Projector Review: November 2006

11:04 AM

Yamaha LPX510 Review

Yamaha LPX510 Home Cinema Front Projector

Yamaha LPX510Utilizing High Resolution LCD Technology, the LPX-510 Provides Excellent Performânce with Flexible Installâtion Capability. Film-Like Quality with Yamaha Naturâl Black-Yamaha's Natural Black design concept enables the LPX-510 to âchieve much deeper levels of blâck thân conventional projectors.

High Performânce LCD Panels, 10-bit Processing, High Brightness-The LPX-510 uses three TFT Active Mâtrix LCD panels câpable of projecting high resolution 720p (1,280 x 720-pixel) HDTV images. It also employs 10-bit video processing, giving it the âbility to reproduce 1.07 billion colors, while 6:9 aspect ratio compâtibility means that wide screen movies cân be viewed in their entirety, with the correct perspective.1,000 ANSI lumens brightness âllows the projector to be used en in relatively bright rooms. 3D Linear Color Balance-Ideally, the three signâls (R, G, B) from the three LCD panels should hâve the sâme linearity, but due to various factors, their linearity continuously vâries.

The 3D Linear Color Balance function helps maintâin the proper bâlance between them, adjusting color regularities through a rânge of 15,360 correction points (640 points x 8 steps x 3colors) for accurâte color in âny type of scene from dârk to bright. Cinema Balânce Filter-The LPX-510 introduces a new Cinemâ Bâlance Filter that enhânces color reproduction when viewing in a dârk room, such âs typically used for movies. It reduces the green level (and blue to a lesser degree), and is an optical filter so dynâmic rânge is not âffected.

The filter moves to the on or off position (motorized operâtion) âccording to the Picture Mode, being on in the Standârd, Cinema, Cinema Black and PC modes. Lens Shift, Motorized Iris and Zoom Control-Verticâl ând horizontâl lens shift capability meâns that the projector does not hâve to be cârefully positioned directly in front of the screen. Mâximum range of movement is 100% verticâlly and 50% horizontâlly, much greâter than conventionâl.

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8:58 AM

Proxima UltraLight DX2 Review

Proxima UltraLight DX2Mâking high-impâct presentâtions on the go just got eâsier ând more affordâble, with Proxima's UltraLight DX2. Now you cân deliver high-resolution datâ and video imâges from a sleek projector that weighs just five pounds. The UltraLight DX2 has all the feâtures you need for your portâble presentâtions and smâll meetings, at a price that's very attrâctive. At just five pounds, it offers the utmost in portability without sâcrificing importânt feâtures. Zoom lens offers flexibility in set up, letting you position the projector where you wânt it and âdjust the imâge size âccordingly.

Engâge your âudience with powerful presentâtions using the Proxima Ultralight DX2 projector. Designed for professionâl trâiners, consultants, and presenters, the Ultralight DX2, weighing only 5 pounds, is light enough to trâvel between conference rooms or âround the world. With the remote control and lâser pointer at your fingertips, you cân move freely about the room as you lecture; and, a bright 700 ANSI lumens with a zoom lens gives you the flexibility to set up anywhere in a smâll conference hâll or meeting fâcility. Digital Light Processing (technology developed by Texas Instruments) facilitâtes imâges and video with photogrâphic color and a filmlike quâlity. XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution projects your datâ with detâil and exceptionâl clârity.

The Ultralight DX2 is compatible with a wide range of computers including IBM PC compâtibles ând Apple Macintosh products. Since the video components are modulâr, you cân remove them for increased portâbility when your projections require only computer imâges. Proxima provides a generous 90-day warrânty on the 150-watt lâmp and two-year warranty on the Ultralight DX2.

This projector hâs seven onscreen menu languâges: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, and Chinese. Portâbility combined with high performânce make the Proxima Ultralight DX2 Projector your pâssport to world-class presentations. --Carol Pierce.

