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IBM ILV300 (infocus X1) vs Panny 300

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by nealb, Oct 2, 2003.

  1. nealb

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    I was about to get a Panny 300 but have just been offered the above IBM PJ for about £700 inc vat brand new.

    As this is basically an Infocus X1 what are they like? How does it display a 16:9 image and are they are good as the Panasonic ones?

    This projector lark is getting harder work than I thought...

    Thanks for any help (again).
     
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    Saw the IBM a few hours ago, couldn't cope with the rainbows, they were far more prominent in this PJ than other DLP's I saw. I didn't even know what pj was playing when I went into the demo room and they just hit me ! Decent picture and the contrast is good though.

    16:9 is displayed by having black bars at the top and bottom, well dark-greyish. Didn't bother me that it was native 4:3 - was worried about this before doing the demo, but can't see it being an issue.

    For me it would be the 300, but if you can cope with the rainbows, the IBM is a great picture for not a lot of money.
     
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    16:9 on an 800x600 uses 800x450, ie you lose 100+ lines of resolution on PAL DVD (1024x576) material, not good, and probably the reason why the X1 is not as popular over here as it is with our american friends ;)

    Oh and it's quite long throw iirc, certainly compared to the AE300.

    -- Jon
     
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    I thought PAL DVD was 720 x 576?
     
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    It is stored on the DVD as 720x576 but that's a 4:3 ratio so when shown on a a display anamorphic widescreen PAL is digitally expanded to the 16:9 1024x576 for display.

    -- Jon
     
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    Just shows you. You learn a new thing every day. :)
     
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    Here is the link to the projectorcentral comparison of the 300 and X1.
    http://www.projectorcentral.com/l300_x1.htm

    This is a US site where the X1 very popular due to its exceptional piture quality at the price point.

    Major down downside to the X1 could be;
    fan noise
    lack of inputs (physical number)
    and those rainbow things.

    I have an X1 and couldn't be more pleased with it and rejected a few more expensive LCD units - they didn't even get close to the capabilities of the X1.

    Paul
     
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    nealb,

    Could you advise where you are getting the £700 inc vat deal.
    Cheapest i've seen is 725 +vat.
     
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    think the £700 + VAT was wrong - place getting back to me on Tuesday so will let you know then.
     

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