Recommended High Definition Displays For 2013

The following are my current recommended displays for home use for 2013. This list does not mean other products cannot deliver a quality image. It does mean that based on the products I have worked on these have consistently delivered superior image quality, flexibility and reliability that to others in the same price range or type.

 

Sony 4K XBR-84X900

Sony 4K XBR-84X900

Sony 4K XBR LED LCD

This display is one of the few 4K displays on the market. It delivers amazing image quality for 4K or up-scaled 1080p after proper setup. This product can be much brighter than plasma and is very bright for 3D compared to any other products. The surface of this product does not reject reflections from windows and other light sources very well like most displays on the market. Like most LCD products the image quality degrades as the viewer moves off the center axis of the image.

 

Samsung F8500 Plasma

Samsung F8500 Plasma

Samsung F8500 Series Plasma Display

These displays offer some of the best 3D and 2D image quality available today after proper setup. I also find Samsung plasma displays have less image retention problems than other plasma products on the market today. This product also has excellent anti-reflection coatings for use in rooms with windows or lights that would reflect off the display.

 

Samsung F8000 LED LCD

Samsung F8000 LED LCD

Samsung F8000 Series LED LCD Display

These displays offer some of the best 3D and 2D image quality available today after proper setup. This product can be much brighter than a plasma. The surface of this product does not reject reflections from windows and other light sources very well like most displays on the market. Like most LCD products the image quality degrades as the viewer moves off the center axis of the image.

 

Sony VPL-VW1000ES

Sony VPL-VW1000ES

Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K SXRD Projector

This projector offers excellent image quality and can be very bright after proper setup. It is one of the few 4K projectors on the market at this time.

 

Sim2 Lumis Solo 3D

Sim2 Lumis Solo 3D

Sim2 Lumis 3D Solo 3 Chip DLP Projector

This projector offers excellent image quality and has very good light output after proper setup. It is a 0.95″ DC4 3 chip DLP which provides the sharpest images possible along with great color and motion handling. This type of product is commonly used in high end screening rooms in film production or high quality commercial movie theaters like the ArcLight Cinema in Los Angeles.

 

Sony VPL-VW95ES

Sony VPL-VW95ES

Sony VPL-VW95ES SXRD Projector

This projector offers excellent image quality after proper setup, but is not as bright as some other products on the market. The image is very sharp for a product of this type, but not as sharp as a good DLP, but it does not have the rainbow problems associated with a single chip DLP.

BenQ W10000 Projector

BenQ W10000 Projector

BenQ W10000 Single Chip DLP Projector

This projector offers excellent image quality and very good light output for its class of product after proper setup. The image is sharper than most products because it is a DLP, but some people may find that they see rainbows with this unit. These typically present themselves when you look at bright objects on dark backgrounds along with blinking or move rapid eye movement.

Epson 6020UB

Epson 6020UB

 

Epson 6020UB LCD Projector

This projector offers excellent light output and image quality after proper setup. The image is not as sharp as the Sony above or a good DLP, but it lacks the rainbow problems associated with a single chip DLP.

 

 

 

W. Jeff Meier

ISF and THX Certified Home Theater Consultant

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