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Best FP under $2K (1 Viewer)


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Jul 12, 2001
I have been relentlessly reviewing every projector that can be had under 2K (sales, wholesalers, 2nd hand, refurbished, etc) and have come across the NEC LT240K. This projector is native 4:3, but the 16:9 mode uses the same amount of resolution as an InFocus 5700. It sounds like the best of both worlds. Here are the specs:

NEC LT240K Projector Specifications
MSRP (USD) : $ 3,495
Brightness (Lumens) : 2000 ANSI
Contrast: ANSI:
Full On/Off: 2000:1
Weight: 6.5 lbs.
Size (inches) (HxWxD) : 4.7 x 10.2 x 11.8
Throw Dist (feet) : 3.6 - 52.1
Image Size (inches) : 30.0 - 500.0
Lens: Focus:
Zoom: Manual, 1.20:1
Optional Lenses: No
Digital Zoom: **
Keystone Correction: Digital H+V
Lens Shift: **
Compatibility: HDTV:
EDTV/480p: Yes
SDTV/480i: Yes
Component Video: Yes
Video: Yes
Digital Input: **
Personal Computers: Yes
Networking: Wired:
Wireless: Yes
Warranty: 90 Days
Lamp: Type:
220W NSH
Life: 2000 hours
Quantity: 1
Display: Type:
0.7" DLP (1)
Native: 1024x768 Pixels
Maximum: 1600x1200 Pixels
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 (XGA)
H-Sync Range: 15.0 - 100.0kHz
V-Sync Range: 50 - 120Hz
Pixel Clock: 135 MHz max
Speakers: 1.0W Mono
Max Power: 280W
Voltage: 100V - 240V

I have found a bunch of these on ebay. I do my research, so buyer will beware. However, before I proceed, I wanted to get some feedback on this unit - pros/cons.

I also need to put it way back, so at a distance of 21ft, I can get away with a 128 x 96 4:3 and 128 x 72 19:9 which, by my calculations should be pretty good. The seating is approximately 18 ft.

My main concern is for dvd mostly, but watching the playoffs on Dish Network is definitely in the cards as well. Not into HDTV, I live in Bermuda so digital sdtv reigns.


Mar 29, 2004
Hi MarkWC,

I recently borrowed one of the LT240K projectors and found it to be a very bright machine. I was using it from about 12 ft from the screen with seating at about 15 ft, so you should have plenty of light at the 20 ft mark. I did notice some dithering, but I was only able to view DVD S-Video input as the Component input needed a special 15 pin to RCA adapter cable (sold separately ADP-CV1). The projector's fan was a little on the loud side but I did not notice it except during very quiet passages and I was only sitting 3 ft away. After watching it a couple of days I started to notice rainbows during certain scenes, so I think I would go with a faster color wheel machine. Good luck.


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