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Whats the deal with projectors ?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by carpetpaul, Jan 23, 2005.

  1. carpetpaul

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    Can anyone give me a simple overview on the different types of projectors available, and what their advantages are, with a rough pricing scale
    Having heard that most of the plasma sets seem to only have a given lifespan and are expensive or impossible to repair, do the projectors generally just need a new lamp after so many hours ?
    What makes them so expensive ? - can you advise anywhere on the net where I could look at prices ?

    thankyou - Paul
     
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    If you spend an hour or two reading through threads here and surfing stuff you find, you'll be informed pretty quickly, lots of stuff in the FAQ as well.

    Lamps in projectors last varying lengths of time - usual is 3000 hours, some go to 5000, some (SIM range) considerably longer at 9000hrs. They'r not a substitute for a tv or plasma imo, but some do use projectors fairly intensively. Expensive? Compared to what ? You can get a big screen image from an entry level projector well under £700 - mainstream projectors are currently in the £1200 - £1500 range, and go up in varying increments depending on your budget. If you want to check prices, start with the forum sponsors - link at the top of the page.


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    A bit of googling should give you a good idea of the main points, try one of the sites that specialise in projectors and you'll soon get a good idea eg

    http://www.projectorpoint.co.uk/homecinemaprojectors.htm

    The "deal" as you put it is that PJ's allow you to get a picture 4 times the size for a quarter of the price of a decent plasma. Well, it was in my case - the plasma I liked was 4K, the PJ I ended up with was 1K.

    Lamps last between 2000 and 4000 hours on average, but you'll find lots of examples of shorter lifespan. I reckon the lamp I'm using will last over 5 years if it runs to spec.

    IMO a PJ is *the* main element of a home cinema setup.

    I'm sure others will fill you in more, but please do keep it quiet - don't want the plasma brigade realising what they are missing... ;)

    ...PJ
     
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    I'd agree, I wouldn't only use a PJ. A TV/plasma etc best for daytime/family viewing. But if you want to watch a DVD properly at home it's the only way to go IMO.

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    Thankyou for the reply's, I wouldn't intend to use it for day to day viewing, but for watching dvd's, it's got to be closer to the real cinema experience than you can get with anything else. The picture quality can't be as good as a smaller high quality plasma, but the tradeoff is obviously the size.
    I'll have to get along to my local AV shop and get a look at some

    It sounds like the way I would deffinately go, combined with a good speaker system, it should go down well with all (apart from the neighbours) :laugh:

    Thanks for the advice - you are most kind ;)

    - Paul
     
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    Exactly what I used to think!

    Good luck with your investigations!

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  7. carpetpaul

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    can I ask a stupid one, I presume you can plug a games console into your projector in the same way as you could with a tv but can you wire your p.c through one ?

    ta - Paul.
     
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    I only use DVD/video myself, but lots of people do the full monty DVD / Sky+ / videogames / PC thing - most if not all modern PJ's have a range of input options...PJ
     
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    Hi Paul

    Most PJ's come with a wide variety of connections. I use the Sony HS50 and it has composite, SVideo and component which should cater for all your gaming needs. Trust me the first time you fire Gran Turismo up on a PJ you'll just be in complete awe. :clap:

    I really do hope PS3 or the Xbox next come with a proper digital connection
     

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