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John Archer  |  Apr 22, 2017  |  0 comments
Somehow, Epson’s new EH-TW7300 only costs £2,200. That's despite it being one of only a handful of projectors capable of playing both 4K and high dynamic range sources. Surely such a ground-breaking deal has to be too good to be true?
Steve May  |  Nov 01, 2016  |  0 comments
Philips' original Screeneo, which debuted back in 2014, was perhaps the first home entertainment projector to liberate the ultra short-throw ethos from the boardroom/classroom and re-imagine it for regular living spaces. Now with this second iteration, Philips has refined the concept further. 
Steve May  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  0 comments

It's perhaps surprising that the concept of ultra short throw projectors for the home hasn't taken off more readily. Unlike traditional home cinema beamers, which cast images across 3m to 5m, UST models like this £1,000 Optoma GT5000 throw up a 100in image from just 30cm. 

John Archer  |  Aug 24, 2016  |  0 comments

Sony's VPL-HW45ES projector arrives on the back of plenty of anticipation. Its predecessor, the VPL-HW40ES, was a leading light in the sub-£2,000 price bracket, and since that model was launched Sony’s projector division has gone from strength to strength with its native 4K/high dynamic range-capable VW320ES and VW520ES home cinema beasts.

Martin Pipe  |  Aug 05, 2016  |  0 comments

The latest in ViewSonic's LightStream range, the Pro7827HD certainly packs in the features. This modestly priced DLP single-chipper is evidently aimed at the home cinema crowd, with its native 3D support, REC.709 picture preset, ISF modes and eye-catching claimed contrast ratio of 22,000:1.

John Archer  |  Jul 22, 2016  |  0 comments
We had to wait two years until JVC refreshed its projector line – and two years is an eternity in the current AV world. At least with its 2016 X-range, it looks like JVC’s engineers used the time wisely, adding up-to-the-minute connectivity and HDR support to JVC’s proprietary and consistently excellent D-ILA projection engine. 
John Archer  |  Jul 04, 2016  |  0 comments
While a growing number of today’s so-called home entertainment projectors are actually presentation PJs masquerading as movie machines, the BenQ W2000 is the real home cinema McCoy – despite its attractive £800 ticket.
Steve May  |  Apr 04, 2016  |  0 comments

JVC's corporate assimilation into Kenwood may have put product development on hold for a year or two, but now the brand is back with the DLA-X5000, yet another upgrade to what is proving to be a surprisingly intransigent projector design.

John Archer  |  Feb 18, 2016  |  0 comments
Every now and then a product lands that changes the game. One that delivers class-leading picture quality while bringing something new to the home cinema technology party. Sony's new VPL-VW520ES projector is such a product. And trust me, it's quite hard trying to write a review with your jaw hanging permanently open. It's messy.
Steve May  |  Jun 23, 2015  |  0 comments
Thanks to the Epson EH-LS10000, I can see clearly now the grain is gone. I can literally see all obstacles in my way. Gone are the dark clouds... replaced by perfect shadow detail and absolute blacks. This is laser home cinema, and it’s nothing less than a revolution in bigscreen viewing.
Martin Pipe  |  Jun 07, 2015  |  0 comments

Until quite recently, you could expect to fork out over a grand for a brand-name Full HD projector with 3D capabilities. Now, though, such spec is a much more affordable proposition – Optoma's HD151X retails for just £650.

Steve May  |  Feb 21, 2015  |  0 comments

Not unlike Tony Curtis in The Boston Strangler, Sony continues to tighten its grip on the premium end of the home cinema projection market. Suave, good-looking and surprisingly cheap (in an admittedly expensive way), the VPL-VW300ES is the brand's fourth 4K/Ultra HD SXRD, and arguably it’s most compelling. 

Steve May  |  Feb 03, 2015  |  0 comments

Epson makes much of the colour output of its 3LCD projection fleet, and often with good reason – most cast images which glow with Candy Crush vibrancy. The EH-TW6600W is a good example. This latest addition to its home theatre range creates images that compete with LED TVs in terms of kaleidoscopic vibrancy. With this PJ, superheroes appear more heroic and animations more animated. Sackcloth calibration miseries may not approve, but within minutes of installing the projector I was buzzing.

John Archer  |  Sep 18, 2014  |  0 comments

Despite costing just £500, Acer’s H6510BD is surprisingly pretty with its angular, minimalist lines and gloss-white finish. Its connections match those of many more expensive PJs too, with HDMI, D-Sub PC, VGA and USB offered.

Martin Pipe  |  Aug 11, 2014  |  0 comments

This year, projection specialist Epson has rejigged its product lineup to target the bigscreen movie fan who wants to step up from a £1,000 model but isn't ready to enter the competitive mid-range market where Sony and JVC are also trading blows. The result is the EH-TW7200, its 'entry-level' 3D model that retails for approximately £1,900 – a price point that other brands often ignore. 

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