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Philips bSure vs Monroe

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by jorgerib, Sep 20, 2002.

  1. jorgerib

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    Hi there,

    I'll buy a projector for both home cinema and computer presentations.
    One very important aspect for my decision is lamp life, and that's because I've decided for Philips.
    At first, I was almost decided to buy the Philips cSmart, but then I've read something about it's poor performance with video.
    Another choice would go for Monroe, that's optimized for video, but I wonder, how good is it for computer graphics?
    Then appeared the bSure (SV1) that seems very interesting to me, but in this forum someone sad that it was not very good for video.
    Maybe bSure is a very good choice for computer graphics, but how does it performs in video, comparing with Monroe?
    Another interesting factor of bSure is fan noise, that is less than Monroe.
    The Monroe has more contrast ratio than bSure, but is it noticeable?


    Many thanks,

    Jorge
     
  2. infomatique

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    I have the Philips Monroe and fan noise is very good even in a very small room. I use it for video and presentation work and even for web browsing and its performance is excellent.

    Bulb life is 6000 hours which is very good.

    It would appear that Philips are about to launch and upgraded version of the Monroe and it will be known as the Garbo.

    See http://www.beamer.at/pdf/philips/Garbo_borchure_updEP.pdf
     
  3. jorgerib

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    Thank you for your reply.
    I've heard about Garbo in this forum before and it seems to me a very good projector for home cinema. The only drawback compared with monroe is the resolution of 858x484 (monroe is 800x600). I'm afraid that 858x484 for computer graphics is worst than 800x600.


    Cheers,

    Jorge
     
  4. infomatique

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    I missed the widescreen bit so you are correct. I am please with the Monroe and it works well for Video and PC applications ... I would suggest that you try to get a demo.
     
  5. Chris Frost

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    jorgerib,
    The Monroe will work well for both PC and video. It has been very popular choice in Europe.

    The bSure will be as good on PC, and it also has USB & PS/2 for mouse control of your laptop.

    The difference in video quality between the different Philips projectors is not massive. Many people would be very happy with the video performance of the bSure. If you could live with both Monroe and bSure for a while you would start to notice the subtle differences. Both are good, but the Monroe is better - smoother, better colour accuracy, less video noise.

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  6. jorgerib

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    Many thanks for your help.
    I'll try to get demos on both models, but I'm almost convinced that Monroe will fit my needs.

    Chris, do you know any Phillips reseller having both models available for a demo in Portugal? (a live in north, near Porto)

    Cheers,

    Jorge
     
  7. Chris Frost

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    jorgerib,
    I deal with just the UK. Have you tried using the Portugese Dealer Finder on the Philips website?


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  8. jorgerib

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    Hi,

    It seems the website doesn't have any dealer for Portugal.
    Anyway, and because all the rumors about the new Sony VPL-HS10, I think I'll wait a little bit to see a demo.
    I know that lamp life shouldn't be as long as Philips, but the specifications are much better....
    Well... let's wait and see...

    Many Thanks,

    Jorge
     

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