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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Oct 29, 2006 1 comments

With all the hullabaloo about the new 1080p projectors, some of them at prices lower than any of us dreamed possible only a few months ago, is there any point in reviewing a mid-priced 720p design?

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Shane Buettner Posted: Oct 26, 2006 0 comments
  • $5,000
  • 1920x1080 threee-chip SXRD
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI inputs, two component inputs, one RGB on 15-pin DSUB, one Ethernet
Features We Like: Full 1080p that not only accepts 1080p/24 signals, but displays it at frame rate that direct multiples of 24 for smoother motion, dynamic iris for deep blacks, uses less expensive lamp than previous SXRD PJs, and did we mention the price?
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Posted: Oct 26, 2006 0 comments
  • $8,999
  • 1920x1080 single-chip DLP
  • Key Connections: One HDMI input and two component inputs
Features We Like: 1080p single-chip DLP at a good price, Faroudja deintlerlacing with DCDi, motorized zoom, focus and vertical lens shift
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Ultimate AV Staff Posted: Oct 24, 2006 0 comments

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Shane Buettner Posted: Oct 19, 2006 0 comments
  • $4,500
  • 1920x1080 three-chip LCD
  • Key Connections: HDMI and DVI inputs, rest TBD
Features We Like: Three-chip 1080p at an outrageous price, Silicon Optix processing, dynamic iris for deep blacks, motorized lens shift and zoom, 5,000 hour specified bulb life
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John Higgins Posted: Oct 15, 2006 0 comments
It's time to get a projector.

At the Home Entertainment Show this past June, the Home Theater staff put together the HTGamer Gaming Pavilion. The purpose was twofold. Not only did it give expo attendees a place to rest their weary feet for a spell, the pavilion allowed them time to relax and experience gaming on three different home theater systems. The first image these lucky attendees set their eyes on as they entered the room was a small rebel force attempting to break through the tyrannical Empire's lines of storm troopers in Star Wars: Battlefront II. An Alienware Aurora 7500 high-performance PC fed the image to the InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP projector and onto a Stewart GrayHawk screen. Even in a less-than-optimal convention environment, the IN76 produced an awe-inspiring image. But how would it perform in a theater?

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Sep 17, 2006 0 comments

I've only been living with the new Optoma HD81 DLP projector for a little over a week, but it's already becoming obvious that new 1080p projectors selling for more than the Optoma's $7,000 price are likely to have a difficult time in the market. Even the sub-$7,000 price category is destined to be a battleground. There have already been announcements from Sony (SXRD), Mitsubishi (LCD), Panasonic (LCD), Sanyo (LCD), and BenQ (DLP) of new 1080p projectors priced lower, and in some cases considerably lower, than the Optoma. We expect to see more, and perhaps a lot more, such models at the 2006 CEDIA Expo in Denver later this week. We'll be reporting on them, and other new developments, in daily reports from the show floor. Stay tuned.

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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 Published: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $3,499
  • 1280x768 single-chip DarkChip2 DLP
  • Key Connections: One HDMI input, two component video inputs, one RGB/PC on 15-pin DSUB
Features We Like: TI's 10-bit BrilliantColor video processing, Sharp's Color Management System, adjustable iris allows tailoring of light output
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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 Published: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $2,999
  • 1280x720 single-chip DarkChip2 DLP
  • Key Connections: One HDMI input and one DVI-HDCP input, one component input
Features We Like: Dual digital video inputs in this price range rocks!, Pixelworks 10-bit video DNX video processing
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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 Published: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $15K
  • 1920x1080 single-chip DarkChip3 DLP
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs
Features We Like: 1080p, full 10-bit BrilliantColor processing by TI, 7-segment color wheel , advanced color management system, vertical lens shift

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