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Best PJ for £1k

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Tejstar, Jan 21, 2005.

  1. Tejstar

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    I wonder whether some of you experts can give me a hand. I'm trying to help a friend of mine who is looking for a PJ at around £1k. He plans to use this in a bedroom and will use it mainly for evening viewing.

    I know zip all about pj's but heard good things about the Infocus Screenplay 4805 which retails for £1300. Is this any good?

    If not, what is the best he could get for £1000?

    Thanks.
     
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    The new Themescene H30A is def worth a look, i haven't seem it myself but the spec looks good, see other posts here.
     
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    if max budget 1k, then get one of the several sony hs20's in the classifieds section for less than £900.

    prob your best bet at that price
     
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    the older H30 would be good and within his price range, but definitely demo it if his viewing distance is going to be short as it may strain his eyes.
     
  5. Tejstar

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    Could be an idea, but don't think he wants to go the second-hand/ex-dem route. His budget is around £1k, I think he'd be willing to pay a couple of hundred extra if it was worth it!
     
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    Can I just ask why is this, would it be too bright?

    Additional questions:

    1) Does anyone know good places to demo in the London region?
    2) I've seen that the native resolution of the above-mentioned pj's is less than 720 lines. Afaik this wouldn't support hi-def, or would it? :confused:
     
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    I should have said it was a personal view but I notice that the closer I sit to the screen the more it strains mt eyes...
     
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    No, like the other guys point out, the Themescene H30A is only £1095 and blows the Infocus away
     
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    Just remind him, he'll have other out-of-pocket expenses (in my case, black-out-blinds, screen, AV-Receiver, 5.1 speakers, interconnects, RGB->YUV, SCART buffer amp, UPS system, mounts, popcorn, hotdogs, etc).

    I'm not trying to cast a downer, just make sure he goes in with eyes wide open.

    (BTW, I can recommend a Sanyo Z2, new Pixmania for less than £850)

    Regards
     
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    The Hitatchi TXPJ100 sells for around 1K and has been getting good opinions here
    Azzo
     
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    And they offer 12 months interest free :clap:

    I've just ordered/applied for a Z2 from there myself, just waiting for the paperwork to arrive so I can sign my life away :rolleyes:

    (ps credit option very easy, not too many difficult questions :smashin: )
     
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    If your pal is dead set on a dlp make sure he sees one 1st, I like the picture from dlp but it always gives me eye strain, even from the RP's.

    Havn't seen 3 chip yet, maybe its will be ok, but i've heard a few stories where some guys can's handle those either..

    Although I will keep an open mind...
     
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    My H30 came with a 3 year hot swap warranty which was one of the reasons I went for an Optoma.

    Oh yes BTW the picture quality is also superb!

    Regards, MikeD
     
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    :laugh:

    Seriously though, I think he knows all that there other things he needs. By the way, what is an UPS system?
     
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    He definitley wants to demo one first, anyone know of a good place in London?
     
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    Uninterruptable power supply. Used to protect the PJ from power surge / power cuts.

    Snipped from Sanyo's website, consider lamps cost around £300...


    What causes lamp failure?

    Although it is hoped that a projector lamp will continue to operate satisfactorily throughout its anticipated working life, it has to be accepted that failure may occur before that anticipated time has elapsed.

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    Temperature Failure: Two factors that always result in high lamp glass temperatures are the non-adherence to correct power down procedures, and blocked or partially blocked air filters. It is essential that the projector be powered down properly after use in order to allow the cooling fans to reduce the lamp temperature sufficiently. The hottest part of a working lamp is the strike stem containing the two electrodes, and if the airflow over the lamp is in any way restricted by blocked filters, temperatures around the strike chamber will rise sufficiently to soften the glass. The usual consequence of this is that the pressurised strike chamber balloons outwards at its weakest point, producing a bulge or swelling in the stem. The stem itself is pulled off axis as a result, effectively moving the strike area away from the focal point of the reflector. Elevated temperatures can also generate microcracks in the stem, allowing the ingress of air that is then burned by the heat from the lamp arc, usually leaving black oxide deposits on the internal surfaces of the chamber walls as well as on the strike electrodes. The microcracks grow rapidly, and after a very short time the integrity of the structure is compromised and the stem shatters. Any mains voltage interruption or power cut, however momentary, will produce similar results to those outlined obove.
     
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    For what it's worth, bought a 70 quid Belkin UPS, has 4 filtered outputs (driving TV, AV-Receiver, Sub-base) and 4 battery backed outputs (driver projector, Sky box and DVD recorder). Slightly disconcerting is that it spends 50% of its time claiming be be actively conditioning the mains (connecting laptop does show the input voltage swinging between 217 and 230 volts), I believe that's within tolerance of UK grid so I ignore it, but the output is rock-solid.
     
  18. Tejstar

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    Cheers for that summat - had no ideas of the ups extras you mentioned. Also didn't know the lamp cost £300 :eek: I'll let him know. Cheers again :smashin:
     
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    Maybe a little OTT, black-out-blinds, doesn't that depend on the room, Screen, not always, AV reciever 5.1 speakers, again not needed.......

    Unless i havn't read the sarcasm
     
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    Aha, that'd be the "in my case" part.

    Oh, the the B-O Blind was first attempt at screen, now superseded by proper screen. The speakers / AV-Receiver?, was better solution to having to have the TV on for sound.

    Just friendly warning to someone on a budget, after my recent experience - bought a £850 projector, not realising I had to spend another £650 :eek: (approx) on gear to make it look and sound half decent.

    Regards

    Mike
     
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    oh didn't quite get you, just sounded like you were scaring the guy off
     

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