4th of July Coupon Codes : Projector Packages and More!

Outdoor Theater Specials for 4th of July!

4th of July Coupons!Projector People Coupon Codes are back by popular demand, and there are some great deals to be had.

To start, we have three very special Backyard Theater packages. Which have just been reduced, including our already low priced NEC NP100 package. Check out our previous blog post on the Economy of Backyard Home Theaters or read our Backyard Theater Projector Buyers Guide if you’re new to the idea. If not, and you’ve been waiting for the right time to buy, check out all of our 4th of July Specials.

Our package and projector coupon code “JULYBLAST” is good through Monday, July 7th 2008! Supplies are limited. Offer valid while supplies last, so act now!

Use Coupon Code : JULYBLAST

Backyard Theater Package Savings

Save $50

Hitachi CP-X505

Save $100
BenQ SP870
BenQ W5000
Hitachi CP-X450

Save $150
ASK 445+
InFocus IN42+
Optoma TX774

Save $200
BenQ W20000
InFocus LP850

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Projector People at Infocomm 2008 – Day Three

More Cool New Stuff : PP at Infocomm 2008

More from our Projector People team on the showroom floor at Infocomm 2008. Again we should have photos and more information in future posts. Whenever possible we will link to other tech sites covering the technology too.

InFocus is first to transmit video to projector over USB, instead of VGA

new InFocus Display Link

It started with computer monitors, docking stations, and photo frames. The cool DisplayLink USB graphics core is just now making it’s way to the world of projectors.

This is revolutionary. InFocus is the first projector manufacturer to bring models to market that use mini-USB to transmit video. Their new IN1100 and IN3100 series projectors feature “DisplayLink”, the technology that enables near instantaneous video connection via USB as well as multi-display capability to show multiple presentations on multiple projectors from just a single USB connection and single computer. More than that, when connected to the projector via USB, your computer can act as a fully functional projector remote control too.

Advantages of using the InFocus projector USB connection:

  • Near instant recognition of video source
  • No fumbling for the function key to toggle the image between PC or laptop display and the projector
  • Smaller input real estate on the projector, so future projectors can continue to shrink
  • Makes projector presentation setup faster and easier
  • Computer becomes a projector remote control
  • One USB output can power multiple projectors and presentations

InFocus projectors with the new USB video connection:

Click here to see all InFocus projectors

Previously, InFocus opted out of the regular VGA connection in favor of the much less popular, but flexible, M1 connection. This new USB solution is a true innovation and will be a very popular feature for users in school and small business settings.

What’s missing? There is neither a DVI nor an HDMI input on the new InFocus units with USB. But there may still be VGA connections. Check your specs for details.

Epson Projectors : Three New VoUSB Options Under $800!

Along with InFocus, Epson has also invested in a video over USB option (VoUSB) for its projector lineup. First, here is a quick look at the Epson offerings with VoUSB.

New Epson Projectors with VoUSB:

  • Powerlite S6 : SVGA, 2200 lumens for $549
  • Powerlite 78c : XGA, 2200 lumens for $649
  • Powerlite W6 : WXGA, 2000 lumens, SD card slot, for $799

Thusfar, Epson looks to have lowest price VoUSB option available this year. Epson usually offers strong feature sets on low priced products, and in particular, successfully meets the needs of Educators – low price points, user friendly interface, low cost of ownership. Unlike the InFocus VoUSB products, there is also an HDMI input on the modestly priced Epson projectors with USB video. Epson also has E-TORL lamp technology which improves power efficiency and lengthens lamp life (4000 hours) which lowers total cost of ownership. More Epson features include Instant on / off, auto keystone correction, AV mute, and because of the VoUSB, there is also Plug and Project connectivity which allows the computers to be connected to the projector without the need for adjustments.

Also noteworthy, the new Powerlite W6 is priced very competitively for a widescreen 2000 lumen projector with HDMI. We haven’t seen it manage video yet, but at this price point, as long as it can project video at all, it will be popular as a cross-over projector.

Quick Tip: USB connections have existed on projectors for a long time, however their functionality did not include video transfer from a computer. USB cards could be used for computerless presentations, or the USB could be used to create an optional wireless connection.

This new VoUSB projectors are expected to be on the streets in September 2008

Projector People at Infocomm 2008 – Day Two

More Cool New Stuff : PP at Infocomm 2008

More from our Projector People team on the showroom floor at Infocomm 2008. Again we should have photos and more information in future posts. Whenever possible we will link to other tech sites covering the technology too.

What if They Made a Projector without a Lamp?

new PhlatLightLED

DLP technology from Texas Instruments asked, and answered, the question of a lampless projector at this year’s Infocomm trade show. The new technology utilizes LED technology (version called PhlatLight Light Emitting Diode has been used in LCD TVs) in place of the DLP color wheel and mirror and light engine. Instead of a spinning red, blue, and green color wheel, there are RBG LEDs which plus rapidly to create the color.

The new product is the first of its kind with a regular sized chassis, but many new projectors using LED technology have been released for cell phones and so-called “pocket” projectors.

So what are the benefits? For starters, you could kiss the $200 – $500 cost of a replacement lamp goodbye along with any of the hassle of caring for it. That is good news for consumers who might have been hesitant to incur future costs after the purchase. It may also mean a dramatic increase in consumers choosing projectors as a primary display source, as the lamp life would be comparable to that of LCD and plasma TVs. Also, as we have seen with the pocket projectors, the lamp lack also allows for smaller footprints and even more portable opportunities. The fan will also not be required to cool that hot lamp, which means nearly silent operation and less energy consumption.

