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Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Sandman, Oct 10, 2003.

  1. Sandman

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    I have been offered a 3M 8030 projector for £350. I know nothing about projectors and thought this was a good price, I have since seen that these projectors sell for around this price on ebay.
    I plan on using it only for watching DVD's in a dark room. Will this projector be up to the job and is it worthis for the asking price?
    Your comments will be appreciated.
    thanks
     
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    http://www.projectorcentral.com/3M-MP8030.htm

    Going from the spec it is pretty much junk ;)

    It's a 4:3 business projector, with a terrible 200:1 contrast ratio, not geared to home cinema at all, but the £350 towards something more appropriate.

    -- Jon
     
  3. Sandman

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    Oh dear, is it really that bad, bear in mind all I want to do is watch dvd's on it. Would the picture be terrible? I cannot afford to spend any more money than this and now really want a projector.
     
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    The resolution is very low too - 800 x 600 is really a minimum for widescreen DVDs, and this one appears to only do 640 x 480. :(

    I'd try to save up and get something better to be honest. You may get a second hand Panasonic AE100 for that if you look around.

    Gary.
     
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    Thanks for the help guy's I appreciate it.
    I passed on the 3M and just ordered an ex-demo Panasonic AE100 (£599), more than I was looking to spend but I think the difference will be worth it.
    Cant wait till it is delivered!! Is there much to setting these things up?
     
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    what are you using it with? Standard dvd player? in which case it is not much harder than setting up a tv

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    Set up is easy. Just point the thing towards a wall/blackout blind/screen. Plug in you DVD via S-Video (component vid if you DVD supports it). Set the projector to cinema mode via the little remote and settle back for a great evenings worth of entertainment.

    Generally, the default settings are quite good straight out of the box just remember that you really need close to blackout conditions to enjoy the picture at it's best. Also, switch the lamp mode on to low in the options menu to double your lamp life and reduce the noise level of the fan (makes a big difference).
     
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    I will be using it with a samsung DVD511 player and my sky digibox.
    Well, I'm going over to the DIY forum to find out how to build a decent screen.
     
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    Well, if it's a screen your after there are two cheap options:-

    * Get a 8 x 4 sheet of MDF and paint it with Dulux Icestorm No.5. I know it sounds strange but it improves the contrast and black level without sacrificing too much white.

    or

    * Go to Ikea and pick yourself up a 2 metre wide white blackout blind called Tuplar. It will only cost around 20 quid and the image on it is amazing. Plus you can roll it up when you've finished watching your movie.

    Both are mega cheap options and will give great results.
     

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