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Wich Projector Should i Choose for my home theathre?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by peter123, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. peter123

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    i was thinking to buy a projector for use in a slighty larger room

    8 meters in length

    wich one should i buy? im looking for the best possible image quality and size
    i will use it for video games too...

    Infocus screenplay 7200 1500£
    Infocus screenplay 7205 2300£ Is it really much better than 7200?
    Benq Pe 8700+ 2300£
    Sony vpl-hs50 1800£
    Sanyo Z3 1200£

    wich one should i choose? any expert on this matter?

    thanks
     
  2. stuthemong

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    peter, where did you find the 7205 at that price?

    pls let me know asap, a hs50 order may be cancelled

    stu
     
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    me 2 :thumbsup:
     
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    Assuming you wish to locate the projector on the ceiling and not at the back of an 8 meter room ( you'd need a much brighter pj than the models you suggest from this distance) I would look at the Sony HS50 or maybe the new Optoma H57. The prices you quote for the Infocus 7200 and 7205 seem very optimistic, I think the cheapest you can get the 7200 is £2200, the 7205 is quite a lot more.
     
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    my father travels to indonesia a lot so he gets them for half the price...

    is the 7205 worth 2300£?
     
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    Oh yes !!!!!!!!!
     
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    is it worth the extra 800£ comparing to the 7200 then?

    ive never seen a infocus unit run before so i hope its a good purchase!
     
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    It is improved on the 7200, better contrast is probably the biggest improvement. £800 is a lot for 800:1 extra contrast so I would say if you're on a budget, buy the 7200. If it's your first pj, you'll still be blown away by the quality. If you have the option of a side by side demo , then I would go for it before deciding.
     
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    i could get the sanyo for 1000£

    is 7200 much better than sanyo z3?
     
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    Youll have demo DLP's and LCDs to make that decision. Some love DLP, some dont, until you have seen one, its impossible for us to say!

    Stu
     
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    I would say that if DLP's rainbow problem was not an issue, then the 7200 is slightly better than the newer Sanyo Z3 in terms of contrast, video processing and an overall 'filmic' quality to the image. Unfortunately, you never know if rainbows will be a problem until you demo the pj. I still believe that if you cannot watch a DLP because of rainbows causing headaches, eye strain etc. then you should be entitled to a refund as the equipment is not suitable for the purpose intended, i.e. to watch movies on. Not many sellers will support my view so a demo is the only way you can be sure before you spend your money.
    The Sanyo Z3, like the Panasonic AE700, both have their own fare share of issues. The main one being Verticle Banding which some say is terrible and others say is non-existent. So again, demo before you buy. If you are unable to demo, confirm with your supplier that if either of these problems come up, that you can return the pj for another choice.
     
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    no retailer or store allows demo or returns on Projectors becouse of the lamp life

    its really terrible id love to test all but its not allowed i have to go by the reviews on the internet
     
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    I know a few places that demo PJ's. If it gets them a sale of in the £0,000's then a lamp is worth it. Anyway, lamps last 1000's of hours so they will last for some time (up to 5000 for Panasonic ones).

    My local Sevenoaks have LCD, DLP and CRT PJ's to demo.
     
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    I've just bought a 7200 (£2500) after demo on the HC 900 dlp and Panasonic 700 and it is brilliant! for more detailed info see my posts on 7200. (I'm led to believe there isn't many of these left? I struggled to get mine.)
     
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    i was wondering if the 7200 firmware would work on toshiba mt8
     
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    Yes it will. You'll get an InFocus splash screen (instead of a Toshiba one) though, but hardly a problem :)
     
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    i think i need the infocus 7200 serial to be able to download the firmware from the official site im not sure if the mt8 serial will work

    can anyone email it to me?

    thanks
     
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    I would buy 2 7205s for £4600, sell one for £3000, and, therefore pay just £1600 for a great projector!
     

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