I want to buy a front projector

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  1. KeithBR

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    Will I be able to find a good front projector between $3,000 - $6,000 that is HDTV compatible? Doesn't matter if it's ceiling mounted or table top.
     
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    I bought a NEC VT650 last week, I am totally satisfied [​IMG]
    Check it out. If you buy it before the end of July you get a free DVD/VCR player.
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  3. Gabriel_Lam

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    Yes, you will easily be able to find yourself one that can output true 720p, and input upwards of 1080i in that price range.
     
  4. KeithBR

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    Can you give me some info on which brands to look into or sites to do research on? There is only one high end electronics store in my area and their projectors are way too much money. Starting at $8,000.
     
  5. Gabriel_Lam

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    What kind of room do you have? What kind of light control? How far back do you sit? How big is the biggest screen you can fit?

    Is color accuracy most important to you? How about black level? What do you plan to use to drive it?
     
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    Sony VPL-VW12HT! It will be available soon, and can be found in that price range if you check around.

    Cheers

    Andrew B.
     
  8. KeithBR

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    Gabriel,

    My current (basement) HT room is 16x20 but I am altering it. I am going to make it longer but I'm not sure by how much yet. I have 12 feet of space behind it that I can borrow from.

    I have light running along the sides of the walls in the ceiling They function off of one remote or touch switch on the wall.

    Right now I sit about 10ft from my Pioneer Elite 72, which is the TV I am replacing with a projector.

    I am totally undecided on screen size but the wall is 16 ft wide with 9ft ceilings.

    Color is very important, black level is not as.
    You mean as far as hardware like DVD player, Sat receiver?
     
  9. Gabriel_Lam

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    With that much space, I'd consider auditioning the Sanyo 70HT or the Boxlight 20HD (clone of the 70HT) coming out late next month. Prices should be right near the upper end of your budget.
    Boxlight Cinema 20HD
    2200 ANSI lumens
    900:1 on/off contrast
    1366x768 native resolution (16:9)
    35dB of noise
    DVI, VGA, 5xBNC, S-vid, and composite inputs
    With the amount of available space you have, and the kind of budget you have, you shoulsettle with nothing less than a full cinematic experience.
     
  10. Jay Sylvester

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    You should check out the AVS forum. There are three projector forums there, and the people there really know their stuff.
    I ended up getting a Hitachi CW-SX5500W. They go for about $5500-$6000 depending on where you shop. A fine projector, especially for the price. It competes favorably with high-end projectors costing $10K-$15K.
     
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    A CRT front projector will give you the best picture quality. Depending where you live there are several good sources for *used* units.

    If you go with this sort of projector you can get an incredible unit for $4000 with no need to spend more. You can spend just $1500 and still get a CRT pj that will whip any lcd/dlp/rptv unit on the market.

    Downsides: complex setup, requirement of a scaler/htpc, and a well darkened room.
     
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    I'm very happy with my new Epson EMP-TW100. Faroudja processing, native 16:9 picture and a sound level of only 30db. I would (and did!) take this over any of the Sony models except possibly the VW12 even at the same cost, but I got the epson for about $1000 less. Of course, I live in Europe, so that doesn't have to be the case in the US.
    Whatever you buy do make sure it's a 16:9 native projector, like the Epson or a Sony VW11 or VW12, or indeed one of the latest batch of DLP projectors to come out (Marantz, Sharp 9000...) HDTV, as you no doubt know, is 16:9.
    The DLP projectors in the latter category can't be had for $6000 in the US but you can import them fairly easily from Japan; www.pricejapan.com has gotten great user feedback, and you really do save a bundle of money.
    Service obviously isn't anywhere near as good as what a good local dealer can offer, so you have to weigh that in. The savings can be quite substantial though.
     
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    I'll 2nd the Hitachi SW5500. I just picked one up as well from AVMall. It's one of the few SXGA (1365x1024) capable projectors. It's an LCOS projector so you don't get the problems of DLP rainbows and no screen door.

    Check out the AVS forum stated above. Lots of info on projectors there.
     
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    Just so you know, HDTV compatible is nice, but not essential. Down-converted HDTV on even the AE100 looks really nice. Its not HDTV resolution, but its pretty good.
     
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    Thx for all the input everyone. Please keep them coming if you got them. I am writing down everyone and checking into them all.
     
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    You might want to look into the Plus Piano HE-3200 that will be out soon. Great performance for the price; Stereophile Guide to Home Theater gave it's predecessor (HE-3100) an "A" rating right next to other units listing for $5K more. Might be worth your time.
    Good luck, whatever you get!
     
  18. Kimmo Jaskari

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    The difference between 1280x720 and 1368x768 is minor, IMHO. Both are high enough to make screen door a nonissue at sane viewing distances. Also, the 16:9-models benifit from having built in intelligence for the 16:9 mode, so you can run your DVD player in 16:9 mode as well and have the appropriate zoom modes in the projector directly.

    The Epson I have, for instance, works superbly with a normal interlaced DVD player, due to the built in processing in the projector.

    I'm sure the Hitachi 5500 looks stunning with a panamorph lens, but then you pretty much have to feed it from a HTPC, which makes it anything but plug and play.

    That said, I'm sure it is a fine projector, but I for one have no regrets going with the Epson - and you can get that for about $4k if you are willing to import.
     
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