The annual CEDIA home theater trade show
wrapped up yesterday in Denver, CO. This is normally the biggest show of the year for new home theater projector releases, but this year the show was surprisingly sparse. Several vendors were not heard from including Mitsubishi and Sim2. Runco, the perennial king of the CEDIA floor, had no presence in the exhibit hall. Panasonic, a company that never actually attends CEDIA but releases home theater projectors concurrent with the show, maintained radio silence. Those anticipating an AE9000 are (so far) out of luck.
And now for the good news: Among the products that were released at this show there are some blockbusters. Taking the prize for show floor buzz, and for unquestionably the most dazzling display of jaw-dropping video imagery was Sony
with its new 4K projector, the VPS-VW600ES
. This 1700 lumen projector was presented on a whopping 180" diagonal 1.3 gain Stewart Studiotek 130
screen. One particular video clip of the Carnaval in Rio taken on a Sony 4K video camera, showed the true potential of very large screen 4K projection when the source material is native 4K. This particular video clip had insane amounts of detail, dynamic range, rapid motion, and variations of low to extreme high saturation color. There is only one word to describe the product managers that would dare use this clip as a demo: fearless
. Sony is not the first vendor to bring spectacular large format 4K projection to the CEDIA show, but it is certainly the first vendor to deliver it in an accessible commercialized product priced at a more than reasonable $15,000. This is cutting edge stuff.
The other over-the-top buzzworthy new product on the CEDIA floor was the Epson Pro Cinema 6030
, priced at a comparatively paltry $3500. On Saturday afternoon, the third day of the show when most attendees had gone home and the vast majority of idle booth workers were twiddling their thumbs and praying for the closing bell, there was still a long line of dealers waiting in line to see the 6030. This projector wins the award for the Best Picture for the Money at this show, hands down. It is not 4K, and it is not in the same league as the super-premium 1080p 3-chip DLPs, but the Epson 6030 produces a gorgeous picture for $3500. Black levels are extremely deep, and detail definition in dark shadows is impressive. Color appears refined, accurate and natural. And for classic film fans, the 6030 has a BW Cinema mode that auto sets the color temp to 5400 Kelvin for the authentic display of BW films as they were seen in the theaters back in the day. Very cool. The Epson 6030 at the show was displayed on a 1.3 gain Stewart Studiotek 130, 11-foot wide, 2.4 Cinemascope format. It was also being demo'd with a Panamorph CineVista
Another astounding and quite memorable experience at this year's CEDIA wasDigital Projection's Titan 1080p-LED-3D
, the world's first 3-chip DLP projector driven by an LED light engine. Digital Projection's moves video quality into pure Nirvana territory with this release, and if you can pony up $80,000 for a projector and want the absolute best, don't miss it. We won't ever review this model for the simple reason that it is priced the rarified atmosphere of pure dream rather than financial reality for all but a tiny fraction of mortal humans. On the other hand, if you happen to be a rock star, a supermodel, or a hedge fund manager, you are beyond clueless if you don't give the Titan-LED-3D a serious audition as the next upgrade for your super high-end home theater.
is always a formidable player at CEDIA. This year they debuted a new series of 3-chip D-ILA
projectors featuring their proprietary 4K eShift3
technology that approximates 4K resolution using 1080p chips. JVC promotes these projectors as having the highest native contrast (contrast within a single frame) in the industry, as well as extremely high dynamic contrast. These JVC models neatly fill the price gap between the Sony VS600ES
at $15,000 and the Epson Pro Cinema 6030
at $3,500. They include the DLA-X900R
at $11,999 (1,500,000:1 dynamic contrast, and 150,000:1 native contrast), the DLA-X700R
at $7,999 (1,200,000:1 dynamic, 120,000:1 native), and the DLA-X500R
at $4,999 (600,000:1 dynamic, 60,000:1 native).
JVC had the X900R set up in their demo theater, and while I'm certain this is a superb projector (JVC doesn't build much else), the proprietary video source used for the demo did not seem to push the projector to its limits and I was left wondering what it might truly be capable of.
had two new models appear at this year's CEDIA, but you wouldn't know it unless you were paying extremely close attention. They were deployed in "performance audio" booths. One, the Runco LS-12d
, was used in the ProAudio booth, which was designed to show how many decibels can be created in a tiny 400 square foot room with 19 audio channels and 10,000 watts of power (it's a lot). The ProAudio folks were there to sell audio, not video, so the demo clips were chosen for their audio characteristics. Other than some momentary vignettes inThriller
from Jackson's This Is It
the material presented in the ProAudio demo was not intended to show off the capabilities of the projector.
