What The Projector People Are Watching

It’s probably no surprise that we at Projector People LOVE watching movies on the big screen. On most weekend nights you’ll usually find us in our living rooms, home theaters or backyards watching flicks with our friends and families. Projectors aren’t just our job; they’re our passion.

Read on to learn what we’re watching on our big screens right now.

Rich Morgan

  • Projector expert since 1998

I watched Derrick Brooks being entered into the NFL Hall of Fame. He played on our local team, the Buccaneers. Go Bucs! I’m also watching preseason football. It’s like light beer – not as good as the real thing, but it will do in a pinch.

I also saw a great movie called “Transcendence” With Johnny Depp. It’s a very creepy movie. We had the neighbors over. Seven of us watched it on an eight-foot wide screen with a Panasonic AE8000. NICE!

Todd Reed

  • Projector expert since 2000

Recently we’ve been showing our 10-year-old son a lot of the classics.

We’ve watched Top Gun on the projector (it’s like you are the one landing on the carrier!), Terminator and Terminator Two (Arnold is huge!), and Rocky (you feel like you’re in the ring!)

Our son loves the films, and we love spending time with him.

Donna Taylor

  • Projector expert since 2000

I watched Frozen and the Little Mermaid II last weekend with my granddaughters on the Epson Presenter. I love that it’s an all-in-one projector and is so simple to use. Just plug it in, insert the DVD and press play!

The girls loved hanging out and watching movies with me. They say I have “the fun house!” It’s like being at the movies, but you can pause and get snacks and not miss anything.

Carmen Aiken

  • Projector expert since 1993

I just got hooked on Game of Thrones. It’s a fantastic series to watch on a nine-foot wide screen. I really felt like I was thrown in that time period and that fantasy world. I zipped through all three seasons in less than two months!

Season four just wrapped on HBO so I will start that one soon. The series was so good, I just could not stop watching and was up to 1:00 a.m. on plenty of work nights!! I could have watched it on my 50” TV, but the much larger, crystal-clear image on my projector and the sounds of galloping horses and clanging swords on the surround sound just cannot be beat!

Kirk Ritari

  • Projector expert since 2000

I’ve been playing a lot of video games on my projector lately.

When you’re playing Battlefield 4, FIFA 14 or Madden football on a nine-foot HD screen, it feels like you’re part of the action!

Your turn! What are you watching this week?

Our top projector picks for August

Where did the summer go?

Fall is just around the corner. That means it’s time to get ready for back to school. You also want to make sure you get the most out of your backyard theater before winter sets in. And let’s not forget football season kicks off in a few weeks!

We can help you with all of the above.

Our top projector picks for August include models for classrooms and auditoriums, plus home theater projectors that can be brought outside for a backyard party that will be the envy of the entire block.

Our top projector picks for August

NEC NP-PA500U

Get your auditorium ready for the first day of school. The 5,000-lumen NEC NP-PA500U was designed with education installations in mind. It features integrated high-speed wireless LAN and tons of easy-to-use asset management technologies. Plus, this NEC projector features the industry’s first built-in stacking correction capabilities. Stack up to four projector for a 20,000-lumen image that’s sure to keep your students engaged!

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ASK Proxima C3307-A

Perfect for educators on a budget, the ASK Proxima C3307-A is bright, light and priced right. Weighing in at less than seven pounds, the 3,100-lumen projector features all the inputs educators need. Plus, the 6,000 hours of lamp life in eco mode helps you keep maintenance costs down.

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BenQ W1070

This 2,000-lumen projector is perfect for projecting outside at night. Its 10,000:1 contrast ratio means rich black levels, and its built-in speakers make setup a breeze. The BenQ W1070 is also 3D-ready, allowing you to take your backyard theater party to the next dimension!

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Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 5030UB

You’ll love watching football on the Epson 5030UB. The “UB” stands for “ultra black”. With a 600,000:1 contrast ratio, the Epson 5030UB more than lives up to its name. Sports and video games practically jump off the screen. Plus, the 5030UB delivers incredibly smooth fast-action scenes. You’ll be able to see the intricacies of every play.

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Ready to upgrade your classroom or home theater for August? Call us today at 1-888-248-0675

3 Reasons Why Sony’s VPL HW40ES SXRD Projector Blows Us Away

Sony’s super popular VPL HW40ES projector uses SXRD display technology. SXRD, which stands for silicon x-tal reflective display, is Sony’s take on liquid crystal on silicon display, more commonly known as LCoS.

