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Projector Demo Help

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by willncc, Sep 23, 2003.

  1. willncc

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    Hi,

    Was pointed in your direction by the nice people at the DVD Forums.

    Looking to buy a projector, and after a bit of research, am probably looking at either:

    Panasonic AE200
    InFocus X1 DLP

    Any opinions? It's going to be for 99% films, so would the widescreen of the Panasonic be the best option..?

    And can anyone suggest where I might be able to demo them in the cheshire/Manchester area? Had a look on google but didn't have much luck.....

    thanks
     
  2. Paul Williams

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    Hi willncc

    Can't help with the AE200, but as a very satisfied X1 owner, I do feel its a great projector.

    For further background reading try;

    http://members.shaw.ca/technut/x1faq/
    http://www.projectorcentral.com/home.cfm

    the projector central site has a few X1 vs. the others.

    A good relaxed demo of whatever you think you might want to go for is essential, hope someone else can point you in the right direction.

    Paul.
     
  3. willncc

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    Cheers for that Paul

    I did read one particularly favourable review of the X1 - it basically said, it it's in your budget, buy it. Have you found any issues with rainbows (this seems to be the main potential problem)?

    Will
     
  4. Mirablo

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    ifaik the infocus x1 has been rebadged by a few manufacturers cant remember off the top of my head but might be worth seing if these clones are any cheaper
     
  5. Paul Williams

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    Hi willncc

    Ah yes, the rainbow question. One thing is for sure, if you seek you will certainly find. During the demo, I didn't see a single problem, the only possible instance was when I was walking arround the room afterward - but I didn't actually know what a rainbow problem looked like. Exposure to these forums educated me and when I got a unit delivered I could see rainbow artifacts with no problem.:confused: These are film dependent (bright highlights in dark scenes being the worst, i.e. candles/flames in a dark room) but I have never seen them on any animated movie. what I would say is that continued viewing has reduced these to a point of no consequence :) friends and kids have never ever commented on them. I now do not open any thread discussing sceendoor or pixel sructure - ignorance can be bliss.;)

    The real issues with this projector fan noise and possibly the limited number of input.

    Paul
     
  6. willncc

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    Cheers Paul,

    Know exactly what you mean - I used to be happy with my R2 4 Disc Lord of the Rings until I read a thread about pitch correction......(if anyone doesn't know, don't ask).

    Think I'm probably going to go for the Panasonic - it's a fair bit cheaper if I buy in the UK (I'm wary of buying the X1 from across the pond), and has the ease of RGB until I get component outputs sorted.

    Thanks for your help
     
  7. Tomfoolery

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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).
     
  8. willncc

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    Cheers Tomfoolery - sold!

    I was going to order mine from Komplett as well - what's the service like? (I can never tell from their website whether they've got any in stock or not....)
     
  9. Tomfoolery

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    Ordered on Thursday night, despatched Friday, arrived Monday.

    Unfortunately, that's all I can really say. Haven't managed to try out their customer service (and I don't particularly want to! ;))
     
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    My credit card is seriously burning a hole in my pocket now......(can't wait to play medieval:total war on a massive screen!)
     
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    I should warn you there is a bit of screendoor present on this thing in the lighter scenes (my screen was 80" wide, and I sat about 8feet away), but being my first projector, it's the best purchase I've ever made.
     
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    aaarrrggh!

    I'm going to ignore that last post (but thanks anyway) and ban use of the word 'screendoor' in my house! ...and only watch films set at night.

    (See above posts about ignorance being bliss)

    Cheers Tomfoolery
     
  13. Tomfoolery

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    Ok.

    There is absolutely no....err pixel structure viewable on this machine.

    Infact - what is pixel structure? ;)
     
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    Hi all,

    Just as a point of interest I see from another thread.

    "Nexnix are currently selling an Infocus X1 clone the IBM IVL300 for £725 + VAT "

    Paul
     

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