Support for HDCP 2.2 appears in most of the new Sony home cinema audio devices
Sony has revealed a collection of four new sound bars and two A/V receivers to its home cinema audio range. The HT-ST9, HT-NT3, HT-CT780, and HT-CT380 sound bars and STR-DN860 and STR-DN1060 receivers will be going on sale in the United States starting in May, with all but the CT380 being HDCP 2.2 compliant, supporting playback of copyright-protected 4K content.
Home projector offers great picture, color balance, falls short in gaming, features
Trying to find the perfect projector for a home theater can be tricky, as there are bountiful options on the market from a large number of manufacturers. Name brand aside, trying to find the right options for the based on room size, necessary features and functions can still leave consumers scratching their heads. Epson is attempting to give buyers a one-shot option to build their home theaters around, with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 projector. But does the projector keep up with the needs of film, television shows, and gaming, or would consumers be better served elsewhere? Find out in our review.
Sub-$400 PowerLite Home Cinema 600 is portable and bright
Today, Epson America announced a new compact digital projector in its PowerLite line at CES. The Home Cinema 600 can scale up its display to roughly 25 times larger than a 60-inch television screen. The projector is designed to be plugged into everything from a laptop to a gaming console, and uses Epson three-LCD projection and four pre-set color modes, including a game mode. This allows for watching in even a well-lit environment, from a conference room to a backyard side-of-the-house movie night.
New projectors offer three-chip, 3LCD technology with brightness, contrast ranges
Epson announced two new projectors at the CEDIA Expo 2014 last week, adding entries to the Home and Pro Cinema lines. Pro Cinema entries include the LS9600e and LS10000, both utilizing Epson's 3LCD reflective laser technology. Three entries are now available in the PowerLite Home Cinema line, with the 3600e, 3500 and 3000 covering a range of prices above $1,000.
Home projector excels at 3D and bulb life, but has brightness issues and poor color presets
With high-definition televisions now the standard, 4K televisions becoming the next big thing, and plasma TVs going the way of the dinosaurs, in-home entertainment is an interesting beast these days. There are an overwhelming number of choices. Projectors could be a money-saving option, but they still suffer from overwhelming model choices, from business-oriented units to full-blown home theater experiences. Epson, however, hopes to simplify that with the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, a projector that offers full 1080p without breaking the bank like some home theater choices. But does the projector exceed the TV experience, or will users want their flat panels back? Find out in our review.
Under-television home cinema audio a focus for LG in 2014
LG will be demonstrating a number of new audio products at CES in January, alongside its large-screened television. The sound bar and a SoundPlate all hope to declutter the living room of unnecessary home cinema audio equipment, while two wireless speakers offer various streaming audio modes that seemingly competes with Sonos for room-based music playback.
2D-to-3D movie conversion, split screen built-in
Epson has issued details of new projectors it is bringing out in the near future. The PowerLite Pro Cinema 6020UB, Home Cinema 5020UB/5020UBe, and 3020/3020e are all 3D-capable projectors that offer a full HD resolution, and also feature built-in 2D-to-3D conversion of movies and a split-screen mode allowing users to watch two different 2D sources simultaneously.
Max output of 127dB at 50Hz; dual 350 watt drivers
A Swedish audio firm, Procella, has turned to an Italian manufacturer to create their latest subwoofer aimed at large home cinemas, commercial cinemas and larger rooms (up to 3,000 cubic feet), the re-designed P15. The active subwoofer features dual 15-inch drivers individually powered by 350-watt amplifiers and 28bit/56 bit ADI Sigma DSP controls, for a frequency response well below 20Hz and a maximum output of 127 decibels at 50Hz.