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WTB: Digital Projector...tips?

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#1 of 10 Rich_Henn



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Posted November 18 2002 - 02:27 AM

Hey gang!
I am looking to buy a Digital Projector in lieu of a big screen TV.
Does anyone have any tips for me as to what to look for?

I am currently looking at a new model called "The Matinee".
It projects in 16:9 ratio to widescreen.


#2 of 10 Tommy_C


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Posted November 18 2002 - 03:07 AM

Give us some details, room size, light conditions and maybe ceiling or wall mount.


#3 of 10 Rich_Henn



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Posted November 18 2002 - 03:16 AM

Room size is roughly 50 feet long by 20 feet wide.
Finished basement, so it can get DARK, like pitch black.
Haven't given much thought to ceiling mount yet, may just set in on table...but I will look into ceiling mount.

#4 of 10 Rob Lloyd

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Posted November 18 2002 - 04:38 AM

What's your budget for it? This can make a big difference on what people recommend.
I currently have the Hitachi SX-5500 and it's great. I'm running it in medium low light at 11' to a 72x53 (approx) screen. Looks fantastic.
Lots of projector reviews on avsforum.
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#5 of 10 Rich_Henn



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Posted November 18 2002 - 04:54 AM

My budget is about $2000.
My finished basement is about 50 feet long, 15-20 feet wide.
DARK situation, or VERY low light. Easy to make pitch black.

#6 of 10 Robert Mee

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Posted November 18 2002 - 08:20 AM

2K will limit you to one of the lower end LCD or DLP projectors. You might have to stretch it to 2.5K.

For hundreds of discussions and reviews goto:


But be prepared for information overload.

You also need to determine if you are susceptable to DLP induced headaches and eyestrain or sensitive to rainbows, a phenomenon inherent to the colorwheel technology of DLP. If so, then you should probably go with an LCD projector, which will still project a fantastic picture. The biggest pitfalls of LCD projectors are "screendoor" and limited contrast ratios. With 50' of space to play with, you probably won't have an issue with screendoor, as you can sit far enough away from the screen that pixelation won't be a problem for you.

When on AVS, check into some of these that fit within your budget:

Panasonic AE-200 (Import only from Japan)
Panasonic AE-300 (Import only from Japan)
Panasonic 75u (I happen to have and love)
Sony HS10

Sharp MX20
NEC LT-150z
Sanyo PLV-Z1

Here's an excellent thread to get you started comparing:


#7 of 10 Chris Rosene

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Posted November 18 2002 - 09:30 AM

Go used CRT. By far the best picture at a lower cost. Has some disadvantages (weight, convergence, etc) but the picture is far superior to anything digital.

#8 of 10 Neil Joseph

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Posted November 18 2002 - 01:30 PM

I would also suggest seriously thinking about used CRT as well. If you go digital then we can certainly also suggest some units for you as well. I have never heard of the "Matinee" but do you have any other info on it? I am moving this to Display Devices TV's & Projectors.
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#9 of 10 Donnie Clark

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Posted November 19 2002 - 11:26 AM


I agree with Robert, check out AVS forum for projector info. You'll have a severe headache as the website is loaded with this info and your decision will be tougher. I have been researching for a year and finally ordered the Panasonic AE-300. This will be my first projector and I can't imagine not being pleased with several of the choices in the $2k price range. All I ask for is reliability with a nice, large picture. Whatever you buy, it will be easy to unload down the road.

#10 of 10 GregC


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Posted November 19 2002 - 12:38 PM

Be sure to check out Projector Central (.com). Good and informative reviews. Make sure to see before you buy or alternatively, get a very good return policy.