Comparing DLP, Plasma, Projection 3D Systems (Page 2 of 3)
The fact that the new screen was much larger than the biggest 3D flat panel available, yet cost significantly less, was one more plus. Primetime sold the set to Mark for $2,400 (plus $399 for a starter kit, which includes two sets of glasses and an HDMI adapter); a 63-inch 3D Samsung flat panel, which Primetime also sells, would have cost closer to $3,000, says Dutton.
“You can’t really beat a DLP in terms of price and screen size.”
Although his loyalty to Mitsubishi had a lot to do with his choice, Capriola says he was willing to give flat-panel options a fair shake. “I visited the Primetime showroom before I bought anything to compare five or six different displays. The DLP TV had the horsepower I was looking for.”
Aside from making room for the larger set, there was little Primetime had to do to Capriola’s living room to make it suitable for the new display and its 3D presentation capabilities. Even the audio was good to go, thanks to their existing 5.1 surround-sound setup of an Integra receiver and Definitive Technology speakers.
Don’t Forget About Audio
With all the hoopla about 3D, people tend to forget about the audio part of the entertainment experience, says Priola.
“Audio is paramount and has a big place in a 3D system,” he stresses.
The engineers at Mitsubishi agree. Built into the manufacturer’s line of 3D Diamond 838 Series DLP TVs (and LED TVs) are 16 tiny speakers designed to direct sound waves beside and behind viewers to reproduce fully immersive Dolby Digital 5.1 surround-sound. The exclusive Mitsubishi technology, called Immersive Sound Technology (IST), accomplishes this by delaying the sound beams and projecting them independently from the 16 speakers at varying intervals.
“With our huge screen sizes, we’re able to deliver the closest home entertainment experience to an actual 3D theater,” says Nick Norton, Mitsubishi senior manager of brand marketing. “Now, with the integration of Immersive Sound Technology, we can say that our 3D TVs also deliver a 3D audio experience.”
IST also precludes having to wire up an independent speaker system, thereby eliminating all that related clutter. All you need to do is enter a few parameters, such as the front and side wall measurements and the distance from the TV to the seating area, into the TVs onscreen menu.
“All we really had to do was program it into the home’s existing Control4 home automation system,” says Dutton. This tie-in allows the DLP to display menus for operating the home’s audio/video equipment, lights and other systems. Primetime also created a special 3D button that switches the DLP from 2D mode to 3D. Capriola navigates to the command by using his iPad or a handheld remote.
That same command kick-starts a Sony Blu-ray player, another recent addition to the entertainment system. Previously, Capriola was using a PS3 to play Blu-ray movies - a good choice, “but the Sony player is able to load movies a lot faster, and we didn’t really want to wait for the PS3 3D update,” says Dutton.
The combination of the 3D button and the Sony Blu-ray player makes the transition between 2D and 3D seamless, and eventually so will the sources in Capriola’s well-stocked equipment rack in the basement. Wired to the TV through a Control4 video distribution processor are a Vudu BX100 set-top box, Dish Network VIP922 satellite receiver and Sony BDP-CX7000ES Blu-ray player, among other components. Some of these content providers have already started to offer 3D programming - with much more to come - so Capriola’s assortment of 3D choices is bound to keep growing.
Projection: Private 3D Demo
The owner of this high-end theater had only a standard video projector installed when 3D started to get hot. Unsure of whether he should trade in his recently purchased projector for a 3D model, he agreed to let the company that designed his theater demonstrate a unit in his home first. “We told him we’d give him a deal on the installation of the new projector if he’d host an open house for builders and clients in the area,” says Shawn Hansson of Logic Integration in Denver.
The Logic Integration installers temporarily staged the Digital Projection International (DPI) 3D Titan projector on a table, leaving the existing DPI 1080p Titan projector mounted to the ceiling. Also left for the demo was the 130-inch Stewart Filmscreen - a perfect size for 3D viewing, according to the homeowner.