Another Runco projector appeared in the Wisdom Audio
room, where they demonstrated how quickly an audience can be rendered physically ill from aggressive seat vibration and non-stop massive explosions. With audio this loud and physically abusive, you no longer care what you are seeing. Great for night clubs maybe, but not home theater. Truth is, the Wisdom demo did mercifully include one beautiful video segment of Sting that showed the true (and quite impressive) potential of the $30,000 Runco LS-12HBd
projector. But the rest of the clips were of marginal interest visually and had, again understandably, been chosen for their audio dynamics. ProAudio and Wisdom Audio sell sound on steroids, so I don't blame them for pushing the limits for their dealers. It just left me hoping that next year, Runco will return to the CEDIA floor with its own theater designed to show off their formidable product line to best advantage, with a presentation of video and audio in aesthetic balance. (read more)
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www.screeninnovations.com Sony’s next 4K home theater projector provides additional flexibility to work in an array of rooms, bringing immersive 4K images into places where projection may not have worked before. Including the 4K media server with hours of movies and shows, you can enjoy the full Sony 4K experience.
Bring the astonishing resolution of your Sony 4K Ultra HD TV to life with movies that are four times clearer than HD. 4K Ultra HD movies and TV shows are delivered directly from the Video Unlimited 4K service. Exclusively for use with Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs.
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Screen Innovations has you covered with products that hit from all directions. Their signature Black Diamond motorized screens drop from above and provide a gorgeous, bright picture that can retract into a flush mount in the ceiling, virtually disappearing from sight.
Paired with an affordable but high performing projector from the likes of Epson, Sony, or even Wolf, you can have your clients into 2-piece projection with 4x the viewing area of a 55-inch TV for under $10,000. We've sold several of these packages to our clients and they couldn't be happier with the performance and wow-factor, and we couldn't be happier with the fact that we actually have some margin on displays and give the client something they thought was out of their financial reach.
Add to the Black Diamond lineup the new curved screen which provides an amazing viewing cone because of the curve. People sitting to the side of the normal viewing cone have more straight on view of the other side of the screen, improving their viewing angle.
For anyone in the commercial space or looking to enter it, SI introduced two great products this week. The rear projection screen is a film that either can be purchased from them adhered to a glass or acrylic substrate or can be purchased as just a film that the integrator can adhere on-site (say to a window in a storefront). The image produced looked as bright as TV screen. This could even have a great application in residential outdoor applications as a screen near the pool or in the gazebo.
Another great commercial product is Black Diamond Tiles. These magnetic tiles attach to a frame that installs quickly. This solves a lot of problems. Have a job where getting a 120-inch screen up the stairs and to the room is near impossible because the stairs are too narrow? Black Diamond Tiles. Have a location where maybe they will want a bigger screen in the future but can't afford it today — you can always buy additional tiles later and increase the size of the screen. A client who needs to regularly break down and rehand the screen — maybe a touring event or a house of worship? Tiles come down easily. The one drawback is that they aren't great for a residential install, as there is a very slight seam where the tiles join together. (read more)
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Got ambient light problems in your home? You already know that 1080p home theater projectors are not bright enough for ambient light situations where a LOT of lumens are required... So you'll probably be happy to hear that Epson will be unveiling three new very bright 1080p video projectors at the CEDIA trade show next week: The Pro Cinema G6900WU (6000 lumens), the G6550WU (5200 lumens), and the 4855WU (4000 lumens). Epson will also be upgrading its premium home theater line with two models that will be available from custom installers and home theater speciality retailers: the Pro Cinema 6030UB (600,000:1 contrast, 2400 lumens, under $4000) and the Pro Cinema 4030 (120,000:1 contrast, 2000 lumens, under $3000). Also, Epson will be showing two new home theater projectors for wider distribution: the Home Cinema 5030UB (600,000:1, 2400 lumens, under $3000) and the 5030Ube (a wireless version for a bit more). These models will be available online and through dealers in mid October. Having had the opportunity to preview all of these models, I can say two things: First, this new line of premium home theater units produce an elegant, seamless, high dynamic range image that videophiles will marvel at--this is clearly the finest video quality ever to come from Epson home theater projectors. Second, the new ultra-bright Pro Cinema 1080p models will be a welcome relief for those who have been trying to solve home video ambient light problems with brighter commercial/conference room models. (read more)
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You may have noticed that several projector makers now publish a controversial new specification known as Color Light Output (CLO)
, along with the traditional ANSI Lumen
ratings on their spec sheets.
Why do we need two different ways to measure a projector's brightness? In this article we'll explore how Color Light Output differs from ANSI lumens, and what it means to you as the projector buyer.
