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Epson EH-TW6000 Projector Review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

The Epson EH-TW6000 projector is one of the company’s first 3D projectors. It comes with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a 40000:1 contrast ratio, and 2200 ANSI lumens. Today, the writers from Expert Reviews got the chance to test the projector and see how well it performs. The writers first remarked about the projector’s wireless capabilities. Epson was very proud to include the ability to receive 3D content through a wireless connection. The writers do note that the projector is a little more expensive than their previous home theater projectors, but they feel that the extra price is worth it. The image quality is impressive and it performed well in both 2D and 3D mode. The final comment the writers made was, “Overall, the EH-TW6000 isn’t drastically different from its cheaper sibling. Picture quality is very similar, but the extra brightness gives the TW6000 the edge for watching 3D content. We’d recommend saving the extra cash and buying the Epson EH-TW5900 instead.”

[via Expert Reviews]

Barco Provides DP2K Projectors to Golden Village Multiplex

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Barco is a technology leader in the digital cinema industry. Today, the company announced that they will be providing several new projectors to Golden Village Multiplex in order for them to convert their Golden Villiage Katong Theater. Barco will provide a variety of their DP2K projectors in order to provide ultra-bright images with 2K HD (2048 x 1080) resolution. “Having researched on the various digital cinema projectors in the market, we have selected Barco projectors as they offer the best value in terms of cost of ownership and performance. As a result, we can offer our valuable patrons an ultimate quality movie experience in any GV Cinema in Singapore,” says Lee Kin Guan, Technical Services Manager at Golden Village Multiplex Pte Ltd. “I have seen and interacted with the Barco South East Asia team and they are always willing to assist in the deployment as well as imparting valuable technical knowledge to my team. Their true spirit of sharing technical knowledge and field experience during the training not only gears up the GV technicians but also increases their confidence to take on any technical intervention.”

[via Barco]

Optoma HD33 Projector Review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

The latest HD projector from Optoma is the HD33. This device can display 1800 ANSI lumens, a 4000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, the writers from Audioholics announced their review of this particular device. The first thing they note is that the projector is the cheapest device on the market to features 1080p resolution 3D images. The writers really like the projector’s image quality and highlight the contrast and color reproduction. There are a few minor problems, but nothing really noteworthy that couldn’t be fixed by adjusting the image. The writers talk about the 3D quality and state the best feature was the RF glasses. Even though they are sold separately, they are better than other active shutter 3D glasses because they don’t need to be re-synced every time the viewer turns their head or disrupts the signal. The 3D performance was incredible and performed just as nice as the 2D content. Their final comment was, “The Optoma HD33 is a great product that breaks all the rules… again. This time it’s taking 3D to a new level. Maybe this is what the format needs to move a little bit further into the living room. In any case, this is one product that we think you’re gonna find hard to pass up.”

[via Audioholics]

ViewSonic Pro8400 Projector Review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

One of the new home theater projectors to come from ViewSonic is the Pro8400. This device comes with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 4000 ANSI lumens, a 2600:1 contrast ratio, and 3D capabilities. Today, the writers from Think Digit released their review of the Pro8400. The writers were fairly impressed with this display and complimented the projector’s brightness and color reproduction. But they did notice that there were some contrast problems. Another good aspect was the connection panel, which contained dual HDMI and RGB ports, a composite, s-video, and a component connection. There are also network capabilities in order to connect it to your home theater system. In the end, the writers stated, “This is one projector that fights ambient light, and wins the battle! Bright enough to actually work in any room at any time of the day, the Pro8400 is meant for someone who would like a projector at home, but doesn’t really have a dedicated darkened home theater room. We believe that the Pro8400 is the ideal projector for homes that don’t have the dedicated dark room for this to be installed in. This will be equally comfortable in your bedroom as well as your living room. The image reproduction is delightful, and handles SD content better than most. The only real niggle is that the whites tend to be overbearing at times. You can also consider the LG AF115, which offers excellent performance as well.”

[via Think Digt]

InFocus SP8600 Projector Review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

The InFocus SP8600 projector is one of the company’s many home theater projectors. It is capable of displaying 1800 ANSI lumens, full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, and a 5000:1 contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Expert Reviews published their experience about this device. The first thing that comes to mind with the SP8600 is that it looks very business-like. But don’t let looks deceive you because this device performs best in a home environment. The writers praised the connection panel, which includes dual HDMI ports, a RGB, composite, component, and an s-video connection. The SP8600 is a DLP projector, which means that the dreaded rainbow effect is inevitable, but InFocus has done a fairly good job keeping it to a minimum. The writers were also happy with the projector’s collection of adjustment features that allowed them to fine tune the image to its optimum performance. The final verdict was, “Even at this price, it’s difficult to recommend the SP8600. It might have more inputs and outputs than more expensive projectors, but it can’t compete in terms of picture quality, particularly if you’re susceptible to the rainbow effect. We recommend paying the extra for a better all-rounder such as the excellent BenQ W1060.”

