Best Projector Under $3,000 - advice needed

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  1. Vin_G

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    I am getting really close to buying a new 1080p projector. That is the one thing I have, admittedly, not done much research on for my current HT project.

    As I want to keep my budget under $3,000 the Panasonic AE2000 is my current front-runner. Does anyone else suggest something different?

    (FYI, I will have a dark room with an acoustically transparent screen (1.0 gain) and a screen size between 90-120 inch depending)
     
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    Are you considering only LCD projectors?
     
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    Well as I am a Projector virgin, I only know that DLP's cause a rainbow effect so I have been seeking LCD. Unless you advise otherwise.
     
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    DLP's rainbow effect only affects a VERY SMALL % of people. You need to view a DLP projector and an LCD to see which you prefer.
     
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    Greetings

    So LCD models have vertical banding and discoloration issues that also make people sick to look at. What's your point? [​IMG]

    Regards
     
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    Here is a recent overview of 5 cheap 1080P projectors.
    Five Most Popular 1080p Home Theater Projectors
    I recommend DLP as a first choice. Only a small but vocal minority of viewers have a problem with rainbows. I've been in the industry for over 10 years, and design, sell, install and calibrate front projection systems regularly. Through all this time, I've never had a problem with rainbows, no matter how hard I've tried to detect them. This is also the case for most of the associates and customers I have encountered. I can genuinely sympathize with those who do see this artifact, but you should verify whether or not it's a problem for you before you settle for LCD or LCoS alternatives.

    Best regards and beautiful pictures,
    G. Alan Brown, President
    CinemaQuest, Inc.

    "Advancing the art and science of electronic imaging"
     
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    I agree with George. DLP is the way to go(unless you do see rainbows).
     
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    Greetings

    Seeing rainbows is one thing ... getting a headache because of that is another. (You need to figure out if you are in the 1% of population where rainbows give you a headache ... before blindly ruling it out.)

    We see plenty of problems with the other technologies too and people are hardly shying away there.
     

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