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HDTV Almanac - Something Small from Mitsubishi

By Alfred Poor • Jun 12 2009, 1:00pm

At the CES Line Show in New York City earlier this week, I visited with Mitsubishi. As expected, they had some large stories to tell, including their 82″ DLP rear projection HDTV that they claim is the largest 3D-ready TV on the market (shipping in July). And they were showing their LaserVue rear projection sets [...]


HDTV Almanac - The Norwegian Blue of HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Apr 17 2009, 1:00pm

Last week, Mitsubishi announced its lineup of premium TV models for 2009. In addition to a range of flat panel LCD HDTVs, the company also announced seven new rear projection DLP models which makes them the last major company to still emphasize DLP HDTVs. (It is interesting to note that the company’s press release did [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Here Come Projector Phones

By Alfred Poor • Feb 20 2009, 2:00pm

At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Samsung announced the first mobile phones with a projector built into it. The Samsung phones use a DLP imager from Texas Instruments. The high-end phones also feature an OLED touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera. Initially, the I7410 and W7900 phones will only be available in Korea [...]


HDTV Almanac - Samsung TVs Go Online

By Alfred Poor • Jul 25 2008, 1:00pm

At Samsung’s annual “Christmas in July” press event in New York City on Wednesday, the company showed off cool stuff like their 3D-capable plasma and DLP rear projection televisions, but the item that caught my eye was the “touch of color” LCD HDTVs with Samsung’s “Infolink” feature. This function is built in as a standard [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Optoma Shows Tiny Projector

By Alfred Poor • Jun 20 2008, 1:00pm

At InfoComm this week, Optoma showed off a new pico projector. It was in the Texas Instruments booth, which makes sense when you consider that it relies on TI’s new DLP Pico imager chipset. The tiny box is designed to project a large image from an iPod, digital camera, mobile phone, or other device. The [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #269 - How to get rid of your old electronics

By The HT Guys • Apr 22 2008, 4:57am

In Episode 260 we covered various options for energy efficient home theaters. One of those involved making sure you look for the Energy Star logo on the products you buy. After all just because we want to watch HDTV doesn't mean our kids should be robbed of watching Quad-HDTV when they grow up. There are a lot of colors talked about in home theaters, white noise, black-out shades, red lasers, blu-ray...even rainbows on your DLP TV. But today we're going to continue in the green theme. Listener Greg from Michigan thought it would be a good idea to round out the discussion; we've talked about how to buy gear, now we'll cover how to get rid of it.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast #251 - Mitsubishi 73" DLP In-Store Impression

By The HT Guys • Feb 18 2008, 5:19pm

Today we go through an article published in Sound and Vision Magazine entitled M-Card: Possible Its a guide that will help you obtain and use the new Multi Stream Cable Card.

Braden has been contemplating a new screen for his home theater, and the 73" DLP from Mitsubishi would fit quite nicely. So just like any good audio video enthusiasts would do on the weekend, he packed up the kids and spent some quality time at Best Buy and Magnolia to check it out.


HDTV Almanac - The Sony RPTV Shoe Drops

By Alfred Poor • Dec 24 2007, 2:00pm

Many were surprised last week by Sony’s announcement that the company will shut down production of its rear projection HDTV models, and sell out existing inventory. One reason that this was a surprise is that by some measures, Sony was in second place for this market segment. Why would the company abandon this market?
As I’ve [...]


HDTV Almanac - No New Rear Projection HDTVs from Toshiba

By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2007, 2:00pm

My friend and colleague Ken Werner reported in Friday’s “Display Daily” from Insight Media that Toshiba’s summer line show event did not include any new rear projection models. He cited a Toshiba representative as saying that the company will continue with their existing DLP models, but are focusing on their line of Regza LCD HDTVs [...]

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HDTV Almanac - A New Microdisplay for HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • May 1 2007, 2:00pm

Plasma, LCD, DLP, LCoS: the current technology landscape is cluttered enough to cause paralyzing confusion for many buyers. The prospect of OLED, SED, and Laser TVs only makes the question of whether to buy now or to wait that much more difficult. But the display industry does not stand still, and the next breakthrough technology [...]


HDTV Podcast #164

By The HT Guys • Apr 20 2007, 1:47pm

We discuss a blog about the top 20 reasons why Home Theater is better than the Movie Theater. Then we review the Mitsubishi WD-65831 65" 1080p DLP.