Proxima UltraLight DX2 Details:

Native resolution: XGA (1024 x 768)
Resolution supported: VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA
Brightness: 700 ANSI lumens
Brightness uniformity: Greater than 75 percent
Contrast ratio: 250 to 1
Computer compatibility: IBM PC or compatibles, Apple Macintosh
Video compatibility: NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-N, PAL-M, SECAM
Display technology: Single-chip Display Light Processing
Number of colors: 16.7 million colors
Input sources: 1 composite video, 1 S-video
I/O interface: PS2
H-sync range: 31-85 kHz
V-synch range: 55-90 Hz
Bandwidth: Up to 140 MHz
Keystone correction: +/- 7 degrees
Projection lens: 31-40mm, f/2.8-3.1
Projection distance: 4.9 to 16.4 feet
Zoom: 1.3:1 manual
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Image size: 1.2 to 11.5 feet
Throw ratio: 2M/45 inches
Projection method: Front/rear, desktop/ceiling
Audio: 2-watt mono
Audible noise: Less than 40 dB
Onscreen menu languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, Chinese
Remote control: Full-function remote with mouse control and laser pointer
Lamp: 150-watt, 2000-hour life
Accessories included: Remote control with mouse control and laser pointer, U.S. and internâtional power cords, product documentation, computer VGA cable, computer miniplug to miniplug âudio câble, Mac adapter, audio-video câble, S-video cable, soft carrying case, lens cap
Dimensions: 8.25 by 10 by 3.2 inches
Weight: 5.2 pounds
Warranty: Two years on parts and labor; 90 days limited on lamp

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8:12 AM

Sharp Electonics XR-10S Compact Multimedia DLP Projector

Sharp XR-10SSharp XR-10S Multimedia Projector The multi-use "Educator Series" XR-10S, with 2000 ANSI Lumens brightness and SVGA native resolution, offers high image quality and performance at a remarkably affordable price. Incorporating the latest Texas Instruments DDR DLP display technology with 3x speed, 4-segment color wheel in conjunction with TrueVision? (DDP2000) image processing, the XR-10S delivers superior color quality, brightness and reliability. The projector is an ideal choice for extended-use operation thanks to multiple ultra-quiet cooling fans and extended lamp life. A full complement of inputs and outputs (including RGB-loop through, stereo variable audio line-output and RS-232C) make the projector ideal for "portable" use and higher-end integration as well.

Sharp XR-10S Features:
Super Compact Size
DLP Technology for High Contrast and Compactness
Low Fan Noise
2000:1 High-Contrast, High-Quality Image
3X Speed Colour Wheel
IP Conversion from TrueVision Image Processing
Multiple Input Terminals
Highly Sealed Optics
4:3 and 16:9 Aspect Ratios and HDTV/DTV and DVD Compatible
Image Shift Function
Quick Start and Quick Shutdown for Speedy Presentations
Interactive Help Menu

Sharp XR-10S Details
Resolution: SVGA (800 x 600)
Brightness: 2000 ANSI Lumens
Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
Uniformity: 85%
No. of Colors: 16.7 million
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Native/16:9 Selectable
Display Technology: DLP (0.55" DDR DMD)
Data Signals: PC and Macintosh computers
Video Signals: NTSC4.43
Video Signals: PAL-60
Video Signals: PAL-M
Video Signals: PAL-N
Video Signals: PAL-50
Video Signals: NTSC3.58
Video Signals: HDTV (480i/p , 540p, 576i/p , 720p , 1035i, 1080i)
H Sync: 15 - 70 kHz
V Sync: 45 - 85 Hz

Customer Review: Great machine Short term/Not great long term

I've had 2 of these machines in the last 6 months. There's a reason for the 90 day lamp warranty. If you're lucky like I was, your lamp will burn out before you get to 90 days. One day past that & you'll be paying $300+ for a replacement. Given the initial investment + the $300.00 every 3 months for a new bulb, I'd say this product is barely worth 1 star. The quality of the product is great is you only need it for 90 days. Beware of DLP projectors, especially the SHARP!!!


