HELP! Sanyo PLV30 or NEC VT440 or.......

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  1. mikeaitch

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    Guys-

    I've finally persuaded the wife to let me have a LCD/DLP projector instead of rear projection <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

    Trouble is, I now realise how little I really know about the whole subject, and having read several threads on various products, all I seem to have decided is that there seems to be a consensus of sorts about the Sanyo. I have been lucky enough to get a PLV 30 for a couple of days- it goes back tomorrow, so I have some idea of performance, however, why does the picture look better when I use the DVD in my laptop? even using component inputs, my Sony 725 is definitely inferior.Does that mean I need a scaler, or a progressive scan DVD? or an iScan pro? what are all these things anyway??? Sorry if these are all obvious to everyone by the way! Had a limited shop demo (in daylight) of the NEC 440, will that be better? or is this new Sony VPLHS1 the answer??<br />I'm looking for a 6ft image, from about 10-11 ft, mainly for DVD/video, keeping my tv for casual viewing.

    Any help would be much appreciated. I've been arguing with the wife for years, and now she's agreed, I dont Know what to buy!!! <img src="graemlins/blush.gif" border="0" alt="[Blush]" />
     
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    I have the sanyo and i think it is a great little projector. I use it straight up with a dvd player, no scaler or anything, but then again i am not that picky! The laptop may well be better as you say, if you notice, alot of people use their computers for dvd playing purposes simply because the computer is so much better at it when correctly set up!

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  3. mikeaitch

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    Thanks, buns, which dvd are you using, and which other projectors did you consider when you bought the Sanyo? Ive got the Sanyo hooked up right now, and it's pretty good, I just don't have much to compare it with! If I do buy it, can the performance be enhanced, and what do I need?

    Loving having a decent sized picture btw!
     
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    im using it with a marantz dvd player....dv3100 i think! I looked at a phillips hopper hp20 i think it was and the sony ht10.....but in the end the sanyo gave alot of the performance of the sony at a far lower price and it out performed the phillips as well so thats what i went for.

    To upgrade....the iscan you mention is supposed to give a fabulous improvement, the quadscan elite scaler i guess would do an even better treat while the HTPC route is supposed to be by far the best cost effective solution.

    If you want proper advice, look for gordon of convergennt av cos he's the man to talk to!

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    Mike

    just a little to add to this. I have tried about 12 of what I call powerpoint projectors in a bid to get something good. I have seen the Sanyo on 6 separate occasionS. I have never once been satisfied with the other projects (currently an Ask m3).

    The Sanyo has been lovely every time and would be my choice for a panel projector.It does need setting up well though but so do all projectors. It does benefit from a HQ source however but you can always worry about that at a later stage. HTPC, scaler or PS DVD. The built in scaler / de-interlacer is better than many big names.

    I am going CRT however.
     
  6. mikeaitch

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    Thanks guys!<br />I did find that the PLV30 did look better as I got used to adjusting it.Would love to have a crt but size prohibits. How much are the add on performance enhancers likely to cost, and if this is a substantial amount, would I be better spending a bit more, for instance an ex demo or discounted Sony h10, or toshiba etc, or would eg a scaled PLV30 outperform the more expensive projectors ?

    Any comments on the NEC? and has ANYBODY seen this seemingly mythical SonyVPLHS1?? <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
     
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    I have the NEC VT440 connected with component leads and this gives bright contrasty images on a 9ft screen. Despite the recent erroneous reviews the projector has wide screen and good contrast. I reviewed several projectors with demos including particularly the Sanyo SU20 and Hitachi projectors and the NEC had far better and smoother video. No reviewers seem to concentrate on fan noise and the NEC was certainly quieter. Even 34db of this projector can be loud. It does suffer from dust as do many, but has a three year swap out guarantee. You can make a component lead if necessary. One final warning, rely on demonstrations rather than reviews. The only NEC review was inaccurate and unhelpful and the magazine has still not corrected their errors and did not read the manual. FOr the price, the NEC is a good option. Good luck! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
     

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