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Ae500 Tx-100 Ae500 Tx-100 Ae500 Tx-100

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by richdutton, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. richdutton

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    Up until the other day I was *definitely* going to buy an AE500. After reading around a bit, though, I'm now totally undecided between that and the TX-100. Can someone please tell me which is best? I have a 4m throwing distance which I assume would be fine for both. That German TX vs AE link goes on about 'lists' and adjustability of the lens - might this be an issue for me? Could the Hitachi be situated in a corner? If the two are equal on that front then maybe the Panasonic would be better with its anti-grid stuff?

    Ta very much

    Rich
     
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    in the same boat as you mate, got a ae100 gonna try rip someone off locally or ebay it and upgrade to either of the 2 you mention above, the question is which one. Was originally going to go for the ae500 as ive got a panny and they are good but the hitatchi is less $$ and by marginally better by the reviews.

    What i also would like to know is if both projectors are capable of 1:1 pixel matching with my PC.
     
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    I've seen both of them for around the 1050 mark by searching through dealtime, kelkoo, pricerunner, et al. What prices do you have?
     
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    I have demo'd both back and back and bought the TX100, IMHO I honestly thought the TX was the next step up.

    As for 1:1 pixel mapping, thats how I run my TX from the HCPC and it looks great.
     
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    Mate....BELIEVE me i was in the same boat about four days ago !!!

    I went and bought the AE500,


    Well....believe me......the picture is brilliant !! And that against a stone colour wall.....

    Get it...you won't regret it !!

    Cheers :smashin:
     
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    not looked at prices but was at first considering the sony hs20 then ae500 and now the hitatchi, hmm its a hard desicion, is the hitatchis grid effect worse than the panasonic? Going by looks the hitatchis win i think as the panasonic looks like a plastic brick, i know i got the ae100.
     
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    Well that plastic brick makes a FINE picture !! :clap:
     
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    ...but doesn't panasonic's after sales care leave a lot to be desired if something goes wrong?
     
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    UrbanT: do you know if it's possible to project the Hitachi from an angle/ a corner?

    Does anyone also know the difference in bulb prices between the two? I've seen the Hitachi's up for £190, which seems cheaper than the AE.
     
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    The TX100 certainly does lens shift, both horizontal and vertical. However, I don't know by how much as I don't use it. This thread in the AVS forum has lots of information about the TX100, including a diagram on lens shift
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=404498
     
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    Just a qiuck one, had a demo of the Hitachi pj-tx10 and the Sony hs20 today.
    I don't know but doubt if the sony is as flexible when setting up in different room sizes but the picture was superb, blacks great colours lovely and no sign of panel structure [unlike Hitachi] now i know its a little unfair to compare these models but the review on the new Hitachi still mentions panel structure visability...The sony was also better than the screenplay 5700 [DLP]. I want one...
     
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    I think lens shift goes a whole screen height up and and down, and half the screen width side to side. The TX100 doesn't have (nor do I recomend using) horizontal keystone adjustment to allow installation from right over into a corner farther than the lens shift allows....

    Martian I assume you mean the TX100 not TX10!!
     
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    The TX10 is a completely different machine to the TX100, you should try and compare the machines you are interested in. :)
     
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    mpeg: Komplett are listing the AE500 for a grand in PC Format this month, but they definitely don't do dead pixel checks.

    UrbanT: What are your thoughts on the screen-door effect of the Hitachi (if that's what it's called - you know, the grid thing). Is it noticable, and was the Panasonic better on that front?
     
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    When I demo'd the projector, I couldn't see it at all. Now its at home, I still can't see it. My screen is 84 inches wide and I sit approximately 11 feet away. It is fed by DVI from an HCPC, so I have no idea whether the effect is worse with component etc.

    The projector I demo'd was fresh from the box, and had no dead pixels, so I took it away. That way, there was no pot luck with an untested one :)
     
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    richdutton,

    I have a TX100 projecting a 96" picture with my seating position around 4m away and screen door is just not an issue for me. This is having the projector focused as sharp as I can get it as well.

    KL
     
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    OK, I'm starting to be swayed to the TX-100 now. Can anyone just confirm for me that it does PAL and NTSC progressive scan?
     
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    Yes it does!! Also accepts 720P, 1080i and native resolution from a scaler or HCPC.
     
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