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Infocus SP 5000 HD ready/Hitachi TX100 HD Ready/Sanyo Z3

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Geoxis, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. Geoxis

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    Hi folks, :lease:

    Now, I am down to 3 Projectors which is great I think??? my heart balances between the Hitachi TX100, the SP 5000 and Sanyo Z3...

    What do you think? There aren't many reviews on the SP5000 what do you think of it??
     
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    IMHO I'd say the TX100 based on PQ, the Z3 if you want a 3 yr warranty and dust removal capability, and I dunno about the 5000 - is that Infocus's "if you can't beat 'em join 'em" PJ?

    ...PJ :)
     
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    Oh no,

    I just saw the themscene H30A haaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going mad

    Please help!!!!!!
     
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    Well, all the ones you mentioned were 720x1280 - and the H30A isn't. So it depends on what you are after. The fact that you mentioned the Infocus 5000 instead of the more popular 4805 (very much a peer to the H30A) sorta suggested Hi Def was important to you. If it's not, yes your dilemna is great indeed.

    Your only solace is that it's very difficult to buy a bad PJ nowadays...PJ :)
     
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    When you say 5000 do you mean the Screenplay 5700??? (i.e. 1024x576 res DLP)

    Of those in your list I would be going for the H30a (contrast levels like you simply wouldn't believe from a £1000 machine) or gather some more budget and go for the higher resolution H57 from ThemeScene. The H57 being ThemeScene's competitor to the SP5700 (and IMO better than the 5700 too).

    There is the question of going for one of the LCD projectors (Z3, TX100) to enjoy higher 1280x720 resolution. But for me the massive contrast of the ThemeScene projectors would have to clinch it!
     
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    I've not seen this Screenplay 5000 so wouldn't know if it's any good or not. It's pretty much the same idea as the Hitachi and Sanyo - high resolution LCD projector. You basically enter the DLP vs LCD debate here (a forum search will bring up 101 opinions - please don't start another debate lol!!!!!).

    I suggest highly you just go out and see one budget LCD (TX100, Z3, AE700, SP 5000, TW200 etc) and one budget DLP (H30a, SP4805, XV91, HC100, HT410) to see the difference for yourself and gauge just how much (or little) the differences affect you. LCD is higher res, but suffers "chickenwire" (visible gaps between pixels can appear as a grid on screen). DLP is higher contrast and has barely noticeable gaps between (fewer) pixels, but suffers "rainbow effect" (sequential colour system which can introduce flashes of colour). Contrast will give you more colour detail - a white thing, on a white fabric, worn by a white person, in a snowstorm, will be more evident with the higher contrast machine. But the actual edge of objects, physical detailing, can be higher where there are more pixels (i.e. resolution) to create the image with.
     
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    Liam,

    Thank you and can you recon' somewhere in london I can go to demo them? All the hifi shops I am going to have not got projectors. What an adventure it is really hard.
     
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    Haven't a clue I'm afraid. Very few companies will demo the lowest model in a range, ThemeScene dealers tend to have the H78 for example. You may be able to find a Panasonic shop with a AE700 in??? Some sevenoaks stores will have a few Sharp projectors in. I don't really know who demos what. Sorry!
     
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    The ScreenPlay SP5000 is on discount offer from Infocus' WebstoreUK for £849 (with free screen)
    http://store.digitalriver.com/DRHM/...HomePage&SiteID=infocus&Locale=en_GB&Env=BASE
    This has been running through August and extended to 30th September.

    Because Infocus do not own distribution rights for the SP4805 in the UK you will not find this unit on their online shop. I contacted Infocus sales & technical support to enquire. The recommendation from Infocus was to go for the 4805 as this was in their own view a much better unit... the SP5000 was released for the Japanese market, then sold in the US and now introduced to the UK...

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    Jon,

    ah good to know. But unfortunatly I am not after a projector anymore. She did not want to :thumbsdown: I bought a plasma instead...... What a shame!!!!!

    But thanks for the info I have got a friend he is after one......
     
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    Thell him to get the Sanyo Z3 then, a bargain at the moment...PJ :)
     
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    What's the best price you have seen the Z3 for?
     
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    Where about PJ, you can get the Z3??????
     
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    £850 has been mentioned including a free bulb, dig around on this forum I'm sure you'll find more info...PJ :)
     
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    The TX100 is nice if you only watch bright footage.. the contrast is really, really poor [on my one at least]. It also has gather dust on the lens, eats bulbs etc. Not happy with that purchase at all. What about the Panny AE700? Better contrast and 720P too.



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    Amazing how two people can have such different experiences with the same PJ. I'm very happy with the contrast of the TX, yes it's gonna be swamped by the newer spec'd machines but there's no way I'd ever describe it as really really poor. Nor have I ever read a review which particularly criticised its contrast performance. They usually pick up on its SDE because, like the Z3, it has a relatively defined pixel structure.

    Dust can be a problem with the TX simply because it's not an easy machine to clean when it does happen, though thankfully it has never been a problem for me.

    I think the 700 and TX100 are much of a muchness, the Z3 has the distinct edge because of price, the bulb, and better warranty...PJ :)
     
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