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April 15, 2008

Kaga Electronics Launching 4 New Taxan Series 2 DLP Projectors In Japan

kaga01.jpgJapan's Kaga Electronics will be launching 4 new Taxan Series 2 DLP projectors come mid-May. The PS200 Series features 2 models, the KG-PS232Xh (319,800 yen) and KG-PS232X (259,800 yen), both with 1024x768 pixel resolution, Texas Instrument's BrilliantColor technology, a 230W lamp output, and a manual zoom/autofocus lens. The PS232Xh pumps out 3000 lumens of brightness, while the PS232X settles for a slightly less 2500 lumens.

The lower-end models making up the PV100 series are the KG-PV131X (159,800 yen) and KG-PV131S (134,800 yen). Like the PS200 series, both models have a 0.55 DMD-type panel but don't use BrilliantColor instead opting for a more cost-effective model low on features but high on lamp life, an expected 4000 hours. The PV100 projectors both feature 2000 lumens of brightness, while the PV131X boasts a 1024x768 pixel resolution and the PV131S only 800x600 pixels. The PV100 series also pumps out less light at 200W, using less energy than the PS200 projectors, and doesn't feature the autofocus of the higher-end models, settling for manual focus.

Both the PV100 and PS200 projectors have the same inputs and outputs. Video inputs include a couple of analog RGB, one S-video and a composite. Other connection include a 15-pin, D-Sub monitor output, an analog audio inputs and a RS-232C port. Like mentioned before, the Taxan Series 2 projectors will hit Japanese shelves sometime in mid-May.

Via AV Watch

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April 11, 2008

JVC DLA-HD100 And DLA-RS2 D-ILA Projectors Reviewed

23479.jpgThe latest D-ILA equipped digital projectors from JVC both feature impressive contrast ratios of 30000:1, electronic image zoom and focus, HDMI 1.3 compatibility and 2.35:1 image stretch that widens 2.35:1 film to properly fit your HDTV's screen. The only difference between the JVC DLA-HD100 and DLA-RS2 D-ILA projectors is the latter is marketed to the pro installer market. Featuring a black glossy finish, the HD100/RS2 projector is simple to setup and calibrate, stunning 3D image quality, and nearly zero defects that lend clues to the image being projected as digital. Despite the fact that the HD100/RS2 boasts impressive black levels for a digital projector, they still don't match up to those of CRT projectors, although that can be fixed with the installation of a 4x Neutral Density filter. And every once in a while in an extremely fast moving gaming scene, there was some image smearing similar to that seen on some LCD displays.

Despite the minor defects, the JVC DLA-HD100/RS2 D-ILA projectors are great picks for viewing any type of HD content, especially film playback for those who want a true-to-life cinema experience with an exponentially better picture.

Via Home Theater Forum

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April 10, 2008

Pioneer Adds LCD's To New European Kuro Lineup

20080406-kuroeye.jpgLooks like Pioneer will be extending their Kuro lineup in Europe this year, even moving into the projector market with an HD-ready 1080p front projector. The second-generation plasma lineup will include the 50-inch PDP-LX5090, 60-inch PDP-LX6090, the 50-inch PDP-LX5090H, and the 60-inch PDP-LX6090H. All four models feature 1080p, 100Hz panels and reduced idling luminance and black levels five times those of the world-renowned 2007 lineup. The initial two models will be available in June, while the latter models will be available at different times depending on the region. No pricing info is available yet.

As we told you earlier this year, Pioneer will be moving into the LCD market, outsourcing much of their plasma production and thus will be releasing three new LCD models-the 32-inch KRL-32V, 37-inch KRL-37V, and 46-inch KRL-46V. All three models are HD-ready 1080p 100Hz displays, featuring anti-reflective filters, triple HDMI 1.3 support and an aluminum-looking finish. The two smaller displays will be available come June in Europe while the larger 46-inch model has no release date yet, nor have pricing details for any of the models been released.

The Kuro front projector will be available this month, configured for screen sizes starting at 60 inches, and featuring the same amazing contrast levels the Kuro name is known for, bring theater-like film quality to your home theater projection screen. The projector also utilizes LCOS 1080p technology, wide lens shift capacity and dual HDMI 1.3 support.

Via HDTV Origin

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April 5, 2008

3 Things You Must Know If You're Buying A Used Projector

xd300u.jpgHome theater equipment can get expensive as we all know and the projector can be one of the costliest items depending on the features you're looking for. For some of us, our only option may be to buy used. But is this a smart strategy and is it a good investment? It depends. Projectors tend to be more fickle than most other home theater accessories and thus a warranty can be important. If you're buying a used projector that's actually fairly new, you're losing out on the warranty and properly paying a fairly high prices. On the other hand, if you buy a slightly older projector, you'll pay maybe half the price of a new model and losing out on the warranty won't be such a big deal.

Two other areas of concern you should be aware of: first, never buy a used projector from a smoker as cigarette smoke damages projector's optics, and two, DLP projectors have lamps that do burn out and can be pricey to replace. If you buy a used projector, assume the lamp will burn out almost immediately and tack the replacement cost onto what you're paying. Be aware when you're buying used and you'll be able to avoid making a costly mistake.

