New products and vendors are constantly evaluated here at Audio Advice, and we recently added two of the best companies providing high performance projection video options.

Digital Projection has established itself as a creator of top quality projectors for elite home cinemas. The company been at the forefront of identifying advances in digital technology since 1987. After producing and winning projector sales for some of the worlds most important venues through 1997, Digital Projection was awarded two Emmy® awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1998. Displays by Digital Projection are the first and only projectors to win this award.

In addition to providing home theater options, the company's reputation has been made creating reference standard projection solutions for demanding applications such as large-venues, live-event staging, Fortune 5000 companies, homeland security, education, medical and scientific research, command and control, digital cinema, commercial entertainment, and worship centers.

Digital Projection offers a wide range of projectors for home cinema applications, so check their website for information, and give us a call to discuss possibilities. Pictured below is the new
Titan RP97, a space-conserving rear projection alternative to large flatscreen panels announced in September 2008 at CEDIA.
Schneider Optics is the U.S. subsidiary of the world-renowned German optical manufacturer, Schneider-Kreuznach. From the Schneider Optics website, here is a brief description of the company and its home theater offerings:

"Schneider has been producing the highest quality optics on the market for over 90 years, offering solutions for large-format photography, photo enlarging, motion picture projection, optical filtration, and industrial applications. In 2000, Schneider Optics acquired Century Precision Optics, adding its over 50 years experience manufacturing superior attachments for film and video....

Consumer electronic technology has advanced far enough to make economical home cinema a reality. Schneider Optics provides a range of products to help create the highest-quality home theater systems possible.

Digital projectors with resolutions of 1920 x 1080 pixels are easily capable of producing an image 100" or larger. These large and brilliant screen images bring the cinema experience directly into the home. There is an increasing amount of high resolution material available from broadcasters via satellite, cable, and digital over-the-air signals. For the true cinema lover, movies can be screened using either the HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc format.

One of the last technical issues attenuating the true movie experience at home was the ability to display the ultra-wide, 2.35:1 Cinemascope® type image. New products available from Schneider Optics have addressed this problem. The viewer can now experience the incredible vistas that the cinematographer envisioned in a home cinema."
Shown below is the Schneider Optics Cine-Digitar 1.33X anamorphic lens, recipient of a 5 Star Editor's Choice Award for 2007 from Projector Central.


Here is a portion of their review of the Cine-Digitar 1.33X:

"Simply put, this is by far the best anamorphic lens we've yet seen and the first one we'd gladly install for use in our own home theater. There is no hint of vignette effects, and geometric distortion is for all practical purposes non-existent. But most importantly, this lens is optically perfect. There is not the slightest trace of oily effects. The image on screen is as natural, clear and precise as you'd ever want. The Cine-Digitar 1.33X enhances the performance of the projector without doing anything to get in its way."

Call us at (919) 881-2005 or e-mail, and discover how technology from Digital Projection and Schneider Optics can enhance your current home theater or be included in your plans for future cinema possibilities for your home.