As a refresher, LCoS, which has been on the market for several years now, is a hybrid of DLP and LCD display technologies. It’s basically constructed of a layer of liquid crystal sitting on top of a reflective surface. The light created by the lamp reflects off this surface, unless the liquid crystal twists to block it.

Sony VPL HW40ES SXRD home theater projector

But Sony’s take on LCoS is unique. Here are three reasons why Sony’s SXRD projectors blow us away.

Price

Since their debut, LCoS projects have been notoriously difficult to manufacture. Sony streamlined the process by producing their SXRD panels in their own dedicated manufacturing facilities.

The savings they gain from the increased efficiency is passed on to customers. Sony’s VPL-HW40ES full HD SWRD home theater projector is at least $500 less than its LCoS counterparts.

Contrast Ratio

LCoS projectors have always been known for their exceptional contrast ratios. The teeny tiny gap between the liquid crystals allows very little light to pass through, resulting in exceptionally dark black levels.

image on Sony SXRD projector

Sony’s SXRD panels are just as advanced as LCoS, if not more so. The SXRD projectors use a vertically aligned nematic (VAN) liquid crystal that changes state with lightning-fast speed. This enables the microdisplay to run as fast as 200 frames per second, with very little image smear.

Motion Detail

Liquid crystal displays – whether in a LCD or LCoS panel – have an inherent minuscule motion blur. To overcome this, Sony’s HW40ES SXRD projector has a high 240HZ refresh rate. Advanced settings like film projection mode and a built-in motion smoother make for ultra smooth movement.

Action movies and sports have never looked so good.

Your Turn!

Own the Sony VPL-HW40ES? Tell us about your experience below!

Our Top 4 Projector Picks for June

June is in full swing! We’re just seconds away from the start of the World Cup. Father’s Day is around the corner. And in less than two weeks it will officially be summer.

Could this month get any better?

We’re betting June’s customers will want projectors they can set up outside, bring to the soccer er, futbol-watching party, and give to Dad, whose humble 50-inch flat screen could desperately use an upgrade.

Here are our top projector picks for June. Do you agree? Leave your feedback in the comments section below!

Panasonic PT-AE8000U

Panasonic AE8000

Always a crowd pleaser, the Panasonic PT-AE8000U packs a bright 3D punch with incredibly rich and detailed low-light images. With features like a 500,000:1 contrast range, intelligent iris system, and a $350 mail-in rebate, we’d be surprised if we could keep these on the shelves this month.

Epson Home Cinema 5030UB

Epson 5030

Epson’s ultra black UB technology guarantees that your favorite summer blockbuster will jump off the screen. Fast action scenes look amazingly lifelike. The Epson makes every detail shine; you’ll have no issues seeing all of the Brazil team’s amazing footwork on this projector!

BenQ SX912

BenQ SX912

We think customers will appreciate the BenQ SX912 for its crossover appeal. Weighing in at less than 10 pounds, this 5,000-lumen XGA projector will dazzle your clients in a brightly-lit boardroom during the week, and impress your neighbors at your backyard theater party on the weekend.

Sony VPL-HW40ES

Sony VPL-HW40eS

Forbes said this projector is “a joy to watch.” We think your dad will agree.

Everything you ever wanted to know about LCD projectors

First introduced in the 1980s, LCD projectors are among the most popular on the market. How do LCD projectors work? And are they the right choice for you?

Read on to learn more

How do LCD projectors work?

Inside an LCD (liquid crystal display) projector are three glass panels: one red, one green, and one blue. Each of these panels contain thousands of shifting pixels.

To create the image, a bright beam of white light is shone through the panels. The panels’ pixels open and close, allowing or preventing the light to pass through. This creates a red, green and blue version of the final image.

The three images are combined into one by a prism inside the projector. The result: a crisp and colorful picture on your screen.

Pros and cons of LCD projectors

Pros:

At lower resolution levels (WXGA and XGA), LCD projectors generally provide sharper images, especially with data images. This is much less noticeable with higher resolution projectors.

In general, LCD projectors for home theater include zoom lenses and lens shift, giving you greater installation flexibility.

Cons

Unlike DLP projectors, LCD’s light engines are not sealed. It’s theoretically possible for dust particles to enter the projector. This can be prevented by following the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the air filter.

Early LCD projectors suffered from the “screen door effect”. Light couldn’t shine through the spaces between the panels, creating a grid-like image when viewed up close. Today’s LCD projectors have advanced technology that prevents this from happening. Since resolutions are higher, the pixels are also much smaller. This further prevents any screen door-like issues.

Most popular with …

LCD projectors are great for churches, trade shows, auditoriums and large boardrooms. Basically any room with high ambient light.