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Budget entry level LCD projector?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by johnny, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. johnny

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    my brother-in-law is after a budget LCD projector. He's seen my AE100 and loves it. He's not at all into PQ, VB, or any other acronyms and just wants a big picture (this is a guy who runs composite analogue into a 32" widescreen...believe me i've tried to educate him)

    Since I got my projector 3 years ago I've not been looking at the market much. Anyone got any suggestions I can throw his way?

    By budget I mean, £500 - £700 ish or thereabouts.

    Ta
     
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    Toshiba ET1 can be bought for less than £400 if you look around (was twice that price 6 months ago).
    Epson TW10 is another popular choice for a few hundred quid more.
    ...PJ
     
  3. johnny

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    woah! £360 for the Tosh! Makes my eyes water thinking about how much i paid for mine. He will be happy!
     
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    I can vouch for the ET1, had mine about a week (with a Pio 575 via prog scan component). My first projector so I can't compare it to anything else, but I'm happy with the picture, and for less than 550 (PJ, dvd and 5ft screen) it's cracking value. PJ came from www.oyyy.co.uk for 360.
     
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    OYYY have posted this on their web page...

    "Our supplier delivered today what they promise is the last of their stock at this price.....
    If you are thinking about buying one of these excellent entry level home cinema projectors, then please be quick so you don't miss out."

    Be quick. Amazing price!

    ...PJ :)
     
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    Not seen the Toshiba but for that price I don't think you can go wrong.
    I have the Epson TW10 which is great.

    £360 for a front projector :eek: when I first entertained the thought of a PJ the cheapest around was about 5 or 10 times that price.
     
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    Yes, the options of multi room or split screen type applications start to become viable!

    ...PJ
     
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    Why LCD. You can get the superb BenQ PB6100 for less then 600 quid and will outperform and similarly priced LCD by quite a margin.

    /I should just add this to my sig cause I end up saying it enough.
     
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    Done :)
     
  10. johnny

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    true, but as i said in my original post, we're dealing with your typical man-in-the-street who has no care about PQ or things like DVI, Interlaced, and progressive etc, they mean nothing to him...
     
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    Oh god here we go again. :confused:

    I think wer'e talking mainly about it being £360, not that it's LCD.

    Cool down Cyber...PJ
     
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    *chuckle* you hit the nail on the head.
     
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    One thing to be aware of, the Tosh has no optical zoom at all which can make placing it tricky in some rooms. Also no lens shift, though to be fair not many of the very budget PJ's do.
     
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    Thats true, you need to be willing to move things about to suit it. Image width on the Tosh is about the same as PJ to screen (e.g. 1m throw gives 1m image). As it happens my equipment rack was just the right distance.
     
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    Flog him your AE100 and go for an upgrade yourself :D
     
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    can some 1 please tell me if this is worth getin it will be my first projector i will be puting it in my loft when i have borded it out and made it into my buget home cinema it will be aprox 12 feet away from the screen

    Thanks
     
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    If you mean the Tosh ET1 then no. It has no optical zoom so 12 ft is just too far. Screen width for this is approx throw distance, so for a 6 foot screen it needs to be six foot away (just over actually). If you visit www.projectorcentral.com there is a PJ throw calculator which can help work out what PJ will give a suitable size image at that range.

    The only option to use this would be to mount it near the middle of the room, either on a table or ceiling mount.
     
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    thanks fo that m8 just realised think i was being a dumb m8 am a complete newbi to this
     
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    well i just orderd 1 from oyyy £369 delivered cant wait
     
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    It all confussed the hell out of me aswell, so in the end I went for the ET1 as it was so cheap if I hated it or couldn't make it fit I could just sell it and not loose to much.

    As it happens I'm amazed at the quality of image you get, I don't pretend it will compare to anything more upmarket (although I haven't seen anything more upmarket and so can't give a comparrison) but as a first upgrade from a telly it's a cracker.
     
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    Absolutely. A massive telly for £360 smackers. Every home should have one! :)

    I think PJ's are, relatively speaking, one of the best kept HC "secrets".

    Stick one of these in Comet showing a pic 4 times the size of a plasma for less than a quarter of the price and they'd sell by the shed load!

    Practicalities aside of course. ;)

    ...PJ
     
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    hi :)

    could anyone whos got an ET1 post some pics of it in action? pref showing the keystone correction?

    tis very tempting :D
     

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