One of the brighter 3D capable projectors under $5000
The picture - is accurate, and natural looking. Skin tones, as a general rule, are gorgeous.
Although a bit cool, even brightest modes have a most enjoyable picture quality, that I figure looks better than almost any LCDTV, and I'm talking this Sony at its worst. It's hard not to really revel in excellent skin tones.
Placement flexibility of the VPL-HW50ES projector is really good with 1.6:1 zoom and a good amount of lens shift.
Excellent color, Customizable light output
The Sony VPL-HW50ES is a videophile's dream. It combines a crisp, detailed 2D image with a nearly flawless 3D image and a light engine that is powerful enough to put both images on some seriously large screens. It provides excellent customizability, so the tinkerers out there will not be disappointed in their ability to fine-tune almost every aspect of the projector's performance without having to crack open a service menu.
Superb 3D pictures, Brilliant 2D pictures, Excellent value
Don't be put off by the little list of niggles we finished the main review with. For in reality all these issues do is explain why the Sony VPL-HW50ES is only £3,000 rather than £5,000 or more. Overall the HW50 is an absolutely outstanding effort that rocks with 2D and sets new standards for its price level with 3D. In other words, it's another red letter day in Sony's bid to get back on top of the AV game.
Very good native contrast
The Reality Creation mode helps to make poor transfers or soft films look better, though it can also distract from a really well done transfer unless you turn it off for those. The inclusion of a spare bulb is just icing on the cake, allowing you to use the Sony for years without needing to buy anything else. Unless you need a feature the Sony doesn't offer, it now becomes my go-to projector recommendation by offering a fantastic image and an amazing value. Incredibly highly recommended.
Looks smart, easy to set-up
While Sony's 4K Ultra HD kit might be grabbing al the headlines, for now we're much more excited by this £3k full HD 3D projector.
If you're serious about big-screen home cinema, then you'll know this is something of a sweetspot for projectors - and the Sony VPL-HW50ES is a very sweet performer indeed, which means this product class is once more getting very tasty indeed.
Razor sharp detail performance
Respectfully quiet in operation and capable of deep rich blacks with lush colours, the Sony VPL-HW50ES projector should delight even the most demanding film fans with its home cinema prowess.
An agile iris delivers a dynamic contrast range of 100,000:1, while the brand's proprietary SXRD light engine and Reality Creation picture processor throws images of astonishing crispness. Motion resolution is top notch too, making this projector a top choice for displaying big sporting events.
Incredibly compelling home cinema projector
The VPL-VW50ES is an excellent LCOS projector that can produce detailed, rich, and more uniquely, very film-like images, in a wide variety of installations. It has a lot of essential and desirable features present: high contrast performance, reasonably accurate (although imperfect) greyscale and gamma linearity, accurate colour reproduction, reasonably high quality optics, no visible pixel structure worth mentioning, and a dark frame insertion feature for lovers of the cinema look.
Solid shadow detail and color
The Acer H6510BD may be the most affordable full 3D projector available today. At $799, it delivers an attractive image that's great for high-definition films and video in either a darkened theater or a living room.
While the W1070 has advantages over the H6510BD in several important areas, it also costs about 20% more than the H6510BD. Neither projector comes with 3D glasses, but both use inexpensive DLP Link eyewear rather than a proprietary solution.
Dynamic range has been improved
Panasonic has been making home theater projectors for many, many years. The AE series, of which the AE8000 is the latest edition, started with the AE100 way back in 2001 -- ancient history by today's standards. It is clear by now that they've gotten very good at it.
Last year's AE7000 was a big step forward over the previous AE4000.
Great Projector, but be aware of who you are buying it from
I love the projector, never-mind the 3D, it is not a subtle upgrade from the PT-AE4000. In terms of picture quality, everything is better - brightness, contrast, and clarity. It is actually bright enough that in a reasonably light controlled setting, you could run in ECO mode and be perfectly happy. Again, going from PT-AE4000 to the 8000 is well worth it. 3D seemed fine, just make sure that you purchase the correct 3D glasses as there are different versions, even within Panasonic.
It produces a bright, vibrant image with solid contrast
Shortly after buying my first front projector, an Epson, I made the leap to Panasonic and, for four years after my initial purchase, I bought the new model every year without fail. Had I not switched to JVC about five years ago, I could assume I'd probably be a Panasonic front-projection customer even today. But shaking things up has a way of changing one's perspective on things.
Very good color, out of the box, great color post calibration
The Optoma HD23 comes across as a solid, well built, entry level home entertainment projector. We really like it, especially the great color. The result of our appreciation is demonstrated by awarded Optoma's HD23 with a Special Interest award. We would have liked to see better black performance, even at this price point, but that is our only noteworthy complaint in terms of performance Even without better blacks, though, we consider the HD23 very worthy.
If you look for smooth BluRay 1080p24 picture mode, look further
This is my 1st full HD 1080p projector. Having two LED HDTV I was expecting to watch my Blu-Ray movies in 24p which on my both TVs looks amazingly smooth (no jitter) thanks for 120Hz technology. Optoma HD23 projector is a bargain but obviously with the low price comes lack of smooth 24 frame movies processing. Sure, projector accepts 24Hz video signal but it does not process it further which results in jittery, unnacceptable picture.
