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LG CF3D – (MSRP: $14,999)
The CF3D made waves at the beginning of 2010 when LG announced the first Full HD Single Lens 3D projector. It uses a .61-inch SXRD chip, dual engines, and features ISFccc for all your fine tuning needs. It's also one of a very small number of projectors that lets you equip theater style passive glasses instead of the more expensive active shutter glasses. The price difference between the viewing devices may not seem like much initially, but think about what happens when 20 of your closest friends want to come check out your 3D projector.
Sony VPL-VW85 (MSRP: $7,999)
Projectors are generally designed with functionality in mind, saving the unit's aesthetics for last. After all, you're not supposed to be looking towards it. Still, the VPL-VW85 is one nice looking projector. Of course, it's got an impressive picture to go right along with it.
Sony's VPL-VW85 uses Sony's SXRD design – Sony's variant on LCoS. It's crisp and clear, produces some fantastic black levels and very accurate colors. It's regularly praised in reviews as producing some of the best images around, even comparing to projectors in a much higher price range.
Runco SC-50d (MSRP: $88,995)
Still torn between active and passive 3D technology? With the Runco SC-50D you don't have to make the choice – it's ready for either. The SC-50d uses a 3-chip system and sports a 16:9 native aspect ratio to match with current HD programming. This flagship projector uses a two lamp system for increased brightness and redundancy in case of lamp failure.
The SC-50d ships with Runco's Digital High-Definition external video processor, which includes advanced scaling capabilities, ViVix processing and RS-232 compatibility.
Panasonic PT-AE4000U (MSRP: $2,499)
The PT-AE4000U is another projector that's a fantastic bargain for the price. It's got plenty in the way of features, including improved Frame Interpolation, advanced gamma adjustments, a pair of 12-volt triggers, and some fairly advanced calibration options. What's most important though is that the picture is just about unbeatable for a projector at the price thanks to new and improved processing and color accuracy.
Sony VPL-VW70 (MSRP: $5,999)
One of the great things about projectors is that – unlike some other gear – they don't stop being good just because they're a few years old. The VW70 isn't exactly the new kid on the block, but it still holds up as a great projector.
The unit itself runs almost silent, and there's plenty to love in terms of picture quality. If you're the kind of person that loves to tweak – or you don't mind bringing out someone that knows what they're doing – you'll be able to get a superb picture at an incredibly reasonable price.