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Best FP under $2K

Discussion in 'Displays' started by MarkWC, Jun 7, 2004.

  1. MarkWC

    MarkWC Stunt Coordinator

    Jul 12, 2001
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    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.
  2. JimMAC

    JimMAC Agent

    Mar 29, 2004
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    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.

  3. RandyMathis

    RandyMathis Stunt Coordinator

    Jan 19, 2003
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    Be careful with Ebay! Lots of PJ scams lately.

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