Projectors – I thought the new JVC projectors looked outstanding. The combination of the new chips and the new dynamic iris produce a very refined looking picture, with great blacks ( of course ). The RS4910 we saw ( on a 8’ wide Screen Innovations 1.3 gain Solar 4K screen. Nasa scenes of the moon looked very impressive. The RS67 was being fed 4K from a RedRay player – looked outstanding on a 11’ wide Stewart Ultramatt 1.5 gain screen. I could not hear the dynamic iris working at all, and at least with the material being played, could not detect and pumping or iris artifacts. There supposedly will be 3 different dynamic iris pre –sets. Also, we were told that older IR 3D glasses will work with the new projectors, even though the new models use a new RF emitter. In my opinion the new JVC projectors are excellent home theater projectors, and hard to beat for the price.
Sony VW600ES projector – wow! This projector was throwing a picture on a 179” diagonal Stewart StudioTek 130 G3 screen, and what a picture ! The native 4K video they were showing had excellent clarity, depth, motion, and color. And it was plenty bright. Sony also showed a clip from the Blu Ray The Amazing Spiderman that looked outstanding too. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this projector even if there wasn’t any 4K to watch ( which honestly could be a few years coming – who knows ). I’d certainly get the optional 4K player and tablet bundle with this machine though. Sony was not showing either the VW1100 ( an improved version of the VW1000 ) or the HW55 ( improved version of the HW 50 ), but knowing how well both of those existing models perform for the price point, one can assume the new models will also be excellent.
Digital Projection – I’ve been a fan of D.P.I.’s projectors ever since I had a dVision 1080p projector. The projectors being demo’d this year didn’t disappoint. The Highlite Cine 330 – 3D looked excellent. I’m a fan of 3 chip DLP, and even with 4K looming on the horizon, I still think 3 chip DLP has a look that can’t be beat ( I’m not selling mine anytime soon ). The Highlite had no trouble lighting up a 165” diagonal Stewart StudioTek 130 G3 screen with a rated 5,500 lumens. They did not have the high contrast model being demo’d, but that would be my pick, with an ample 3000 lumens and 20K:1 contrast. All in all, the Highlite has a very refined picture.
In the second demo room were the M-Vision Cine LED 1000 single chip DLP projector, and the new Titan 1080p LED – 3D projector. I was amazed at how bright the M-Vision Cine LED 1000 appeared on a 165” diagonal Stewart StudioTek 130 G3 screen !! It threw a very nice picture – hard to beat that single chip DLP sharp crisp look. I am not sensitive to rainbow artifacts, but can see them if I really try to. I could not see any at all on this projector. Not much to say about the Titan – 3 chip DLP and LED illumination looked excellent as one would expect. The extra brightness over the M-Vision was apparent in certain darker scenes, where it brought out additional details on Samuel L. Jackson’s face in the Avengers clip they were showing in particular. Obviously this projector is only for those that can afford the best.
Epson was showing their 6030UB on a 11’ wide Stewart StudioTek 130 G3 screen, using a Panamorph CineVista lens . This projector is a somewhat improved version of last years 6020UB, with a rated 600,000: 1 contrast this year, and THX mode. It threw a nice picture. This years 5030UB is basically the same as the 6030, without the anamorphic stretch feature the 6030 has, the free spare lamp and mount, and a shorter warranty ( 2 years vs 3 for the 6030 ).
DVDO was showing their new Quick 6 HDMI switcher, with 4K 3D in / out capability – 4K is coming !
Stewart Filmscreen has two new screens . First up is the new Firehawk G4, which replaces both the Firehawk G3 and SST screen materials. The G4 has a finer grain and lower gain ( 1.1 I believe ) for a cleaner picture with less screen artifacts than the G3. I hope to get screen samples soon ( they were not available at the show ).
Next up is a new microperf’d version of the new Cima Neve screen – it was on display – the Cima PerfOrado screen. The surface looked very good – a nice bright picture with the microperf’d Neve 1.1 material.
Seymour Screens was showing a new ambient light rejecting screen material that looked very promising !
Screen Innovations was showing their retractable electric Black Diamond screen, and a cool rear projection screen.
Audio - Sony had their STR-DA5800ES 9.2-channel 4K A/V receiver mated with three SS-NA2ES floor standing speakers, two SS-NA5ES bookshelf surround speakers, and a pair of SA-NA9ES subwoofers, in the VW600ES demo room. These speakers sounded outstanding – both for movies, and used for 2 channel music. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the STR-DA5800ES receiver either.
Martin Logan had a demo room with a 7.4 set up – seven ElectroMotion ESL speakers playing Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon on SACD – outstanding !! Martin Logan speakers have excellent detail – not only did this demo room sound good, when I got home from Cedia, I watched the Blu ray of Oblivion in my theater with 11 channels of Martin logan Motion series speakers – and I remembered why I like these speakers so much. They still sounded great even after hearing the Wisdom Audio and Steinway Lyngdorf demo’s ! Martin Logan also showed a massive new Balanced Force 212 subwoofer.
RBH had a demo room with their in wall SX 663’s for the L/C/R, SX44R surrounds and SX1212R subwoofers – the demo clip from Oblivion sounded awesome. This speaker company is definitely one to check out for home theater speakers. I could live with these in my theater.
Definitive Technology was demoing their new Mythos STL speakers, which I believe replace the current ST Super Towers. The STL’s had an excellent sound with good bass. You want to check these out if you can.
Triad has new inwall speakers that can be completely drywalled over – totally invisible ! I thought I was hearing sound coming from…the wall? It sounds really good. There were also Triad In Wall Gold speakers for L/C/R , InRoom Gold Moniter Surrounds and InRoom Gold subs being demo’d in the DataSat demo room, in a 11.4 configuration, using NEO:X. That combination sounded excellent too. In fact, Jason from A V Science’s shipping department liked this speaker demo the best!!
B G Radia had a demo room. I’m not sure which speakers they were demoing, because I was enjoying the sound too much to take notes, other than “ very clean and clear sounding, excellent home theater speakers “ . I could live happily with B G Radia speakers in my theater too.
Yamaha was showing their new MX-A5000 11. 2 channel amp – this amp has some incredible flexibility, and plenty of power. Pair it with a CX-A5000 pre amp for a killer home theater system.
Finally, we heard KEF speakers. They make an incredible line of speakers too – from floor standing to in walls.
That’s about it – I had a great time at Cedia 2013. There are certainly some great home theater products out there – there has never been a better choice of projectors / screens and audio gear available since I got into home theater 10+ years ago ! No matter what your budget!