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November 28, 2006

Projectiondesign Model Two WIDE - Projection in Small Spaces

Want to add a projector to your home theater system but your room is just too small? Well you might be interested in the Projectiondesign Model Two WIDE projector. According to Pocket-Lint:

Model Two WIDE can project a 2m wide/90-inch diagonal image on the wall from a distance of only 2 metres, while most projectors require a distance from the projection surface of at least 4 to 5 metres.

The Model Two WIDE features DarkChip3 technology and is HD-ready. It features interchangeable lenses and delivers 1000 lumens of light. It operates at just 24dB so you'll be able to hear sound without any problems, and offers true optical vertical lens shift of 0-95%.

Very nice! At £4000 it might be cheaper to tear down a wall but hey it's still a neat idea.


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November 14, 2006

First Look: BenQ MP510 DLP Projector - Home Theater for Around $500

Some of the killer home theater systems out there are centered around projectors. The problem is projectors can get expense, especially when you consider the cost of replacement bulbs. For those who do want a projector for their home theater system but don't want to put out a lot of dough will want to look at the BenQ 510.

While it's an entry level projector, it's under $600 price tag makes it a great choice for the entry level home entertainment setup. According to the BenQ press release last week:

TAIPEI, TAIWAN, 27 October, 2006 - BenQ today introduces a new addition to its projector lineup with the BenQ MP510 multi-function digital projector, providing the best option in both value and performance. The MP510 features a brightness of 1500 ANSI lumens, SVGA (800 x 600) resolution, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, an incredibly 22dB whisper quite design and various application functions including 7 sets of picture modes and wall color correction function. The BenQ MP510 features a whisper quiet design that is able to reduce the operation noise to an incredibly quiet 22dB. This is achieved by an advanced cooling system which creates an effective sound baffle that effectively reduces the audible noise to a low 22dB - the level of sound lower than the human whisper, almost equivalent to the sound level of rustling leaves, therefore ensures undisturbed meeting or cinematic environment.

For those of you who have the BenQ 510, drop us a line and let us know what you think.


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November 9, 2006

InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP Projector Review

While projectors don't fit into every budget, they definitely add that extra something to a home theater setup. has a review of the eye-pleasing InFocus Play Big IN76 DLP Projector that starts out:

Back at the Home Theater studio, I was able to get a closer look at the IN76. Aesthetically, both the projector and its remote are striking. The IN76 employs smooth lines reminiscent of a classic 1960s roadster and a black case that blends well into a darkened home theater environment. The remote has a new feature that is ingenious in its simplicity. On the remote's underside is a trigger button that controls the remote's backlight. The light only illuminates the straightforward icons on the buttons and not the text affiliated with them. Overall, the IN76 demonstrates great aesthetic improvement over previous InFocus generations. The onscreen menu has changed very little. It's still functional and easy to navigate. Surprisingly absent from the menu is a tint control for the component input.

Overall the reviewer was pleased and stated:

In an industry that is constantly changing, there's always talk about the newest must-have technology. While that's great for those who need to be on the cutting edge, most of us are satisfied as long as a product does what it's supposed to do—specifically, what we paid for it to do. The IN76 is one of those products. It projects a great 720p image and does so out of the box. Its cost is comparable to that of a well-performing flat screen, too. If you're planning to upgrade to a projector, the InFocus Play Big IN76 definitely deserves a close look.

I have to say I really dig the retro look of the IN76. Be sure to check out the entire review.


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May 25, 2006

Got a Projector? Now What?

We've talked a lot about adding a projector to your home theater system. The problem with a projector though, is that you have to find a way to mount it so that people don't keep obstructing the view. That's where this handy little tutorial from Engadget comes in:

In today's How-To we get to play with other people's toys. We upgraded a home theater to a high definition front projection system. We lay it out, set it up, drill holes, nearly die in a Texas attic, and bring home the popcorn.

Our project home theater already has the essentials for taking advantage of a high definition display: a progressive scan DVD player with component video output and a hi-def DISH Network satellite receiver provide a HD video source for the projector.

So if you have a projector or thinking about investing in one, be sure to check out this tutorial on installing and mounting.

More at Engadget

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March 16, 2006

Toshiba Announces the et20 Projector with Integrated DVD Player

Somehow we missed the et20 projector from Toshiba that was announced at CEBIT last week. According to the press release:

HANNOVER, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 9, 2006--Toshiba has announced the et20 projector with integrated DVD player, 5.1-channel audio system, and an exclusive Super Close Projection lens that will produce a 2-meter (diagonal) image from 1-meter and a 1.5-meter image from only 70 centimeters away. The projector will also feature the Realta HQV(R) video processor for delivering what's acknowledged as the industry's best image quality. The projector will have a retail price of EUR 1599 ($1900 US) and will be available in April 2006.

