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#1 of 5 CharlesJII

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Posted March 27 2003 - 11:09 AM

I was going to get a new rear projection TV, and I’ve decided to go with a front projector instead. I'm going to use it at home, mostly for movies, and some DTV in a 16 x 20 room. In doing my homework, based on what I've read, I need at least 1000 lumens, and I would like 1024 x768. Is DLP really an appreciably better technology in appearance? I’ve been looking at refurbished In Focus LP130 and LP350’s What do you think?Posted Image

#2 of 5 Mike Matheson

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Posted March 27 2003 - 02:25 PM

Some basic Q's:

- what's your budget or preferred price range? does this include the screen cost?

- what size image do you desire?

- what will the throw distance be?

- what degree of control do you have in this room over ambient light?

- you mention the unit will be mostly for movies, so why the preference for 1024x768 (this is 4x3, not 16x9)?

#3 of 5 CharlesJII

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Posted March 27 2003 - 06:50 PM

Michael,

- I hope to spend around 2,000 or less for the projector, exclusive of screen cost
- Approx. 6 x 8
- With ceiling mount approx 16 feet
- Limited control over ambient light, given the fact of a rental home with south facing wall for projection. My thoughts include using drapes behind screen, anticipated use mostly at night.
- I thought that the 1024 x 768 would provide greater image clarity, no?
- By the way, what should I consider for a screen given what I’m working with?
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#4 of 5 Neil Joseph

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Posted March 27 2003 - 10:08 PM

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I thought that the 1024 x 768 would provide greater image clarity, no?

Compared to what? Are you talking about a lower resolution projector? Anyway, there are wide panel digital projectors in that pricerange too. In particular, check the Panasonic L300U, Sony HS10, Sanyo Z1. Actually, there is an active thread on these projectors in this forum. Check it out...here

The wide panels will be advantageous when you view widescreen movies much the same way a 16x9 RPTV would be.
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#5 of 5 Parker Clack

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Posted March 28 2003 - 01:43 AM

Charles:

Like Neil pointed out in his thread this is a nice discussion going on in the thread concerning the three leading projectors in the sub $2,000 range.

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