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Shane Buettner Posted: Aug 15, 2010 0 comments
Price: $14,995 At A Glance: Superb color performance • Potential for zero-drift performance over time • Detail and contrast strong, but not state of the art • Expensive

Solid-State Front Projection

Digital projection is finally digital. Yes, we’ve been looking at projected images made of discrete pixels created by digital imaging chips for the last decade or so. But in one essential aspect, digital projection has remained in the analog domain. The lamps that drive light through these projectors and onto our screens have been 100-percent analog. Even when they’re new, the performance of these lamps can adversely affect color fidelity, gamma, and gray-scale tracking. They also determine the overall light output the projector is capable of. As the lamp ages, virtually all of these critical aspects of performance drift somewhat. In the better designs, the change is mostly benign. But there’s no denying that any lamp-driven projector’s light output drops over time, and multi-hundred-dollar lamp replacements every 2,000 hours or so are a fact of life. Until now.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 08, 2007 0 comments

Samsung demonstrated its new LED-based LCD flat panels with "Local Dimming." LEDs have the ability to turn diodes completely off in some areas of the screen when needed, current LCDs can't accomplish as their backlights never really turn off. The result is superior blacks and contrast, which is quite evident here, as the conventional LCD on the left is clearly lower in contrast with this low light level material than the LED model on the right.

Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 Published: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • $2,399
  • 56" single-chip DLP
  • 1280x720
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, USB input
Features We Like: Compact design, Movie mode allows selection of accurate color palette and defeats DNIe video processing, Over-The-Air HD tuner
Shane Buettner Posted: Nov 27, 2006 0 comments
  • $3,099
  • 61" single-chip DLP
  • 1920x1080 (wobulated)
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and component inputs, IEEE 1394, USB
Features We Like: 1080p resolution, 10-bit video processing, integrated Over-The-Air HD tuner
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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 12, 2006 Published: Sep 13, 2006 0 comments
  • TBD
  • 63" Plasma
  • 1366x768
  • Key Connections: Dual HDMI and dual component inputs, RGB/PC input,
Features We Like: BIG plasma screen!, 13-bit processing, excellent connectivity with dual HDMI and component inputs, Over-the-Air HD tuner,
Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 07, 2008 1 comments
The future of Blu-ray Disc interactivity is now. At a BD interactivity showcase hosted by Sony and led by film critic Leonard Maltin, Lion's Gate demonstrated what I believe is an industry first BD Live enhanced Blu-ray title, Saw IV. The content was as grisly as one would expect, but we saw the film's director add blogger style comments on screen courtesy of Lion's Gate's MoLog Movie Log feature.
Shane Buettner Posted: Jun 06, 2007 2 comments

The <I>Matrix</I> and <I>Pirates of the Caribbean</I> aren't the only compelling HD releases that have come out in the last few weeks. And a pair of releases from Paramount and Warner however, highlight the different approaches taken by each studio to dual format releases.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jun 04, 2006 1 comments

Allen Perkins of Immedia is shown here with the new Allegria speakers from Sonics, a newish speaker company founded by the man who formerly founded and designed some highly regarded speakers for Audio Physic, Joachim Gerhard.

Shane Buettner Posted: Jan 09, 2007 2 comments

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Shane Buettner Posted: Dec 21, 2007 10 comments

Those of you that have scrolled down the home page and read this <A HREF="http://www.ultimateavmag.com/news/1207newed/">press release</A> have figured out by now why I've been incomunicado here in the Blogosphere. And the news is true: I'm pulling up stakes and taking the editorial reins at Home Theater Magazine. But this just goodbye, not farewell (or vice versa, however that goes!).

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