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Epson Adds 4K, HDR to Projector Trio

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Epson announces a trio of home cinema projectors-- the EH-TW7300, EH-TW9300 and EH-TW9300W, all featuring 4K enhancement, UHD Blu-ray and high dynamic range (HDR) support.

Epson projectorAccording to the company the 4K enhancements brings "new level of finesse" to projected images, be it in native 4K resolution or digitally upscaled 1080p content. Further boosting images is the display of the entire sRGB and DCI colour spaces, contrast ratio of up to 1000000:1 (EH-TW9300/EH-TW9300W), 16-piece glass lens, frame interpolation and detail enhancement.

Brightness reaches 2300 lumens in the EG-TW7300, while the EH-TW9300 and EH-TW9300W offer 2500 lumens. Providing high white and colour light output are Epson 3LCD panels.


Optoma Intros HD142x Projector

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Optoma presents a successor to the popular HD141x home theatre projector-- the HD142x, a 1080p update promising better colour and contrast within a smaller form factor.

Optoma HD142xThe HD142x adds an sRGB colour mode for accurate PC and Mac content and colour space. This complements the Reference Mode (reproduces accurate Rec.709 HDTV broadcast spec colours) to ensure content created for any source looks true and vibrant.


Epson Intros Four 4K HDR-Ready Projectors

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Epson announces not one, not two but four home cinema projectors-- the flagship Pro Cinema 6040UB and 4040, and the 5040UB and 5040UBe, all featuring 4K capability and HDR support.

Epson projectorThe projectors have a 1920x1080 native resolution, but Epson 4K Enhancement Technology shifts each pixel diagonally by 0.5 pixels, effectively doubling resolution to 3840x2160. As such, the projectors accept 4K input signals and display content with HDR. Also included is 3D support.

Further improvements include a new lens assembly complete with a lens memory recall of up to 10 positions for zoom, focus and lens shift (up to ± 96.3 percent on the vertical axis and ±47.1 percent on the horizontal axis) and a non-inverting optical engine for better colour uniformity.


BenQ i500, Simple with Wireless Streaming

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BenQ i500

BenQ, the global No.1 DLP brand, introduces i500, a device that combines wireless streaming apps, short-throw LED projection and  ntegrated audio to deliver big-screen entertainment in limited spaces.

"It's never been easier to equip your apartment with larger-than-life entertainment," says Conway Lee, President of BenQ Corporation. “Simply turn on the i500 and you’re ready to stream videos and music via wireless LAN without connecting to anything else.”

BenQ i500 LED smart projector comes ready out-of-the-box with popular stream services and apps such as Youtube by KODI, Spotify, Vimeo, dailymotion, YuppTV, Aptoide, Arte. Plus much more apps to stream programming of any genre, ranging from movies, TV shows, news, sports, education and cartoons. With the available game pad and controllers, i500 unleashes a universe of heart-pounding games including action/adventure, strategy, role-playing, even first-person shooters.

i500 does all of this via wireless LAN with no other connections required, it can even play video or music content from a USB stick or display Excel, Word, or PowerPoint documents without a PC.

From as close as 1 meter from the screen, i500’s short-throw projection delivers 80” of panoramic entertainment for supersized movies, shows, apps, and games in the tightest living spaces. Supporting a variety of streaming content formats from HD to Full HD, i500 with its long-life LED light source can showcases HD videos.

i500 features dual 5Wx2 chambered speakers specially tuned to produce clear voices and rich sound quality without external speaker connections. When i500 is not projecting the i500 has the ability to be a powerful Bluetooth speaker system.

Elegant and lightweight, i500 is designed to enable big-screen entertainment in any room. Its vertical keystone correction eliminates the trapezoid effect when the projector is placed at an indirect angle, enabling placement on a coffee table or a bedroom chair without distortion.

Never requiring lamp replacement, BenQ i500 LED smart projector offers the latest software and streaming apps via OTA (Over-the-Air) live updates to provide years of unlimited hassle-free entertainment for urban lifestyles.

Go BenQ i500 LED Smart Projector


How to Take a Home Theatre Anywhere

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Customers itching for an al fresco home theatre experience might soon have a solution with Hitch Theatres-- a line of portable projector screens and stands allowing one to take the theatre nearly anywhere.

Hitch TheatresThe idea of portable home theatres came to company founder Joe Livingstone on a date, unsurprisingly enough. Apparently he once took a date stargazing out of town, where decided to watch a movie under the stars on a laptop. From there he started wondering about creating a portable drive in theatre.

Hitch Theatre proposes three flavours of portable home theatre-- True Drive-In Theatre (allows one to project a movie across the bed of a truck), Group Date (adds a tall projector stand with removable DVD and sound shelf) and Movie Night (a freestanding portable projector screen complete with tall stand, removable DVD and sound shelf). The screen is 122-inch, while the rooftop stand is around 30cm tall.


Vivitek Adds H1060 Projector

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Vivitek announces the H1060-- a compact 3000 ANSI lumens projector featuring a contrast ration of 15000:1 and DLP BrilliantColor technology for a 6-segment (GYRWCB) colour wheel.

Vivitek H1060It handles both 3D and native 1080p content, and is described as ideal for the viewing of both sports and video games. Providing images is an energy efficient lamp Vivitek claims offers up to 10000 hours of use in dynamic eco mode while being positioned on top of the projectors, making bulb replacements easier.


Sony VPL-VW320ES Gets 4K HDR Upgrade

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A firmware update brings 4K HDR capability to the Sony VPL-VW320ES home cinema projector, making it the 3rd projector from the company (following the VPL-VW5000ES and VPL-VW520ES) with support for the format.

Sony VPL-V2320ESHDR (aka High Dynamic Range) promises to offer the closest representation of reality as seen through the human eye, with greater detail, high contrast, increased colour depth, brighter highlights and deeper blacks, making for more immersive images from compatible content such as 4K Blu-ray discs.