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Screen Innovations announced today that the company’s highly popular and newly-updated Black Diamond™ Motorized screen will be actively displayed for CEDIA EXPO 2013.

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. Video: http://www.screeninnovations.com/projector-screens/motorized/black-diamond-motorized/ 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. About SI 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 sales@screeninnovations.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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ELMO BOXi MP-350 Portable LED 1280×800 Projector

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

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 calculator for specs.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Projector

Bill Livolsi, August 27, 2013  ProjectorCentral.comThe 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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Electronic House Hands On Review: Benq W7000 3D DLP Home Theater Projector

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 OLEDmight 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. Benq 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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Epson Announces Latest Home Cinema Projector, Delivering Big and Bright HD Experience for the Whole Family

The $649 PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD Projector Offers Powerful Performance, High Brightness and Flexible Set-Up for an Affordable Hi Def Experience Indoors or Out
 LONG BEACH, Calif., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Epson America, Inc. today announced its latest Epson® PowerLite® Home Cinema product, the 730HD 720p 3LCD projector, providing families and first-time home theater enthusiasts the power to harness an extremely bright and affordable widescreen experience at home, in the backyard or for the next get-together. The Home Cinema 730HD is one of Epson's brightest projectors to date, boasting 3,000 lumens[i] of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness to deliver rich and brilliant image quality. Delivering a high-definition 720p widescreen experience and built-in sound the Home Cinema 730HD makes it easier than ever to watch blockbuster movies and sporting events on the big screen or play larger-than-life video games at up to 300-inches – indoors or out. "The affordable Home Cinema 730HD offers big and bright HD experience ideal not only for movie-viewing in the living room, but its compact design, built-in sound and easy set up makes it great for just about anywhere – even outdoors," said Jason Palmer, marketing manager, Epson America. "Whether you are playing video games in the man cave or watching TV in a well-lit room, the Home Cinema 750HD offers incredible big screen entertainment. In addition, users can choose from four different color modes to ensure the best possible quality and color."  ... More

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Seven problems with current OLED televisions

Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) is the most exciting display technology since plasma, but there are a few things it needs to overcome before hitting the mainstream. Here at CNET we are really excited about big-screen OLED technology. While plasma is the present standard for videophile-quality displays, OLED is the future. After finally getting a chance to test one of the first shipping OLED TVs in person, CNET's David Katzmaier says the Samsung S9C OLED is the best display he's ever seen. It offers almost infinite contrast levels, high light output, and no motion blur, uniformity or off-angle issues. .. More

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BenQ W1500

BenQ has been on a roll lately. Their W1070 and W1080ST, reviewed earlier this year, are both excellent projectors for home video and gaming. The BenQ W1500 can be thought of as a bulked-up version of the W1070, with a more flexible zoom lens, improved image quality, stereo speakers, and wireless HDMI. That last feature is sure to raise a few eyebrows. Wireless HDMI makes ceiling mounting the W1500 a breeze, since the projector only needs a power cable connection and is otherwise cable-free. While the system has some limitations, it adds value to what is already a feature-packed budget powerhouse. The W1500 has an MSRP of $1,999 but is available for $1,599 from authorized resellers. The Viewing Experience Just looking at the case, the W1500 looks like a sleek, streamlined version of the W1070. The contrast trim on the top of the projector has been replaced with an all-white panel, while the sliding lens shift door is now a swing-open door with a push latch. The lens shift knob is now larger and easier to turn using just your fingers; the old knob required a screwdriver or a coin for easy adjustment. More..

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Optoma HD25-LV

Last month we published our review of the Optoma HD25, a sub-$1000 1080p DLP home theater projector with full 3D compatibility. The HD25 turned out to be a great value, but its limited light output constrained its use to darkened theaters and other low-light areas. These days, a lot of folks are looking for a projector that can perform in areas with mild to moderate ambient light. The Optoma HD25-LV is a higher brightness version of their popular HD25 built for living room use. The HD25-LV costs a little bit more; it sells for $1299 while the HD25 currently retails for $949. However, that extra $350 gets you over double the light output of the smaller model, making the HD25-LV an excellent choice for dedicated 3D theater, living room use, video gaming, and exceptionally large screens. The HD25-LV is mostly the same as the HD25. The two projectors use the same body design, and it can be difficult to tell them apart at a glance. Once the projector starts up, though, the difference becomes obvious. The HD25-LV is much, much brighter. more

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Optoma HD25

This year, it seems like each week we see a new low-cost, 3D-capable 1080p projector -- and the year isn't even close to over. The Optoma HD25, at less than $1,000, is a full HD 3D 1080p projector with a crisp, clear, reference-quality image in both 2D and 3D. For those who want a great picture and don't have a lot of money to spend, it is one of the most attractive projectors to surface this year. The HD25 has features usually reserved for higher-tier products. It uses radio frequency 3D glasses that don't require line-of-sight or light pulses in the image to maintain synchronization. It has a full color management system and excellent default color, making it a great projector for people who like to tweak as well as people who want their equipment to "just work." Add a ten-watt onboard stereo sound system and over 1100 calibrated lumens and the end result is a powerful, portable home theater projector at a knock-out price. The HD25 is a small projector in a sleek white case shared with several other models in the Optoma line, all the way back to the HD20 from 2009. It has a 1.2:1 manual zoom lens with no shift capability, mounted off-center in the projector's case, that can throw a 120" diagonal 16:9 image from a throw distance of 13' 1" to 15' 8". It has a fixed upward throw offset of 15%, so the bottom edge of the image will appear about nine inches above the centerline of the lens for that same 120" diagonal picture.  more

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