Podcast #453: Audioengine N22 Desktop Audio Amplifier & Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700UB Projector
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Audioengine N22 Desktop Audio Amplifier (MSRP $199 Buy Now)
- 22 watts RMS per channel
- 2 inputs for iPod, iPhone, computer, TV, etc.
- Headphone output
- Variable preamp output
- USB charge/power port
- Power-saving idle mode
- All cables included!
The N22 coupled with speakers will cost you a bit more per zone when compared to a PC speaker setup. However, it will provide you with better quality audio when mated to high quality speakers.
If you use a lossless audio format for your music then you’ll want to listen with high quality speakers. The N22 coupled with an Airport Express is a cost effective way to take speakers you all ready own and turn them into additional audio zones.
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700UB Projector
About the Projector:
- Deep, dark blacks; crystal-clear detail — 1080p D7 chip with C2Fine technology, plus 3LCD, 3-chip technology and a contrast ratio up to 200,000:1
- Brilliant images, anytime, day or night — 1600 lumens color/white light output1
- Natural, smooth image quality — built-in Silicon Optix HQV Reon-VX processor
- Widescreen format — new anamorphic scaling mode preserves original 2.40:1 aspect ratio and eliminates black bars1
- High-definition, 1080p home theater experience — D7 chip delivers 1920 x 1080 resolution
- Remarkable color reproduction — new preset color space selection facilitates accurate color reproduction
- Stunning picture uniformity and positioning flexibility — state-of-the-art Fujinon lens with a 2.1x zoom ratio
- Energy-efficient E-TORL lamp — 200 W lamp lasts up to 4000 hours1
- Cutting-edge connectivity — two HDMI 1.3 ports for maximum flexibility
- Ideal for fast-action movies, TV shows — advanced, high-speed auto iris function adjusts light output up to 60 times per second
- Easy maintenance — convenient dust filtration system with large surface area for greater efficiency
- Outstanding support — two-year limited warranty; next-business-day shipping service
Where the 8700UB really excels is in black level and contrast ratio. It isn’t quite as bright as the 8100, 1600 lumens vs 1800, but the 8700UB has a whopping 200,000:1 contrast ratio compared with the 36,000:1 ratio you get with the 8100. Pardon the bad pun, but it’s like night and day. The 8100 is a great projector, but the 8700UB shows so much more detail in dark scenes. It is really a stand out home theater projector in that regard.
Of course the 8700UB does well with color also, it isn’t just for dark movies. Watching sports with the windows open during the day was pleasant and enjoyable. For that kind of viewing, you want as much brightness as you can get. Sure the 8700UB could be brighter, but it looks great, provides vivid, crisp images and still has superior black level performance. We used it on both of our Dragonfly screens, bright white and high contrast grey. Both looked great, the white better for sports and the grey awesome for movies.