Via Home Theater Tips

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April 4, 2008

Planar's PD8130 And PD8150 Home Theater Projectors

PD8130(2).jpgPlanar's PD8130 and PD8150 1080p single-chip projectors, designed exclusively for your home theater, are shipping in high-gloss black for $5999 and $7999 respectively. The Planar PD8130 has a 10000:1 contrast ratio and multiple HDMI and component connections while the Planar PD8150 has a 15000:1 contrast ratio, HDMI 1.3 and 12-bit Deep Color.

Both projectors have a number of features in common including Planar video processing technology with Dynamic Black and BrilliantColor enhancement, horizontal and vertical lens shift, sharpness and noise reduction controls, ISF day and night calibration memory settings, programmable image memory selection keys, built-in test patterns and an easy-to-use remote.

Via CEPro

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April 3, 2008

Panasonic's PT-F200NTU And PT-F200U Projectors Expensive, But Feature Cost-Reducing Technologies

panasonic-pt-f200u-11.jpgPanasonic's PT-F200NTU and PT-F200U projectors, the company's two newest fixed installation models feature fourth-generation Daylight View 4 image-processing with Edge Enhancement, a lamp life of 5000 hours, brightness of 3500 lumens, both vertical and horizontal lens shift, closed captioning and Auto Rolling Filter (ARF) reducing dust build-up and air contamination. The PT-F200TU has a wireless local area network connection that supports the Japanese PJLink protocol allowing it to be controlled from a PC. Pricing? Expect to pay $4499 for the PT-F200NTU and $3999 for the PT-F200U.

Via About Projectors

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April 2, 2008

Mitsubishi's WL6700U WXGA Projector Hits Shelves This Month

WL6700U.jpgMitsubishi's WL6700U projector will hit shelves later this month for an MSRP of $9995. The 5000 lumen, WXGA resolution (1366 x 800 pixels) projector features a 1000:1 contrast ratio, three 1.2-inch 3LCD panels, a DVI connector enabling a whack of HD connection options, as well as a live video feed and simultaneous presentation for videoconferencing. The Mitsubishi WL6700U is available in white, has RJ45 network support for online management, and an motion-sensitive anti-theft alarm just in case you're using it for a public use. Finally, Mitsubishi guarantees 3 years on the projector's parts and 90 days on the lamp.

Via CEPro

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March 30, 2008

Microprojectors Expected To Be Big In 2009

microvision.jpgMicroprojectors, such as Microvision's PicoP embeddable cellphone projector, are expected to be available by the end of this year. Small enough to fit in your pocket or placed inside your cellphone, these tiny projection wonders are expected to cater mainly to the business market, enabling presenters to conduct on-the-fly presentations without worrying abour carrying around a clunky projector and finding a suitable screen.

Several different companies are currently working on different microprojection models, many of which will be integrated into cellphones. Stand-alone models are expected to cost about $350 when they first hit the market, but drop to under $300 fairly quickly. And microprojectors are expected to bring in big dollars. As telecom companies run out of ways to make money, microprojection and other video-related technologies are expected to be the next big moneymaker. By 2012, sales are expected to reach $2.5 billion for stand-alone models and $1 billion for module embedded into cellphones and other devices.

You have to wonder though, what the ramifications will be if microprojectors hit it big with the younger markets. Are we going to see guerrilla video presentations in public? Annoying teens playing YouTube clips on the back of people's heads on the bus? We can't wait to see!

Via The New York Times

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March 27, 2008

Sanyo PLC-XW60: World's Smallest And Lightest Ultraportable Projector

132705-wx60.jpgSanyo's PLC-XW60, announced by the company yesterday, is the world's smallest and lightest XGA LCD ultraportable projector. Sanyo was able to develop ultra-small optical components for the projector contributing to a decrease in lamp size of 39% and lens weight of 44%, ultimately resulting in a 3.6 pound projection tool perfect for corporate schleps constantly on the go. Features include:

  • 1024x768 resolution
  • 2000 lumen brightness
  • 4:3 aspect ratio
  • automatic keystone correction
  • automatic input signal detection
  • guidance display for easy step-by-step setup
  • easy-off function that eliminates the need for cooldown time
  • Color or Blackboard mode displays pictures on any solid-colored service eliminating the need for a white projection screen
  • built-in 1 watt mono speaker
Interestingly the PLC-XW60 isn't compatible with HDMI, using component and composite video inputs. The Sanyo projector will be available in April 2008 at an expected street price of $795.

Via PRNewswire

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March 19, 2008

Super 8 Film Projectors Make A Comeback With Modern LED

ax_mimg01.jpgProjectors are getting pretty advanced these days, sometimes to the point that they're difficult to use. But remember way back when when theaters still used Super 8 projectors? You may have even used them in the classroom, or when your grandparents showed you some old fashioned family video pre-HD camcorder.

As of April 24, Japanese retro video fans will be able to get their hands on a Super 8 projector kit from Gakken. The film is spooled using a handcrank and you can't actually buy a Super 8 camera to go with it, but it does come with modern LED technology. The kit will be priced at 8000 yen or $80 US.

Via Gizmodo

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