But wait, there’s more! With the new LED-based DLP technology, the color space possible for a projector is increased beyond that of traditional lamp’d projectors up to 50%. That’s a big benefit for the folks in the DLP camp, since color has been one area where they have been consistently challenged by 3LCD.

Are there any drawbacks to this new technology? Well for one, it’s new. So even though you won’t pay to replace the lamp, there will probably be a premium to pay initially. It’s not yet available to the general public yet, and won’t be for a while. And some reporting on the scene mention the color is not quite “lifelike” and has a bit of a red haze.

“But what about brightness?” you may ask. A good question, since previous LED projectors were in the 25 – 100 lumen range. The latest incarnation on the tradeshow floor is said to be very bright. TI claims a brightness from 500 – 1000 lumens, which was once considered a benchmark for home theater projectors. However, newer products are typically upwards of 1000 lumens. So, brightness is an issue that will probably need to improve.

But hey, nobody’s perfect on their first go. Texas Instruments says they will begin by focusing on Home Theater projection, since here is less brightness required and expects to have products released by manufacturer partners by the end of 2008. Watch us here for more updates on this potentially groundbreaking technology.

[ read more from PCWorld ]

Coming Soon from Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi HC4900

{ updated } Replacing the top selling HC4900 will be the new HC5500. What’s noteworthy about the HC5500? To start, the Mitsubishi HC5500 is reported to produce just 19db of fan noise, which is a nice improvement for home theater enthusiasts. It also has true HD 1080p resolution and a suggested retail price around $2495.

[ photo: Mitsubishi HC4900 projector ]

{ updated } The new projector is scheduled to be released in or around July 2008.

[ read press release ]

How Much Does it Cost to Go Wide?

Our projector PI’s has been looking for industry trends to share, and one point of interest has come to light. As more people begin adopting widescreen technology in business, either in their lapotop computers or high definition displays at home, the question arises, how much more does one have to spend to go widescreen?

So how much more will you pay for widescreen resolution over an equivalent 4:3 model? About $200.

That’s all for now! But stay tuned for more from our roving reports on the floor at Infocomm 2008!

Projector People at Infocomm 2008 – Day One

Cool New Stuff : PP at Infocomm 2008

Projector People has a team of technology investigators that are scouring the showroom floor looking for the hottest new products and ideas in projection technology. Here are a few quick notes. We should have photos and more information in future posts. Whenever possible we will link to other tech sites covering the technology too.

Sanyo Introduces 4LCD

new Sanyo 4LCD

You may have heard of 3LCD technology which is employed in about every LCD projector we carry. The 3LCD panel includes, as you would guess, 3 different panels. One green, one red, and one blue, which through some wizardry create the color you see on screen.

Well new 4LCD from Sanyo does color one better. Sanyo has added a yellow and green layered panel to compliment the red and blue panels which produces about 20% more shades of red and green color than is possible with 3LCD. The image, it is reported, should look more like a CRT monitor than it will a 3-chip DLP projector.

Sounds cool, but what’s the catch? Currently the panel is only available on one very high end Sanyo projector. The Sanyo PLC-XP200L is not exactly portable at 25 lbs., but it packs a wallop with 7000 ANSI lumens of brightness and should produce some great looking rich, saturated images.

The Sanyo PLC-XP200L projector is expected to ship in September and has a MSRP of $9,999. [ Read more here ]

Canon Projectors Even More Photographer Friendly : Add PictBridge

new Canon projector with PictBridge

Already a popular choice for photographers, Canon has added a feature that is sure to please professional picture takers. The new Canon REALiS SX80 will include a USB input that supports PictBridge connectivity. Just plug your digital camera into the projector to display your photos. No computer required. The SX80 uses LCoS technology, has native SXGA+(1400×1050) resolution, and is expected to list for $3,999.

Also new from Canon is the REALiS WUX10 which is reported to be the world’s first WUXGA resolution (1920×1200) projector. List price is expected to be about $12,999

[ read more here ]

New Up-Lifting Screen from Elite

new Canon projector with PictBridge

Elite screen manufacturers are the first screen company to develop a screen (called the Kestrel) that rises up out of its case. Partly sweet for it’s cool factor (your 84-100 inch screen rising up out of your cabinet), but also a nice option for home owners with high ceilings who don’t want to drop the screen from a great distance, and who want to keep their walls looking clean and modern. List price looks to be about $1,599.

Also new from Elite, the Mirage, a high gain whiteboard that comes in sizes of 60,80, and 96 inches. More on this later.

That’s all for now! But stay tuned for more from our roving reports on the floor at Infocomm 2008!

Save $50 to $100 on Home Theater Packages for Dad!

Fathers Day Sale

Treat your Super Dad with a home theater package! Just for Dad we are reducing prices on home theater projector bundles that are sure to please him, as well as the whole family. From big screen sports and entertainment for Dad and friends, to a safe and fun environment for the entire family, home theaters are one of America’s most coveted gifts. And now they cost less than ever before. . Here’s the deal:

Home Theater Projector Package Coupon Codes

Save $50 : use code “SUPERDAD”

Two packages that are budget focused. One for indoor or outdoor theater fun, and the other is our most popular projector for low-priced home theater.

Native 720p : Panasonic PT-AX200U Package

Backyard Theater : Optoma DV11 Package

Save $100 : use code “SUPERDAD”

For the true videophile, the Panasonic PT-AE2000U is one of the best selling native 1080p projectors on the market this year.

True HD 1080p : Panasonic PT-AE2000U Package

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More New Coupons Added

Save $25 : use code “SAVE25”

Save $50 : use code “SAVE50”

New Blowout Additions

  • Sharp PG-F211X
  • Sharp PG-F212X
  • Sanus Projector Ceiling Mount (silver only)

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