[via Expert Reviews]

Epson EB-1775W Projector Review

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

The Epson EB-1775W is one of the company’s many portable projectors. It features 3000 ANSI lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution. Today, the writers from Tech Central released their review of this device. The first thing they look at is the connection panel, which features a diverse selection of inputs. They were happy to see especially the HDMI and two types of USB inputs. The projector also features wireless capabilities, which is made possible by connecting a USB dongle. The writers noted that figuring out the wireless connection was annoying and difficult at times. Another good part about the 1775W is its brightness level and resolution. These were highlights of the writers’ testing. The final conclusion the writers made was, “If you’re the sort who does a lot of travelling and presenting, the E-1775EB is one of the most portable projectors you’re likely to find, but considering the noise it makes at full tilt and its substantial price tag of R19 300, you might be better off with a bulkier, cheaper unit and the assistance of a lackey who likes pushing weights at the local gym.”

[via Tech Central]

Optoma Unveils 2012 Lineup for ISE

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) is one of the most important trade fairs in the professional audio/visual calendar. Today, Optoma announced that they will use the convention to unveil several new projectors in their collection. The projectors range from large venue device to short throw models. They include the EH7500, ZW210ST, EW775, EW675UTis, and the ML500. With the exception of the ZW210ST, all of these projectors are available now on the consumer market. The ZW210ST is the company’s first attempt at integrating a new LED/laser hybrid lamp instead of the conventional halogen lamps. This particular model will also be designed for traveling and will come with a USB and SD card slot. More information will be released when available.

[via Optoma]

Asus P1 Projector Released

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Asus is proud to announce the launch of their first portable LED projector, the P1. This device is capable of displaying a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution and 200 ANSI lumens. The device is ideal for travelling and can easily be tucked away in a suitcase or laptop bag. The P1 comes with several connection options, including a USB, SD card slot, VGA, and a composite connection. The projector uses LED lamps, which help reduce the energy consumption and the cost of ownership. The LED lamps have a lifespan of about 30000 hours. Asus has not announced a retail price yet.

[via Projector Point]

Mitsubishi HC7800D Projector Review

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The latest home theater projector from Mitsubishi is the HC7800D. It can display 1500 ANSI lumens, a 100000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Recently, Projector Central released their review of this projector. The projector was matched against some of the top 3D projectors in the industry to see which one was best. While each model had its own special qualities, the HC7800D was definitely above the rest. The image quality was superb both in 2D and 3D. The writers didn’t really note any problems with the projector other than a few concerns with the contrast and black levels. The writers’ conclusion was, “The Mitsubishi HC7800D distinguishes itself as a videophile’s 3D projector, combining best-in-class HD image quality with clean, artifact-free 3D performance. It is not as feature-laden as its competitors, nor can it achieve the deepest black levels, but it makes up for this by providing an elegant picture that has a slight edge over its competition. For this reason, we have given it a full five stars for performance, despite the lackluster black level performance relative to the competition. At $2999, the HC7800D is a strong projector and a good value.”

[via Projector Central]

Microvision SHOWWX+ HDMI Projector Review

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The latest projector from Microvision is the SHOWWX+ HDMI. This device is capable of displaying 15 ANSI lumens, a 5000:1 contrast ratio, and a WVGA (848 x 480) resolution. Today, the writers from PC Advisor got the chance to publish their review of this device. The first thing they mention is the impressive small size. The SHOWWX+ HDMI weighs only 0.3 lbs and is about the size of a smartphone. The biggest feature is the included mini HDMI port, which allows the device to receive HD content. Unfortunately because the projector doesn’t have an HD resolution, the image quality will not be as good as a home theater projector. But for what it’s worth, the writers were very happy with the projector’s image clarity and sharpness. The writers commented, “The SHOWWX+ HDMI is a novel accessory that should initially impress. However, limited battery life, lack of any mount or stand to stabilise projected images and unexceptional picture quality limits long-term appeal. Portability is a compromise here and it’s hard to see which market exactly the device is focused on.”

[via PC Advisor]

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