Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by dogzdinner, Mar 13, 2005.
Anyone have any idea where I could demo the above product?
I forgot to mention I'm based in Northamptonshire!
Give your nearest Sony Center a call
don't know what your buget is, but for under £1700 you will be hard pushed to find a better projector!
had mind a few weeks now and i am still amazed by the detail this pj produces.
hope this helps if you can't find a demo.
I own an Infocus Screenplay 4805 which can now be bought for £999 and I have always been extremely pleased with it's performance. I have though, also been curious to see this HS50 with it's claimed 6000:1 contrast and it's high def resolution in action. My modest 4805 only has 480p resolution but being a DLP should mean it comes close to a 720p res on an LCD or so I hoped.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I went along for a demo of the HS50 today at my local Sony Centre. First impressions? Ok!..... Not fantastic... not incredible....just ok.
I think this is more a recommendation of the 4805 than a critisism of the HS50. The contrast looked no better than on my 4805 ( which is a claimed 2200:1) the resolution looked no better ( I could still see slight pixelation on the HS50 although no more than on my 4805). Now on my 4805, these specifications are fantastic so the HS50 should also be fantastic. I just think I was expecting much 'more', not 'similar' performance for the nearly double price increase and the much higher quoted specifications of the HS50.
So although the HS50 is a very good projector, I wouldn't say it was worth a £1000 more than the 4805. Keep that in mind when you're shopping around for a projector.
( This is with standard DVD, High Definition may be another story!)
I went to NexNix for my demo but unfortunately their stocks took a long time to come in and I was offered another one from DiscountTV (Ben Miller).
NexNix are down in Horsham.
Send me a PM and I can email you some pics.
PS where abouts in Northants do you live?
Oakleyspatz, I would agree that it is very hard to discern between many projectors of various specs/prices as they are all very good. I liked the 4805 very much until DLP problems got the better of me. That said, I would hazard a guess that they may not have configured the HS50 to produce maximum contrast etc therefore it is likely that you did not see it at its best. In terms of detail level, I wouldn't expect to see much difference with SD content even if the panel is 720p but HD content is another story. Whether or not it is worth the extra £600 depends on a number of things i.e. how much HD content you have, is it used with a PC, do you suffer from DLP effects etc
I've demoed a few DLP's over the years and one thing I've always found is that they are always 'too' dark for my tastes!!
I like the look of the HS50 and the few picture examples I've seen of it on this forum look great....I just want to make sure it comes up to my expectations.
PS I'm living just outside of Kettering.
In that case you won't like the HS50 as it is very far from a bright projector. One of the darkest around in fact.
I have one and love it, but then I have full control over room lighting. If you can't control room lighting then the HS50 is unlikely to satisfy.
Compared to my previous HS20, the HS50 is extremely dim!!
I too would like to demo this projector but trying to find somewhere in the Midlands is a nightmare. Obviously I don't want to pay over the odds.
Only place to demo in the Midlands afaik is Nottingham Hifi http://www.nottinghamhifi.co.uk Went there on Saturday without making an appointment. Got a 20min demo.
you can get a demo at 'derann audio visual' in dudley (01384 233191) great guys, will set up demos no problem, also ask for the best price, they will usually knock a few pound off.
My local Sony Centre was willing to knock off £200 without breaking a sweat
What price was that then?
I think one of the forum's rules are not to post pricing but if you call any Sony Centre the price should be standard across the board so that will give you some idea
You're welcome to come and see mine if you like, the Midlands seem to be a black hole for technology as far as the dealers are concerned, or try Sound Academy in Bloxwich
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