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The inevitable indecision....

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by tommytannock, May 11, 2005.

  1. tommytannock

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    Well, finally decided to take the plunge and invest in a projector.

    Tested an Infocus 4805 today on an 8ft screen and was seriously wowed but this was obviously all perfectly calibrated on a component lead with a good DVD player. Now I have to decide whether to simply buy this one (or maybe the Optoma H30a?) but then have no more money to spend on screen, cables or new player OR buy a cheaper Benq like the 5120 or 6200 and be able to buy a better screen and even a new DVD player as mine is very cheap.


    So I need to be swayed into either buying the cheaper Benq and accessories or probably the Infocus and just get the rest later on. I am a student so budget considerations are important but neither do I want to buy something a little cheaper and regret the decision.


    How much difference does a professional screen make as compared to a DIY or even a white wall?

    And as a total PJ newcomer will the Infocus really be noticeably better then the Benq. I definitely do not suffer from any eye-strain on the DLP though I did notice slight rainbow effects when there was fast black and white contrasting images but nothing major.

    I would appreciate any input from owners and also the screen situation clarified.

    I just need to be pushed to either decision as I really, really want to get it soon!!

    Thanks a lot...
     
  2. Zack Attack

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    tommytannock

    I'm biased - so first off a plug for the H30A :)

    Personally I'd go with the best projector you can afford and if needs must then a white wall will suffice rather than a lower quality projector + screen; that said there are good deals to be had inc a screen these days from most retailers!

    Best regards

    Joe
     
  4. JuJu

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    I was in the same position in January (student with a little bit too much money). I started with a budget around £600 and ended up spending £1200 on the Infocus SP4805. I'm still blown away by it. It's a fantastic machine.

    I'm using it in my bedroom, prjecting about 12-15ft (not measured it recently) onto a white wall. The wall is uneven, got crap wallpaper on it that is uneven and curling at a few edges that are on my projection area. But in September I painted my whole room matt white and the image is still fantastic. It's likely to be better with a good screen, but no question its good enough onto a white wall.

    I think better off spending thr cash on the core piece (projector) and building the other stuff as you can (working during the summer for example)
     
  5. UrbanT

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    Why not build your screen instead? A good fixed framed screen is probably £300-£500. However, you can buy the poper screen material from somewhere like www.ellie.co.uk, and staple it to a basic wooden frame, and then run flock tape from Nexnix around the edge to give it a black border. Total cost is around £140. :)
     
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    I'be built mine buying the 1.2 gain screen paper ,a 200cm pole, screws... with 40€
     
  7. tommytannock

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    I think I am just going to go and buy the Infocus, worry about the screen later.


    I cannot wait!!
     
  8. cinemagary

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    I think you have made the right decision especially getting the 4805 as it has come down in price. :) I have had mine since December and cannot fault it, it was projecting onto a 5 foot wide 16:9 piece foamcore (the stuff they make displays you see at the cinema) I finally got a Vutec Fixed Frame Screen in February and am very happy with the results now it is projecting onto a proper screen, it looked good before, but it looks even better now :thumbsup:
     
  9. Catman

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    :thumbsup: I had a similar choice to make regarding choice of projector. I eventually decided on the H30a. I got the projector, screen and ceiling mount from Discount Electrical, who give a superb service. I am very happy with my choice, the picture is amazing, (about 7.5' from 13' throw distance) and the projector is so quite - it is above my head and I cannot hear it at all!
     
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    i would say go with the best projector you can, I have the 6200 and once it was calibrated it was superb, close to the 4805! I am very pleased with it and I only went with it so I could afford to buy a new reciever and DVD player.
    Alex
     
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    Even better when you can get it for 795.00
     
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    Ikea do a 2 metre wide blackout blind (tuppler range I think) which cost around 20 quid and its a great screen.

    I had a 'proper' pull down screen and ended up selling cause the picture on the ikea blind was better.

    For twenty quid you can't go wrong.
     

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