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Danny Phillips  |  Apr 21, 2012  |  0 comments

The ubiquitous iPod has infiltrated most areas of home cinema but the projector market has always been an Apple-free zone. Until now that is. Epson’s MG-850HD is the world’s first home cinema projector with a built-in iPod dock, allowing you to watch movies and TV shows from your Apple device on a screen up to 300in in size – as well as playing music through its integrated 10W speakers.

Ed Selley  |  Mar 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Optoma unleashes bigscreen 3D The sub-£1,400 HD33 offers a tempting mix of dramatic 3D and sweet design. Home cinema frugalists have never had it so good, argues Steve May

Don’t be surprised if you’re told you’ll have to go on a waiting list to get an Optoma HD33. According to a little birdie in the trade, demand for this model is outstripping supply across Europe – and having now lived with one for a few weeks, I’m not surprised. Typically selling for less than £1,400, they represent ridiculously good value for bigscreen aficionados – particularly when you consider that a year ago you couldn’t get a Full HD 3D PJ for less than £3K.

Ed Selley  |  Jan 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Stuck in the middle Optoma's first 3D PJ offers Full HD at a very aggressive price point. But that’s not enough for John Archer

If you want to get a handle on what makes the Optoma HD83 one of the year’s most interesting projectors, all you have to do is take in its price: £2,400. This makes it comfortably more aff ordable than the likes of Panasonic’s AT5000 and Sony’s VPL-HW30ES.

Ed Selley  |  Dec 12, 2011  |  0 comments
Bigscreen 3D for the masses Sony’s second-generation 3D projector is a sensation regardless of dimension, says an enthusiastic Steve May

If I was building a dedicated home cinema tomorrow, I would, without doubt, install a 3D projector. While cynics continue to shrug at the tsunami tide of 3D flatscreen TVs heading our way, and I also have some reservations, I’ve yet to meet anyone who’s walked away from a 3D home projector demo who didn’t have a grin on their face.

Ed Selley  |  Dec 12, 2011  |  59 comments
Welcome to the extra dimension In striving to produce a good 3D projector, Panasonic has actually delivered a brilliant 2D one, reckons John Archer

From the moment I first saw Panasonic’s new PT-AT5000 3D projector running alongside its AE4000 predecessor at a swanky launch event in Los Angeles, I knew it was going to be something special. Though not necessarily because of its headlining 3D talents.

Ed Selley  |  Dec 12, 2011  |  0 comments
Jack of all trades This single-chip DLP projector can be converted to 3D with off-board hardware. But it’s trying to please too many different users, says Martin Pipe

The Viewsonic Pro8450 is a 720p single-chip DLP projector with a variety of applications.

Ed Selley  |  Oct 30, 2011  |  0 comments
Ambassador of 3D, you truly spoil us SIM2's latest three-chip DLP projector is a watershed moment in home cinema 3D’s fortunes, reckons John Archer

Despite the AV industry’s best efforts, it seems the public’s interest in domestic 3D may be waning. Indeed, it feels as if the format needs a ‘booster shot’ from some landmark film or product, to re-ignite public enthusiasm.

Ed Selley  |  Sep 02, 2011  |  0 comments
Darkchip diva Can £800 really buy you a quality hi-def home cinema projector? According to bigscreen behemoth John Archer, indeed it can

Usually projectors that cost less than £800 are either aimed at the business/education markets or absolutely rubbish. And there can be no hiding place for shoddiness when you’re watching a picture that’s 100in wide or more.

Ed Selley  |  Aug 25, 2011  |  0 comments
Austerity cinema How low can you go and still get a great cinematic experience? Steve May finds out, as he counts his change from a grand...

BenQ’s W1100 projector delivers large scale, vibrant images without obvious compromise, and its a full HD flag-waver for AV in our straitened times.

Ed Selley  |  Jul 15, 2011  |  0 comments
If you still aren't convinced about 3D, John Archer has no doubt at all that JVC’s latest projector will change your mind

Not everyone ‘gets’ 3D. Indeed, there are days when I’m not sure I totally need it myself. But not so today.

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.

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