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Anyone recommend a DLP Projector circa £1k that does the following?:

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by DaveH, Jun 21, 2005.

  1. DaveH

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    Hi all,

    I decided that I need a projector and would prefer a DLP projector. My main purpose of this post is to determine what I could get for around £1000, and if possible to have many (hopefully all) of the following features on it.

    If anyone could comment on my proposed budget or their experiences it would be very helpful.

    Desired projector:
    One that has a 16:9 feature.
    One that has a suitable digital connector like DVI for HTPC.
    One that has HDMI for Sky HD. (Not sure if this is possible with a DVI).
    One that is HDTV compatible.

    So what is possible here?

    Thank you.
     
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    You won't find a HD capable DLP at around 1K, the newly released Benq 7700 I think is the cheapest - lot of gossip about it on this forum...PJ :)
     
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    I know you've mentioned DLP but personally I would also consider a LCD at that price, e.g. Panasonic AE700
     
  4. Jenn

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    The Themescene H30A seems to be your answer. It's DLP for about £1000.

    It has:
    HDMI (DVI HDCP connector via optional adaptor)
    DVI (DVI-I HDCP connector)
    Component Progressive & Interlaced (2 Inputs: 3 x RCA & DVI-I with supplied 3x RCA to DVI-I adaptor
    SCART RGB (DVI-I via supplied SCART to VGA & VGA to DVI-I adaptors
    S-Video (Mini DIN)
    Composite (RCA)

    And according to the manufacturer it's HD compatible.
     
  5. DaveH

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    That's quite a good buy even though it has to make use of scaling due to it's native resolution of 854 x 480 to get HD.
     
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    Thats like saying a 50cc motorbike is "Motorway Compatible" - it is, but you'd have to be daft to try it.
    HD by definition should have a minimum of 720 lines....
     
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    Whilst I broadly agree with the above post the Screenplay 4805 fits the original posters description. We've been told the key to Sky HD will be HDCP compliance. DVI-D can do this depending on the age of the PJ. Anything new should, but always ask at the demo.

    And the important thing - lovely PQ at the price point.
     
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    I may be selling my HS50 Sony for £1000- 1100 soon, to get a H78

    Would you be interested?

    Hi Def is stunning on it :D
     
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    Have you heard of the Sharp XV C90E? It's the same as the 91 but without the short throw lens. I have one myslef and think that it is brilliant. It's only 3 months old and I don't have sky so only use it for watching dvd's. I am heading back to NZ soon and need to find a home for it. Don't know if you would be interested. I can even get the short throw lens for it.

    :thumbsup:
     
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    Hello all

    The ThemeScene H30A ticks all the boxes - if you stick to the recently introduced EU guidelines its 'HD Ready' in that it accepts and displays 720P and 1080i Digital signals at 50Hz and 60Hz and is HDCP compliant.

    As others have said its not a Native HD resolution DLP so has to down convert any HD signals to fit its SD panel - though you can still tell your watching something that's much better than SD.

    The ThemeScene also includes the 3 Year Onsite Warranty pack - another great feature.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
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    I think that's way underestimating how good HD looks on SD screens, you don't get the full 720p resolution but you still get the massive bit rates for a picture that will look significantly better than DVD.

    I would say it's like saying a CBR600 is a racing bike. Won't do much against a Fireblade, but it's still fast as **** and cost half the price.
     
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    DaveH

    The H30a is indeed an impresive little machine. If you're sitting about 2 x screen width away from the image, you may not notice the lack of resolution but the pj is excellent value at £1000.

    If you need to sit much closer than 1.85 x then the screendoor may start become visible and then a higher esolution projector would be a better option. LCDs have larger gaps between pixels compared to DLP so you may have to demo before buying (DLP is 88% image/pixels, 12% gaps, LCD is around 50 to 60% image, and the rest is gaps - though some use various forms of 'smoothscreen' technology to hide it).

    Gary.
     
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    Thanks for all the interest everyone.

    Okay so if I increased my budget to get a projector that is TRUE HD compatible would you all recommend the Benq 7700 as mentioned above?
     
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