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£600 and what to do with it?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by dreeko, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. dreeko

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    i have £600 to spend on a projector....i am leaning towards one model in particular but i would like to see what you all think i should purchase first

    sorry if this type of question appears regularly but £600 is a lot of money for me and i would greatly appreciate some advice on this

    thanx in advance!
     
  2. hornydragon

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    just go and demo as many £1000-£1500 PJ as you can, £600 doesnt buy you very much at alll in terms of a new machine but could get you a very reasonable 12-18 month old unit look out for S/H bargains also what are you going to connect to the PJ?
     
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    xbox and dvd is all i had planned for the thing

    i have been thinking along the lines of an epson emptw-10h due to all the good reviews i have read

    i was seconds away from buying it from dabs but i stopped in my tracks when i saw people on this forum discussing overheating problems

    so im a bit stuck you see

    thanx from the speedy reply!
     
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    Agree with hornydragon, a brand new machine at that money is likely to disappoint, however s/h from a good known source could get you something that will be a lot more satisfying.
     
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    Dragon, do you think the epsom is a better unit than the Infocus X2? i would be either ceiling mounting or sitting it on a box
     
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    shelf, coffee table

    nothing permanent like roof brackets etc.

    just use it then put away

    the overheating problem the other users discussed was something to do with turning it off and then having trouble putting it back on again?

    just sounded a bit strange and off-putting

    i know my price bracket is a bit resrtictive but it is all i have to play with and i am tempted just to take a chance on the epson...but if there was a flood of replies to this telling me to back away from it........

    i think everyone on this board must have agonised this way before

    it would just be handy if someone was to slap me round the head and say "dont be so stupid go and buy that one there"
     
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    X2 is a DLP i cannot reconmend anyone buys a PJ or any display device "blind" But most of you do if you have not seen DLP especially Cheap DLP chips then dont buy it not worth the risk IMHO...... Go buy a TW10 (all PJs are unhappy about being turned off and back on without time to cool ) living with a PJ is alot more work and effort than living with a CRT TV but so much more rewarding......
     
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    hornydragon

    have you just given me the slap round the head i was talking about?
     
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    You can get the Epson for around £560 delivered from Technoworld.

    If budget is an issue, do consider that secondhand units may well come with no warranty at all, and little comeback should something go wrong a few months down the line - repairs can be expensive (some of the "premium" brands only offer a 12 month RTB warranty from new, so older examples of such are likely to be warranty free, or else come with a short, and possibly limited, warranty from a dealer (in which case, it will be built into the price too).
    The Epson seems to have a 3yr swap out warranty, plus the lamps are relativley cheap (around £150 or so - many are £300 or more).

    True, for this money you aren't going to get state of the art, but if you don't get too ambitious with screen size and can provide a suitably dark room, these type of projectors can still offer more than watchable performance (though I've not seen the Epson in action myself - there are plenty of reasonable to good reports on it around). As ever though, it does all depend on your expectations too!!
     
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    what is a reasonable screen size to expect
     
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    yes............ go have a read at Projector central....and dont buy from the cheapest box shifter on the web.............. but from a decent dealer who can offer advice on connection and set-up issues.....
     
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    i consider myself slapped ..thankyou hornydragon

    dabs is the cheapest at the mo ...are they not a good one to buy from then?
     
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    if you know exactly what to do when a box turns up (how to connect etc what cables you need) and dont want to be able to phone upo and ask "silly" Questions then dabs are fine..... if you want to be able to pick up the phone and ask a human a tech question then dont touch dabs..... they dont answer the phone or do technical queires......
     
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    The Epson is a great projector for the money IMO. A 72" picture is easily possible, perhaps a little larger depending on how far back you will be sitting. In Theater Black mode, which improves the blacks, light output is not very high so a dark room is pretty essential.
     
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    £820 from NexNix gets you a Sanyo Z2 with 3 years warranty (although I couldn't find any warranty documentation when I unpacked mine last week - must give them a call). Big picture 100" diameter from less than 3 metres is very pleasing. This machine was over £1200 a year ago. I'd recommend it no problem. :thumbsup:
     
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    i take it mikerj that you own the epson and have no problems with it then?

    ....oh and what is the best connections to use for a typical dvd player and xbox to the projector

    thanx!
     
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    Yep, I have the Epson, and have no regrets at all from buying it. Component is always the best option if your DVD player supports it, if not then RGB from the SCART gives a good picture (The Epson comes with a SCART adapter for this).

    For the Xbox I advise you to order the Xbox HDTV adapter which will give you a progressive scan, component output. Seems to be in very short supply in the UK, I irdered mine from Lik Sang. You need to have your Xbox chipped to enable NTSC PS output however.
     
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    hmmm unless I was going to pick it up, and could demo the unit, i wouldnt touch anything over £100 on ebay :lesson: .


    ..... but thats just me :D
     
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    Well, going from experience, I've had loads of stuff from eBayers and so long as you buy from sellers with good feedback and plenty of it, and collect where possible, you can pick up some real, real bargains. I've had a DVD player, Power Amp, Motorcycles(2), Motorcycle leathers etc. etc. etc. and never had any problems. Oh yes, and I picked up a Sony VPL-W400 with two spare bulbs for £350 last year and it was great !!

    but that's just me !!! :D
     
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    where could i demo the emp tw10h
    i live in east kilbride near glasgow
     
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    there are a couple of retailers around here in Scotland Joe Fernand is in Edinburgh and may be able to demo one http://www.tmfsolutions.co.uk you have just missed the scottish HiFi show where one may have been on demo, somePJ's would have been and worth going if you had known drop joe a line and see if he does have one...
     
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    thanx to everyone who replied to this thread

    i ave taken my slap around the head on board and am buying the tw10h

    as a newbie to the board it was great to have such a positive response from my bog standard thread

    thanx again

    :thumbsup:
     

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