Product Spotlight: Great New Projectors for Your Home Theater

Home theater projectors represent one of the traditional ways of bringing the cinema experience to your home. Space-saving, easy-to-install, and cost-effective, projectors also happen to have the ability to generate the largest possible picture for your home theater.

If you’re in the market for a home theater projector, you may be interested in finding out about today’s latest and best products. Which ones meet your demand for 3D at home? Should you choose an LED, LCD, or DLP home cinema projector? What kind of proprietary digital projection technologies are being implemented these days? If these are some of the questions you’ve been asking yourself, good news: we here at Hooked Up Installs have come up with this list of great new projectors for your home theater.

Mitsubishi HC7900DW

Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America, Inc. recently introduced the Mitsubishi HC7900DW DLP projector, which is designed to deliver refined 3D screening straight to your home. Featuring 1920 x 1080 resolution, an image brightness of 1500 ANSI lumens, and 150,000:1 contrast ratio, the Mitsubishi HC7900DW is one of the two projectors debuted by the manufacturer at the CEDIA Home Theater Show in Indianapolis last September.

One of the things that makes the Mitsubishi HC7900DW stand out is its advanced 2D-to-3D Frame Rate Conversion technology, which results in near-perfect simulation of a true 3D frame of vision. This home theater projector smartly calculates multiple depth levels in 2D images in order to provide clear, sharp 3D images with minimum crosstalk (mixing of left and right eye images), judder, and flicker. So, with the HC7900DW and a pair of universal 3D glasses, you can watch your favorite classic films in vivid 3D.




Panasonic PT-AE8000

Panasonic’s most popular projector – the 5-star-rated PT-AE7000U1 – just got an update. The new Panasonic PT-AE8000 is a full HD 3D LCD home theater projector with 1080p resolution, 2,400 lumens of brightness, and a staggering contrast ratio of 500,000:1. It has an updated optical engine as well as full-HD LCD panels that are designed for up to 480 Hz processing capability, also working with Panasonic’s original high-precision overdrive technology to improve the brightness of the projected images.

Designed to deliver natural 3D movement, the PT-AE8000 also comes equipped with Panasonic’s 3D Motion Remaster feature, which interpolates an image between alternately created left and right images and thus enables smooth, continuous, and properly positioned 3D images.



ViewSonic Pro9000

Visual technology provider ViewSonic recently announced a new high-end home theater projector: the ViewSonic Pro9000, a full HD 1080p Laser LED Hybrid projector with 1080p resolution, 1,600 ANSI lumens, and 100,000:1 contrast ratio. Those specifications aren’t exactly standard-setting (at least compared to the PT-AE8000), but here’s what’s pretty cool about the Pro9000: no lamps. Its state-of-the-art laser LED hybrid technology is designed to generate RGB colors directly from the light engine without the need for a color wheel. It has a lamp-free, filter-free, mercury-free design, and can operate 4 times longer than a conventional mercury lamp projector.

The energy-efficient and environment-friendly ViewSonic Pro9000 also features 50 percent more color spectrum (than mercury lamp projectors), Dual HDMI input with HDCP, and Texas Instruments’ DarkChip 3 processing technology to deliver excellent colors and sharp image quality – perfect for a truly cinematic experience at home.





Sony is pushing its way back into the game with the new Sony VPL-HW50ES, a cinema-quality home theater projector with 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and 1,700 ANSI lumen brightness. The VPL-HW50ES also features 2D-to-3D up-scaling (with Sony’s proprietary conversion algorithm), dynamic lamp control technology, contrast enhancer technology, a 240 Hz panel drive, an ultra-quiet fan (with an advanced air discharge system), and Sony’s Motionflow technology with Dark Frame Insertion and 24p True Cinema. There is also the Optimized Advanced Iris 3 technology, which is designed to diminish ghosting when watching your favorite movie in 3D.