The technology press has got all excited about the arrival of the newTV, because it offers a full movie wide ratio. Having a truly movie-like experience at home is the holy grail of geeks across the world, as long as it doesn't involve any of that ludicrous .
But, if you're really serious about a cinema experience at home, then you need to get a projector. And nothing would make Optoma happier than if the projector you got was its ThemeScene HD82, which we can't help thinking might be rather a good buy.
As you might imagine, it's a 1080p projector, which, according to Optoma, can project an image of up to 150 inches. Optoma also reckons you'll be getting a contrast ratio of somewhere around 20,000:1, which is pretty impressive. You'll have to microwave your own popcorn though and there won't be any teenagers on the phone talking loudly -- unless you have your own teenagers at home.
Also featured is 24p playback, which should make your movies look as good as they do in a cinema. A trio of picture-processing technologies -- 'PureMotion', 'PureDetail' and 'PureColour' -- are supposed to keep motion smooth, enhance detail and produce vivid colour. Either that, or the names are really misleading.
You get two HDMI inputs, which is generous for a projector. You'll also find Scart, DVI and VGA sockets, which will make it ideal for pretty much anything you might want to plug into it.
Lamp life is always a concern in projectors. The HD82 manages a fairly standard 3,000 hours. Of course, replacing the bulb is generally quite expensive but, as long as you don't leave it on, or watch rolling news 24 hours a day, you should be fine.
The HD82 costs around £3,000, which is about the same as the Philips Cinema 21:9. The bonus of going down the projector route is that you get a massive display, and you don't have to worry about aspect ratios. For the home cinema, this is pure winage.