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Monday, 20 July 2009 ,  Written by Mike Flacy
Optoma HD806 DLP Projector
After the Optoma HD8000 replaced last year’s HD80, Optoma created the HD806 for a different segment of projector enthusiasts.  While the projector is still being positioned in their home theater line, the HD806 excels in more light output than other projectors in the Optoma line.  According to the specs, the Optoma HD806 has a maximum of 2,000 lumens, but contrast and color saturation are somewhat reduced.  The HD806 is nearly completely white with silver trim for the lens. The lens is mounted on the left side of the projector, which pushes out beyond the sloped front.  The manual zoom correction is inset at the back of lens and the remote control sensor is mounted just to the right of the lens.  The top of the unit displays the control panel including the power, menu, directional and enter buttons.  These buttons ...
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Marantz VP-11S2 DLP Video Projector
Introduction Within the past year, there has been a large leap forward in DLP front-projector technology, which has thankfully been accompanied by a noticeable reduction in price.  Marantz, well known for manufacturing topnotch gear, has been at the forefront of this evolution with their VP-11S1, VP-15S1 and now their VP-11S2 projectors.  The VP-11S2 reviewed here is their current top of the line projector.  It replaces their VP-11S1, yet is priced at $14,999, smack dab in the middle of the pricing of its predecessor and the VP-15S1.  A long-throw version is also available for slightly more money. Those looking for DLP projectors now have two outstanding choices from Marantz.  The question that will face most shoppers is whether or not the VP-11S2 is worth the $5,000 premium over the already excellent VP-15S1.  While that ultimate decision has to be made by you, ...
Monday, 01 September 2008 ,  Written by Kevin Miller
Planar PD8150 1-Chip DLP Projector
Introduction Planar, a large front-projector manufacturer on the professional and industrial side of the business, broke into the home theater market late last year after purchasing Runco International, a well-known high-end HDTV manufacturer.  Their recently introduced PD8150 is a one-chip DLP projector with a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080), retailing for $7,999, which isn’t the cheapest option in its class, but when you consider its lineage and Runco brethren, its price tag seems to be something of a bargain.  Following in the Runco tradition, the PD8150 does have the ISF C3 lockable Day and Night mode features, which allow the installer/calibrator to create two new picture modes per input, locking in the calibration settings to ensure that they are never lost.  It is an excellent performer with a couple of flaws, one of which will be remedied in a ...
Friday, 01 August 2008 ,  Written by Kevin Miller
Samsung SP-A800B 1-Chip DLP Projector
Introduction Samsung first showed their latest flagship front projector, the SP-A800B, at last year’s CEDIA show in September of 2007. Having used the previous 720p model, the SP-H710AE, as a reference for well over a year, I had very high expectations of the new 1080p-resolution one-chip projector. Now that I have had the opportunity to live with the SP-A800B for an extended period of time, and having run it through its paces, I can say with confidence that I am not in the least disappointed with its performance.  It is also beautifully designed and elegant-looking. When compared with my previous reference, the Samsung SP-H710AE, also designed by Joe Kane, the new 800B exceeds its predecessor in performance in a number of key areas. Of course, the 1080p resolution means you get more than double the number of pixels on the screen, ...
Friday, 01 February 2008 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Marantz VP-15S1 DLP Projector
Introduction I was a little nervous when I learned that I would be reviewing Marantz’s new VP-15S1 projector. I know this sounds a little odd, especially when you consider that the staff at AVRev.com and I have been overwhelmingly impressed with Marantz’s past front-projection video projectors. I even bought the last Marantz projector I reviewed, the VP-11S1, which retailed for $20,000. While I know that video gear is always getting better and cheaper, I was surprised to learn that, within a single year, Marantz’s VP-15S1 was being introduced at half the price ($9,999) with allegedly 90 percent of the performance. Could this be true? When I received the VP-15S1, I was not surprised to find that it physically looked very similar to the VP-11S1 and the VP-12 series before that. The biggest external difference I noted between the VP-15S1 and the VP-11S1 ...
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