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Epson Home Cinema 4000 4K Enhanced 3LCD Projector Review
Thomas J. Norton | Dec 29, 2017
Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $2,200 AT A GLANCE Plus Good resolution in HD and UHD Impressive HDR Low price Minus Contrast and black level could be better Manual HDR/SDR switching THE VERDICT The Epson 4000 offers an effective combination of HDR and SDR projection at a price that seemed impossible a year ago. Native 4K imaging—where the chips display all 8.3 million individual pixels (3840 x 2160) in each frame simultaneously—is still rare in an affordable consumer projector. Currently, the entry price is $5,000, for Sony’s new VPL-VW285ES. But last year, Epson introduced two 3LCD models that use pixel shifting to achieve an apparent resolution close to 4K. The less expensive of the two was the PowerLite Home Cinema 5040UB, still selling, as I write this, for around $2,700. (Its virtual twin, the Pro Cinema 6040UB, was reviewed in the October 2016 Sound & Vision.)
Sony VPL-VW285ES LCOS Projector Review
Thomas J. Norton | Dec 12, 2017
Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $5,000 AT A GLANCE Plus Native 4K Superb resolution and color Impressive HDR Minus No dynamic iris No lens memories THE VERDICT The Sony VPL-VW285ES brings true native 4K resolution down to a price more viewers can aspire to. Add a generous helping of UHD’s wider, deeper color and high dynamic range, and it’s hard to resist. Ultra HD with true native 4K resolution on its imaging chips has been, so far, difficult to do at a cost most consumers can accept. New DLP-driven 4K projectors that utilize pixel-shifting, which delivers the full UHD pixel count in successive half-frames of diagonally shifted pixels, have recently come on the market at prices as low as $2,000. But native 4K projectors that can put all 8 million pixels in a UHD frame on the screen simultaneously have been pricey, with the cheapest to date coming in around $8,000.
BenQ HT9050 4K DLP Projector Review
Kris Deering | Dec 07, 2017
Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $8,999 AT A GLANCE Plus Great optics Accurate color adjustments via CMS Long-life LED light engine Minus Lack of key features Disappointing contrast performance No HDR support THE VERDICT The BenQ HT9050 has DLP?s latest 4K chip design, but its poor contrast and lack of key features result in an uninspiring package that can't compete with other projectors at or near this price point. It wasn?t long ago — just 10 years, in fact — that the home projection market was all about DLP. It dominated nearly every price point and was always at the cutting edge of features. But eventually, things changed. Texas Instruments stagnated on DLP development. Meanwhile, new technologies like LCOS emerged, taking onscreen performance to an entirely new level, particularly for native black level and contrast. DLP has stuck around, but it's often found on the budget side of the market, with entry-level home/business designs, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, with cost-no-object three-chip designs.
Optoma UHD65 4K DLP Projector Review
Thomas J. Norton | Nov 15, 2017
Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $2,500 AT A GLANCE Plus Superb resolution in HD and UHD Effective HDR for a projector Affordable price Minus Poor contrast and black level HDR color banding THE VERDICT If pure picture quality with 1080p standard dynamic range will dominate your viewing there are better options out there at this price and lower. But none of them will do what the Optoma can: accept a 4K input, provide a reasonable facsimile of high dynamic range, and offer picture detail challenged only by native 4K projectors costing many times its price. Optoma has been in the projector business for years. Go to the company’s website, and you’ll see a bewildering array of models. But the UHD65 is one of the first models to make use of a new 4K DMD (Digital Micromirror Device), the core of Texas Instruments’ Digital Light Processing technology. And along with its sister model, the UHD60, it’s one of the cheapest.
Epson Home Cinema 3700 LCD Projector Review
Al Griffin | Jun 22, 2017
2D Performance 3D Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $1,500 AT A GLANCE Plus Very good picture quality for the price Flexible installation options Fully backlit remote Minus Inaccurate out-of-box color Some motor noise from Auto Iris High fan noise in certain picture modes THE VERDICT Epson’s mid-range projector delivers very bright images, but it also offers enough refinement to make it a worthy upgrade over cheaper budget-priced models. Let’s face facts: Budget home theater projectors can be a mixed bag. Last year, I tested a trio of such models from Optoma (December 2016 issue), InFocus (soundandvision.com), and ViewSonic (September 2016 issue). More recently, I checked out BenQ’s HT1070 (May), another projector that proved to be a high-value find. But while I liked the idea of getting a big, bright 1080p-resoluton picture for under $1,000, the less-than-impressive picture contrast and sparse installation features put a cap on my enthusiasm. When I look back at the bunch, it seems clear that “better” means “more expensive” when it comes to projectors.
Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema LS10500 LCD Projector Review
Thomas J. Norton | Apr 06, 2017
2D Performance 3D Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $8,000 AT A GLANCE Plus Stunning resolution Excellent blacks and shadow detail Compatible with 4K content Minus Some clipping in HDR THE VERDICT If you want a projector illuminated by laser light, this Epson is the only game in town for less than five figures. But there’s a lot more here to rave about than just the lasers. If video projectors have one serious limitation as display devices, at least for the home, it’s lamp life. Manufacturers make glowing claims for this, sometimes as high as 6,000 hours; that’s to half brightness. However, the video perfectionist is unlikely to get to half that figure, or even a third of it, before he or she senses that the picture is growing dim. It’s not unheard of for critical users to replace the lamp at 1,000 hours to maintain the projector’s youthful good looks. But projection lamps aren’t cheap.
Sony VPL-HW45ES 3D SXRD Projector Review
Thomas J. Norton | Mar 30, 2017
2D Performance 3D Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $2,000 AT A GLANCE Plus Excellent color and detail Bright, punchy picture That price! Minus Middling blacks and shadow detail THE VERDICT With all of today’s hullabaloo about 4K and HDR, it’s easy to forget that there’s something special about a theater-like image on a big projection screen—even if it’s plain vanilla, standard dynamic range, and 1080p. One look at the Sony VPL-HW45ES will remind you of that fact. I've been projector-less for a good two years. It began with a 2015 move across the country from California to Florida. Then came a steady stream of flat-screen TVs as that technology progressed from the 2K era to the age of Ultra HD with 4K resolution, advanced color, and high dynamic range (HDR). Still, it’s not like I’ve been exiled to the proverbial desert island. Those top-of-the-line TVs have been a treat, and there’ll be more to come. I’ve missed having a big screen, however, with the sense of image immersion that only a frontprojection setup can provide.
JVC DLA-RS4500 D-ILA Laser Projector Review
Kris Deering | Feb 27, 2017
2D Performance 3D Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $35,000 AT A GLANCE Plus True 4K (4096 x 2160) D-ILA panels Improved HDR support including HLG Reference-quality optics Minus Fan noise can be intrusive HDMI sluggish to sync Native contrast not quite on par with rest of JVC line THE VERDICT While JVC’s first native 4K projector for consumers doesn’t quite deliver the contrast of its 1080p lineup, its projected image is breathtaking with both 1080p and 4K content. With its advanced laser light engine, reference-quality optics, and enough lumens to light up a massive range of screens, you have a true flagship-caliber offering from JVC. While 4K has become the new norm for the flat-panel industry, its adoption into the home projection market has been slow, to say the least. Until now, Sony has been trailblazing native 4K for the consumer home theater market while others have offered quasi-4K options that use techniques to deliver near4K quality with 1080p imaging systems at more affordable pricing. Among those manufacturers, JVC led the way with their e-shift system, which over time has matured to contend quite convincingly with native 4K designs.
Optoma HD142X 3D DLP Projector Review
Al Griffin | Dec 13, 2016
2D Performance 3D Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $579 AT A GLANCE Plus Great value Good overall performance Backlit remote control Minus Limited installation features So-so contrast THE VERDICT Good overall performance, ample adjustments, and a low price make Optoma’s HD142X a great entry-level projector. You might not be aware of it, but there’s a new war going on. No, it’s not between countries, ideologies, or individuals; it’s between DLP projector manufacturers. A handful of companies are battling to provide a single-chip model that delivers the best-looking, brightest picture at the lowest price. Over the past few months, I’ve reported on two such projectors, the ViewSonic LightStream Pro7827HD ($890, Sound & Vision, September) and the InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080 ($549, see review at soundandvision.com). Next up: Optoma’s HD142X ($579), another affordable model aimed at the casual home theater fan and gamer.
InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080 3D DLP Projector Review
Al Griffin | Oct 12, 2016
2D Performance 3D Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $549 AT A GLANCE Plus Good value Decent overall performance Capable of high brightness Minus Brightness limits color accuracy So-so contrast THE VERDICT While it’s not without compromises, the SP1080 delivers good overall home theater image quality for its very low price. A home theater projector is designed for permanent installation in a light-controlled environment. A mini projector is meant for giving business presentations or toting to a vacation home. What is the line that separates the two categories? Until recently, it was price: A typical home theater model started at around $1,000 and shot up from there. But the InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080 seems intended to blur that line: It’s priced at a mere $549, or the same amount you’d pay for a high-quality mini projector. Consequently, home theater projection has now become almost absurdly cheap. But is this new InFocus any good? Let’s take a look.