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Projector or LCD TV? Please help me decide

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by dekoded, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. dekoded

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    At the moment I have a Philips 28" FS WS IDTV, which I am very pleased with in terms of pq, the 's' type tube is very good.
    However as am sure everyone here will know I want MORE !! :D

    I am considering either a 32" lcd tv to replace my tv altogether or a projector which I would use for films and keep the tv for day to day viewing.

    I'm sure many of you have been in a similar position before, so any 'hindsight' advice would be useful :smashin:

    These are on my shortlist: LCD TV - TOSHIBA 32WL48 £1400 APPROX
    PROJECTOR - INFOCUS X2 £600 APPROX

    I have a pioneer dv565 dvd player already, as well as a 'XGA THEATER' which is basically a scan converter from s-video to pc output, this is making me swing towards getting the projector.
    As I see it + & - points for both are:
    LCD TV BAD - relatively small screen and not much of an increase from tv
    Twice the cost of a half decent projector

    GOOD - easy to setup
    no running costs eg lamp

    PROJECTOR BAD- running costs eg lamp
    - additional cost eg cables, ceiling mount, screen
    - fan noise

    GOOD - MASSIVE screen size
    - can make use of existing kit eg scan converter
    - can keep tv for everyday use

    Any advice would be great, I'm finding it hard to resist the projector option :D
     
  2. Zone

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    Then don't ;) Just get the PJ :cool:
    There really is no alternative for that true homecinema experience, imo its the only other area I can think of where bigger is truely better :zonked: :laugh:
     
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    PJ all the way, u cant compare a 32" lcd to a 100" screen, lcd picture is crap as well, too much artifacting and smearing on fast pans.
     
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    came close to buying the sony HS50 PJ, but i opted for an LCD screen,

    reasons for my sins? :-

    1. kids dont like watching stuff in the dark.
    2. would mean me removing the cieling mounted fan/light which is a no go for some odd reason.

    i feel like crying.

    imho the quality of the Hs50 blows away any lcd tv i have seen inc the one i am getting which is far more expensive.
     
  5. dekoded

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    Thanks for the response chaps.

    Looks like pj is winning!

    I am thinking of getting a pull down screen, 2mtr x 2mtr, and I'm hoping to put it in the Patio doors so that when I want to watch a film I just have to pull the screen down and it will block out the light as well.
    Has anybody else tried/got a pull down screen that's suitable for using in front of a window?
     
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    Hi Johnnie

    Im a PJ noob with a HS50 and its like wow. Watched Alien Quadrilogy in one session, even the 4th one lol. Watching Lord of the Rings Special over 3 days couldnt handle that on one mammoth session lol. And tbh its fantastic, specially if u got the audio to go with it.

    Im just hoping i can get if it does come with it Gran Turismo 4 in 720p :D *wets pants* lol.

    Youll not be disappointed.
     
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    Not a pull down infront of patio windows but fixed infront of window.

    [​IMG][/IMG]

    Obviously in the hight of summer the windows are blacked out, other people have different solutions mine is blackout material velcro'd to the window frame, heavy curtains would do as well obvioulsy it needs to be as dark as possible and by the way my screen itself is homemade.

    [​IMG][/IMG]

    This image has both TV (JVC 28") and PJ (AE300) on simultaneously for comparison.

    PJ wins every time :devil:
     
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    LCD vs PJ. Hmm, difficult.

    LCD = picture the size of a postage stamp for mucho moolah.

    PJ = true home cinema, massive picture, embarrassing value for money.

    Dunno, you decide!

    Just posted a link in another thread to the Ikea Tupplur blind, 2m square blackout blind (in white!) for 20quid ish - may be worth trying out...PJ
     
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    Zone, good shot that kind of puts it into perspective.

    Oh and Pj for me too, once you get one there will be no going back :)
     
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    Hey Zone,

    Superb pics :) What size is that PJ screen?


    Tom
     
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    Now you're just showing off! ;) ...PJ
     
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    If you post this kind of question in the projector forum, odds are you'll get people raving about projectors - if you posted the same thing in the LCD TV section, I'm sure people would be quick to warn you about the horrors involved in front projection.
    The best thing you can do is go and see some in operation, that way you'll get the most balanced idea. If you don't see Vertical Banding or rainbows or the host of other things to be weary of, then go for the big screen experience.
     
  13. Zone

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    84"x47.25" mate :)

    I do agree with hebawom though, ask the question in a PJ forum as to which one people think is best, PJ or LCD and you will get a majority voting for the PJ and rightly so in my book :D
     
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    You're probably right.
    I'd be even more convinced if LCD pics were twice the size of PJ and of a comparable price, but they are not. For me the main arguement for LCD and plasma is the convenience / practicality, not the picture quality....PJ
     
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    I had the same dilemma as you last year except for plasma rather than LCD. Went to the shop with the cash for the tv...saw a H30 being demo'd to someone else and the plasma went out of the window (not literally)...bought the H30 after watching LOTR on their demo PJ for 45 mins and haven't looked back. Do it!
     

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