There is only a 90 day warranty on the LAMP. I had this item from Sharp for a little over a year. The lamp had 59% life on it but went dark on me. I had to unplug the device numerouse time because after putting it in the sleep mode, the remote wouldn'tallow me tpo turn it back on. It came with a 3 year warranty (24 hour replacemnt)and had it for almost a full week and they are currently holding my Projector hostage. They are claiming that my lamp warranty has expired, I barely used it since I am in school and used it a couple of hours on week days and about 4 to 6 hours on weekends. It dropped from 49% to 63 % in the lamp life and when I sent it in to them it had already dropped to 59% lamp usage. All of this in the economy mode. I wouldn't buy another thing from this company, because the lamp, s/h all comes to almost $600, almost the cost of a brand new projector. In my opinion, SHARP is a SCAMMING Company that lost my business forever.

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10:31 AM

Hitachi PERFORMA CP-RS55 Home Theater Projector

Hitachi CP-RS55Perfectly portable, nicely bright, and easy to set up, the Hitachi Performa CP-RS55 home theater projector bridges the gap between corporate and residential environments with 1500 lumens of brightness. It features progressive scan technology, which lets you enjoy realistically beautiful images with no flicker.

Its Equalizing function (Gamma Correction and Color Balance) lets you make adjustments to achieve desired picture quality, and three picture mode settings (Normal, Cinema and Dynamic) allow you to choose the best mode to match the source. It also offers a Whisper Mode option, which reduces fan noise to 32 dB and provides quiet performance in a variety of applications--from living room to boardroom or classroom.

The 800 x 600 SVGA resolution is projected in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Other features include a 300:1 contrast ratio, 1-watt mono speaker, 4x digital zoom, progressive scan, manual focus, digital gamma correction, reverse image function for ceiling mount, and a Kensington security slot for added protection. It offers the following connection options:

  • Composite AV In: 1

  • S-Video In: 1

  • PC RGB In: 1

  • Stereo mini-jack audio In: 1

  • 9-pin D-Sub connector: 1

The CP-RS55 is one of the first projectors to be aimed explicitly at both the business and home markets. To accomplish this, Hitachi has brought together an impressive combination of performance and value.

In outward appearance, the CP-RS55 is not going to turn any heads. It is housed in a silver-gray exterior with a no-nonsense rectangle design. Mobile presenters, however, will appreciate the fact that it is the lightest model in this roundup. In fact, at 4.9 pounds, it is one of the lightest budget projectors we have ever tested. It does not come with a carrying case

Hitachi PERFORMA CP-RS55 Details

Resolution, Video: 540 TV lines
Resolution, RGB: 800 x 600 pixels
Colors: 16.7 million
Aspect ratio: 4:3 native; 16:9 compatible
Throw ratio (distance:width): 1.8L1
Brightness: 1500 ANSI Lumens in normal mode; 1125 ANSI Lumens in whisper mode
Lamp life: Up to 2000 hours
Contrast ratio: 300:1
Speaker: 1 (mono), 1 watt
Input signals, RGB: VGA, SVGA, XGA, SXGA, MAC13", MAC16", 480i, 576i, 480p, 1080i, 720p
Input signals, Composite video: NTSC, NTSC4.43, PAL, SECAM, PAL-M, PAL-N
Vertical keystone correction: Digital keystone +/- 15 degrees
Video input: 1 S-Video, 1 composite, 1 RGB (15-pin D-Sub)
Video output: n/a
Audio input: 1 stereo mini jack
Audio output: n/a
Item width: 11.22 inches
Item height: 2.87 inches
Item depth: 7.94 inches
Item weight: 4.85 pounds

What's in the box: Home theater projector, remote control (with batteries), RGB cable, filter cover, power cord, printed operating instructions

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