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BenQ W1200 DLP Projector

BenQ W1200 DLP Projector With a steady flow of new models hitting the market since the CEDIA Expo, I’ve had plenty of projectors passing through my theater of late. When I got the opportunity to review the BenQ W1200, I realized it was my first time evaluating a product from this company. The W1200 is a full 1080p single-chip DLP projector.

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LG PZ550 50" 3D Plasma HDTV

LG PZ550 3D Plasma TV To follow up my review of the passive 3D LCD LG TV, LG sent me their 50” PZ550 3D Plasma HDTV to check out. This was a great opportunity for me to compare both the active shutter and passive approach to 3D from the same manufacturer.

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LG 55LW5600 55" 3D Edge Lit LED LCD HDTV

LG 55LW5600 LED LCD TVI first saw the passive 3D LCD displays at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show and was immediately drawn in by their crisp bright displays and limited crosstalk. Fellow Secrets team member Chris Heinonen and I recently took a look at the 55LW5600, a 55” 3D Edge Lit LED LCD HDTV from LG.

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Optoma HD33 3D DLP Projector

Optoma HD33 3D DLP Projector In the two years since 3D displays first became commonplace, I’ve seen many demos; and only a few of them really impressed me. When you watch for a few minutes and you get that “gotta have it” feeling, you know you’ve seen something special. So far I’ve seen exactly zero flat panels that affected me that way. They just don’t immerse the viewer the way a projector does. I’ve found for the 3D effect to be truly convincing, the edges of the screen have to be outside my peripheral vision. Front projection is, of course, the answer; but 3D capable models are only just now trickling down to the affordable level. The Optoma HD33 is a DLP projector with 3D capabilities and has full 1920x1080p native resolution. All for less than $1,500.

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Runco LS-10i 3-Chip DLP Projector

Runco LS-10i 3-chip DLP Projector for the Home TheaterI am often asked when recommending projectors why some models cost upwards of $20,000. The simple answer is – light output. You can get a state-of-the-art projector for $8000 and have a superb image, as well as excellent build quality. But you won’t be able to fill a 180-inch screen from 25 feet away and achieve 20 foot-Lamberts. For this you need a high output model, preferably a 3-chip DLP like Runco’s new LS-10i. But, you will need that $20,000.

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Sharp LC-60LE835U 60" LED LCD 3D HDTV

Sharp LC-60LE835U 60” LED LCD 3D DisplayAlong with competitively priced gargantuan panels the other thing Sharp is generating buzz for is their Quattron technology, which is the inclusion of a fourth yellow sub pixel in the pixel matrix. Sharp says adding this yellow sub pixel not only creates a wider color gamut (especially in yellows, greens, and cyans) but also makes the panel both brighter and more efficient due to the amount of light that passes through the yellow filtered sub pixel. Since the Sharp panels are getting very good Energy Star ratings there probably is some very smart engineering going on under the hood. Here, we review the Sharp LC-60LE835U 60" LED 3D HDTV.

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Screen Goo Systems for Painting a Projection Screen on Your Wall

Screen Goo SystemsScreen Goo is a specially formulated line of acrylic paint products designed specifically for the video projection industry. It allows anyone to transform any smooth paintable surface into a high performance projection screen.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB LCD Projector

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB LCD Projector

Commenting on value in a review is always risky. The worth of a product is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. In the case of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB, I have every confidence that you will agree when I say, this projector is one of the best values on the market today. For less than the price of many big-screen TVs, you can have the front projection experience with plenty of light, accurate color, high-end video processing, and all at full 1920x1080p.

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Toshiba 55WX800U 55" LED Edge Lit LCD 3D HDTV

Toshiba 55WX800U 3D TV At the Consumer Electronics Show last January, every television manufacturer had at least one 3D-capable display in their booth. Over the next few months, new models trickled into the marketplace. Now that CEDIA has come and gone, the floodgates are officially open and every brand has at least one and in some cases multiple models to choose from. I attended CEDIA with the primary goal of securing as many 3D TVs as possible for review. Toshiba was kind enough to be the first to provide me a sample, the flagship 55WX800U Cinema Series 55" LED Edge Lit LCD HDTV.

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Toshiba 55SL417U 55" Edge Lit LED LCD HDTV

Toshiba 55SL417U LED TVWith all the hoopla surrounding 3D, the other big innovation in HDTVs has been largely forgotten – LED backlighting. For an image-quality geek like me though, this is a far more significant advance in technology. LCD panels can now play in the same black-level arena as plasma TVs. In some cases, they even exceed. As anyone schooled in imaging science will tell you, dynamic range is the single most important factor in perceived image quality. Let's take a look at this Toshiba 55" HDTV with edge lit LED backlighting.

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Runco Q750i DLP Projector with LED Illumination

Runco Q750i LED Projector Since the first LCD units were pressed into service as home theater displays, digital projection has suffered from one limitation, the bulb. No matter the technology – DLP, LCoS or LCD – all digital front projectors use(d) either a UHP (Ultra High Pressure) mercury or xenon lamp as a light source. The use of LEDs as the light source in projectors is now emerging. Here, we review Runco's Q750i projector which has a single DLP 1920 x 1080 chip with an LED light source.

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