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4 Projectors - Somebody help me choose!

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by wvoss, Jul 22, 2002.

  1. wvoss

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    I'm in a similar position to others. I have £3000 - £4000 to spend on a projector and have no idea which to go for.

    I got it down to:-

    Sony V11HT
    SIM2 HT200
    Toshiba MT7E

    I'd had a short demo on the Sony & tosh. The tosh to me seemed to give better blacks and overall a shaper picture and at £600 less than the Sony I thought this is it.

    I've had no demo's on any DLP's yet so don't know whether rainbows will affect me. I'm posting this to find out people's expierence with the Toshiba MT5.

    I know it's now 4 projectors on the list and things are getting a bit stressful. Any good/bad points on the DLP's?

    I've just read the MT5 review in Home cinema choice which looked pretty good. Is it true they were recalled and the revamped?

    Does anyone know where I can get a demo on the SIM2 & MT5 in the Northwest?

    I'm using a Pioneer 737 if this makes any difference...
    Thanks..........:)
     
  2. ROne

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    Can speak for the toshiba mt-7, owned it around 9 months now and I still think its great.

    It really does need to be set-up properly though using a progressive source or HTPC with component for the ultimate picture.

    It has never had any reliability problems and is very quiet.

    Contrast is good, as are colours.

    Can't really fault it other than its useless with a non-progressive dvd player. (But as you have a 737) this is mute.

    I have a out of date web page dedicated to it http://www.rone.go-plus.net/faq.htm

    I also believe newer models can take PAL progressive, whereas the older one was NTSC prog only. However I do have a firmware upgrade to make is PAL prog.

    Wasn't really impressed by the sim model, rainbows are a no go for me, although its black level was impressive. Can't speak for the sony, although it has a lot of staunch followers.
     
  3. wvoss

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    Thanks ROne.

    I got a price of £2950 for the tosh which is much cheaper than the rest. Not sure if I can get any cheaper. What did you pay 9 months a go?

    I originally didn't think it took any component input from a discussion over the phone with a seller.

    I did watch the fast and the furious and it looked nice to me.

    Warren...
     
  4. Griggsy

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    Hi,

    I have had a Toshiba MT5 now for a couple of months and are really pleased with the performance. It beats my old Philips Fellini LCD hands down.

    First up, yes I do see the rainbow effect and at first I thought it would really annoy me but after about a week or so of veiwing I've found that it doesn't bother me at all now.

    Picture quality is excellent with good colours and when running DVD through component video and progressive scan you get a really smooth picture. When I first bought the pj I only had s-video cable and I thought the picture quality was good then but was really impressed with the difference component video made. Also the fan noise isn't too bad (compared to the hoover that was my old Philips!).

    The only down side to the pj is the light spillage from the front of the projector which won't be to everyones taste but again it doesn't really bother me at all.

    Hope this may be of some use to you.

    Cheers...
     
  5. Messiah

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    Have you also looked at the Epson TW100. A very nice pj with excellent picture quality both from a HTPC (Shockabuku's) and component (prog and non-prog). Available in UK for £3599 - if anyone has seen it cheaper please let me know :) .

    It has 'similar' specs to the Sony VW11HT but is about one third the size. I would say worth a look/demo.
     
  6. ROne

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    I paid £3800 from sound & vision bolton, when they first came out.

    it def. takes component through the VGA 15 pin.

    How does the mt-7 compare with the epson? Was the mt-7 being demoed off a regular DVD player?
     
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    It was Sound & Vision I was at.

    This scottish guy (Who was very helpful) said the the MT7 had no component in. Think he was using a regular player but not sure which model. Left my number with them to contact me when they have an MT5 on demo.

    Now I know it does have component in it certainly keeps it on my list.

    Just seen the MT5 on the web for £2600 though and now with the Epson to look at it's really starting to do my head in.

    I'm only weeks away from having to buy due to laying the cables in the garage before boarding up.

    May have to just pull out of a hat..:confused:
     
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    You may want to wait for the Sony VW-12HT http://www.avland.co.uk/sony/vplvw12/index.htm, I believe it comes out in August/September and may push the VW-11HT to a lower bargain price. I think when your spending that kind of money its best to view all the projectors and make notes on good/bad points about each one, then you have an idea at the end of the day which is best for you.

    I suppose if your not going to use a HTPC with the projector you need to make sure that it has one of the best scalers/deinterlacers/inputs compared to the other projectors. Likewise if you want to hook it up to a HTPC you need to make sure that the projector likes computers as some do not. Also you did'nt say if you have a completely blacked out room?, or if you want to view movies with some daylight in the room?.

    A few more projectors to look at anyway :)

    Sanyo PLV-70HT (out soon) - very bright and punchy image with good blacks

    Sanyo XP21N (meant to be a solid performer)

    Sony 11HT/10HT (should drop in price when the 12HT comes out soon)

    Toshiba MT-7 (has good reviews and reliable performer - maybe not HTPC friendly?)

    Epson TW100 (Some people think this is a step up from the panasonic ae100 but at over 3 times the price it should be!)
     
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    Hi , please let me know where this was, thanks. I have sent you a private message too ( for same info )
     
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    It is a blaced out room which I know helps with the DLP projectors.

    Going to try and find out this weekend if I can get a demo on a DLP to see if the rainbows exist.

    The MT5 is on http://www.robertwhyteltd.co.uk

    TOSHIBA PROJECTORS
    Toshiba MT3 £2,049.99
    Toshiba MT5 NEW £2,679.99
    Toshiba MT4 £1,699.99
    Toshiba MT7 £2979.99

    NEC PROJECTORS
    NEC VT440 £2,259.99
    NEC VT540 £3,499.99

    PANASONIC PROJECTORS
    Panasonic PT-LC50E £2,099.99
    Panasonic PT-L701E £3,599.99
    Panasonic PT-AE100EC £1,249.99

    SELECO PROJECTORS
    Seleco Sim2 £5,999.99
    Seleco HT200 £5,699.99

    SONY PROJECTORS
    Sony VPL-VW11HT £3,999.99
    Sony VPL-CS2 £2,149.99
    Sony VPL-CS10 £3,249.99
    Sony VPL-CX10 £4,199.99

    PHILIPS PROJECTORS
    Philips MONROE £1699.99
    Philips E SMART £1499.99
    Philips X LITE £1699.99
    Philips S LITE £1649.99

    Some good prices...

    Warren..
    :D
     
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    FYI

    Go 2 Camcorder are selling the Sony 11HT for £3600 inc Vat
     
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    I have a Sim2 HT200 which I am very pleased with. Have had it for a year.

    I did see rainbows at first, but after a month or two ceased to notice them. I have been told that a lot of people cease to notice rainbows after a time. Two reasons, 1 your brain adapts, 2 you stop looking for them.

    Quite a bargain now since price has dropped to £3999. (Sevenoaks & others).
     
  13. MerMan

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    Just had a demo on the Toshiba MT5 today.

    Rainbow effect was immediately noticeable (not looking for it).

    Tried Sim2 next. This was less noticeable (??) but still present.

    Don't want to take the risk that I may not adjust.

    Requested demo of Epson TW100 to see how this fares.
     
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    Someone knows where to buy the TW100 on-line ?
     
  15. paublo

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    try av-sales.com

    or

    tmfsolutions.co.uk - used to do it... but it has been removed from their site...

    Cheers
     

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