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Which Budget PJ?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by ShinObiWAN, Nov 8, 2003.

  1. ShinObiWAN

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    Lo all,

    I'm looking to invest in a budget projector before the new year.

    My problem is that I can see I have two choices:

    -Sanyo PLV-Z1

    or

    -InFocus X1

    I've heard good things about the Panasonic PT-AE200 but the Sanyo and InFocus are superior machines from various reviews I've read. So to keep it simple I'm concentrating on these two.

    I can state for a fact that they are going to be used with a PC just for gaming but not general Windows work.
    Mainly though its going to be TV and DVD piped through the projector.

    I'm not after a huge image but am aiming for around 70" - 80" at the very most.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Kramer

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    X1: DLP, low resolution (relatively), VGA (800x600), slow colour wheel (rainbows!).

    Z1: LCD, higher resolution, 16/9 panel.

    AE200: Cheap! Reasonable resolution, 16/9 panel, did I mention cheap!

    Demos are recommended, especially regarding the X1's rainbows, but I'd be looking at:

    1. AE200 - good entry level PJ & cheap!
    2. Z1 - soon to be replaced by the Z2, good value. I liked it.
    3. X1 - rainbows everywhere for me, low resolution & 4/3 :(

    My 2p - YMMV.
     
  3. ShinObiWAN

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    Thanks Kramer,

    I cannot get a demo of the X1 so I'm going to cross that off the list and replace it with the AE-200.

    Only problem is I'm struggling to find it online. Anyone have a link for a good price on this model?

    Thanks.
     
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    Apparently it's £700 from www.komplett.co.uk (although I can't actually find it on their website myself).
     
  5. ShinObiWAN

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    Well I've managed to get a deal on ebay for a buy-it-now NEC VT45.

    The price was right at £405 inc postage.

    And home Cinema Choice seemed to like it:

    http://www.homecinemachoice.com/testbench/VideoProjectors/NEC/NECVT45.php

    I've taken a safe approach this way since if I take to front projection, I can upgrade next year to a more able model. But if not then I can sell the unit without losing too much money.

    Personally I'm not expecting great things from the VT45 since it only has a brightness of 1000 ANSI lumens but rather just to give me a taster of what can be achieved with big pictures. The rest will come later if I pick up the bug ;)
     
  6. cyberheater

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    Its not the overall brightness you need to worry about. Its the contrast that really matters and with a on off contrast of 300 to 1, the projector is really going to suffer in the shadow detail.

    Specs are

    MSRP (USD) : $ 2,220
    Brightness (Lumens) : 1000 ANSI
    Contrast: ANSI:
    **
    Full On/Off: 300:1
    Weight: 5.6 lbs.
    Size (inches) (HxWxD) : 3.4 x 11.8 x 8.2
    Throw Dist (feet) : 3.5 - 39.0
    Image Size (inches) : 25.0 - 300.0
    Lens: Focus:
    Manual
    Zoom: Manual, 1.20:1
    Optional Lenses: No
    Digital Zoom: Yes
    Keystone Correction: Digital
    Lens Shift: H+V
    Compatibility: HDTV:
    1080i,720p
    EDTV/480p: Yes
    SDTV/480i: Yes
    Component Video: Yes
    Video: Yes
    Digital Input: No
    Personal Computers: Yes
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    Wireless: No
     
  7. ShinObiWAN

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    Like I said I'm not expecting great things and the manufacturers specification never tell the whole picture. I saw a PT-AE100 on demo at Sevenoaks a couple of years ago and that only had a contrast ratio of 500:1 and a brightness of 700 lumens. It looked pretty impressive. So if its approaching this sort of performance, I'll be happy.

    Like I said its only to test the waters and the price was right. Really I'm wanting to pipe the PC signal through it to take advantage of an 80" screen whilst playing games like Call of Duty with the sound piped through a Lexicon DC1 with Logic 7 on and a Servo15 doing the bass duties :) Should be pretty sweet.

    Its only 800x600 resolution but thats where the 8x Anti-Aliasing and 4x Anisotropic Filtering on my Radeon 9800pro comes into play to smooth the image. Plus its progressive scan through the RGB PC input.
     
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    ShinObiWAN,

    Have you checked out the Hitachi PJ-TX10.

    www.hitachidigitalmedia.com or do a goggle for more info. Also a few posts on this forum.

    Cheers,
    Mr Sparkle
     

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