HDTV Almanac - New Wine in New Bottles: Laser TV HDTVs

By Alfred Poor • Mar 6 2007, 2:00pm

Anyone familiar with HDTV issues knows that the rear projection television — RPTV — market defies gravity. These devices are largely 1080p resolution, so you get the best image detail possible, and they come in the large sizes that people need for a typical living room viewing distance. They weigh much less than a plasma [...]

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HDTV TLC: RPTV Viewing Screen Maintenance and Repair

By Richard Fisher • Feb 14 2007, 4:27pm

Depending on the age of your product and its options, you are either watching the viewing screen directly, or watching through a screen protector. The actual viewing screen will be grooved for CRT rear projection or flat textured for micro-display rear projection (such as DLP, LCD, etc.). Screen protectors are perfectly smooth and shiny like a piece of glass. Indeed it is a Plexiglas product that may also have an optical coating to reduce glare. Behind the protector...


HDTV TLC: Extending the Lamp Life of Your HDTV Microdisplay

By Richard Fisher • Feb 7 2007, 4:27pm

If you have one of the new lamp-based microdisplays such as DLP, LCoS, SXRD, D-ILA or LCD it will definitely pay off to learn how to extend your lamp life. Lamp life varies by manufacturer design based on the application of the product and varies anywhere from 2000 to 8000 hours. Lamp replacements run from $200-$500 but most consumer rear projection displays are in the $200-$300 range and also lean more towards longer rather than shorter life design. The good news here is unlike any other display you have owned you can bring these back to brand new performance by simply replacing the lamp.

Lamp replacement is generally easy and comes in the form of...

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HDTV Almanac - Olevia Plays in the Major Leagues

By Alfred Poor • Jan 31 2007, 2:00pm

This morning, Syntax-Brillian announced a partnership with AEG to become a “Founding Partner” at a number of AEG venues across the country, including L.A. Live, STAPLES Center, Sprint Center, and Citizen’s Bank Arena. The multimillion dollar sponsorship agreement will see Olevia-branded LCD and RPTV displays integrated throughout the venues, in digital signage and hospitality applications. [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Another Pocket Projector

By Alfred Poor • Oct 24 2006, 1:00pm

Last week, Toshiba announced their TDP-FF1AU projector. (Where do these companies get their model names? Imagine if Detroit were to name their cars this way!) It has 800 by 600 pixel resolution (SVGA) so it can display EDTV images without a problem, making it suitable for DVDs. It uses a DLP imager, and it [...]

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HDTV Almanac - New Optoma HDTV Projector

By Alfred Poor • Aug 7 2006, 1:00pm

If you’re a frequent reader of the HDTV Almanac, you’re probably aware that I don’t do product reviews. However, I will highlight new product announcements when I think they have some relevance beyond the individual model. And that’s exactly why you should know about the EP1690 from Optoma.
This is a DLP front projector. Yes, I [...]


HDTV Almanac - Samsung Ships LED DLP HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jul 17 2006, 1:00pm

According to a report in TWICE magazine, Samsung has started shipping their HL-S5679W rear projection DLP HDTV. This is a significant product, because it is the first to market with an LED light source instead of the conventional UHP lamp.
The conventional lamp needs to be replaced every 3,000 to 4,000 hours, and can cost about [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Brillian 1080p HDTV Wins

By Alfred Poor • Apr 27 2006, 1:00pm

Syntax-Brillian won the “LCoS RPTV of the Year Award” at the Annual China Digital TV Award 2006 event held last week in Beijing, China. The award was for the Brillian 65-inch 1080p rear-projection LCoS HDTV. Syntax-Brillian has also entered into a partnership with a company owned by the Chinese government to manufacture the LCoS imagers [...]


HDTV Almanac - New HDTVs from Mitsubishi

By Alfred Poor • Apr 10 2006, 3:17pm

On Friday, Mitsubishi announced a new line of HDTVs. These include 1080p DLP rear-projection TVs in 57- and 65-inch sizes that have with a six-color wheel that increases color response. New 52- and 62-inch rear projection LCD TVs offer 720p in the 531 Model series. Direct view-LCD panels have 1080p resolution, and come in 37- [...]