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Ultimate AV Staff Posted: Oct 24, 2006 0 comments

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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
  • $6K
  • 1920x1080 single-chip DarkChip3 DLP
  • Key Connections: TBD
Features We Like: 1080p on the cheap!, other features TBD
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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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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
  • $19,995 (22,995 with optional long throw lens)
  • 1920x1080 single-chip DarkChip3 DLP
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, one RGB/PC on 15-pin DSUB
Features We Like: 1080p!, full10-bit broadcast-grade processing by Gennum VXP, accepts 1080p signals, high-end lens assembly from Konica/Minolta, vertical lens shift
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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Sep 08, 2006 0 comments
A deal in performance clothing

I love surprises. Ok, that's a lie. I hate surprises. How is giving me an attack of tachycardia (learned that one on House) anyone's idea of a good time. But, in the HT world, surprises are usually good. Take this $3,000 projector, for instance. By all accounts, it should be an average performing mid-to-low-priced HD projector. Then you look at the contrast-ratio measurement and see it's better than every other projector we've ever reviewed. Surprise!

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Geoffrey Morrison Posted: Jul 24, 2006 0 comments
720p isn't dead yet.

Like any type of product, toward the end of its run, you tend to find the most advanced, best examples. Years of development culminate in the last few models in a category. Take, for example, the few high-end CRTs on the market. They're some of the best. DVD players are currently cheaper and, in many cases, better than models we saw just a few years ago. Then there's the high-end 720p DLP projector. With 1080p here in the form of Sony's VPL-VW100, and 1080p DLP on the horizon, the real question is, should you spend the money on a high-end projector that is only 720p? Well, I can't say for sure across the board, but, in this case, I can say most assuredly, yes.

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Posted: Jul 24, 2006 0 comments

1080p display devices have been proliferating rapidly, and it's been bit of a surprise that DLP front projection, which has led the charge of digital displays for years, has been late to the party. Not anymore.

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Steven Stone Posted: Jun 27, 2006 Published: Jun 28, 2006 0 comments

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Steven Stone Posted: May 29, 2006 0 comments

When I think of home theater video projectors Hitachi isn't the first brand that comes to mind. Hitachi is probably better known for microwaves, compact music systems, and other mass-market consumer electronics. When Tom Norton offered me the HDPJ52 LCD projector for review I wasn't expecting very much. Simply put, every LCD projector I've reviewed in the past has been fatally flawed by poor color, inadequate black levels, and less than optimal resolution. Why should Hitachi do any better with LCD projectors than other manufacturers? What I neglected to consider is that Hitachi not only makes its own LCD panels and most other major components, they have been manufacturing business and presentation projectors for years. I packed my preconceptions into a large box and put it in the garage. With a newly open mind I unpacked the Hitachi HDPJ52. Welcome to the bright new world of 21st century LCD projectors.

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