Does Color Light Output (CLO) matter?
Advocates of the new CLO spec argue that since three-chip projectors and single-chip projectors create white and color values differently, the ANSI lumen spec is not a valid way to compare their brightness. Certainly, if a 3LCD projector and a DLP projector both measure 3000 ANSI lumens (which is a measure of white brightness only), that means they can both project a white test pattern of equal brightness. But, they point out, who watches a white test pattern? Isn't it more important to know how bright projectors are when displaying full color images? And though the 3LCD and DLP both produce 3000 ANSI lumens of white, the color images on the DLP projector will often be dimmer than they are on the 3LCD. The CLO spec, it is argued, takes color brightness into account and gives buyers more info about the projectors they are evaluating.
"Not so fast, there bub," say those who object to the CLO spec. Though CLO measures color brightness
, it does not take into account color accuracy
. In order to get the highest ANSI lumen and CLO ratings out of a 3LCD projector, you must run all three chips wide open. And if the UHP lamp behind them has a green bias as they typically do, then the white light on the screen will have a green tint. So you may have a projector rated at 3000 ANSI lumens of white light and 3000 lumens of Color Light Output, but the picture looks bad anyway because the color balance is way off. Since the CLO spec does not address color balance, it gives buyers nothing new or important about the projectors they are evaluating.
Meanwhile, DLP engineers can compensate for green lamp bias with a larger red filter, so the white light from DLP is often a cleaner, more neutral white than you'd normally get from a 3LCD projector with all chips wide open. And if you try to calibrate out the green bias on the 3LCD its lumen output drops, sometimes a lot, and the ANSI lumen and CLO specs may no longer be relevant. So how does the introduction of a new brightness spec that is flawed in the same way the ANSI lumen spec is solve anyone's problem?
The thing is, people on both sides of the CLO debate have excellent points. But it is much easier to understand the controversy when you can actually see the differences in actual images
rather than just talk about the concepts. So that's what we will show you in this article.
Definitions: ANSI Lumens vs Color Light Output
The ANSI lumen spec measures the brightest white
that the projector can produce. It is measured by taking meter readings on a projected 100% white test pattern. The number you derive from the readings, say 3000 ANSI lumens, is the maximum brightness of white
that the projector is capable of.
Color Light Output ("CLO")
: The CLO method is similar, but instead of using a 100% white test pattern, one uses red, green
test patterns instead. Separate meter readings are taken for red, green, and blue, then added together. This time if we end up with 3000 lumens, that is the maximum brightness of color
that the projector is capable of. So it is called color brightness
, or color light output
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AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO booth #3331) September 17, 2013 – Screen Innovations (SI),
a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, announced today that the company’s highly popular and newly-updated Black Diamond™ Motorized
screen will be actively displayed for CEDIA EXPO 2013 attendees to witness firsthand. The recent recipient of several new enhancements, Black Diamond Motorized is now available in diagonal screen sizes up to 138” and can also now be configured with either a 16:9 or 2.35:1 aspect ratio with either flush or external mount, allowing integrators to specify the most appropriate screen for the job based on the type of content that will most often be viewed.
Featuring a truly unique motorized design utilizing SI’s proprietary Black Diamond award winning multi-directional ambient light rejection screen technology, Black Diamond Motorized is a sleek and sexy flat panel alternative that delivers stunning images yet disappears when not in use, making it ideal for virtually any environment, aesthetic or application. It has been installed in locations worldwide thus far, serving as a rollable TV that can enter and exit a space with ease. As such, there is no other product like Black Diamond Motorized on the market.
Utilizing one motor, four custom helixes, and a spool of slender aircraft cable, Black Diamond Motorized silently lowers a thin wing containing the rolled Black Diamond screen downward from a recessed ceiling-mounted cassette. The cable-hung wing then stops, and from it, a small tube quickly emerges and lowers itself down to an adjustable, pre-determined image height, leaving only the image space in sight. Because Black Diamond screens do not require masking or any black drop material whatsoever, there is no visible material above, below, or on either side of the screen surface, allowing the images projected on Black Diamond Motorized to appear as though they are suspended in air.
Now available in either 16:9 or 2.35:1 configurations, Black Diamond Motorized screens can be effectively used with ceilings that are up to 11 feet in height. 16:9 versions are available in 80”, 92”, 100”, 106” and 110” diagonal screen sizes, whereas the 2.35:1 versions are available in 110”, 120”, 132” and 138” diagonal sizes. Custom sizes will be made available in the future.
