Can I get FP and retractable screen under $1K that will rival the pic on a CRT RPTV?

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  1. Rolando

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    title says it all:

    Can I get FP and retractable screen under $1K or $1500.00 that will rival the pic on a CRT RPTV?

    I mean really rival it, I am fairly picky...

    mostly for DVDs and cable HDTV
     
  2. Gregg Loewen

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  3. Rolando

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    thought so...

    thanks Gregg
     
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    It depends on what you mean by the word "rival".

    The Infocus 4805 can be had these days for around $999. Toss-in a $300 hang-on-the-wall screen (say, a 76" 16:9 Da-Lite 1.0 gain), and you're in the ball park.

    The 4805 does an *incredible* job on standard definition anamorphic DVD; and I truly believe that if you can get 10 feet back from a 76" 16:9 screen, it will look as good as a CRT-based RPTV in the 50" range. The 4805's contrast ratio is really that good!

    However, I would still give an edge to the RPTV for standard definition cable simply due to the fact that kind of source just doesn't blow up all that well. And with a true HDTV source, the RPTV could potentially have a resolution advantage.

    So the answer to your question is ... "Sometimes".

    I will tell you this: Once you've experienced FP you'll never be able to live with a puny 50" screen again; especially when viewing DVD.
     
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    Well here is the thing, maybe rival was a poor choice of words.

    I guess for that I would need a CRT RP and I know that is way beyond my budget. Thing is I am getting tired of finding a compromise between SD TV for wife and theater feel for me.

    I am thinking of getting a 32" TV for TV viewing and and then for movie time just pull out the screen and use the FP.

    just not sure how it would work...

    Now I am picky about picture so I know it would require a $40K FP set up for me to be wowed. however I am hoping for something in the 50" to 70" range and for DVDs to be close to RPTV standards and at least same or above a 42" to 50" LCD OR DLP RPTV.

    oh yeah, never heard of Infocus, can I get that at the usual Brick and Mortars? is it HD? as in 1280 X 720 rez or more?
     
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    Hmmmm ... You need to check out this review of the Infocus 4805 from Projector Central:

    http://www.projectorcentral.com/info...nplay_4805.htm

    BTW, when it comes to FP, you really don't want to go much smaller than 76". If you want something smaller than that then you really would be much better off with a CRT based RPTV.
     
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    You can pick up a 55" Mitsubishi for around $1500 (65" for about $500 more) and I can't think of a single item on the picture quality check list it will not be equal or better at than a budget projector, and in many cases the differences will be pretty far apart.

    I have an InFocus projector now and I love it, but if you're "picky" about picture quality I'd stay away from "budget" FP setups, in the end there isn't much of a comparison.
     
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    That's the direction I am going, and you might be able to do even a little better on price than that if you shop around.
     
  9. Rolando

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    funny enough have been impressed with Mits reviews over last 4 years or so but darn it they are not available in Canada!
     
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    No, a CRT RPTV for picky eyes will certainly be objectively way superior to an entry digital projector. However, you can't deny the impact of a large-screen for movies. But the low-resolution, contrast, and color of the entry digitals can't touch a well-setup CRT RP. If the CRT is crappily set up, then it might be close...
     

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