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Best 1080p Projector for Sports?


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#1 of 17 OFFLINE   Arjcm72

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Posted November 01 2008 - 01:16 AM

I am looking for a Great all around projector. One that is good for a movies and sports. Out of all the new 1080p projectors any suggestions for which one is the best for watching sports? I am leaning towards the Panasonic 3000, but I was told that Sony is better for sports. Any thoughts?

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#2 of 17 OFFLINE   Jim Mcc

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Posted November 01 2008 - 11:20 AM

What do you mean by "better for sports"?

#3 of 17 OFFLINE   Arjcm72

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Posted November 02 2008 - 02:26 AM

THe least amount of pixalization, blur, or digitalization.
I have been told that Sony has a softer picture, but that is better for viewing sports. It cuts out the blur of fast moving, action games.

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#4 of 17 OFFLINE   Michael TLV

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Posted November 02 2008 - 05:49 AM

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DLPs are better for fast motion.

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#5 of 17 OFFLINE   Sam Posten

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Posted November 02 2008 - 02:41 PM

Panasonic AE3000 has 120hz and a new interframe creation technique that seems to be more than pure hype....

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Posted November 09 2008 - 07:29 PM

Panny 3000u has great reviews and so does the new Sony HW10. Some have said the Sony is better than the 3000U, however that is purely subjective. Worth a look nonetheless.

#7 of 17 OFFLINE   Lee Gallagher

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Posted November 11 2008 - 05:53 PM

DLP will be your best bet for fast motion. Screen size/type needs to be factored into the equation, along with price point. Lots of choices once you set your budget.
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#8 of 17 OFFLINE   Southpaw

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Posted November 12 2008 - 11:31 AM

DLP would be great for sports as long as you don't need placement flexibility. (They have hardly any)
My Panny 3000 has exhibited zero motion blur during football games so far.

#9 of 17 OFFLINE   Lee Gallagher

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Posted November 12 2008 - 01:55 PM

What do you mean by placement flexibility?
I would hope anyone that installs a projection system would tailor everything around the proper placement for the projector. Lens shift and zoom are helpful, but too much may cause optical errors such as chromatic abberations. Digital keystone correction, however, should never be used.
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#10 of 17 OFFLINE   Southpaw

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Posted November 13 2008 - 07:07 AM

Lens shift and zoom are what I was referring too. Many of the DLPs don't have much zoom and lens shift capability so in theory, you would have limited placement flexibility, especially if ceiling mounting, i.e. fixed location.

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Posted November 18 2008 - 02:18 PM

I have no issue with placement. 22 ft room. I have read some issues with 120 mhz projectors. They have to have frame interpolation. Not sure I fully understand this, but sounds good in theory.
As far as budget, I just want the most bang for the buck. I have a 120" Elite high white screen, onkyo 806, polk lsi speakers, now just need a projector.
Should I wait until all the new ones are out to make my discission?

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Posted November 18 2008 - 05:37 PM

120hz processing generally doesn't work. More marketing fluff. If you're looking for bang for your buck, DLP is the way to go.
Lots of choices. Optoma, JKP Samsung, Panasonic, BenQ, Runco... all depends on your budget.
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#13 of 17 OFFLINE   homevideo45

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Posted November 18 2008 - 07:52 PM

Yes I know that DLP is the way to go, and Optoma and Panasonic are good brands to get.

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Posted November 22 2008 - 08:45 AM

So which projector will do for a 120" screen and still have no blur or pixalization? My room is 22' long, so plenty of space for placement.

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Posted November 22 2008 - 09:18 AM

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#16 of 17 OFFLINE   John Dirk

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Posted November 22 2008 - 09:21 AM

I believe the consensus here is "there is no one correct answer." DLP seems to be what is being recommended, but there are several options, even within that category.

I love watching football as well as movies, and my room dimensions and screen size are similar to yours. Because I was not going to ceiling-mount, [at least not initially] I did need placement flexibility. I ended up going with the Sanyo PLV-Z5, which is a 720P LCD model. I bought mine last year. This year, you might want to go with 1080P, although many sports programs are actually native 720P, and you could save some serious cash if you went that way. I have no complaints with sports or movies. If you are able to completely control the lighting of your room, and don't sit too close to the screen, my personal opinion is that LCD gives exactly what you want, more bang for the buck.

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Posted November 22 2008 - 09:45 AM

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Originally Posted by homevideo45
Yes I know that DLP is the way to go, and Optoma and Panasonic are good brands to get.

Panasonic only makes LCD projectors.