November 01, 2012 by Grant Clauser
It may seem dubious to call this a trend, but the fact is, the price of home theater products has dropped significantly while features and performance continue to improve.
Take projectors. Companies like Epson, Mitsubishi, JVC and others offer very good 3D projectors at half the cost of comparable projectors two years ago. On the high-end, companies like DPI and SIM2 offer technologies that eliminate the need for the additional expense of anamorphic lenses for viewing superwide CinemaScope movie formats.
The Epson 5010 projector is a good value for a big screen home theater.
Also a good sign: several home theater dealers now do a large portion of their business installing complete front-projection theater systems for around $10,000. It’s possible to put in a system for even less. The front-projection systems Huse offers, for example, start at about $5,000, which includes a 110-inch screen and the programming of a universal remote control.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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