- Apr 2, 2002
I have a Toshiba progressive DVD player. What would you recommend? :b
When buying a projector, what are the important things to look out for?Resolution: These days, I would suggest 1024x768 (XGA) or 1366x768 (XVGA) or better (HD capable).
Features: Keystone correction, digital zoom
Bulb usage: 2000 hours or greater.
Inputs: Composite, s-video, component, computer (for HTPC applications although not 100% necessary)
Brightness: This is a relative measurement but for arguments sake, 1000 a.l. or greater with a contrast of 700:1 or greater, although there are great projectors that may not fall in this range and CRT certainly may not be as bright. Being able to control room ambient light is the real key here.
Ok thanks. How much better is the quality of DLP projectors than LCD?I find DLP better but not all people do, it really depends on what you want. DLP does not suffer the "screendoor" effect that LCD does and they also do a much better job of "blacks" and contrast ratio. LCD also tends to have dead pixel problems that seem to show up much more in LCD's than a dead mirror on a DLP. Just my opinion and I've owned both. I've also owned CRT as well.
although personally I would not play video games on a system that would require a $300 bulb replacement every 2000 hours.Another vote for the 5000 hours the AE100?
Actually,its a non-factor....If you take the average life of most 3000 hours....Thats 3 hours a day for about 3 years (333 days of use)....Based on a per hour usage for a $300 bulb - its 10cents an hour.....TEN CENTS AN HOUR...!! To play on a 7ft wide screen...!!!...I would pay that - sign me up...!!!
Do you know how much cash I went thru as a teen in the 70's playing Pac-Man & Pong prior to gaming being affordable on consoles....My gosh...I will take being immersed in a 7ft wide screen and 700 watts of dolby digital sound over my 27" with two tinny speakers any day of the week....for 10cents an hours it deal no matter how you slice it...
Ok thanks. How much better is the quality of DLP projectors than LCD?They're not.
Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages. If it was as clearcut as that, one technology would die. This is not the case.
- Fill ratio reaches upwards of 88% (LCD's reach upwards of 85%)
- Contrast on the best DLP's reach 3000:1 (LCD's reach upwards of 1000:1 or so)
- Black levels are lower on DLP's
- Colors tend to be better than on DLP's, especially red. Much better colors in many cases.
- No rainbows to worry about.
- LCD's tend to be brighter than single chip DLP's
- Higher resolution LCD's are available than DLP's (upwards of 1366x768 on consumer LCDs, up to 1600x1200 on business LCD, up to 1280x720 on consumer DLP, up to 1280x1024 on business DLP)