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LCD or DLP

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by K9AHB, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. K9AHB

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    I'm thinking about upgrading my home cinema set up by buying another new home cinema projector. I'll be sitting it about 6 metres away from my screen and want to project anything up to about a 5 metre image. What would be the best projector ?? I've been looking at the Toshiba ones MT200 and MT500 but the ANSI lumens isn't fantastic and I'd have to block out all light ....

    Suggestions very welcome please ...
     
  2. digisocialist

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    K9 - Welcome. There appears to be a fair price difference between the MT200 & MT500 (up to £800). This begs the 1st question, whats your budget? Will you be ceiling mounting or table top? There'll be many recommendations for both LCD & DLP PJ's, so to narrow it down you might be best providing some additional information which people can pontificate over and recommend with these things in mind e.g. what's your source? Do you have a DVD player and wish to output pure digital, or are you using analogue? A PJ to expoit such things may or may not be a consideration for you, as well as price.

    I believe (though am no expert) that LCD have higher lumens and are therefore generally brighter. This may be a pivotal factor for you if you wish to watch lots of day time TV/Film in the daylight! If so, I suspect bulb life will also therefore be a high priority!

    To start the ball rolling, here are a few PJ's in the price bracket of the Toshiba's you mentioned i.e. about 1.5K or under:
    LCD
    Panasonic AE700E
    Hitatchi XT100
    Sanyo PLV-Z3

    DLP
    Infocus 4805
    Themescene H30
     
  3. K9AHB

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    Many thanks for the quick reply.
    Budget isn't too much of a concern - up to 2k is fine. It'll probably be table top for now and I'll mainly be using it at night, though will no doubt play around with it during the day at weekends. I'll hopefully be hooking up my PS2, Sky and DVD player to it.
    I'm not concerned about bulbs or anything, I know I can get them cheap enough through a friend who works in the I.T. industry ...
     
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    The Optoma H57 seems to be getting great comments .. if rainbows aren't a problem then it may be worth looking at, although again it's perhaps a bit on the dim side for working in an environment with ambient light.
     
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    Agree with KraGorn. Personally I would look at both the Optoma Themescene range (H30/H57/H77) and the Infocus range (4805/5700). IMO DLP give better PQ than LCD but of course rainbows are a major factor for some people.

    On the LCD front, the Sony VPL-HS50 & Hitatchi TX100 may be worth looking at; both sub 2K.
     
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    Thats a 15' Image (give or take a couple) I would suggest you took a look a tthe Runco PJ's.

    Are you sure you want a 5 meter image? Do you own a multiplex? :)

    Tone
     
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    Sadly I don't own a multiplex - though it would be a good money-making idea!! I've just got a big spare room which I've set up as a little home entertainment room to relax in.
    Thanks for all the ideas - I'll be having a good look round this weekend ...
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