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First projector purchase

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by kalayl, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. kalayl

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    I'm in the market to make my first projector purchase with a budget of around £2000 and am currently leaning towards the Infocus Screenplay 5700. My plan is to ceiling mount it at the back of a 6x4 meter room onto a +- 200 inch screen. The projector needs to be HD friendly, which the 5700 is.

    My question really is, what would you, the experts, pick out? Is this a good choice for a first purchase, and given a projection distance of around 6 meters, will a 200 inch screen be about right? Seating position is from about the middle toward the front of the room, if that makes sense, so viewing distance will be around the 3 meter mark from the screen.

    In addition, one side of the room is flanked entirely by glass doors. Am I throwing the balance of the sound field out if one side becomes heavily curtained, whilst the other side has a large canvass painting on the front half of the wall?
     
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    Don't think you would want a 200" screen in a 6mx4m room somehow :eek:

    You couldn't fit it on the 4m wall any way ( max 157" wide)

    If you are only sitting 3m away I would go for a 72" screen ( absolute max 80" )

    Jeff
     
  3. kalayl

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    hmm.
    my line of thought for that is this -- when i go to the cinema and sit down wherever, the screen usually fills my field-of-vision from edge to edge (i wear glasses, so i'm referring to the part of my vision that's actually in focus :D ). the idea is to recreate that HUUUUGE feeling at home.
     
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    Errrr, sorry. I'm an idiot. I meant 100, but got carried away between conversions !!!!! :oops:
     
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    :( Sorry to make you look like an idiot again but... the 5700 is not a true Hidef projecor... :( If you want to play true idef stuff (1280x720) you should be lookin at:

    SANYO Z3
    Panny AE700
    Sony HS51
     
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    ...or Benq 7700...PJ :)
     
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    or the Hitatchi PJTX100 ;)
     
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    The Sanyo Z3 is an absolute bargain at the moment and just over £800 with a spare lamp voucher. You could do a lot worse than get one of those and you'll have £1200 left for a holiday or other AV purchase!
     
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    :D

    Oh yeah, never thought of that one....PJ ;)
     
  10. kalayl

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    Thanks for the heads-up on alternative projector purchases. Am I under the incorrect impression then that overall quality is NOT a function of price, as with other areas of AV equipment?
     
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    No, you do tend to get what you pay for even with projectors. It could be argued though that true HD DLP PJ's are overpriced.

    I think you need to clarify your phrase "HD friendly".

    Do you mean you want it to be able to play HD material in HD resolution, or are you happy for the PJ to downscale it (as the 5700 would)?

    If the former, you have but one DLP option in which meets your budget - the Benq 7700, and a whole host of LCD options probably headed by the Sony HS50.

    If the latter, the 5700 is a very nice machine I'm sure.

    I know with the price of LCD and plasma TV's it's easy to assume you need to throw a few grand (at least) into the PJ pot to get decent PQ, but you can get some amazing results even at the sub 1K level...PJ :)
     

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