Great picture quality, Easy to set-up, Small footprint
The image quality doesn't look that spectacular at default settings, either. But from here on, the Optoma's class begins to shine through. It's the only projector here that works best using a cinema or movie oriented preset mode and it makes the HD23 very easy to set up. Just stick it in cinema mode and let it rip.
Very good color balance with all but the brightest picture mode
The Panasonic PT-DZ770UL is an excellent performer and a good bargain for someone looking for a large venue, commercial projector with 2K or WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution.. It offers a combination of high brightness, excellent sharpness, and good color balance and image depth, all at a street price that is among the lowest in its class. With easy setup via its power zoom, focus and lens shift, as well as its variety of available lenses, it is easily integrated into any installation.
Well-rounded, highly capable projector
The Panasonic DZ770UK is a powerful WUXGA projector that has a little bit of everything. Its real strength is in its Cinema mode, which offers the killer combination of high light output, strong color saturation, and good default color accuracy. The projector's small size, low audible noise, and low heat exhaust make it usable in smaller rooms where some of its competitors would overwhelm the space, but the projector has the lumen power to be used in a much larger room without issue.
Single chip DLP provides pretty clean 3D
Having been playing with the finished W7000 firmware (2/18/2012) for a dozen+ hours, I'm prepared to finally position the BenQ in terms of quality, and value.
The W7000 is a light canon, when it comes to 2D viewing. If you run its "best" mode, with Brilliant Color On, this projector is about twice as bright as most of the competition, and even with BC turned off, none of the projectors near its price can beat it for sheer brightness when calibrated.
Good black performance
The BenQ W7000 is a bright, capable 3D projector, and at $2499 it is highly competitive in today's market. Its stunning sharpness and clarity of detail make it a great choice for the most demanding HD content, while crosstalk-free 3D and high overall brightness are must-haves for gaming. The three frame delay will keep some hardcore gamers from loving this projector, but most people won't notice.
In terms of image quality, the projector's main weakness is black level.
Excellent colour performance
BenQ's W7000 home theatre projector makes some small sacrifices -- lamp life, fan noise -- to create an excellent picture that's both bright and with great contrast. It's got plenty of extra features built in like picture-in-picture and video smoothing, and the 3D is bright and effective. If we were picking out a home theatre projector, the BenQ W7000 would be near the top of our list.
Class-leading 3D performance
One question asked all the time is "What's the best projector?" which is really a question without an answer. Where you watch, what you watch, and what factors you care about are going to influence what projector you are after and there is no simple one-size-fits-all answer. That said, if someone asks me what the best 3D projector out there is for under $30,000, I would answer that the BenQ W7000 is the best that I've seen.
Excellent 2D and 3D performance
Known as the "rainbow effect", this DLP-specific issue causes brief red, blue or green trails behind moving objects in the scene. It's most obvious in high-contrast areas, and is caused by the spinning colour wheel used within DLP projectors. The W7000 uses a 4x speed, six-segment wheel, which helps to minimise the effect, but we still clearly noticed it during the opening scenes of The Dark Knight.
Produces a bright, beautiful 1080p picture
The Panasonic PT-AR100U is a strong multi-purpose projector that's ideal for the ambient light of a typical living room. Following in the tradition of the AX100 and AX200 models from several years ago, the AR100U makes some improvements to the Light Harmonizer feature that sets these projectors apart from other home entertainment models.
Built-in installation pattern
The Acer K330 provides an attractive option for those looking for a portable projector that's has decent light output at a reasonable cost. It provides a sharp, fairly bright image across a screen size of 80" diagonal. It handles non-native resolutions quite well and displays good color rendition in all but the brightest picture mode.
Easier to set up
Like all the projectors in this newly emerging category, the K330 fits neatly into the niche between slightly lighter, but significantly dimmer, pocket projectors below and brighter, but heavier, lamp-based projectors above. Small and light enough so it's nearly as easy to bring along as a pocket projector, it can throw a much larger useable image any given level of ambient light, and it's easier to set up thanks to its use of standard connectors rather than proprietary connectors and...
Excellent gaming performance
With the VPL-VW95ES, Sony has another winner on their hands. This premium projector emphasizes picture quality first and foremost, and every other aspect of the projector is constructed to complement the picture on the screen. While features like powered adjustments, Picture Position, and Motion Enhancer are helpful, they are not the reason why someone would buy this projector.
Excellent set up flexibility
The VW95ES is a huge leap forward over the disappointing VW90, to the point where its 2D performance is so stunning that it does enough in itself to justify the hefty Â£5,000 price tag. Crucially, though, the VW95ES is also a very enjoyable and accomplished 3D performer - even if Sony still has a little way to go before it fully silences its crosstalk critics.
Excellent overall color, and skin tones
The bottom line is, especially with 3D capabilities, the overall brightness does eliminate a lot of folks who otherwise might love this little Mitsubishi projector to death. Lastly, don't forget, the HC7800D comes with a 3 year parts and labor warranty. In the grand scheme of things, that's one of the longer and better warranties out there. Nothing like a little piece of mind!
Projector has an auto iris to improve black level and contrast ratio
In some respects, the HC7800D is a more intriguing 3D option than Mitsubishi's previous HC9000D. It's less expensive, it has a higher brightness rating (which is important for 3D), and it includes the 3D emitter in the package. This projector can't quite compete with similarly priced LCD models in the spec department, but it should give DLP fans a reason to be excited, as it strikes an excellent balance between price and features in the DLP realm.
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