Rear-Projection TV - Any Good for Everyday Use?

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  1. chriswales

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    Straightforward enough question hopefully - are rear-projection tvs any good for normal use? I'd always assumed they were, but I was talking to someone the other day who claimed they're only any good in dark rooms. Is he confused with front projectors and therefore talking utter [email protected], or is he correct?

    I'd like a nice new big tv in my living room, but as it's going in a corner anyway have no real need for a fancy plasma / lcd. Any other options for me? What's the largest CRT I can buy these days?

    {EDIT: Ignore the budget part -just checked and I might be a fair bit off}
    Budget-wise I'm not looking to spend too much to be honest, preferably under £1000. The type I have in mind are just the general ones in Tesco etc for about £700 iirc.

    Thanks in advance to any nice people offering useful advice!
    Chris
     
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    No problem for everyday use, I have a 60" sony RP TV which is superb.

    Projectors have to be used in a darkened room so they are not ideal for everyday use.
     
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    Rear Projection TV's is absolutely fine in a normally lit room.
    Front projectors require a darkened room as said above.
     
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    Beware, these may be CRT-based RPTVs, which may have a fairly low contrast ratio. Ideally stick to a DLP or 3-LCD based RPTV.
     
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    I think all RPTVs actually work better in subdued lighting, but even CRTs and Plasma/LCDs will look bad with sunshine hitting them full in the face.

    Regards

    Mark
     
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    I've found that our DLP RPTV is actually better than our old CRT in this respect, it copes better with daylight falling on it.
     
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    Depends what you mean by "everyday use". :lesson:

    In our house the TV is on all day. :eek:

    At that rate, the very expensive tubes would need replacing after 3 years. :thumbsdow

    That's why I reserve my rear projection TV for special occasions. :thumbsup:

    At present, after 11 years, my tube time is just 1500 hours. :clap:

    But then I am a TG! ;)
     
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    This is probably due to the RPTV being completely flat and most older CRT's had a slight curve to the screen..
     
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    Oddly, I actually find my Sagem better with the lights on than in complete darkness - in the latter the bright parts of the screen are borderline painful, even in ECO (lamp brightness saver) mode.

    As others have said, try get a DLP rather than a CRT rptv. The cheapest one around afaik is the LG, which can be had for a touch under £1000, and produces a pretty good picture.
     
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    Only if, like yours, the TV is a CRT RP type.

    In case of a DLP or LCD projector, the item that needs replacing is the bulb. It's user replaceable, and new ones cost (say) GBP200-300 (estimates vary hugely, but this is the ballpark). Lifespan estimates also vary hugely, but reckon on a ballpark of 5000 - 10000 hours. The rest shouldn't deteriorate with age to any discernible degree - well, nothing that an occasional internal clean won't cure.
     

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