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Questions for LCD- Projector Users (Sanyo PLVZ1 or Panasonic AE100)

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by steve.moore, Jan 16, 2003.

  1. steve.moore

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    Over Christmas I read some magazine articles on the Panasonic PTAE100 and this convinced me that the time was right to buy a projector!. Since then I have read more articles and I now want the Sanyo PLVZ1. But, I have seen many USA websites talking about the Panasonic PTAE300, which I have no-idea how many months it will take to arrive in England, should I wait? ?
    I am happy to buy a projector but I have several questions that can only be answered by real-users, like is there any hidden-maintenance costs etc...

    Question. TV or projector ?
    In your opinion is it worth replacing a 28" TV with a projector, for everyday use?
    Is the quality of UK television broadcasts good enough for a projector?
    Does bulb life become an issue if you use it everyday ?
    Generally do the Sanyo or Panasonic over estimate or underestimate their bulb life (and which one cost the most) ?

    Question. Manufacturer and User coverage ?
    I live in Hertfordshire,UK and I am finding it very difficult to find a demonstation shop that supplies the Sanyo PLVZ1. It looks like in England that projectors are only sold to businesses not home-users !
    Now, because I can't find any local stores in England that stock the Sanyo projector I am worried about the future supply (and cost) of getting hold of these projector bulbs. Should I be concerned ?

    Question. Screen-Door ?
    Will I suffer from a "Screen-door" effect if my projector is placed on a shelf high up on the wall behind me (200cm off the floor). My living room is 300cm (118") wide and I have sofa pushed-up against the wall so I estimate that from eye-level I will be 240cm(96") from the screen and the projector will be above me about 270cm(39") from the screen.

    Question. What Screens do you have?
    Can anyone recommend a good screen manufacturer (best-value) for these budget projectors with only 700ANSI lumens?
    Is there any reason NOT to buy a '16:9' screen?
    At the moment I have found web site advertising the 'Grandview (170x96cm) ' and 'Projecta-Slimscreen(Datalux-S) (160x90)' both are under £200?
    Are there any better budget screens (what do you look for in a screen) ?

    I am new to all this projector stuff , am I just worrying over non-issues?

    Thanks Steve
     
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    Issues to think about:-

    1. darkness in your room. Neither of these pj's is in the top league on brightness, and require a bit of darkness to give of their best.

    2 screen door, minimized by a touch of soft focus. Will be less with the sanyo, it's higher res. Sit at least 1.5 times screen width from the screen and it'll be barely noticeable, if at all. Further for the Panasonic.

    3 Screen size. I'm confused about your room layout, will you really be projecting from 39" ie 1m? Your picture won't be very big!

    4 Bulbs, 3000 hours is a long time. Bulbs are in the 2-300 range, perhaps there'll be a power buy for bulbs when everyone's pj's are a bit older. Still, it's 30 hours a week for 2 years, how much do you watch?

    5 replacing TV, do you want to see Iraqui soldiers rotting in the desert at 2m across? How does a 5ft teletubby grab you? Just checking, you may be fine wiith this, but I have a nasty old CRT 20" in the corner.

    6 Screens, no there's no reason not to match the screen to your aspect ratio, the image looks better framed in black if this can be arranged. Loads of screen talk and info here, browse around, do a seach.

    7 Buying, well there's always something better about to come on the market, life is short, but its yours, and so is the money you are about to spend! To wait or not to wait, that is always the question. The corporate lot are not too bad to buy from actually, they are accustomed to on site demos, and may bring a car load to your house if you ask them nicely! Local shops are for local people, there's nothing for you there! Well, unless they're a home cinema specialist anyway.

    8 Spare bulbs. No idea if anyone is honest about bulb life, I've never blown one. They just get dimmer and dimmer. The pj times out on an internal timer, which you then reset, then get a new bulb via the net at the lowest price you can find. It's never been a problem yet.
     
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    I also live in Herts - though in the north of the county - and I got a demo of the PLV-Z1 at Sevenoaks in Peterborough. Yes, it's a bit of a trek, but it is a significant purchase. There may be others closer, of course.

    HTH,

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    Thanks Maw for your speedy reply, you've helped to put things into perspective.....


    question 3 Sorry about the room size its meant to read...

    Will I suffer from a "Screen-door" effect if my projector is placed on a shelf high up on the wall behind me (200cm off the floor). My living room is 300cm (118") wide and I have sofa pushed-up against the wall so I estimate that from eye-level I will be 240cm(96") from the screen and the projector will be above me about 270cm(106") from the screen.
     
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    Screen door will probably be minimal then. Off you go to Sevenoaks then, and don't let them sell you a Sim2, you can't afford it!
     
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    If you are interested in getting a few demos then try Nexnix, I have just bought a Sony HS10 from them and the prices are good and the service is the best I have had.

    I know that they have got a Z1 demo PJ as I was looking at it yesterday in comparison to the HS10, I will post my thoughts later.

    They are based down in Horsham so a bit of a drive but worth it.

    Ben
     

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