Low end DLP or midrange LCD

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  1. SallyWater

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    Hi, new to forum but always been a fan.

    I'm looking to get a new PJ. In the past I have owned the Optoma HD80 and few other Optomas around the same range. Always loved them, no rainbows etc.

    My budget is now tight and I'm looking at 2nd hands. I have the opportunity to get a decent priced Epson TW 5500 LCD PJ. I'm all about punchy blacks!! I will have semi-dedicated room, sometimes a bit of ambient light but generally dark. My question is, should I get a the high end (if a couple of years old) LCD or would I still be better off (in terms of contrast) with one of Optoma's low end DLPs?

    Or, for my £700 budget, are there newer PJs about that can outclass the TW 5500 and older Optomas?

    Thanks all
     
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    Is it because I'm new or because my question is stupid that nobody has replied :(
     
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    I think it was the way the question is worded, the LCD's are generally pricier so you are asking it the wrong way round in my opinion. Should be either a mid LCD or high end DLP. (Price wise I mean).
    Tell us about your current set up as how much light control you have has a great bearing on the quality of PJ it's worth getting blacks wise.
     
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    if you want to stay in the Optoma family, I'd look at - second hand - the HD30, very good quality and not too bright for a perfect home cinema environment....HD25 is cheaper but too bright in my opinion. Of course no lens shift in that price range therefore pay attention at the installation
     
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    See Vale I would prefer the HD25 as my set up is in the living room so that's why I asked about the set up
     
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    Hi Steve, you're absolutely right: nevertheless, I should add that - strange enough - in my flat, with a 1.0 gain screen and in a relatively bright living room (furthermore in north Italy, certainly brighter than the UK ;-)), with my 2300 lumen BenQ W1500 I had to add a ND2 filter otherwise the brightness was still too much for an "evening home cinema setup" !
     
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    I would rather have a decent pic in the day when sport(football) is on and add a filter than be all washed out in the day though :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks, it will almost always be used at night for movie purposes only. Its not that I absolutely want to stay with Optoma. I suppose what I want to know is if a (once) high end LCD can rival a mid range DLP in terms of contrast/black levels?
     
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    I guess it can, it depends mainly on your personal perception, for example of the Rainbow effect, which can be very annoying in the low-mid range DLP devices up to 1,200-1,500 €.
    Black levels/contrast depend on the single model, they can be amazing on both technologies
     
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