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Is this a good time to buy a projector?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Lobo, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. Lobo

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    Im looking to buy a DLP projector shortyl. My question is if this is a good time or are there expected to be a lot of better models coming onto the market post-christmas?
     
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    Unfortunately there will never be an ideal time to buy a projector, new models are always be just round the corner.

    My advice would be demo a few different models find one that suits your finances and meets your expectations.

    I would then suggest you stop visiting forums like these and buying home cinema magazines, at least not until you need a replacement bulb.

    Foghorn

    Ps If money is no object the Sim2 HT300 E-Link is a bit special.
     
  3. KraGorn

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    The 'new product' season in this market is the Autumn, so we're at the end of it for this year.
     
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    I think you're quite safe to AUDITION and buy now. What is your budget by the way?
     
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    If Autumn is the season of new life for projectors, is there a season for discount projectors? Do people expect there to be a huge price drop in the January sales?
     
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    Discounting usually takes place the quarter before new products are announced, we saw the prices of machines like the Z2, AE500 et. al. drop in the late summer once the Z3 and AE700 had been announced.

    There may be some discounting in a sort of 'January sales' vein but I don't think it's part of the 'culture' of the market .. but then I'm not a retailer, maybe someone will tell me I'm wrong about this. :)
     
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    KraGorn - I fear you are right. PJ's are hardly high volume items in the retail world and therefore the Seasonal Sales, which arrive to boost sales figures at key market points or to rid e/o line products in the fickle world of fashion, are likely to not apply. It is as you say, competition which we can only rely on to get those prices down... our only hope is to see manufacturers keep producing product improvements to put pressure on each other to slash prices of existing/older models, or for us to see a new consumer market appear to create a demand for even more affordable projectors; though in this instance I fear quality may compromise.
     
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    You may want to look at end of line DLP projectors such as Infocus X1 (still available from Pixmania.co.uk or it's home cinema alias ScreenPlay 4800 from Creative-Audio. I got the X1 from pixmania last week. The 65" image size I got is really something :thumbsup: compared to my Beko TV 28" widescreen...
     
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    I'm wondering how many new pjs will appear next year with a dynamic iris - DLPs with this device should be a pretty good combination I would think.

    It's never a good tome to buy as something new is always just around the corner (1080?), so you just have to decide what's best for you now, and take the plunge. Otherwise you'll never buy anything! Now is a good time for home cinema due to all the new inovations that are being developed.

    Gary.
     
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    I'm saving for my 3-panel DLP running 1080p. :D
     
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    With all the new releases we have had recently ( Optoma H57, Sony HS50, Infocus SP4805 etc. etc.) this means all the previous models by these manufacturers will be sold off cheap, or at least cheaper than they cost last year. Take for example the Sony HS20, this is a superb projector which retailed for up to £2000 when released. Now the HS50 is out for less than £1800, you can be sure that Sony will be trying to clear the HS20 at some bargain prices. Just because the new ones are better, doesn't mean the old ones suddenly become rubbish!
    research the slightly older models such as the Infocus SP4800, Optoma H30, Sony HS20 etc. and see what retailers are now selling them for. I'm sure you can pick up a real Christmas cracker !!
     

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