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Epson has announced the new MovieMate 85HD, a 720p high definition projector that also includes a DVD player. This gives you a complete home entertainment system in a single unit. The projector uses three LCD panels, and is rated at 2,500 lumens for a bright image.

The projector does not have a tuner, but you can easily connect it to a cable or satellite set-top box. It will ship later this month with an $899 price tag.

The MovieMate 85HD sounds like a good way to get a really big HD image at an incredibly low price. The only strange feature is that it has a standard definition DVD player, as opposed to a high-definition Blu-ray player. Still, many people are satisfied with DVD resolution on HDTVs, and you can always connect a Blu-ray player if you want to use one.

Posted by Alfred Poor, September 17, 2010 6:00 AM

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Alfred Poor is a well-known display industry expert, who writes the daily HDTV Almanac. He wrote for PC Magazine for more than 20 years, and now is focusing on the home entertainment and home networking markets.