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Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Type23, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. Type23

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    Digital direct are doing the PT-AE200 for £735.01 I feel comfortable with this price seeing as its going to be my first projector. Before I commit myself I would greatly appreciate any general advice and answers :-

    1) Is this a good deal for price point ? I know people rave about PT-AE300 but I want to ease !! into things unless its really a bad buy ?

    2) I am getting Sky is it practical to use this projector as a replacement for TV. Would I need to be in darkness all the time. What cables would I need ?

    3) What would I do about sound ? Should I also get a Home Cinema system e.g Sony Dav 550 ?

    4) My living room is a small recatangular shape approx 9 x 12 ft will this make projector impractical

    5) God I want a PJ before the England Turkey match !!!1

    Any Any other help greatly appreciated ?

    Thanks

    Rich
     
  2. dean randle

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    Selfridges, Oxford St, have this pj on display. May be of some use.

    Cheers,

    Dean.
     
  3. Tomfoolery

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    Here comes my ever useful AE200 screenshots again ;)

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    For an idea, this is my panny AE200 bought from komplett projecting onto my wall, as well as a bedsheet (which was as you can see, no where near big enough :D)


    Below: PC input, the actual bits around the edge are a bit dark as they're missing the bedsheet and projecting onto a blue wall (I put a DVD case at the bottom so you get an idea of size)
    http://other.mildlyamusing.co.uk/xbr.JPG


    Below: Family Guy
    http://other.mildlyamusing.co.uk/fam.JPG



    Below: Some shots of Halo (sorry for bluriness!)
    http://other.mildlyamusing.co.uk/hal1.JPG
    http://other.mildlyamusing.co.uk/hal2.JPG



    Below: The projector sitting in it's temporary position next to my Xbox
    http://other.mildlyamusing.co.uk/pro.JPG



    Below: Austin Powers and Father Ted
    http://www.xboxrules.com/yabbse/attachments/proj1.JPG
    http://www.xboxrules.com/yabbse/attachments/proj2.JPG



    Not bad, I thought. Especially considering the terrible set up it's in at the moment (I will be building the screen soon).

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    To be honest, I've never tried it in a light room - although you can bet it'd look nowhere near as good. I'm not replacing my TV with it, as I think this'd probably be a bad idea (save the projector for movies and other special events, then you'll appreciate it more!)
     
  4. Type23

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    Thanks for the info ! Did see your post before TomF, thks for screenshoots. Anyone got answers to my questions ?

    Rgds

    Rich
     
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    1) I'd say it's a good deal - but it's my first ever projector, so I'm not exactly an expert in this.

    2) The AE200 has a scart connection so connecting to sky would be very simple. However, I haven't tried it in light conditions, and with only 800 lumens, it might not be great in a light room. I'd also say there's not a lot of point in firing up a projector for a bit of eastenders. For this reason, I save the projector for movies and games (makes it feel a lot more special when you do use it too!). Also bear in mind that running a projector might take more than twice the power of a TV, as well as the lamp life issues.

    3) The speaker on the AE200 certainly doesn't match the picture. It's only got one speaker so it's mono, and the speaker itself is very small and tinny. Definately go with a separate amp (you don't necessarily need to buy an overpriced "home cinema system"). richersounds.com might be able to help with this.

    4) Not really as long as you have a decent wall to shine it on. For reference, my room is a rectangle shape, about 8 ft x 12ft, and with the help of the AE200s short throw, it filled the whole 8ft wall (I actually had to zoom it out a bit, as when zoomed in, it filled more than the entire wall).

    5) I don't blame you!



    If you do get a AE200, I'd recommend going into the options when you get it and changing the lamp to low power. This increases the lamp life (up to 5000 hours rather than 2000 I believe) and hardly makes a difference on the projected image.
     
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    Thanks TF ! just what I wanted to hear ! Just contacting them about DPC policy. Have you got any pics/screen shots of your setup ?

    Rgds

    Rich

    p.s Do you have any advice regarding extended warranties ? Did Panasonic offer one ?
     

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