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Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Catman, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. Catman

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    xxxxxxxxx I will shortly be purchasing a projector. I have narrowed my choice down to either the Infocus 4805 or the Optoma H30A. Has anyone got an opinion for or against either of these projectors (or is there a better one in this price range?). :lease:
     
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    got the same prob m8 just dont no wat to buy
     
  3. PJTX100

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    In terms of DLP at this price point people seem to like the Toshiba MT200. I don't think you'll go far wrong with the 4805 though...PJ
     
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    I had the same problem, until recently when I decided on the H30A. I've had it for a few weeks now and absolutely love it! :smashin:

    I did a lot of reading of reviews and there didn't seem that much in it between the H30A and the 4805, with maybe the H30A gaining the edge.

    I had a demo of the 4805, which was excellent as well, but the H30A seemed to suit my needs slightly better. I couldn't find anywhere to get a demo of the H30A around my area so I bit the bullet and ordered one without a demo.

    I really like the different 16:9 and 4:3 viewing modes it has to offer, let alone the picture quality which is outstanding.

    Everyone that has seen it in action has been blown away by the picture quality, with most saying that they never thought home cinema projectors would be that good :D.

    I'm waiting on a HDMI cable so I can't let you know yet how good the DVI picture is in comparison to progressive on component (or s-video). I'm going to try HDMI to DVI from my Denon 2910, and also DVI to DVI using DVI to HDMI converters at both ends.

    Regards,
    Flib.
     
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    Whats the noise like coming from this thing. I see its stated at 30db
    Ive been wanting to order a new projector since the AE300 came out and im still on hold due to the rapid changes in this field. Im evem thinking of a DLP now!!
    :eek: carnt decide *** :confused:
     
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    As my (redundent ;) ) thread shows, I have the same issue as to which to buy of these two. From what people are saying I think I'm leaning toward the H30a, although had an email from the guys at Themescene letting me know my local Sevenoaks are finally getting some units in stock, so looks like a viewing is possible.
    Be interested to hear from more H30a owners.
     
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    The 4805 is quite superb. Fan noise is only a problem if sat directly beneath it (for me) otherwise it tends to blend into the background... Can't complain with PQ. Have had several people round who have quite simply been blown away.

    Reality check - For the AV enthusiast with an OCD there's a science when it comes determining the performance v value equation. For the man in the street who is used to a 20" TV, who is then sat in front of a 6ft image even at this relatively modest end of the spectrum, generally falls of their chair when they see it. O.K. the analogy applies to the market but the point is I doubt you would be disappointed with any PJ...it just so happens that the 4805 has been a winner at it's price point for a couple of years. So of the amazing PJ's available in the market today you generally won't be disappointed... with the 4805 you will be in as safer hands as any other...

    Caution. Be sure to demo lot's and with time. I did, was happy with my choice, got home, then had rainbow problems. This was a really big shock and disappointment initially but I've hung in there and now realise this problem is very dependant on lot's of factors (mood, film, seating position etc) If you're pro DLP and there are no rainbow issues, then your in for a superb PJ experience. The 4805 gets my :smashin:
     
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    Digisocialist, out of interest, was the screen you demoed the 4805 on the same size as the one you have at home?
     
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    The 4805 is noisy, and the resolution pretty poor compared to an equivalent LCD. Most of the entry level DLP's have been disappointing, either due to their noise level or lack of resolution. Pana PT-AE700's or Sony HS20's/30's are better spec'd. I haven't found any DLP less than £5k yet to match my LCD projector for a damn good picture. A few cheap DLP's use adaptors for DVI/HDMI, which isn't ideal, are limited on inputs, and just look cheap. The only good thing that can be said about them is there contrast ratio. Sometimes.
    If you're a first time projector buyer, you'll initially be impressed, but it's only a matter of time until the big picture novelty wears off, and you're left wondering why the picture looks so bad.
    Sorry if i upset anyone, but i'm quite fussy with picture, and i'm just telling it as i see it :)
    As with a lot of things, it's all down to what you expect for the money.
     
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    Why would you possibly upset anyone? :D

    Though I wouldn't go as far as you've stated here, I would say that anyone who automatically assumes DLP will be better than LCD pound-for-pound is living a few years in the past. Time has moved on and the modern crop of hi def LCDs are extremely impressive value for money.

    Having said all that, I now feed 720x1280p via DVI (Samsung 745) and 576p via component (Pio 575) into the TX100 and I slightly prefer the 575 pic. Not much in it, but it does show that resolution isn't everything...PJ
     
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    :) When i mention 'resolution' i don't really mean the amount of pixels or lines, but just how much detail can be had from the picture :)
     
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    I have just bought an Optoma Themescene H30A for £1095 (including ceiling mount) from from Discount Electrical via the internet. The projector and mount arrived within a couple of days of placing my order, very well packaged. No problems with service or delivery.

    I am projecting a 100" image on to a wall painted with brilliant white matt emulsion in a room with black-out blinds (excellent control of ambient light). I use a small amount of keystone adjustment to get perfectly parallel sides to the image. Fan noise is very low.

    From my seat about 12' from the screen the quality of pictures from DVD is absolutely stunning. Better than I expected. Quality from Sky+ box is also very good, if not quite so good. I have not seen any rainbows.

    I'm delighted with my purchase.
     
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    And it's great to hear it!

    To be honest it would be very difficult to be anything but delighted with a modern home cinema PJ, whatever you bought. For that price the 4805, TX100, even the cheaper MT200 would do anyone proud.

    Optical lens shift would probably have avoided the keystoning by the way. :)

    ...PJ :thumbsup:
     
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    I've found Optoma's customer service and technical support to be superb, It sure is reassuring to buy something from a company who seem to care about the people who buy their products.
    Unfortunately the same can't be said for all consumer electronics manufacturers.


    MikeD
     
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    It's a good point that after sales service should be a factor in anyone's thinking.

    ...PJ :)
     

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