Free Shipping on Oppo DVD Players!

Oppo up converting DVD players

We just added free shipping on two Oppo DVD up-converting players. The Oppo DV-980HD and The latest and greatest DV983H. Up-converting DVD players are nice because they allow you to convert those standard DVD players into HD. Your picture might be better with a true HD player, but the up-conversion is very nice on these Oppo’s, and it will allow you to still get use out of those standard DVDs. That way you won’t have to invest loads of money into an entirely new format DVD, and you won’t have to wait for all the movies you already own to turn up on BluRay. The prices are competitive, and regulated for authorized resellers. But for a limited time we will pay to ship the players to you.

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Offer valid through 9/15/2008.

New 1080p Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector

What’s New in 1080p Projectors?

New 1080p Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector

There is sure to be more to come next week at CEDIA, but Sanyo has announced a new product that is said to be an ‘entry level’ 1080p projector. What does entry-level mean? Typically it means that it will cost less, has a few less features, and may not have the latest and greatest chipset. So how does the PLV-Z700 spec up? Sanyo is reporting the following :

  • 1200 lumens of brightness
  • Built-in Full HD 1080p LCD panel (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • “Wide-Area” lens shift (100 degrees vertical and 50 degrees horizontal)
  • 2X zoom for a 100-inch screen from 3-6 meters back
  • Electronic sliding shutter door (for lens protection)
  • Whisper quiet 21dB fan noise
  • 2 HDMI and component video inputs
  • Advanced color management (‘3d Color Management’ and ‘Advanced Image Mode’)
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MSRP has been announced at $1999, which means it should hit the streets at a very competitive price point. The new 1080p projector is expected to be released in October of this year.

We haven’t seen one in person yet, so we can’t comment on the picture quality. But rest assured we will fire one up as soon as we get the chance and share our thoughts with you.

[ see Sanyo’s website for more details ]

Projector Coupons : Free 3-Day Shipping for Labor Day

At ProjectorPeople.com we always have a deal for you! From now through Labor Day enjoy FREE 3-day shipping on select projectors. Start the football season fast and furious with a BIG screen for all the BIG games. Order now and get it in time for Labor Day! Enter coupon code “FREE3DAY” at checkout to receive your free shipping upgrade! Offer good through Tuesday, September 2nd 2008! Call now.

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Projector Central Reviews Gaming Projectors

new Panasonic PT-AX200U gaming projector

Industry pundits, Projector Central, recently reviewed five projectors they like for PC video gaming. The focus of their review is on PC gaming exclusively, but they do crown the Panasonic PT-AX200U projector the king of console gaming. (see our Panasonic PT-AX200U micro site). Here are a few snips from the article:

We took a look at five projectors for use with a PC- the Dell 1609WX, Hitachi CPX3, Planar PR5030, Epson PowerLite 400W, and Panasonic’s AX200U. The first four are native 1280×800, a common resolution in computing today. The last is Panasonic’s first dedicated “gaming” projector, built for best performance with console games. …PC gaming and its special requirements mean that not just any projector will do. Aside from the usual concerns about contrast and color and adequate lumen output, video delay is an important factor and can make or break a projector for some folks. While we found very little video delay in the products we looked at, there was enough to potentially cause issues for some gamers. The moral of the story here is to send your projector a native signal whenever possible, and the rest should take care of itself. Read the complete Projector Central “Five Hot Projectors for PC Gaming” article.
Our resident gamer here at Projector People, Joey Shipley, mentions that the console gamer may be more likely to want the big screen experience than a PC gamer, for two reasons.
  • Console games are likely to be connected to the entertainment system than a PC game, which means the projector could be used for multiple uses. (and Media Centers are still not that common)
  • PC gamers may play for longer periods (8 to 10 hours a day sometimes) which means more lamps to purchase.
This huge monitor or one of these HD displays (see buyer’s advice on projectors too), might be better fit for the PC gamer. Of course if you are a PC gamer who wants a GIANT image, we’d be more than happy to sell you one! We carry 3 of the reviewed models the Epson Powerlite 400W, Hitachi CP-X3, and the bestseller Panasonic PT-AX200U. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time try our Projector Projector game and hurl an animated projector a few hundred feet. Read the complete Projector Central “Five Hot Projectors for PC Gaming” article.

Projector Screen Good Buys

Draper Onyx Projector Screen

If you have read our newsletter before, you already know about the benefits of using a projector screen (read here). But what sets one screen apart from another? Let’s discuss just a few of the features that separate the acceptable to the stellar in a fixed frame screen.

As with most products there are lower priced and higher priced options in projector screens. The most obvious differences between the two lie in the quality of the construction and materials for the product. For a fixed frame screen spending more usually means you will have a more durable frame and tauter viewing surface. A taut screen is desirable because a flat surface will not distort the projected image. A durable frame is important so that the screen does not lose it’s shape, or more specifically the 90 degree angles at the corners. Cheaper screens can lose their shape over time, and the screen material may also become loose as it stretches.

The Draper Onyx, for example, does not use snaps, but rather a system that offers a more uniform tension to the entire surface of the screen. The frame also allows for a couple of ‘retensionings’ in the future if the screen stretches. It also features a wider “vel tex” border than most lower cost screens.

Velvet Border

Most fixed frame screens include a velvet border these days. But the size and quality of the border may change from product to product. A cheaper material may also be used in a less expensive screen.

Quick Tip : Why would you want a black border on your screen? Beyond offering a more finished look to the screen, it also helps absorb light that ‘leaks’ off the side of the screen. In a movie theater, the drapes perform a similar function.

Ease of Installation

One benefit of a store bought screen over a DIY screen is the ease of putting it together. Some fixed frame screens are made with snaps on both the frame and screen material. The snaps can be a challenge to put together on a good screen, because the more taut the material is, the better the image will look (you don’t want waves in your image!). It is also worth considering the customer support you (or your reseller) can expect from the manufacturer. Cheaper screens are often manufactured outside of the U.S., where as Draper and Da-Lite are two American screen makers. Hopefully there will be no issues with your screen, and it will not be a factor for you.

Quick Tip : For less installation hassle, you may also consider a manual (pull-down) screen which will require simply mounting the screen to the wall. Yes it can be a pain to attach the casing to the wall, but that may be less effort than putting the screen together and then mounting the screen to the wall. These screens can also be pulled-up, hiding the screen from view. Pull-down screens, however, will not provide the same tautness in the image that a fixed frame will.

How Much Should I Budget for my Screen?

Here is a general price breakdown for a few of the most popular screen options.

  • Gallon of Matte White Paint: $20
  • Screen Material (DIY screens): $12 per square foot ($300 for a 92-inch screen)
  • Low cost Fixed or Pull Down Screen: $149 – $799
  • Fixed Screen with Border: $549 – $2,199 (Draper Onyx)
  • Electric Screen: $799 and up.

For questions about rear vs. front projection, screen size recommendations, mounting suggestions, and more, consult our Screen Guide.