Thursday, May 22, 2008

Should I Get a Screen for My Projector?

Projecor ScreensThe quick answer is that most projectors are perfectly fine and produce a satisfying image on a plain white wall. However, those who want the best possible looking image will opt for a screen. In this HD driven market, high definition projectors are becoming cheaper and giving the consumer a few more dollars to ensure that their projector is producing the best image possible. But the question remains. Just how much will the image benefit from getting a screen?

Originally screens were developed to reflect more light from the projector and increase the brightness of the image. Today, projectors that are less than 1000 lumens are no longer being developed for business purposes and are even less common in home theater projectors. Currently white matte screens are the most popular type of screen keeping a bright, clear, and all around easy to see picture which works extremely well with already bright machines.

In home theater systems, gray screens have become all the rave because they improve contrast ratios providing deeper blacks, brighter whites, and richer colors. These screens also work extremely well in rooms where there is a small amount of ambient light as they will reflect less glare. Gray screens also minimize the appearance of the spaces in between pixels, which are black, and occur in both LCD and DLP projectors.

While there is no significant price difference between a gray screen or a white matte screen, they are both designed for completely different environments, room configurations, and projectors. When considering the two, it may be best to consult a projector expert who can help determine which screen would most benefit you.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Top five home theater projectors

A recent C-net article showed the top ten home theater projectors out on the market today. Even though you have to turn off the lights for these, you get in turn a 100-inch or larger television set any where in your house you decide to set it up. These projectors might not be cheap, but they come with the full 1080p quality of any HD television.

Sony VPL-VW200
Rating 8.7 Excellent
Price $10,420 - $15,000

This 1080p projector delivers one of the best pictures of any projectors on the market today.This projector is as good as it is going to get, but comes with a hefty price tag.

Sharp XV-Z2000
Rating 8.3 Excellent
Price $6,879 - $8,000

Sharp's XV-Z2000 is a top performer amoung 1080p projectors, and combine that with its sleek design makes this a great buy.

Marantz VP11S1
Rating 8.0 Excellent
Price $8,000

The Marantz VP11S1 produces a very sharp and defined picture. The projector shows an accurate color decoding and comes with an excellent feature package.

Sony VPL-VW100
Rating 8.0 Excellent
Price $4,000 - $5,000

The VPL-VW100 is one of the lowest priced 1080p projectors on the market . The project can reproduce deep black levels and comes with numerous picture tweaking options.

BenQ W10000
Rating 8.0 Excellent
Price $3,729

The BenQ-W10000 comes with a great lamp meaning larger screen sizes. It also comes with a solid feature package and a overall crisp and clean image.

A home theater projector is a great buy for someone who wants to get that movie theater feel at there house. These projectors come with great quality, but at a high price. I would love to see projectors like this come down to a more reasonable price someday. If you are looking to buy a projector like these above I would recommend doing a little more research, visit some forums, google a little about them, and just find one that is right for you.

best of luck

Friday, May 9, 2008

Samsung Showcases New Micro Projector

New Samsung Mini Projector - MPB 100Samsung has taken the next step in innovative mobile technology and has created the MBP Micro Projector. This little gadget projects a 10 ansi lumen beam and comes in a box measuring 2.8x2.8x2.1 inches, about the size of a cigarette pack, and produces an image that can reach up to 50" in size.

The MPB 100 has an approximate battery life of 3 hours and can run the length of a movie before needing to be recharged. These Micro Projectors have already become available in South Korea and the model is expected to reach Europe and the United States soon with a $200-$300 price tag.

Heres a video to see the Samsung MBP Micro Projector in action.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

New Projector Technologies

New Projector Technologies - DVD IntegrationNew Projector Technologies are Now Available For Use In Projector Rentals

  • DVD, HD-DVD, and Blu Ray players are currently being integrated straight into traditional LCD projectors. These technologies are now available and widely used during conventions, tradeshows, conferences and events for their enhanced picture quality and overall ability to attract large audiences.

  • New Wireless Projectors are using 802.11g Technology which allow a computer user to wirelessly connect to PDA's, laptops, and computers, and display information from these computers onto a video or projector screen. This technology also has the ability to connect with one PC to many Projectors, and many computers to one projector offering a wide variety of display and presentation techniques.

  • Large Venue Projectors are now available for cases when large audiences and venue sizes demand the most powerful projectors on the market. When displaying an image to a large audiences, on average it is recommended that a projector display 4500 to 25000 Lumens, depending on the magnitude, scale, and setting of your presentation.

If interested, all of these technologies listed above are also available in a Projector Rental.