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John Archer  |  Sep 19, 2012  |  0 comments

For most people, the fact that projectors usually require near darkness to work well makes them a non-starter for a normal family living environment. This is why Panasonic has rustled up the PT-AH1000E: a PJ designed to deliver bigscreen party thrills in light rooms.

Ed Selley  |  Dec 12, 2011  |  1 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.

Steve May  |  Jun 20, 2014  |  0 comments

Is the ultra short-throw projector finally about to storm the home entertainment market? A staple of corporates and education, their ability to cast a huge image when placed close to a wall, rather than rely on a long throw and screen, would seem to make them ideal for domestic applications. Other brands have hinted as much – LG has touted its prohibitively expensive Hecto laser projector Stateside, while Sony recently presented 4K short-throw projection as a home-of-tomorrow concept. At £1,500, the Philips LED DLP-powered Screeneo is a rather more real-world proposition.

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. 
John Archer  |  May 02, 2012  |  0 comments

US home theatre brand Runco is not generally associated with aggressive pricing. In fact, its most famous, compromise-free products belong squarely in the ‘if you need to ask how much it costs it’s not for you’ stratosphere. Today, though, I’m rather excited - and extremely startled - to be testing a Runco-branded projector that even I could just about imagine affording.

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.

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.

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  |  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  |  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.

John Archer  |  Feb 01, 2013  |  0 comments

When we found our test rooms invaded by a glut of LED projectors a couple of years ago, we felt confident that LED lighting would soon dominate the projection world in the same way it’s taken over the TV industry. But we were wrong. In fact, since then most of the big names in projector design have quietly but surely backed away from using LED.

John Archer  |  May 07, 2019  |  0 comments
This high-end 4K projector breaks new HDR ground – which explains why it's so expensive
John Archer  |  Dec 19, 2013  |  0 comments

I know what you’re thinking: how in the name of Citizen Kane can any home cinema ‘toy’ like the SIM2 Super Lumis justify a price of £37,000? Well, I'm going to tell you. And if I do my job right, by the end the only question you’ll be asking will be ‘Where can I get my hands on 37 grand?’.

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.

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