By The HT Guys • Jun 12 2015, 6:17am
Movie theaters are faltering, at least in our opinion.
The large format home theater has reached a price point where it is attainable for many of us.
And TVs are so big, you can practically create a large format home theater with just an LCD TV.
No need for a projector or a screen or the hassle of running wires to the back of the room.
And if anyone can have a huge home theater, what’s the allure of the traditional movie theater?
By The HT Guys • Dec 12 2014, 10:20am
We aren't done spending your money yet.
And we're still loving every minute of it.
This one hits really close to home; ever since we've made the move to front projection home theaters, we just sit around drooling over what our next projector might be.
If you haven't jumped into the front projector yet, maybe 2015 will be your year.
And you can start it with a wonderful Merry Christmas to yourself.
We each pick two projectors and one ultimate projector for those who may have more disposable income to play with.
By The HT Guys • May 30 2014, 8:20am
Nothing says "the future of display technology" like holograms.
If you're a Star Wars or a Star Trek fan, you know that someday we'll have holograms for real, interacting with us.
Until now that notion has existing only in science fiction and our imaginations.
But fueled by the same dreams you have, over the past three years, researchers in the Camera Culture group at the MIT Media Lab have steadily refined a design for a 3D video technology that doesn't require glasses at all.
By The HT Guys • Mar 21 2014, 7:25am
We haven't spent too much time talking about 4K projectors because, to be blunt, they're just too expensive to be within reach for us, and for the majority of our audience.
While they're cool to think about, and maybe drool over, why spend too much time on them when you know you'll never drop $28,000 on a projector? But what if they were a fraction of that cost?
By Ken Werner • Jun 13 2013, 3:46am
InfoComm 2013 — being held this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida — was once primarily a projector show.
There are still a lot of projectors to be seen, but the center of gravity has moved to flat panels, and if you were looking for two words to describe this year’s [...]
By Pete Putman • May 24 2013, 4:04pm
The once-safe market of small to mid-sized classroom and conference room projection continues to cede ground to large LCD displays with each passing month.
With lamp-free technology, projector manufacturers have shown they've finally seen the light.
But is it too late?
By The HT Guys • Mar 15 2013, 7:09am
Media players have become the bridge to all our content.
Whether that content is located in the cloud or on a server somewhere on your local network, these media players turn the digital bits into hours of multimedia enjoyment.
We've looked a few devices over the years and they keep getting better and better.
The WD TV Play is the latest one we look at and at $70 (Buy Now) its priced in about the middle of the pack.
By Pete Putman • Feb 2 2013, 12:11am
At the recently-concluded Integrated Systems Europe show, projector manufacturers showed concern about the impact of super-sized, inexpensive LCD displays.
And they're fighting back.
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 2:50am
OmniVision Technologies, Inc.
(NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced a new complete liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) chipset solution for low-cost, low-power and high-definition (HD) pico projection systems.
The single-chip LCOS panel OVP7200 displays native 720p HD video...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 5:49am
Epson America, Inc.
today expanded its award-winning line of 3LCD home theater projectors with the highly versatile and affordable 3LCD PowerLite® Home Cinema 750HD – offering families and first-time home theater enthusiasts an affordable and versatile 2D and true 3D big screen entertainment solution.
The Home Cinema 750HD is Epson's brightest home theater projector to date – projecting a bright and colorful display with up to 3,000 lumensi of color and 3,000 lumens of white brightness for dark or light rooms.
Offering full HD, active shutter 3D with...
By The HT Guys • Nov 9 2012, 6:28am
We received an email about a month back asking us to take a look at the 3M Streaming projector with Roku and since we are suckers for this kind of stuff, we thought why not! It fits in your hands, can run on batteries, and comes with a Roku Streaming stick.
We have to say this little guy is a blast to use!
By The HT Guys • Nov 2 2012, 4:26am
After Braden's projector blew a second bulb, he thought that maybe being a little sneaky and buying a whole new projector was the right way to get the purchase past the finance committee.
He would be upgrading an Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 for an Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3010 (Buy Now).
After all if you're going to upgrade projectors, you might as well go 3D.
By Pete Putman • Aug 9 2012, 12:33am
The future of front projection depends on its ability to go lampless.
And Optoma's ML300 shows how far we've come in attaining that goal.
By Alfred Poor • May 17 2012, 1:00pm
My good friend, colleague, and sometimes co-author M.
David Stone alerted me to a product that he recently reviewed for PC Magazine: the SmartCrystalÂ Pro from Volfoni.
This is a device that can turn any 3D-capableÂ front projector into one that uses passive glasses for $1,500 (street price).
Inexpensive 3D projectors require you to use bulky shutter [...]
By The HT Guys • Apr 6 2012, 6:24am
When we started the podcast back in 2005, CRT projectors dominated home theater.
As great as they looked, they were big, expensive and required routine maintenance to keep them in top form.
Today there are a wide variety of digital options that are both inexpensive and very easy to install and maintain.
One option for those interested in trying out a 100' or 120' TV in their home theater is the Acer H6500 DLP projector.
By Pete Putman • Apr 3 2012, 8:24pm
It has Wide XGA resolution, weighs all of 1.4 pounds, and cranks out 200+ lumens.
What else is there to say? (Oh yeah, it also has a Mini HDMI connection.)
By Pete Putman • Mar 27 2012, 1:05am
In a day and age of 'me too' projectors, Mit's HC7800 really stands out.
But 'ouch,' those glasses!
By Alfred Poor • Feb 29 2012, 1:00pm
Samsung has announced the Galaxy Beam, a new Android smartphone with a difference.
In addition to all the features you’d expect to find in a computerized phone for your pocket, it has one additional attraction.
The phone includes a 15 lumen projector, built right in.
No, this isn’t a high-definition display, but the way things are [...]
By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 2 2012, 3:19am
Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced its brightest-ever REALiS Installation LCOS Projectors, which are designed to provide exceptional display performance for a wide range of professional AV markets.
Incorporating multiple features for convenient installation and maintenance, the new REALiS WUX5000 and WUX5000 D Installation LCOS Projectors utilize Canon's unique fourth-generation AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) optical technology to maximize the display capabilities of their advanced LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) imaging panels.
This combination enables the projectors to deliver higher-than-HD-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen video and still images with an aspect ratio of 16:10 and a high brightness level of 5000 lumens.
The 5000 lumen brightness level improves display quality in long throw venues or rooms with relatively high ambient light levels, thereby increasing the versatility of the new projectors for a wider variety of viewing e ...
By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 6:00am
Sharp unveiled its latest 3D capable high-definition DLP home theater projector.
Providing unparalleled 3D visuals, the XV-Z30000 features 50000:1 contrast ratio and 1600 ANSI lumens to deliver superior brightness, astounding clarity, and color accuracy.
Part of the XV-Z30000's superior picture quality is due to the...
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