Great color, high contrast, and excellent placement flexibility
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5020UBe is the newest addition to the Epson home theater line, and it continues their tradition of fully-featured, high-value home theater projectors. Its bright picture combines deep contrast and vibrant color to create a picture that pops off of the screen, while its 3D performance has received a significant boost thanks to new RF-sync glasses.
Great color, high contrast, and excellent placement flexibility make the Epson 5020 series easy to like.
Excellent pricing on lamps for Epson Brighter Future customers
Overall, Epson has produced a ultra short throw interactive projector that is easy to use, easy to set up, and is priced right. Street prices put this projector at $2199. If you're a university, or K-12, you will want to ask your dealer about the Epson Brighter Futures program. Discounts on pricing and lamps are available for the education market. One final note, Epson has a fleet of interactive projectors in different resolutions and brightness levels.
Good audio quality, Better than par video quality
The 485Wi offers more than enough in its core features to make it a strong contender, with a bright image, near excellent to excellent data image quality, better than par video for a data projector, 1280x800 native resolution, and a suitably short throw for an ultra short throw projector.
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.
Handles large screens for 2D viewing
The Acer, over all, has multiple strengths and weaknesses. Overall, it's a very good projector, but it just couldn't master either 2D, nor 3D to be my favorite choice (or right up there) with either. That due to color in 2D, lower brightness than the Epson (where lumens really count - in 3D) in both modes and overall, an average warranty (short - only one year). If you want better color you can consider the Epson or the Optoma and maybe one or two others still coming.
Strong contrast, good dynamic range, vibrant colors and sharp detail
The Acer H9500BD is quite the package. Its high lumen output makes it powerful enough for large screens or even use in the living room, while its good out of the box color means only minimal adjustment is necessary before you can enjoy your movie. Dynamic range is high, shadows are good, and black level is comparable to other projectors in its price range.
Very good placement flexibility
This is a projector that works best in a home theater environment, but can double in a light controlled family room as well. It's definitely more value than last year's VPL-VWPro1, and can easily take on the likes of the Sharp XV-Z17000, and Optoma HD8300. It's early in this home theater season, so there are more new competitors yet to review, still, the Sony VPL-HW30ES is definitely a projector worth considering. Tastefully done.
One of the least expensive 3D 1080p projectors
The VPL-HW30ES is a major milestone for Sony. Not only have they improved upon one of their best projectors in recent memory, they have done so without significantly raising the price. The end result is one of the least expensive 3D 1080p projectors currently on the market.
Very good performer
Overall, the VPL-HW30ES is a very good performer, and delivers a satisfying picture with both 2D and 3D content. It delivers sufficient brightness for an immersive front projection viewing experience, and even when in the high lamp mode, the set runs truly whisper quiet. The three year parts and labor warranty is a year or two longer than most projector warranties.
High quality data images
The S500wi shares many of its strengths, including not needing calibration and being able to use any surface as a screen, with other TI-based interactive projectors. However it goes beyond most of those competitors by offering 1280x800 native resolution and an ultra short throw. It also earns points for its fast interactive response time, high quality data images, and excellent audio.
Remarkably clear, stable 3D performance
When all is said and done, the Panasonic PT-AE7000U is a projector for the true videophile. It certainly has a boatload of features and yes, it has remarkably clear, stable 3D performance. But even if the AE7000 did not have 3D or a wide assortment of features, it would still stand out as a major video engineering achievement based on the strength of its 2D picture quality alone.
Frame Creation 2 is available for blur and judder reduction
With an MSRP of $3,499 and a street price around $3,000, the Panasonic PT-AE7000U looks to be a compelling contender in the entry-level 3D projection category. It offers an excellent level of setup flexibility and advanced picture adjustment, and early performance reviews have been very positive.
Very good 3D compatibility
This Sharp XV-Z17000 is our first "mid-priced" 3D home theater projector that we've had a chance to review. Up until now, we've looked at generally low cost 720p projectors that are 3D capable, and we plan to review the first of the boxes that will give most of those projectors compatibility with Blu-ray 3D discs. We also tackled the $15K LG CF3D, and we have the $12K JVC RS60 here as well.
Excellent 3D performance
The SharpVision XV-Z17000 is among the first true 3D 1080p projectors released under $5,000. It lacks a number of features available on competing 2D projectors like long zoom range, lens shift, frame interpolation, and extensive color adjustments. So it is less less attractive for standard 2D use than some of its competition. But in the final analysis it is all about 3D, and with the Z17000's sparkling bright image and excellent 3D performance, it delivers on its promise.
3D images suffer no crosstalk or flicker
The mid-range space of the projector market is getting seriously interesting right now. In their different ways JVCâ??s X3, Sonyâ??s HW30ES and now Sharpâ??s Z17000 projectors all offer some serious quality for your money. In the Z17000â??s case, that quality is particularly evident in 3D mode, where the total absence of crosstalk is a revelation, leaving 3D looking cleaner and less tiring than it does on either of its key rivals.
Very good image quality in both 2D and 3D operating modes
Setting up and using the Sharp XV-Z17000 easy, especially. The XV-Z17000 offers several image shift and image rotation settings that provide very flexible projector-to-screen positioning.
The XV-Z17000 performs very well in either 2D or 3D mode, with very good contrast, color, and detail. The Sharp XV-Z17000 definitely lives up to its end of the bargain in terms of projecting a 3D image that was bright enough and that the 3D glasses could correctly align to each eye.
With both 3D and 2D content, the Sharp delivers an excellent picture. The 3D imagery is smooth and free of artifacts such as ghosting and flicker, and the 3D Effect control allows the user to dial up or down the 3D depth. But for the $5K asking price, the projector lacks key features that others in both 2D and 3D classes provide, including motorized zoom, focus, anamorphic lens modes and most importantly lens shift.
Great detail and colors for both 2D/3D viewing
While I try to enter a review without preconceived opinions, I couldnâ?? t help it when it came to 3D. Demos at tradeshows involving all types of TVs and projectors had never truly overwhelmed me, and I was not expecting to be as impressed as I was with the Sharp system. And donâ?? t worry about the glasses detracting from your comfort â?? my 4-year-old daughter sat with me and wore them through all 95 minutes of Despicable Me without complaint. I still donâ??
The Sony VPL-VW40 is certainly one of the very best, of the lower cost 1080p projectors.
Definitely a serious contender, the Sony will appeal to those that are "movies first" and less concerned, or not planning to watch a lot of HDTV/TV, or sports. If you aren't planning to get the Sony VPL-VW40 tuned - calibrated, at least with a basic calibration disc, or better, by a professional, then the Sony probably is not a good choice. If you are serious though, this Sony belongs on your short list of 1080p projectors selling for less than $3000.
Quite a cracker
The VW40 provides ample proof that Sony's SXRD system really can work well at affordable as well as high prices. A little shortage of brightness perhaps limits its potential audience a touch, but provided you fit the criteria laid out in the last couple of paragraphs of the main review, the VW40 is really quite a cracker.
We had our doubts about whether Sony could really translate its undoubtedly impressive SXRD technology down to the sub-£2,500 level. Thankfully, all of the things that make SXRD special really are present on the entry-level VPL-VW40, even if there are one or two little imperfections in other areas.
Exceptional picture sharpness
Although the VW40's slightly drab colour saturations prevent us from being able to give it a whole-hearted recommendation, the clarity and precision of its pictures beats anything else in its class. Plus, its total freedom from technology noise could make it great for everyone out there who hates the rainbow effect problem that affects many similarly priced DLP models.
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