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How well do Projectors display HD?

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#1 of 11 Perry Jonkheer

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Posted November 19 2003 - 03:46 AM


I will be finishing my basement sometime next year and I have already started to research what display format I would like to use for my new space. It seems that everyone on this board is infatuated with PJ, but from what I have read they are not capable of displaying 1,920-by-1,080, which is the native resolution of true HD. My budget consists of 3k or less, so my question to everyone is... How well do PJs in this range display HD? When I complete the basement, 75% of my viewings are going to be HD material so I want it to look darn good! Any insight or recommendations regarding this are greatly appreciated.

I also forgot to mention, my viewing distance will be 12 to 15 feet. I am yet to have measured the space...

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#2 of 11 Neil Joseph

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Posted November 19 2003 - 08:05 AM

If you are getting a projector for HT with the intention of displaying HDef material then try to get a wxga class projector with a native resolution of either 1280x720 or 1366x768. My 11HT has the latter resolution and believe my, 1080i and 720p on it is awesome. Of course, if you want to display full hdef (1920x1080) then you wuld have to pay big dollars for it.

In your particular price bracket, one of the projectors to look at is the Sony HS20.
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#3 of 11 ChrisWiggles



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Posted November 19 2003 - 08:56 AM

are you going for full 1080p? That's pretty hard to pull off without some serious bling.

#4 of 11 Thomas Willard

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Posted November 19 2003 - 12:46 PM

A projector such as the Panasonic PT-L300U with 540 lines of resolution scales very nicely to 1080i HDTV and also does a good job with 720p.

When I watch a 1080i signal on my 300U, I know that in a couple of years when 1080p projectors will be available, the picture will be better. However, I wonder if I will really notice the difference. The 300U is that good.

#5 of 11 Amano Ai

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Posted November 21 2003 - 01:17 AM

I 2nd that, the l300u does a very good job for hdtv viewing. Of course, I have to add that all hd is not the same, some shows shine while others don't.

#6 of 11 Ralph P.

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Posted November 21 2003 - 01:56 AM


I have the Sony HS10 which is a WXGA PJ with a resolution of 1366 X 768. HD looks incredible on my 80 X 45 ( 92 inch diagonal ) Da-lite High Contrast screen.

You won't be disappointed.


#7 of 11 ChadLB



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Posted November 21 2003 - 02:49 AM

I just tested my Z1 with HDTV(Time Warner)recently and it looked great.
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#8 of 11 DavidLM



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Posted November 21 2003 - 03:12 AM

1/4 HD products will look very good with HDTV (z1 and 300u)

For 2k you can also get 720p projectors such as the sanyop z2 and panny 500u. Sony also makes the HS 10 and 20 for a bit more.

You will not be able to get 1080i yet, but 720p is very nice.

#9 of 11 Perry Jonkheer

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Posted November 21 2003 - 05:31 AM

Wow...this really sounds promising.

I was under the impression HD was not worth viewing on a budget PJ.

My HT Room build out is going to start in January, so hopefully something will be available for around 3k or less that satisfies my needs.

So far I need to look at the Sony HS10/20, and the panny 500u. I wonder where I can go to view these devices with an HD source...

Thanks for the help guys!

PS - Where can I get the specs on the panny?? Their web site is terrible and doesn't list anything like sony's does.
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#10 of 11 RandyMathis


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Posted November 22 2003 - 05:26 AM

The Panny is not yet available in the States. Try the Sanyo PLV-Z2.

I have one on the way.

You will be hard pressed to find a LCD projector on display in the Chicago area. The little guys in Homewood, IL had one on display but I am not sure if it still is. They have lots of DLP's as does/did Music In Motion in Chicago Heights.

I think that there is a Music In Motion by you but I am not familiar with your side of the area.

#11 of 11 DennisL



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Posted November 22 2003 - 06:16 AM

I have an InFocus X1 and when it's working right, HiDef is incredible. EVERY single person that has seen HDNet, HBO-HD, Discovery-HD, etc. or OTA HD has had jaw-dropping WOW. And the X1 is only about $1000. Unfortunately, for me the X1 sometimes has problems at 720p or 1080i, forcing me to switch to 480p. Many people do not report this happening, but many others do. But even at 480p, TV or DVD's are just so stunning. If you have a large enough room, and you can control the light, or only watch at night Posted Image then PJ's are the way to go.