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Big Screen Projector Award-Winning Entertainment

Want to enjoy the DVD release of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" on a six- or seven-foot screen in your own living room? It's easier and more affordable than ever with the availability of the award-winning PLUS Piano home theater projector. Not only is the PLUS Piano the world's smallest and lightest home theater projector, but at less than $3,000 it's among the most affordable, too.

Home theater, once an expensive and complex undertaking strictly for hobbyists, is now more attainable than ever. That's because costs have come down and the products are easier to use and purchase. Many manufacturers, for example, now package speakers and a receiver - often the most confusing items to purchase - into "home-theater-in-a-box" systems. But it's a big screen that brings the feeling of the local multiplex into a living room, and the PLUS Piano establishes a new benchmark for the category - first, because at under $3,000 it's at least half the price of most other video projectors; and second, it's so small and easy to use that it can be quickly set up for a night of movie watching, then just as easily put away so the living room can once again be used for living.

The PLUS Piano HE-3100 home theater projector, winner of four awards for its design and performance, is barely larger than a college dictionary and weighs just 4.4 pounds - less than an audio boombox. Yet it provides a high-quality image for DVD movie viewing in both the widescreen 16:9 format - the rectangular format of a movie theater screen - and television's nearly-square 4:3 format. It features technology that allows it to deliver the rich colors and sharp images typically associated with more expensive projectors, performance that earned it awards from the home theater enthusiast media (Stereophile Guide To Home Theater, E-Gear magazine, Soundstage Network) and a design and engineering award from the Consumer Electronics Association.

Like other video projectors, it can be permanently installed, and its small size makes for a discrete installation. But for those who don't want to go that route, the Piano can easily be set up as needed with either a permanently installed screen or any one of the widely available pop-up screens that roll up into their own carrying case and are a snap to set up and take down. The projector itself can be placed on a coffee table, with only two connections to be made - one to the DVD player and another to the AC power. An 80-inch image can be projected at a screen-to-projector distance of just 9.8 feet, or a 60-inch image at 6.9 feet, which means that the Piano can be used in virtually any size room. What's more, it's available in any one of five colors: silver, black, white, red and blue.

The PLUS Piano uses DLP technology developed by Texas Instruments to deliver the high contrast needed for rich color reproduction and the blackest blacks rather than the gray tones typically found in home video viewing. It also features other innovative electronics and video technologies that contribute to its performance capabilities. In addition, the PLUS Piano's cooling fan is exceptionally quiet - a feature that's especially important if it's to be used on a coffee table rather than permanently installed in a cabinet.

The PLUS Piano also include inputs for a wide selection of video signals for a number of viewing options, including a composite input, an S-Video input and a component input, as well as a DVI-D input for a computer signal (enabling connection to the projector by PC users). Moreover, the Piano HE-3100 projector comes as a complete package that includes a compact and easy-to-use remote control, all required connector cables, and a soft carrying case.

For more information, about projectors and digital projection devices see home theater projectors.

Author Notes:

Wes Sims contributes and publishes news editorial to  An online look at projectors, home theatre and accessories; such as digital, video, screens and slides.

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