Sony SXRD KDS-R50XBR1 and KDS-R60XBR1 Info and Review Roundup

Filed Under: Home Theater Reviews, Rear Projection

sony sxrd KDS-R60XBR1 and KDS-R50XBR1These 2 models are the hottest and most popular rear projection sets available today.

Excellent image quality coupled with the Sony brand makes these two HDTVs tough to beat.

I’ve covered several reviews and lots of info about these units here, so I decided to consolidate everything to make it all very easy to find.


Sony SXRD KDS-R50XBR1 50 Inch HDTV

50 inch SXRD Review
“I’ll lay bets that Sony’s newest SXRD offerings are going to shake things up in HDTV-land.” – Full review at Sound and Vision

User Review
“All in all, the Sony SXRD 50 (it also comes in a 60 inch screen) is an awesome HDTV with a large range of features and high quality screen.” – Full review at HDBeat

SXRD 50 Review
“If you are looking for a great picture from DVDs and HD, consider this TV. Sure it is expensive, but man the picture is amazing.” – Full Review at HDBeat

Sony SXRD KDS-R60XBR1 60 Inch HDTV

60 inch SXRD Review
“By today’s standards, the Sony KDS-R60XBR1 is expensive, but its fabulous performance and feature set make it well worth the price for early adopters.” – Full review at Cnet

60 Review
“This set appears to put Sony back on top. It’s really something special.” – Full review at UltimateAV

User Review at AVS (non-technical “blind test”)
“Wow did you see that… it looks so three dimensional… I’m getting dizzy watching this it so real… look at that picture its so realistic”

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No More Panasonic or JVC CRTs?

Filed Under: Home Theater News

panasonic jvc
Matsushita, makers of Panasonic and JVC products, have closed CRT plants in Europe and the US.

The plant in Germany made CRTs for big screen TVs. The US plant made CRTs for bigscreens and projection TVs.

Just another sign that Plasma, LCD, DLP and the rest are taking over.

The CRT is dead, long live the CRT.

Panasonic-Toshiba CRT plants close in Europe, US
Via HD Beat

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NeuNeo HVD2085 Review

Filed Under: DVD Players, Home Theater Reviews

neu neo hvd2085 dvd player revieweCoustics take a look at this upconverting DVD player, which has caused quite the buzz due to being able to upconvert to 1080p.

– HDTV up-conversion
– 1080P support
– Region Free
– HDMI and VGA outputs
– Firmware upgradeable

– Lackluster design
– Childish remote control
– Expensive
– Does not come with an HDMI cable

“With a price over $200 dollars, the HVD2085 is on the high-end for a mid-range DVD player. Picture quality is good, and we like that the player is region free, but we just can’t justify the high price. Heck, for $245 dollars, Neo Digits should have thrown in an HDMI cable, instead you will have to pick up your own, and you can expect to pay more than $40 for a good cable too.

So what should you do? Well, if you will not be importing those foreign films and 1080P output isn’t that important to you, buy the Oppo Digital OPDV971H DVD player instead. For under $200 dollars you get a great DVD player and a DVI cable thrown in. The HVD2085 isn’t necessarily a bad player; it’s just not a premium name, so why pay for it?”

So, it sounds like the Oppo is the best way to go.

NeuNeo HVD2085 Review

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Huge HDTV, Tiny Price

Filed Under: Front Projectors, Projector Screens

hdtv projector screenIGN gets it! Well, almost.

They buy a $450 projector, and build a screen for $80 to end up with a 9 foot TV! That’s what home theater DIY is all about, baby.

Now, they didn’t exactly end up with HDTV, you can’t get a native HD projector unless you get close to the $2k range, but these machines can still produce an awesome image.

And for some gaming goodness these guys desire? A 9 foot screen can’t be beat.

IGN: Huge HDTV, Tiny Price

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Spyder2PRO Studio Review – Projector Calibration

Filed Under: Front Projectors, Home Theater Reviews

spyder 2 pro studio projector calibrationNot long ago, we took a look at a review of the Colorvision Spyder TV. This unit, the Spyder2Pro Studio, is the bigger brother and includes a mount for attachment to a tripod.

Then you can easily calibrate your home theater projector. You definitely want to calibrate your projector.

Review Conclusion:
“We were already sold on the capabilities of Spyder2PRO Studio for use with our motley crew of CRT and LCD monitors we have installed here at the Midwest Test Facility. It’s an instrument that serves us well, keeping all of these monitors, which are in various stages of decay, honest. Now with its new projector calibration routine, it’s even more versatile. Highly recommended. 9.5 out of 10 stars.”

Spyder2PRO Studio: Projector Setup

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BenQ PE8720 Now Shipping

Filed Under: Front Projectors

I came across a press release on this gem today, it looks like it should now be readily available.

This machine has been touted as the best projector under 10 grand. Benq themselves say it’s the best according to the claim to world’s best contrast ratio of 10,000:1.

Review of the PE8720 here.
AVS thread on this machine here.

