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should i upgrade ? from a 55" rptv

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by shawn, Aug 29, 2004.

  1. shawn

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    hi,
    i currently own a sony 55" tv, all my mates say wow nice tv, however when i first got it i though yippe, but now i think i have got used to the size of the tv and want a much larger screen.

    ive noticed most projectors last for about 2000 hours, i would probly use it for about 4 hours a night if i did buy one, so not sure how long it would last 4 hours a night.

    well im in 2 minds, stick with my 55" or go alot bigger somethink like 100+

    i seen a epson MP 74 the other day for 500 pounds,

    i wouldent normally be able to buy one but i sold me hifi gear for 500 pounds so its a big decision for me.

    ive never owned a projector before so i hope u guys can give me some advice if u think i should buy a projector, and would i notice much diffrence from a 55" rptv, or should i stick with what ive got.

    thanks
     
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    Best thing probably would be to go to some electrical store where they sell projectors and try and see if they do a demo. Then you can decide if you like the size and quality of what you see and move on from there.
     
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    Only the LAMP is suppose to last that long, some Projectors can be run in LOW lamp mode ( Like mine :D ) and that should extend the amount of hours you can put on it before you need to replace the LAMP - notice that word LAMP! ;)

    The projector itself will last as long as you want it to, depending on how well you look after it.

    You could make it last 10 minutes by dropping it from the ceiling !! :rotfl: :rotfl: , or make it last forever by only using it for 1 or 2 movies over the weekends and then by packing it away in it's original packaging after use making sure those dust particals stay well away fom it !! ( hmmm...sounds familiar.... :rolleyes: )

    I'd say go for a PJ, i sat on the fence a LONG LONG time, and i finally got one, and i have not looked back !! :smashin:

    Cheers
     
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    thankyou for you kind advice,

    i would like to see on in action however i dont think theres a shop that demos projectors in my area ( birmingham )
    only shop i know that sells them is pc world which i dont think they demo, well not as far as i know, ive never seen one in action there.
     
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    Have you tried These guys ?

    They should have projectors on show


    And Here are a few others you could call and find out
     
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    Defo get a projector.

    I was looking for a plasma screen for ages, and maybe on a 32" which would have cost me around £2000, for half the price, I can get double the quality and tripple the screen size - probably more.

    Im just getting my missed exam outa the way then Im gonna take a long haul trip to see my mate in Luton who originally enspired me to go for a projector. Whilst there I plan a trip to nexnix for a few demos and a purchase.

    I have had a brief encounter with a Sanyo PLV-Z2 and was very impressed, but have seen screen shots of the Hitachi TX100 and that too looks sweet, plus I like the smooth slick looks of the Hitachi too.

    I wouldnt buy a projector from PCWorld, go to a specialist who will be able to encourage you more and help you chose the right one for your needs and budget.
     
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    To be honest, my personal opinion with all electronics products is BUY NEW that way you wont get stuck with a faulty product or something that dies after a week, but if you do you always have warranty to back you up! :smashin:
     
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    trouble is i dont have the cash to buy a new machine mate, so i have had to go second hand rouite.

    can anyone comment on the PLUS U5-112 DLP Projector?
     
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    anyone know about these projectors?
     
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    Heard of the make, but don't know anything about that model.... is it a model for sale that you're interested in, where is it for sale and what do you know about its condition ??

    If you intend buying secondhand you could keep an eye on the Hardware for Sale forum here for a few weeks, entry level projectors come up for sale periodically and at least you 'd be bale to view it before buying (you might also get some comfort from buying from an enthusiast or a member, hoping that they would have taken care of their stuff.)

    If you do a search on the For Sale forum you'll see the kind of projetcors that come up for sale, prices etc.



    Sean G.
     
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    it was advertised in my local paper,
    i phoned the guy and he said its in good condition, working ok and 30 hours on bulb and he said i could buy it for 350,

    trouble is in not sure if its worth it, im new to this suff plus ive nver heard of the make,
    heres the specs link: http://www.projectorcentral.com/PLUS-U5-112.htm
     
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    If the projector really has only 30 hrs on the bulb (does the £350 you mention mean the price of the projector ????) it might be worth a punt at that price.....

    By the look of the specs it's aimed at the presentation/office market - fairly bright, but you could tone it down using the eco mode (this would extend the lamp-life from 2000 to 3000hrs). It's a DLP with a 2xspeed colour wheel, so you could be seeing rainbows from it - but then you might be unaffected (some people say they can't see them at all) so seeing it in action is the only way to tell. It has a reasonably long throw distance - you should expect to get a 6ft wide image in 16x9 mode with the projector 11ft away from the screen - you should consider whether this will fit in with your domestic arrangements.

    If this is a private sale you should tell the seller that you'd like to see it in action before making up your mind. Many projectors designed for the office market are not really at their best when showing video/dvd, you'd really have to see it in operation to make a judgement as to whether it would meet your needs.
    It's an 800x600 projector, so has far less resolution that the Z2 that you've seen (which is 1280x720)....... however it is DLP and so shouldn't suffer excessively in comparison - you need to see it yourself really.

    £350 isn't a whole load of money if the pj is in good nick and the lamp life is accurate, but it's your money so you've got to make the decisions here.


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    yes £350 is for the projector with 30 hours on bulb,
    im still thinking whever or not to buy this, im just unsure,

    or i might wait and buy a Epson EMP-S1, as i see the replacment lamps are very cheap £150 compaired to normal £300-400 lamp prices, only diffrence it will be about £150-200 pounds more than the PLUS U5-112 DLP Projector,

    im just in 2 minds what to do ?
     
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    I'm not trying to be unhelpful, but you shouldn't have your mind made up for you by advice from the forum. At the end of the day if the deal turns out not to be a good one, for instance, projector not a good performer or lamp life inaccurate needing a £3/400 new lamp or whatever, then no-one here can do anything except offer you sympathy. The fact that I or someone else might think it worth a "punt" for £350 is neither here nor there, everyone has different priorities and budgets.

    Buying your first projector you should at the very least see the thing in action - it won't do any harm to have a look at it.

    I'd be cautious about buying secondhand from an unknown source - but at the same time £350 is pretty much the lowest you could spend on a projector........ if it was ok then you'd be getting yourself a real bargain. If you are concerned about having a guarantee and some comeback, then an Infocus X1 is pretty much the smae specification (longer life lamp, 4000hrs), has a good reputation for reliability, is widely used for home cinema, and you should be able to get one for about £600 new - you might have to do a bit of searching - there was a thread here in the last couple of weeks about buying one for £560 or thereabouts. It'd be worth finding the extra money if the peace of mind of buying new with a guarantee was a priority issue.

    Sean.
     

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