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Ed Selley  |  Jul 08, 2011  |  0 comments
Sensible cinema While InFocus' new projector is a fairly conventional beast, its picture performance is good enough for John Archer

InFocus has developed a reputation over the years for not being afraid to be different. A few years ago, its original ScreenPlay and subsequent Play Big projector ranges arguably revolutionised the way affordable projectors were designed for the home market.

Ed Selley  |  Jul 08, 2011  |  0 comments
Import duty Martin Pipe gives his verdict on Sharp’s first DLP 3D projector and makes a case for its appearance on these shores

When asked by Sharp if we wanted to audition its 3D projector, we weren’t about to say no, even though the machine hasn’t yet been confirmed for a UK release. Oddly, Sharp is prevaricating about whether there’s a market for a 3D PJ with a retail price of around £4,000. But AV retailers’ shelves aren’t exactly heaving with such items. There’s only Sony’s VPL-VW90ES (£5,400) and a trio of JVC models, ranging in price from £3,500 to £9,500. And that’s currently it.

Ed Selley  |  Jun 17, 2011  |  0 comments
Adapt to adopt 3D Your very own big screen 3D cinema for less than a grand? It’s possible says Steve May, but there are caveats…

Three dimensions work best on a cinema-sized screen where the format is more immersive and ultimately more convincing. While a 3DTV promises a peek through a dimensional window, cinema opens the doors and drags you inside.

Ed Selley  |  May 28, 2011  |  0 comments
Bright young thing Kevin Gallucci auditions an affordable projector that loves living rooms

Epson is one of the leading projector manufacturers in the world today and offers a five-strong home cinema lineup. The EH-TW3600 is its newest entry-level model, and some way off the flagship RH4000 in terms of specs. For instance, the brand’s Reflective LCD technology is missing here. Still, at only £1,300, this PJ will certainly attract a few buyers.

Ed Selley  |  May 02, 2011  |  0 comments
Little PJ with big ideas This budget full HD projector has much to recommend it, says Martin Pipe

The W1000+ can be yours for roughly the same amount as you’d pay for a good 40in TV. And none can offer the same big- screen thrills. The machine is capable of casting a 300in image thanks to the high output of its optical engine.

Ed Selley  |  Apr 07, 2011  |  0 comments
Lit up by laser Lasers are an economical backlight alternative to the old-school halogen bulb. Martin Pipe assesses this slimline wonder

Casio’s XJ-A235 is not a dedicated home cinema projector; it only has 720p (1,280 x 800) resolution, a single HDMI port and lacks professional calibration options, while employing only single-chip DLP technology. Yet this lightbox might pique the interest of shoppers also looking at £1,000 models from the likes of Vivitek and Optoma, because of its cutting-edge lighting under the bonnet.

Ed Selley  |  Apr 02, 2011  |  0 comments
3D as the director intended Sony brings the thrills of big-screen 3D home and Steve May is so impressed he can’t get those spex on fast enough

Many TV addicts are sceptical of domestic 3D. There’s just not enough content available to compensate for the general inconvenience of having to wear special glasses, particularly if you like to multitask. Surfing on a laptop or snarfing custard creams are both devilishly difficult to achieve from behind Active Shutter lenses. But take 3D out of the living room and place it in a dedicated home cinema and it becomes a proposition that will make you rethink your views.

Ed Selley  |  Apr 02, 2011  |  0 comments
Mover and shaker This pocket rocket offers a lot of picture for the price, says Steve May. But it should resolve to do better  

The latest entrant in the increasingly crowded budget 1080p projector market, the ViewSonic Pro8200 has an impressive resumé. At a tidy 3.63kg, this diminutive 2,000 lumens light cannon bristles with connection options, sports TI’s BrilliantColor picture technology and utilises a freshly minted 0.66in Digital Mirror Device for ultra-spiky detail.

Ed Selley  |  Mar 07, 2011  |  0 comments
Same old, but better Sanyo's breadbin-style projector update squeezes more quality from its 3LCD chipset for less cash. Jim Hill rates it

Sanyo’s Z Series LCD projectors have given us some cracking 1080p models at aggressive price points – and now there’s a new flagship. The Z4000 keeps to the formula and packs in high-end features like optical lens shift, while the price hits a new low.

Ed Selley  |  Feb 14, 2011  |  0 comments
SXRD’s makeover Sony reinvents its exclusive SXRD wheel with its new projector and puts a big smile on John Archer’s face in the process

With JVC promising all sorts of high-level upgrades for its imminent series of new D-ILA projectors, Sony is under pressure as it rolls out its annual updates to its rival SXRD PJs.

Ed Selley  |  Nov 30, 2010  |  0 comments
Teardrop explodes Runco flirts with the mainstream market to spectacular effect, as John Archer discovers

Runco projectors tend to combine huge bodies with even bigger price tags, which makes the LS-5 a real surprise.

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