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Comprehensive recently announced the latest edition to its collection: plenum-rated HDMI cables. Plenum cables are more fire-resistant and, in the unlikely event of a fire, produce less smoke than traditional cables.
Comprehensive’s HR Pro Series Plenum HDMI cables are specifically designed for heavy duty applications and long distance installations. Unlike standard HDMI cables that can only transmit 1080p up to 15 feet, these HR Pro Plenum HDMI cables can transmit resolutions of up to 1080p 50 feet or more, and in most cases without the need for an extender or repeater.
Triple shielding provides maximum interference rejection and 24k gold connectors ensure superior connectivity. A CL2P plenum rating makes this the perfect cable for commercial and residential installations.
Happy Earth Day from all of us at ProjectorPeople.com. In honor of the holiday, we want to highlight three ways we can help you help Mother Earth.
1. Go Green, as in Casio Green Slim Technology
The new Casio XJ-A130 Green Slim projector incorporates a patent-pending Hybrid Light Source that combines Laser and LED technology for amazing brightness that lasts up to 20,000 hours, almost 10 times as long as a traditional mercury lamp. This new Casio-developed light source helps the environment and your wallet. Casio estimates the Hybrid Light Source will save the average user $800 after 6,000 hours of use compared to traditional mercury lamps, which last about 3,000 hours, consume greater power and cost $200 to replace.
2. Recycle Your Projector Lamp
Still using mercury-based projector lamps? Most of us are. But now you can recycle them! Projection lamps contain mercury, which can leak into the ground water if placed in a landfill. For about $3, you can ship your used lamp to our projector lamp recycling center. We’ll handle the processing costs from there.
3. Open Me First, Print Me Later … Or Never
Last month, we stopped including our multi-page Open Me First projector guide with purchases. The four-color booklets with their projector tips and tricks were big hits with customers, but also big hits on the environment. Who knows how many trees we’ve saved since putting the Open Me First guides online. Check out our handy guides here.
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The LG CF181D is “hands down, the brightest home theater projector we’ve ever seen…”
Here at ProjectorPeople.com, we have been eagerly awaiting the LG CF181D release. The projector features LCoS display, an established Business and high-end Home Theater technology. At $2,499, the LG CF181D is now one of the most affordable LCoS 1080p projectors on the market. We’re not expecting this baby to hang out on the shelves for long.
As always, we’ve got the rundown.
‘LCoS’ stands for ‘liquid crystal on a silicon wafer’ (mmmm, wafers.) The newest player in the display game, think of LCoS as a combination of the best of LCD and DLP technologies. As you astute ProjectorPeople.com readers know, LCD is a transmissive technology whereas DLP is reflective. LCoS, in very simple terms, is a combination of the two – an LCD panel on a mirror.
The amount of pixels is less restricted than LCD or DLP because the electronics can be placed under the pixel rather than next to it. This high pixel density means high resolution. (In fact, most of today’s LCoS projectors start at SXGA resolution.) The high pixel density also means no flickering, no “screen door” effect, no “rainbows,” and an overall higher picture quality on moving images. Because of this, many viewers say LCoS projects the most film-like image.
Check out the three technologies head-to-head below. From left to right: LCoS (LG Electronics CF181D), LCD (Panasonic PT-AE4000U), and DLP (BenQ W6000).
At 1,800 ANSI Lumens and an incredible contrast of 35,000:1, brightness is where the LG CF181D really shines (pun intended). In its review of the LG CF181D, ProjectorCentral.com wrote that the projector was “hands down, the brightest home theater projector we’ve ever seen when calibrated for optimal video performance.”
Popular LCoS Projectors’ Brightness, Resolution and Cost
From ProjectorCentral.com: “When the screen goes to black or rolling credits on a black background … the CF181D has the weaker black level than any 1080p model in its price class. Since this is not the typical scene that one views, it is usually not an issue of consequence.”
The weaker black level is especially evident in low contrast ratio images, more so than on comparable LCD 1080p projectors. Lower contrast may make for less pop in some scenes. But because the LCoS projector is so good at gray levels, the fine details are not lost with lower contrast.
The projector is equipped with a Color Management System for tweakers, and an Auto Iris to help boost contrast. ProjectorCentral.com said Auto Iris 3 yielded the least deep blacks, but a nicely balanced picture. ProjectorReviews.com liked Auto 1, which was the least bright, (but still bright enough,) and the blackest blacks of the three settings.
The LG CF181D is also ISF® Certified, a feature formerly reserved for higher-level Home Theater projectors. Users can tweak the image to match the highest video image calibration standards.
Another bonus with the LG CF181D is its multiple connectivity options. Two HDMI inputs and one USB port are on hand for connecting the LG CF181D to a computer, the most advanced DVD and Blu-Ray players, DTV decoders and many other video devices.
The fine print?
ProjectorReviews.com was not fond of the LG CF181D’s Creative Frame Interpolation feature. “There is a jerkiness that occurs, when watching movies, that is basically unacceptable.”
The Epson Home Cinema 6500 UB had similar issues when it first came out. These were fixed just a few weeks after the first shipment, with upgrades available for current owners. We don’t know yet if LG will do the same.
No worries, CFI is optional. And if you’re curious what it looks like, check out the projector’s TruMotion Demo which lets users see the CFI in action on only one side of the screen for comparison.
Was the LG CF181D worth the wait? Of course. LCoS technology has long been a favorite of photographers who fret over image quality. Now, we’re confident that the affordable price point will revolutionize Home Theater.