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projector advice/where to buy/view projectors in the North?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Matinee, Jan 25, 2002.

  1. Matinee

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    I'm beginning the quest to find a decent projector, and am wondering about decent places in the North, at reasonable prices (I'm in Bolton)

    I'm hoping to set up a video projector in my lounge, including installation for less than 3 grand. The lounge is roughly 470cm by 351cm, I should be able to make it completely pitch black if necessary, or pretty dark failing that.

    I've decided I probably dont want an LCD projector - I'd like a more realistic black - for instance the beginning of 'Mystery Men' looks *awful* on an LCD projector (dark sky, stars). Also, when borrowing work's (LCD) projector to display Shrek recently, parts of the picture appeared a little softer than I would like.

    Now, I've done some research, and the consensus is that CRT is undoubtedly the best - however they appear to be extremely big and heavy (around my weight, so I cant really move them).

    I'll probably have some sort of cabinet/shelf etc to house the projector, but a ceiling installation doesnt seem viable - especially as it's a new house, and the ceiling is probably around the 7' mark - it's not that high (makes changing lightbulbs a doddle mind, which is nice).

    I expect therefore I'll be forced down the path of DLP, unless anyone has some cunning tricks to share. advice? ways to look at the 'rainbow effect'? Any comments welcome.

    PK
     
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    Can't really offer you anywhere to preview, unless you want to trek across to Lincoln. Picture Paradise generally have the latest Sony on demo.

    You can't even consider a CRT device unless it can be firmly and immovably fixed into position.

    Don't discount LCD on the strength of your experience with the one borrowed from work. This will have been bought for Powerpoint presentations, probably, and its abilities with video were probably not even considered. True HT LCD projectors are probably capable of much better. You are right; they do have less "dense" black than others in general, just probably not as bad as the one you saw. Try to see a good one before you discount this popular and convenient technology.

    The DLP rainbow is very distracting if and when you can see it. Some models are much better than others. Again, those aimed at the HT market tend to be better for this purpose than those designed for PC presentations.

    How to look for the rainbow. Either:

    1) Wait for a fairly fast-moving dark object which contrasts with a light background. As it moves, watch its trailing edge.

    OR

    2) Stand too close to the screen, and then scan your eyes rapidly across its width (as if you were trying to see all of the picure, but from too close). Do this with a contrasty object as before, although, because it's you thats "moving" it can be stationary, even paused.

    Some PJs are tiny; you might yet get away with a ceiling mount - it would be best, if you can.

    Good luck.

    (A happy Sony VW10 user)
     
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    I would recommend a trip to Glasgow to see Gordon of StereoStereo.

    As Nigel says, don't discount LCD on the basis of a data presentation model. Something like the Sanyo PLV30 does a creditable job with black levels and contrast.

    If you suffer from the rainbow effect, then you'll know it when you see it! If you can't see anything, then you're safe. However, any family or friends might see it...

    Cheers,
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    Philips Monroe LCD. TV & Video Direct - 39/41 Knowsley Street, Bolton. 01204 395999
    Sony VW10 LCD, Sim 2 DLPs. Sound & Vision, Farnworth. 01204 701711
    Sanyo PLV30. The Audio Counsel, Oldham. 0161 633 2602
    Sanyo PLV30 & Seleco/Sim2 CRT. The Music Works, Cheadle Nr Stockport. 0161 428 7887
    Panasonic LCD. Hamlet's. Stockport. 0161 406 6155.
    Sim2 DLP, Sony LCD. Practical HiFi - branches throughout the North West
    Sanyo PLV30, Toshiba, Hitachi (?), Sim2 DLP, Seleco/Sim2 CRT. Sevenoaks - branches throughout the North West

    Ring before visiting to check exact models on show. Can't comment on prices, but I know from personal experience that some of the more specialised shops offer better quality installations. If you do want to D-I-Y, then it might be worth the extra in the long run.

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    Hi All


    I am the owner of a company named Hi-Rez projections Inc. We ship Electrohome projectors world wide. We have a number of them in the UK Please stop by our web site for more details. We will be happy to answer questions about Electrohome projectors for the forum. We have a page with PDF files of service information at. www.projectorrepairparts.com
     
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    Your best bet locally would be Sound & Vision at Farmworth, I believe they have The Toshiba MT-7 & MT-3 also various other makes.
     
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    Yep, got my tosh M1 and MT7 from there ... Although at the time they had to special order in Sonys but they carried stock for the tosh.

    Not sure about the demo facilities.
     
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    thanks for all the help so far. I must go and visit some of the places mentioned.

    Work's projector is a Sim2/Seleco 650X incidentally.

    PK
     

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