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newbie advice needed. second hand or new?

edtex

Standard Member
am about to buy my first projector for casual film watching via dvd and iplayer watching via my laptop. budget wise i was looking at £500-£800.
am not fussy about having the latest thing and don't need 3D. i'd prefer to buy second hand because of depreciation.

i've hunted the forum but couldn't see this question asked, so forgive me if i've missed it somewhere, but has technology moved on significantly enough for a brand new £800 projector to be leaps and bounds ahead of a £3k projector from 3 or 4 years ago that can now be had for the same price?
for example there's a used sim2 domino d35 on ebay that seems like a lot of projector for the price but there are well reviewed infocus models for similar money. my knowledge of the technology though is too limited to know how to make this kind of decision.

in case it's relevant, i'm open to DLP or LCD. it's for a 16ft throw and needs an hdmi input.

thanks in advance for any help.
 

SteveCritten

Distinguished Member
If you are not watching HD material then I would go for a 2nd hand 720p for around the £300 mark and save your money until you have HD sources. In answer to your question about technology yes you can get a 1080p PJ for £800 new which will far outshine your older 3k machine.

Don't forget about your sound though??
 

edtex

Standard Member
Don't forget about your sound though??
thanks for the quick reply.
do you mean the actual sound of the machine, or the audio component of the signal?
if it's the latter, i'm a sound engineer by profession so was assuming i'd separate that out at source... or is that a foolish assumption?
 

SteveCritten

Distinguished Member
No I mean there won't be any from the PJ (or very poor at least) like a TV so you will need a surround sound system or preferably seperate amp and speakers.
 
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