Sounds like a pretty awesome projector but geez it's ugly. I guess it's all about functionality over looks (that's what they say about me anyway).


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February 23, 2006

First Look: Toshiba's TDP-T95U XGA projector

Toshiba has a new mid-range projector, the TDP-T95U. According to Toshiba:

Toshiba's TDP-T95U projector is a sleek and travel-friendly projector designed for presenters who expect and demand quality, flexibility and performance at a tremendous value. The TDP-T95U features incredible brightness with 2,200 ANSI lumens, brilliant XGA (1024 x 768) resolution and a razor sharp 2000:1 contrast ratio. Thirty-degree digital keystone correction automatically engages without manual adjustments. Its flexible connectivity and fast, easy operation ensure flawless presentations and larger-than-life images virtually anytime, anywhere.

The Toshiba TDP-T95U Conference Room Projector supports TV (NTSC, PAL, SECAM), HDTV/DTV, and RGB signal inputs. Input terminals include 2-video (1-RCA, 1-S-Video), 5 audio (1x stereo mini-jack, 2x RCA for Video, 2x RCA for S-video), and 2 RGB for multiple input sources. Automatic Digital Keystone correction (+/- 30 degrees) is also supported.

For $1300, the TDP-T95U might be something to look at for those of you who are thinking about a projector.

At [via Engadget]

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January 23, 2006

Deal of the Day: Factory-Reconditioned InFocus SP4800 ScreenPlay Video Projector

While the InFocus SP4800 may not be the Mac Daddy of projectors, it's still quite capable for those of us who haven't won the lottery yet. So if you're dying to watch the upcoming Super Bowl in a format that makes the football bigger then your head, check out this awesome deal at (Click or Hover on the Image for More Info)

You can see the pretty positive users reviews at

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October 3, 2005

Panasonic Introduces PT-AE900U HD Projector with a 5500:1 Contrast Ratio

If you're looking to build a true home theater system, you'll want to look into a high quality projector. Panasonic has introduced the PT-AE900U, a projector with a 5500:1 contrast ratio. Wow! Here's the Press Release:

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (September 9, 2005) — Panasonic Broadcast has introduced the new PT-AE900U, a native high-definition home theater projector that produces stunning, film-like images with a dramatic 5500:1 contrast ratio.

Capable of displaying ultra-sharp, ultra-clear HD pictures up to 14.5-feet wide, the PT-AE900U is equipped with advanced, new digital picture-enhancing features allowing users to enjoy “Hollywood picture quality” in the comfort of their homes.

The PT-AE900U offers a host of image optimizing features including a new Dynamic Iris optical system that extends the iris range by 30% for a breathtaking 5500:1 contrast ratio. Dynamic Iris, with scene tracking capability, constantly adjusts the light volume and gamma curve in real time, so the picture is always optimal and transitions between scenes are amazingly smooth and natural. The PT-AE900U is also outfitted with new Smooth Screen technology that effectively eliminates the “Screen door effect” (visible spacing between pixels) and gives the projector a sharp, detailed HD picture that is remarkably smooth and film-like. More at

Pretty Sweet! The PT-AE900U is available now at a suggested list price of $3,199 (as low as $2300 on Amazon). The thing to remember about projectors is that replacement bulbs can be expensive ($200-$800) and may need to be replaced several times a year with heavy usage. So before you buy a projector be sure to do some research.

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September 15, 2005

Hasbro's ZoomBox Projector

Hasbro-Zoombox-1It's absolutely amazing to think that kids will have the ability to project video games on a wall or ceiling up to 60" wide for $299 bucks. What's even more amazing? The ZoomBox Projector from Hasbro's Tiger Electronics Division also has a DVD & CD player built in, allowing them to watch movies on the thing. And finally - it even has built in speakers? My god. It's full of stars.

ZoomBox is available online at and in New York this December. After that, expect a full roll out of the ZoomBox in 2006.

Via Strange New Products at Hasbro Zoombox Projector

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July 11, 2005

Wall Mounted LCD Projector from LG Electronics

Lg Retouch 2.Jpg-1 I need a wall mount LCD projector. I'm pretty sure that if I had this - my life would be complete as well. The new LG AN110 is the world's first wall mounted projector. You'll get a HD picture at 1280x768 resolution and the project is tiny. Other features include a picture with 3000:1 contrast, and a bulb that lasts for 4000 hours.

Via Tech Digest at LG Electronics

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