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Infocus comparison....

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by BaffVision, Nov 18, 2004.

  1. BaffVision

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    Long time reader... first time poster...

    Yep, I'm probably going to ask a question that has been bought up 1000 times, but here goes.

    I am about to buy my first home projector in the next month or so. Have been doing HEAPS of demos.

    Basically have it down to Infocus 4805 v 5700.

    I REALLY love the 5700, but the price on the 4805 is VERY attractive.

    My issues are:
    -I have an old DVD player that doesn't have component - so need to upgrade in the ver near future.
    -Room is relatively dark.
    -Looking at a 96" or 100" pulldown screen.

    Just wondering if anyone else has had this choice of projectors and what pushed them towards either model.

    Basically, I need ammo to convince wife which way to go. She is happy with both but she would REALLY prefer the 4805 ($ only), unless I can think of some really good reasons. (and yes I have told her its a MUCH better picture, but she wants more info). What are some IMPORTANT technical reasons for spending the extra $ now.

    Cheers,

    Baff.
     
  2. KraGorn

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    IMHO the 5700 is probably the better buy, based solely on my experience of a Sharp Z200E (Matterhorn DLP) and reading the comments about them on Projector Central. Reasons:

    1) higher resolution will make a significant difference on that size screen
    2) 5x colour wheel means less rainbows
    3) brighter is better the larger the screen

    Clearly auditioning side-by-side would be best but on paper the 5700 wins .. BUT, if the 4805 is a LOT cheaper then that price difference may be hard to justify, however I just think pixellation from an 854x480 projector on a 100" screen would be a bit too noticeable after a while.
     
  3. BaffVision

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    Thanks for that. I'm assuming that in the long term, the extra money that I spent into the getting the 5700 won't hurt as much as if I'd bought the 4805 and wished I hadn't.

    The distance from couch to screen is around 13 feet. Is 100" too large ?

    On another note, looking at Denon 2910, 2900 or alike for DVD player... assume all of these are fine selections ?
     
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    I would say for a 100inch (across, not diagonal) screen, you should be at least 16 foot from the screen on the 4805 to avoid seeing pixelation. They recommend a distance of at least 2x the screen width.
    You will need either an adapter or a M1-DA to DVI/HDMI cable to take advantage of a pure digital connection with any of the Screenplay range. The official Infocus M1-DA to DVI cable is £80-£100 so shop around. An adapter may be cheaper, but quality may suffer.
    For a DVD player with DVI/HDMI output, check out the new Samsung HD945 which is now available for only £158.99 Including VAT from Digi UK @

    http://www.digiuk.com/productdetail.asp?id=2218&c=605622&guid=&s=

    I've not read any reviews on this as it's a brand new model, but the price/spec looks very impressive.

    I own a 4805 and I am extremely pleased with it's performance and cannot believe the image comes from such a budget model. The 5700 must blow ya socks off if the 4805 is this good !!!
     
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    How much is the Denon? What about the Samsung HD945 DVD player for £158 with built in high quality scaler and HDMI output +DVD audio and SACD and it plays Divx films. Then the money saved can go towards the better projector. (Are the Denons really worth the extra money?)
     
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    Great minds think alike Kahless725 !!!!!
     
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    The denon that all the shops seem to be pushing me towards is between $1200AUD and $2000AUD.

    And considering the projectors are:
    4805- $2700
    5700- $4800

    Its almost the diff. So any other options for DVD player would be GREATLY appreciated.

    I was even going to "borrow" my dads spare pioneer DVD with component out. I figure easier to buy a dvd later and put money towards 5700 then want to upgrade projector later.
     
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    Get the better projector now and get a low priced but highly regarded DVD player with it, then one day if you really feel the need (and I bet you wont if the 5700 has a decent scaler) get a new dvd player. Just make sure you get a dvd player with component out. Most regarded sub £100 player over here is the Toshiba SD-340E which is a touch over £80.

    In fact I just had a look and the 5700 has the Faroudja scaler built in so you wont need the Samsung and the Toshiba at £80 over here will save you a fortune and alloy you to get the best of the two projectors today.
     
  9. davee

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    What are some IMPORTANT technical reasons for spending the extra $ now.

    Forget the important technical reasons, look at the picture. In fact if you have compared the images side by side you will probably do as I did, want to pay the money for a good pj as the 4805 is, but really want the 5700 which is so much better....and end up buying nothing ....yet
     
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    sorry kahless 725, dont agree with your assumption about a cheap dvd player. The old adage, garbage in garbage out applies just as much here as anywhere
     

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