Unlike flat panel TVs, Black Diamond Motorized delivers zero glare and reflection when used in a bright environment, and by virtue of its industry-leading Black Diamond ambient light rejecting screen technology, light scatter is measurably reduced by over 75%. Delivering a next-level entertainment experience while literally disappearing into the room’s existing décor when not in use, Black Diamond Motorized appeals to the senses - and satisfies the needs of - a diverse audience in a variety of Commercial environments. Black Diamond Motorized is the ultimate blend of art + science.
Those interested in learning how Black Diamond Motorized solves complex installation challenges and delivers next-level entertainment experiences for a wide range of residential and commercial applications are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications to schedule time to meet with SI executives during CEDIA EXPO 2013 by emailing Katye@kmbcomm.com
or calling (425) 328-8640.
For more information on the SI line, to find local area dealers, or to access screen calculators and other useful specification and ordering tools, visit www.screeninnovations.com
or call (512) 832-6939.
Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.
Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any application.
More information about Screen Innovations can be obtained by visiting www.screeninnovations.com
, e-mailing email@example.com
, or by calling (512) 832-6939. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens
, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations
, and on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/screeninnovations
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If you haven't heard of ELMO projectors, it's probably because the company has focused on the education market. ELMO is now breaking out of that box, with the ironically named BOXi MP-350.
ELMO calls the BOXi MP-350 a mobile projector. Rated at 300 lumens, it weighs only 1.1 pounds without its power block and is smaller than a typical New York deli sandwich. That makes it light enough to keep in your briefcase, where it's handy for an impromptu PowerPoint presentation you didn't know you'd be giving, or store on a shelf at home, where you can grab it to show photos or watch a movie in whatever room happens to be available.
As is typical for 300-lumen projectors, the BOXi MP-350 is built around a 1280x800 DLP chip and an LED light source. It stands out from the crowd, however, thanks to an eye-catching design, with curved edges and a white case set off by silver and black for the trim and controls. It also delivers more than acceptable image quality and the welcome convenience of being easier to focus than much of the competition. If you need a highly portable projector, it's certainly worth a look, at a minimum advertised price of $599.99. ...More
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Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film is a diffusion rear projection film that can be applied to any transparent surface to create dynamic digital displays. Black Diamond Film encompasses a permanent pressure sensitive adhesive and release liner for easy application. Black Diamond Rear-Pro has unmatched light rejection creating contrast levels ideal for retail and in-window displays, exhibits and tradeshows, corporate lobbies, board rooms, houses of worship and even home theater. See the Venue Fixed
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Bill Livolsi, August 27, 2013 ProjectorCentral.com
The latest addition to Epson's home video projector line-up is the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
, a sub-$1000 projector ideal for living room use. The Home Cinema 2030 has 1080p resolution and full HD 3D with radio-frequency glasses synchronization. In a first for Epson home video projectors, the Home Cinema 2030 is also compatible with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) devices like the Roku Streaming Stick, giving you a new way to access content from smartphones or streaming services easily from your projector.
In many ways, the Home Cinema 2030 resembles a slimmed-down Home Cinema 3020 which is larger and more expensive. It lacks the 3020's longer zoom lens, higher contrast ratio, and more powerful sound system, but it retains the core functionality and image quality that made the Home Cinema 3020 a successful home video projector. The lower price of $999 will make it attractive to those looking for a first projector or even a secondary projector for game rooms and weekend use. ... More
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In the trending world of 4K TVs, affordable 1080p projection like Benq's W7000 still quenches true big-screen thirst. August 21, 2013 by Arlen Schweiger
Ultra HD 4K resolution
and curved OLED
might be all the rage when it comes to TV viewing, but for that immersive home theater experience the best bang for your bucks can be had in the projector market. Pricing for 1080p resolution (you know, plain ol’ 1920x1080, known as “Full HD” when it came out) projectors continue to include a nice range of affordable sub-$2,000 models that will throw crisp pictures four times the size of the latest 55-inch flat panels.
is among the brands that have helped make 1080p projection go from out-of-reach to downright affordable for many home theater enthusiasts. For its $1,999 street price, the company’s W7000 DLP model fits right into that trend to deliver solid 2D and 3D images to your media room.
I note “media room,” because for one thing, at 2,000 lumens of brightness you’ll have the flexibility to install the W7000 in a dark, dedicated theater as well as viewing rooms where controlling ambient light isn’t as easy. I was able to view the images well in my theater room when the few recessed can lights remained on, so if you can reasonably contain ambient light in a living room setting, for instance, by using shades you’d be able to watch shows and movies during the day with little worry and then at night without any frets. ... More
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