uses two older PLC-series projectors with much success.

We had a limited amount of time to play with the Sanyo PLC-XT16 projector, but I wanted to give it a brief run-through in a context that comes up a lot on our forums and in discussions with custom

— June 12, 2006 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HD4000 DLP Projector Review

Mitsubishi HD4000 DLP Projector Review

Mitsubishi has built a solid reputation over the last decade manufacturing high quality, high performance display devices and is an industry leader in the implementation of DLP technology. Front projection systems are becoming popular in many typical home theaters, and it’s no surprise that Mitsubishi has several front projectors to choose from including the recently introduced HD4000. The HD4000 is the second 1280x768 dark chip 2 projector we have reviewed thus far. We were very impressed with the previous 1280x768 projector, the Optoma HD-72. Naturally one would assume that because the projectors share the same DMD technology that they would be similar in performance characteristics. We were very surprised to find out that that was NOT the case.

Mitsubishi has built a solid reputation over the last decade manufacturing high quality, high performance display devices and is an industry leader in the implementation of DLP technology. Front

— April 16, 2006 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

InFocus IN76 Play Big DLP Projector First Look

InFocus IN76 Play Big DLP Projector First Look

When Ole Dame from InFocus approached us a few weeks ago and asked if we’d like to get a sneak preview of the new IN76 HD DLP Projector, we were only too happy to take him up on his offer. Not only is the IN76 one of the new generation of projectors that breaks the $3000 price barrier for true HD resolution with TI’s DLP technology (list price on the IN76 is $2999, with a resolution of 720p, or 1280 x 720), it also represents the culmination of an intensive effort by the InFocus engineers to improve the quietness and design aesthetics of their front projection line.

When Ole Dame from InFocus approached us a few weeks ago and asked if we’d like to get a sneak preview of the new IN76 HD DLP Projector, we were only too happy to take him up on his offer. Not only

John Schuermann — March 13, 2006 19:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Optoma HD72 DLP Projector Review

Optoma HD72 DLP Projector Review

We were first introduced to the new Optoma HD72 in January at the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show. We were very interested in conducting a review of this projector based on what we viewed at the Optoma booth. The new Optoma HD72 breaks the price barrier for 1280x768p DLP projectors, selling at just $1999 MSRP. Our friends at Projector People were kind enough to lend us a demo unit for the purpose of this review.

We were first introduced to the new Optoma HD72 in January at the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show. We were very interested in conducting a review of this projector based on what we viewed at the Optoma

— March 08, 2006 19:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLV-Z4 Projector Review

Sanyo PLV-Z4 Projector Review

Sanyo is an interesting company. I mean, they make rice cookers, vacuum cleaners and massage chairs in addition to electronic AV products. I think that somewhere in the world there is a room with two guys in it from LG and Sanyo talking about how they will one day open up a market for Internet-enabled WiFi latrines. The Sanyo PLV-Z4 debuted last September and took the industry by storm. Its reputation for excellent color, contrast ratio and image quality quickly made it one of the year’s top sellers in the under-$3000 category. With Audioholics publishing reviews on most of the competition, we wanted to get the Sanyo “on the books” so prospective buyers could compare and contrast against the other models we’ve reviewed (plus it looked cool and I wanted to chastise other manufacturers for not having a nifty automatic sliding shutter...)

Sanyo is an interesting company. I mean, they make rice cookers, vacuum cleaners and massage chairs in addition to electronic AV products. I think that somewhere in the world there is a room with two

— February 25, 2006 19:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-AE700U LCD Projector Review

Panasonic PT-AE700U LCD Projector Review

The PT-AE700U offers great features, great color, good details, hi-def capabilities and ease of use - all for a fantastic price. When I compared this projector to some of the other high-end projectors I've seen, mostly DLP, the PT-AE700U doesn't quite fall into that category. But every time I think about the price, I realize that this is an incredible projector. If I didn't have the BenQ I would definitely and proudly consider this projector worthy of my reference theater. When you think about the hi-def television prices at $3000 and up for a digital display type limited to about 65 inches, you can get a lot more picture for a lot less money with the Panasonic. All in all, the amount of picture quality that is achieved from this projector makes it a great buy.

The PT-AE700U offers great features, great color, good details, hi-def capabilities and ease of use - all for a fantastic price. When I compared this projector to some of the other high-end

— October 30, 2005 19:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

Panasonic PT-AE900U LCD Projector Review

Panasonic PT-AE900U LCD Projector Review

We got our first glimpse of the Panasonic PT-AE900U at this year's CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis. While the projector wasn't displaying picture at the booth, we were excited to see that it sported the new D-5 LCD panel and had a significantly improved contrast metric, a tweaked ANSI lumen output and dynamic iris optical system. What really, mattered, of course, was whether it outperformed the PT-AE700U.

We got our first glimpse of the Panasonic PT-AE900U at this year's CEDIA Expo in Indianapolis. While the projector wasn't displaying picture at the booth, we were excited to see that it sported the

— October 27, 2005 20:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews

InFocus ScreenPlay 5000 LCD Projector Review

InFocus ScreenPlay 5000 LCD Projector Review

The ScreenPlay 5000 is a veritable 'torch'. The amount of light this little projector throws is nothing short of astounding and I believe I have found a nice compromise to the needs of many people interested in adding a front projection system to their home.

The InFocus ScreenPlay 5000 is a veritable 'torch'. The amount of light this little projector throws is nothing short of astounding, but there are some drawbacks as well.

— September 02, 2005 19:00 in Home Theater Projector Reviews