LCD Projector as TV replacement?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by chriscaller, Sep 28, 2001.

  1. chriscaller

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    Hi all,

    I'm new to all this so bear with me.

    Currently have a pretty poor TV, but with the move to a new flat with a big living room, want to upgrade.

    I'm thinking is it possible to dispense with the TV altogether, get an LCD or similarly inexpensive (relatively) projector, then use this together with some sort of TV signal receiver, DVD player and Linn HiFi to 1) watch TV, 2) watch DVD's.

    I'm pretty sure DVD would be alright together with something like a Toshiba MT1 or MT3.

    Not so sure about what I could use to receive the TV signal, change channels etc, ( & possibly also receive digital TV.)

    If I'm talking rubbish or anyone has any ideas how I can accomplish the removal of the TV (without getting a PC with TV card), then I'd be most grateful <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

    Cheers in advance,

    Chris
     
  2. Stuart Wright

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    I would imagine that most people here have cable, Sky or ITV Digital. And one of those would be the best way to 'receive the TV signal'.<br />I personally would suggest you keep the TV for casual viewing and then think about a CRT for big screen excitement. CRT is much better than LCD for picture quality, but obviously less convenient when it comes to installation etc.<br />Read the various posts here between the Pro CRT and Pro LCD gangs.<br />Have you thought about a surround sound system? Or is your Linn HiFi already there?
     
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    The cheapest and easiest way to "receive" a standard analogue TV signal is to use a cheap VCR. If you want stereo, buy a NICAM one. They can be had for little more than £100. Even if you never use the tape transport, this is the easiest way of buying an Analogue TV tuner.
     
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    Trying to watch news / documentries on a big screen is relly difficult, the editing techneques require you to take in so much information your eyes will be flicking round the screen after a couple of hours you will be knackered.

    Keep the TV for news etc
     
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    Well, when I regularily borrow dem units we have for evaluation to try at home and have no problem using them all night instead of a tv. Even at the weekends I will draw the curtains and put the projector on to watch the F1 Grandprix etc...

    It's rare I bring our 21" TV/VCRcombo down to the living room anymore.

    Gordon

    P.S. Arcam used to do a great NICAM TV tuner fro terrestrial TV. We have a used one lying around I think....
     
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    thankyou all for your boon advice

    once we're ready to go, looks like we'll be doing the Nicam VCR thing alongside the MT1 or MT3 then, whilst keeping a small TV just in case.

    Thanks very much <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

    Chris
     
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    I use my LCD for most things, but do have an old 21" upstairs just in case.

    The only thing I don't think has been mentioned is the cost of replacement bulbs, since most projectors seem to have a bulb life of around 1000-2000 hours you might want to see how much a bulb will cost if you are going to use it too watch a lot of TV progs.
     

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