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New to the Projector scene...

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Italia_NYC, Dec 2, 2004.

  1. Italia_NYC

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    Hey all, I am new to the Projector scene but certainly not to the audio/video scene. I have a rather high-end setup right now and am looking to "spice" things up a bit by adding a Projector to my repertoire. It is slightly intimidating to see all the available models and options, etc…etc…At the moment; I wish not to spend over $1500. I intend on using this solely for the purposes of DVD/HDTV 16:9 viewing and the occasionally x-box gaming. The room where this will be ceiling mounted is approx. 18 feet long in a light-controlled environment and I am thinking of a 90" diagonal widescreen. After spending some time on the net researching, I have seen models like the Optoma H30 and EzPro 739, and BenQ 6200 that seem to be what I am looking for.?. Can anyone speak on these models behalf or offer any other suggestions?

    I greatly appreciate any help and/or assistance in my search for a projector.

    Thank you much!
     
  2. mi_july

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    I can speak on behalf of the BenQ, it is a lovely projector (my first) and in less than a month i have already put 50hours on, it is connected to my media pc, and well all i can say is that it is absolutely amazing! Hardly any rainbows (but that all depends on the person), Colours ar very accurate and brightnes is good. I would recomend it as im sure will another forum member who owns one.
     
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    Take a look at the Panasonic PT-AE700. It's LCD not DLP but before you switch off (lots of people do), Panny do some clever things with dynamic aperture control and dynamic gamma control to achieve a 2000:1 contrast ratio. With 1000 Ansi lumens, XGA and component AND HDMI inputs. And the colour profile advantages of LCD, no rainbow effect at all. Also they have done equally clever things with video processing to achieve a very smooth picture with minimal pixellation even pretty close up to the screen.

    All at a UK price of about £1400.

    Anyway I compared it with some significantly more expensive DLPs (I liked the Infocus range) but ended up with the Panny (to my surprise). Suspend disbelief and see if you can get a demo. Hard to find though - only just launched in the UK and like hens' teeth.
     
  4. Italia_NYC

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    Thanks for the replies guys. The Panny looks like an interesting alternative. And it certainly get's enough press around here.
     
  5. KraGorn

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    The main problem with the 700 seems to be vertical banding, some examples of this machine seem to suffer quite badly from reading reports here and over on AVS, if you were to go that route I'd suggest making sure you've got the option to return it should the one you get suffer badly.
     
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    Look at the Infocus Screenplay 4805, the PQ is truly superb :D Downside, fan noise :mad:
     
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    Hi!

    Absolutely agreed with digisocialist!

    InFocus 4805 is amazing!
     
  8. nwgarratt

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    If the Ae700 is of interest, I have seen it for £1199.99 from Komplett (I don't know if it a good price).

    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=303189&cks=SPK

    I got my DVD writer from them and they were fantastic to deal with and received it in less than 24 hours of ordering it.
     
  9. Italia_NYC

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    I have researched the 4805, but the number of complaints regarding the fan noise is almost enough to deter me completely from it. The noise factor is a big one for me.

    Anyone have any experience with the Optoma H30? I appear closer and closer to choosing between the H30 and the AE700. But the Panny is $1000 more then the Optoma and just wondering if it's worth it or not.

    Thanks for all the help guys.
     
  10. KraGorn

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    There was a longish thread on here recently about the H30, you may want to look back a couple of weeks or so, I think the poster was pretty impressed with his. :)
     

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