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Amazing Projectors at CEDIA

We just got back Sunday night from a week in Denver covering the CEDIA convention, and we've spent many hours since then updating the database with all of the new product releases and collecting the specs. I've just posted a CEDIA show review which spotlights the new projector products under $10,000 that are of the most interest to our readers. There are some amazing projectors coming out. Epson, JVC, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Sanyo, and Sony have all outdone themselves this year. Meanwhile, if you've been waiting for great deals, there are some excellent bargains on current models as dealers clear inventories for the next generation of products.more
Topics: CEDIA

For the Discriminating Videophile

Yesterday, four distinguished members of the Mitsubishi product management and development group came by for an advance presentation of the new HC6000, which is to be officially announced at CEDIA next week. This is their second generation 1080p projector that will replace the HC5000 introduced last fall. The HC6000 is an improvement over the HC5000 in three ways. First, the contrast has been boosted from 10,000:1 up to 13,000:1. Second, the auto iris adjusts to changes in scene brightness much more rapidly than it did on the HC5000. Third, the initial price upon release has been reduced 11%, from last year's $4,495 to $3,995.more

Beginning of the End

We are rapidly approaching the fall season. Accordingly, we will soon be inundated with the barrage of new product releases that always occurs at the CEDIA home theater trade show, to be held this year in Denver on Sept 5-8. Since most projector manufacturers are keeping their powder dry until that convention opens its doors, we've taken the opportunity to focus attention on some of the newest and hottest XGA portable multimedia projectors. And there have been some dramatic price/performance advances in this class of product in case you haven't looked at them lately.more

Working Overtime To Provide Information

Due to being swamped in the aftermath of the CEDIA trade show, I've not updated this page in two weeks. However, as you've seen on the home page, the CEDIA show was full of exciting new developments in the world of home theater projectors. In case you missed our write-up on it, the CEDIA show review is here.more

Buying So Much for So Little

The CEDIA trade show exhibits open tomorrow and runs through Sunday in Denver, and a lot of new projectors will be unveiled. We will have a full overview of the show posted later next week. But here is a taste of what is coming .... Optoma aggressively takes 720p DLP below the $1,000 price point with the new entry level HD70. Our review of the HD70 is posted here.more

CEDIA in Denver Next Week

The biggest home theater trade show of the year is CEDIA, and it is happening next week in Denver, Sept 13-17. Things appear a bit quiet on the ProjectorCentral site at the moment, but make no mistake, it is the calm before the storm. There is a lot going on behind the scenes that we cannot discuss quite yet because official announcements have not been made. I appreciate your patience as we all await the formal product releases to be made next week.more
Topics: CEDIA, Optoma 7150

How Good are the New High Contrast LCD's?

The big question now is just how good are the new high contrast LCD projectors in comparison to the DLP competition? We have been looking at the Panny AE900 side by side with the BenQ PE7700 to get a better feel for it. These are both 1280x720 resolution projectors in the same general price range, with the most fundamental difference between them being that the AE900 uses LCD technology, while the PE7700 features a DLP light engine. Bill's comments on this mini-shootout have just been posted here. We are also doing a separate mini-shootout of the Sanyo Z4 against the more expensive DLP-based Optoma H79. The results of that study will be posted by the first part...more

Which One is Best?

I know everyone is anxious to see reviews on the newly announced products at CEDIA. Currently we have (in alpha order) the Mitsubishi HC3000, the Panasonic AE900, and the Sanyo PLV-Z4 in the lab. We are spending a lot of individual time with each of them, and also viewing them side-by-side with a variety of sources.more

Thanks for Using the DVD Store

As you can tell from the CEDIA trade show review, this year's CEDIA did not disappoint those who were anticipating some revolutionary releases. We will be reviewing all of the newly announced models as soon as we can get production units in hand, so we look forward to a busy review season in the coming weeks. I will post which reviews are underway as soon as the units arrive and we can verify that they are in undamaged, reviewable condition. We know that everyone is anxious to see reviews on all of the new models as soon as possible, and we will work hard to get them done in a timely manner. There will be a lot of projectors to look at, so your patience and understanding is kindly...more
Topics: CEDIA

Panasonic AE900 Shipping at the End of the Month

On the eve of the CEDIA convention which happens this weekend, we have already seen two significant announcements from LCD makers that will undoubtedly gain a lot of attention. First, the Panasonic AE900 was announced today, representing another step forward in price performance for 1280x720 resolution widescreen LCD technology. At 1100 ANSI lumens, it is 10% brighter than the popular AE700 released last fall. But the AE900's contrast rating of 5500:1 is what will really cause the buzz. This unit features a dynamic iris that is capable of reconfiguring itself on a frame by frame basis every 1/60 of a second. In addition, gamma is similarly reconfigured frame by frame. The result is a projector with markedly...more