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Which Projector - DLP or LCD

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by rscott4563, Jan 24, 2003.

  1. rscott4563

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    Hi there, sorry but I'm new to projectors and I was wanting some information to help me make my decision on which way to go.

    Firstly DLP or LCD, I'd always heard that DLP gave a far better quality image than LCD, but now apparantly Sony have a new generation of LCD projectors which could turn things around?

    Secondly what would be the best of each for my needs, I'm looking at having about a 5-6ft 16:9 screen viewed from about 12-15ft away, mainly showing DVD's from my Denon 2800MKII PAL progressive with some Sky digital viewing and a bit of Xbox gaming. Most T.V viewing is already taken care of via 32"CRT. I'd want something that was good with some ambient light evident as I wouldn't want to have to completely blackout all the time.

    My budget would be around £5000 for projector and screen.

    Your help is most appreciated.

    Thanks, Scotty
     
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    DLP:

    Positives:

    Better black levels than LCD (much deeper on the whole)
    NO screendoor
    No dead pixels (a big plus)
    Good colour renditioning

    Negatives:

    Suffers from artefacting (so do many LCDs)
    Rainbow effect
    Many lamps have a short life

    LCD:

    Positives:

    Sharp picture
    Good colour renditioning
    Longer lamp life (generally)
    No "rainbow effect".

    Negatives:

    Poorer blacks then DLP (varies, and LCD is getting better all the time)
    Can suffer from "vertical banding" (varies)
    Dead pixels :)mad: )
    Screendoor (very subjective, the PTAE-300 and HS10 dont suffer from this)


    Just do a search and you'll find reams of threads dealing with all of those above.

    Having owned both DLP and LCD projectors, I much prefer LCD now, but again it's down to personal preference (I rate them both tbh, but DLP artefacting annoyed me too much) - everyone has a different view on these things.

    As for your price range, do you really want to spend that much? Sony HS-10 and a decent screen will set you back around £2500 (I think). This is a current generation LCD projector, just do a search and read all your mind can take:D

    I don't have much knowledge of the higher priced projectors, but I'm sure someone else can point you in the direction of some £4k projectors.

    But the best piece of advice I can give is ignore everything I've written, and go and get a demo to compare the 2 different types!
     
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    No chance of going for a CRT? You could get a brilliant 2nd hand CRT and screen for £5k. Mind they are big, but very good.:D
     
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    No I think CRT is out of the question due to the size and weight and also the difficulty in setting up and maintaining (or so I've been led to believe).
     
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    See if you can get a demo of a CRT first though. If you can get to Reading then Roland of B4 projection has quite a few, and a few on demo I think.
     

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