Home Cinema Central  August 2018

Reviews & Prices Projectors, AV Sound Systems - [Byers Guide]

Get BenQ's X for less than W and the K* is True!

W11000 vs. X12000 no decision necessary it's now free.
BenQ have sold out of W11000 projectors (#1 in 4K**) so AIM
is offering a free upgrade to the X12000 that's normally $2,000.00 more.
*True 4K, not enhanced 1080P.

Epson's Cutting Edge Projectors claim just 2,000:1 Contrast Ratio!

It's a Fact that some of Epson's "Cutting Edge" (and most expensive) projectors now quote just 2,000:1 CR (some less) (Contrast Ratio).  So the question to Epson is why do some EH-TW XXXX "Home" models claim 500 times as much?

"Our laser projectors have redefined image quality, from the world’s first 12,000 lm WUXGA 3LCD laser model  (EB-L1505U) to the world’s brightest 3LCD projector with 25,000 lm (EB-L25000U) . This, combined with the improved texture and exceptional sharpness, clarity and detail of features like our 4K enhancement technology, keep us at the cutting edge of projectors."



EPSON CR

Yes you read that right. Two Thousand:1.

How come? Don't Epson Australia sell home theater projectors with 1,000,000:1 contrast?

Yes, but read the fine print. Professionals know "real world" CR from "marketing" CR.

So don't worry too much about the numbers on the box for any brand. Most seems to be marketing, how else can you explain that the most expensive and kick ass projectors get saddled with contrast numbers of 2,000:1 being comparatively very low.

Professionals would dismiss out of hand CR claims of 1,000:000:1. Numbers for the home user, different (more realistic) numbers for the professionals it seems. If Epson Australia marketing want to let HCC know their reasons we're happy to be corrected and publish them, everyone wants the Facts.

UPDATE 1,200:1 and 2,500:1 Native CR

Epson Australia (congratulations!) seem to be using realistic "native" CR measurements across the board. 

The EB-L20000U is available from November 2018, and the EB-L12000Q will be available from January 2019. 

We note that in an Epson Australia press release there was no mention of contrast ratio, also this is the first time we've seen "Native" 4K which is less confusing for buyers. General Manager of the Business Division at Epson Australia, Craig Heckenberg, said, “These new projectors solve many of the issues commonly encountered by rental and staging companies by integrating features such as backward lens compatibility, swappable interface boards, robust and compact chassis, new tiling assist alongsidegeometry correction assist and edge-blending assist.”

EPSON EB-L20000U / EB-L12000Q (Source) 

  • Native resolution WUXGA 4K
  • Native contrast ratio 2500:1 / 1200:1 

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[Byers Guide] [CR Review] [4K BenQ W1700 Projector Review Updated]


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THX Certified Home Projectors

..undergo over 400 tests to ensure the richest colors, most optimal motion processing and most perfect picture possible.

BenQ W8000 THX HD 3D

 
$2,640.00 Inc GST < SHOP NOW
 

CONCLUSION

".While the W8000 doesn’t offer the last word in black level performance, for those who prefer a brighter picture they may just have found the perfect match. It also means that it may be better than some of its competitors in a room that isn’t able to be completely blacked out. With its very film-like presentation, the W8000 has an image that many are going to immediately warm to.." -- Review

See also HCC review

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New concept room (Appointment only) so we can show what finished results will look like.

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Actual room, actual size with image overlay.


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BenQ 4K Projectors Ranking No.1 in Australia

BenQ Outpaces the Competition with a 51.1% Market Share in Q1 2018
 
"BenQ, the No.1 DLP Projector brand, bucked market trends in early 2018 with an unprecedented growth in 4K projector sales in Australia
In 2018 Q1 sales results of BenQ 4K projectors achieved a market share of 51.1% in Australia, while achieving market share 41.8%* in the Asia Pacific, Middle East region and Africa. This is thanks to BenQ’s unique Cinematic Colour technology that offers long-lasting accurate colours that boost customer preference for the brand. 

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These latest numbers not only established BenQ projectors as a global class leader, but also as the number-one brand in the 4K projector segment."
 
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1080P (Native) vs. "4K-ish" Review


BenQ W8000 vs. Epson TW9300 review

Big W vs. Q - Both 1080P native one is almost half the size and price!
 

The W1700 is a TRUE 4K (Not "Enhanced") Home Cinema projector at an Entry Level Price.

BenQ W1700 4K HDR CineHome Projector with CinematicColor™ technology expands the thrill of giant screen visuals in your living room. Gather your friends and family in front of the stunning 4K HDR images with immense video and resounding audio enhancement to enjoy an authentic digital cinema experience.

BenQ 4K projectors

Best Genuine Price at AIM Digital

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Projectors offer the Best large screen Value

Flat Screen TVs can be big heavy mirrors! 

Reflections in flat screen TVs


A friend of our asked "What  do you think of the picture" and we didn't have the heart to tell him that his new 60 inch 4K TV was hopeless compared to a projector, at least in the way he was using it. It was an LG but all brands would have the same problem. The first thing we noticed was the massive reflections of the windows in the room. 
The movie playing from Netflix (StarWars) was so pixelated it seemed the 4k was making it worse.


Projectors don't reflect.


The screens or wall that is, also projectors generally seem to handle low res content better. Projectors offer an IMPRESSIVE sized image for the same money or less money that you'd spend on a 60 inch mirror!
 
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Home Cinema / Theatre - Gaming Projectors what's best?

We're often asked "what is the best projector" the answer depends on your situation. 
 
If you've got a well lit or bright room, say a business or board room or lounge room (that's not light controlled) you'll need a brighter projector (more ANSI lumens) than one designed for the lounge or home theatre. Sound systems are the same, there is not one that's right for every situation. If you're after a very good system to go with a top line projector in a home theatre please contact us for a bundle price including delivery.
The Projection Screen can make a big difference too. 
The size and aspect ratio of the screen relates back to the projectors specifications, location and the lighting. 
 
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