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John Archer  |  Oct 05, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendSony's new high-end projector almost manages to persuade John Archer to part with £25,000

Thanks mainly to the 4K HDR experiences unlocked by its new X1 for Projector processing silicon, Sony has already wowed us with two of its current home cinema beamers, the mid-range VPL-VW590ES (see HCC #318) and step-up VPL-VW790ES (HCC #316). Can it complete the hat-trick with the high-end VPL-VW890ES? Or, put another way, is this £25,000 laser-powered behemoth really £12,000 'better' than the VW790ES?

John Archer  |  Jul 08, 2021  |  0 comments
Combining smart features, 4K HDR playback and a 100in screen, this 'Laser TV' appeals to John Archer

Once upon a time there were televisions and there were projectors, and never the twain shall meet. Here, though, in the shape of the 100L5FTUK-A12, we have increasingly innovative brand Hisense bringing these two disparate AV technologies together with a solution designed to give you the best of both worlds. Yes, the 'Laser TV' moniker is a bit odd, but I'm prepared to cut Hisense some slack.

Steve May  |  May 14, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThe beamer brand pulls out all the stops with its UST 4K model. Time for some WALL-E, suggests Steve May

It could soon be time to trade up from your trusty flatscreen to an ultra-short-throw projector, if this flagship BenQ model is anything to go by. While conventional beamers require room to project, UST models are far more versatile, and with the V6050, BenQ has produced a premium cinema solution able to turn practically any space into a jaw-dropping 4K theatre.

Steve Withers  |  Feb 16, 2021  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeSamsung joins the UST PJ party with its feature-packed LSP9T. Steve Withers bathes in the glow of its triple-laser light source

Samsung probably isn't the first name that springs to mind when thinking about projectors, but based on the company's new LSP9T 4K HDR beamer that might be about to change. Christened 'The Premiere', the brand backs the hyperbole with a seriously impressive set of specs that includes a three-colour laser light source, ultra-short-throw (UST) optics, beefy sound system, built-in tuners, and full Tizen smart platform.

Richard Stevenson  |  Jan 07, 2021  |  0 comments
Richard Stevenson explains why an initial plan to upgrade his 1080p projector to a mega-size 4K TV has instead resulted in a larger projector screen...
John Archer  |  Jan 06, 2021  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeThis high-end laser projector does things with HDR that John Archer can barely believe

No consumer-focused home cinema projector manufacturer has more experience with both native 4K resolution and laser lighting than Sony. I've known this for a while, but I still wasn't prepared for the performance prowess of its £12,000 VPL-VW790ES. This is a premium beamer that's capable of leaving your jaw on the floor.

John Archer  |  Nov 19, 2020  |  0 comments
Optoma's HZ40 home entertainment projector offers laser lighting – unusual for a model at its £1,300 price. But John Archer finds this a mixed blessing

It's easy to see why some people think lasers are the future of projection. They can go exceptionally bright and can support an extended colour gamut. You don't have to replace them as you do normal projection lamps, and they're energy efficient. And they lose relatively little performance over their colossal lifetime.

Steve May  |  Oct 05, 2020  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedThink of this as more home entertainment than home cinema, and BenQ's TK850 might well be projector you’ve been waiting for, declares Steve May
Steve May  |  Jul 15, 2020  |  0 comments
This WebOS-powered long-life LED projector wants to replace your LCD TV. Steve May wonders if he's looking at a home cinema game-changer
Steve May  |  Jul 13, 2020  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedViewsonic's M2 adds designer lustre to portable 1080p projection. Steve May also approves of both its performance and price
John Archer  |  May 05, 2020  |  0 comments
Optoma has given its media-savvy living room projector a brightness boost. John Archer leaves the lights on for some 4K HDR viewing

Much as we love projectors, trying to use them in a dark room can be a pain. Particularly if their remote controls don't have any backlighting.

John Archer  |  Feb 18, 2020  |  0 comments
This projector's legacy video inputs and quirky presets might not appeal to John Archer, but its 3D performance and price tag do

There are four things you need to know about the BenQ TH535 right off the bat. First, it's a DLP projector that costs just £500. Second, while pitched as a home entertainment projector, it's also got a Presentation preset. Third, it's a Full HD model with no 4K or HDR capabilities. And, finally, it's really bright – a claimed 3,500 Lumens bright, to be precise.

John Archer  |  Jan 31, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3JVC has gone native (4K) with its 'mainstream' D-ILA projectors. John Archer dims the lights and drools

JVC's D-ILA home cinema projectors have almost always been brilliant. What they haven't typically been up to recently, though, is natively 4K – and its first native 4K home cinema model was the £35,000 Z1 laser PJ, which I'm almost certain you didn't buy. More affordable models long relied on proprietary e-Shift technology to deliver a pseudo 4K effect by passing HD images through two fractionally offset 1080p imaging chips.

John Archer  |  Jan 22, 2020  |  0 comments
John Archer fires up HDR, SDR and 3D on the latest addition to Epson's '4K Enhancement' LCD projector range

Epson's latest 4K Pro-UHD LCD projector promises serious bang for your buck. For £1,500, the EH-TW7100 claims a maximum brightness of 3,000 nits and contrast ratio of 100,000:1, and image sizes up to 500in. It even packs a Bluetooth output for streaming audio to external speakers, in addition to its onboard 2 x 10W sound system.

Steve May  |  Jan 14, 2020  |  0 comments
Optoma's 4K ultra-short-throw PJ is a convincing TV replacement, suggests Steve May.

Able to cast a big image in a relatively small room, positioned just centimetres from a white wall, it's not difficult to see the appeal of an ultra-short-throw (UST) projector. There's no fear of walking in front of the beam either, causing oversized shadows on the action. The downside is that almost all UST projectors look like escapees from the office Christmas party.

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