Press Release

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Epson Launches 55 and 65 inch 1080p LCD Rear Projection HDTVs

Filed Under: Home Theater News, Rear Projection

epson 1080p rear projection htdv 55 and 65 inch
Epson gets into the home theater game with two new LCD rear projection models, the 55 inch ELS-55GL1 and the 65 inch ELS-65GL1.

These bad boys come with Onkyo sound systems! HDMI, VGA inputs and a USB port for a printer. They also include a memory card slot for photo viewing. (yeah, they’re still a printer company too)

The 65″ model should retail for a bit over $5800 and the 55″ unit should be around $5000 when they start shipping next month.

More products means more competition which is always better for the consumer. I can’t help but wonder if Epson know what they’re getting into, though.

Epson Launches 55 and 65 inch 1080p LCD Projection HDTVs
Via Gizmodo

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Yamaha YSP-800 – Gadget of the Week at

Filed Under: Audio, Home Theater News

yamaha ysp-800The Yamaha YSP-800 Digital Sound Projector wins gadget of the week at

This compact surround sound system is all in one unit. It uses digital delay and electronic trickery to get your brain to think you’re hearing sound from all sides. And it works!

You’d definitely want to consider a separate sub, however.

This unit has simple connections, and is great for mounting directly under your display.

“I compared the YSP-800 to a mid-priced surround-sound setup with Acoustic Research speakers powered by Pioneer’s VSX-72TXV receiver (more on the Pioneer receiver in the coming weeks). I was impressed by how well the sound projector could replace the five speakers that are carefully positioned—ugly exposed wiring and all—around my TV room. The speakers give a little more midrange than the sound projector, but when it came to the tinkling of glass or rushing of wind in the surround channel, both rigs gave me a satisfying feeling of immersion.”

Yamaha YSP-800 Digital Sound Projector

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More Xbox 360s Are Coming

Filed Under: HD Gaming

xbox 360 console
According to microsoft, more xbox 360s are on their way. Hmmm, have we heard this before? I guess it’s only been a bit over a week since launch… but still.

Come on MS, where are those 360s!!

“We are shipping units constantly (we have chartered 747’s regularly flying in with units). Some retailers have a backorder wait list, and might not have units that will be on shelf for some time, and some retailers might allocate more units to one store over another, but all stores that have placed orders are getting replenishments regularly.

In fact, we have confirmation that units are on the ground and on their way to retailers this week. When those will go from our warehouses to retailer warehouses, then to retailer locations is largely up to those retailers, so there’s no easy way to say which store will get product on which day. You should call your local retailer to find out. We remain on track to ship 2.75 to 3.0 million consoles in the first 90 days.”

It’s interesting we don’t get any numbers for how many have shipped, or shipped this week.

Source – Xbox 360 Maniac

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Panasonic PT-AE900U, Sanyo PLV-Z4, and Mitsubishi HC3000 Projector Comparison

Filed Under: Front Projectors

Projector Central has written a nice comparison piece on the three hottest 720p projectors currently available. Two of these models are LCD. I must confess I have been a DLP man up to now, but with the latest LCD performance of these two models, I am thinking about switching to the dark side. (I can feel the force growing stronger there.)

If you’re in the market for an HD projector in the 2-3 grand range, these are the units to check out.

Here are the final comments on each:

Sanyo’s PLV-Z4
This year, Sanyo’s PLV-Z4 has matched the 2.0x zoom range of its competition from Panasonic, and added the numerous other performance features noted above. For my tastes, it is an outstanding projector that outperforms every other 720p projector that we’ve put it up against so far, whether it be LCD or DLP.

The fact that it is also the least expensive of the new 720p products, as well as one of the few to include a standard 3-year warranty, is a strange anomaly in the marketplace to be sure. But someone at Sanyo decided to get very aggressive this year, and they did it in spades. It is difficult to beat the overall value proposition represented by the Z4.

Sanyo PLV-Z4 Full Review

Panasonic AE900
The Panasonic AE900 is also one of the elite price/performers on the market in the 720p category, selling for a very aggressive price in the low $2,000s. Many consumers will prefer it to the Z4 due to the absence of pixelation and its exceptional color accuracy.

Together with the Z4, these two models represent a one-two punch that will cause many people to question the traditional supremacy of DLP as the preferred video technology. Few people expected LCD to show this well against its DLP competition.

Panasonic AE900U Full Review

Mitsubishi HC3000
The Mitsubishi HC3000 is an aggressively priced WXGA resolution DLP projector with unique features that are absent from the LCD competition, such as native 768-line display and maintenance-free operation as far as filters are concerned. It is one of the lowest priced DLP products in this general resolution group, and produces a picture that is equal to or better than many more expensive DLP products.

Deep black levels and good shadow detail are strong suits, and for those who place a premium value on these picture attributes, the HC3000 is an excellent choice for the money. The optics produce some inherent restrictions as to where it can be placed to achieve a particular image size, but if it fits into your viewing space geometry it will produce a brilliant sparkling picture that will dazzle friends and neighbors.

Mitsubishi HC3000 Full Review

The New 720p Projectors
Via HD Blog

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