Picked one up at Sam's Club for $1385 plus the free screen. Got six months no payments, no interest on their credit card. These things are going to set new sales records in the history of projectors. I took it in to school yesterday to show my 9th graders 'Romeo and Juliet.' One girl said her dad had just bought it and a boy asked me (I kid you not) if it was the SP-4805. I said it was and he said 'Well, it's not great for X-Box, but it's supposed to be awesome for DVD's!' Needless to say, it was.
So why is it not great for XBox? I hope he didn't think that because of a poor review in the Official XBox Magazine that said it doesn't display 720P. I emailed the reviewer of that article and he insisted it couldn't do it. Then I sent him a screenshot of my projector displaying 720P with Tony Hawk 4. He didn't reply back and there was no correction in the subsequent issue. That "journalist" just lost major points in my eyes. Ryan McCaffrey. Remember him as a guy who at the least can't admit when he's wrong.
To be honest, Cameron, the kid had a gaming magazine (I really don't know which one) and he said it rated the 4805 a 7.5 (presumably out of 10) for gaming. Which is not horrible, I suppose. In any case, I'm only going to be using the unit for DVD's, at least in the near term. The point is, reasonably-priced, high-quality projectors like the 4805 have now hit the warehouses, for better or worse, and I predict this unit will move like no projector before it. It may well be that the big boxes have seen their best days.
That sounds like the same review. The only reason the rating was low was because of its supposed inability to display 720p through component (the reviewer was under the impression it could only display 720p through DVI). It irks me, not because I think InFocus will lose any sales, but that 1) the information is inaccurate and 2) the magazine doesn't even make a correction when a mistake is pointed out. I was nice about it too (unlike my current attitude)! Oh well. Rant over. Congrats on a great machine.
Projectors really are a "think outside the box" device. I'm not sure how many people will catch onto it. I think there's still a psychological component that having a big box means you're getting more. And not all rooms are conducive to front projection.
hehe don't worry cam, that sort of misinformation ticks me off too! I'm pretty sure the gaming mags are more popular than the theater ones and if anything that weak article is the only info the uneducated masses will get.
Anyways.. back to the deal. Sort of makes me wish I waited (though I still got the projector by itself cheaper) but I'm curious what screen they're including with it.
I'm with you guys on this one. I just found (and immediately bought) one of the last remaining original X1 projectors from CC for $799. Bought a 92" High Contrast Matte White Deluxe Screen (Da Lite) and two 35' cables and my total cost was well under $1100. I laugh when I go to the local store and see people considering forking over $3000+ for a 51" screen.
My CostCo has the projectors by the TVs. The display ain't all that impressive to be honest, so I could understand why the average shopper wouldn't get on board. With the warehouse lights and placement too close to the projection surface it's not exactly showing off anything. And right around the corner is a massive DLP set running an HD source, which is pretty "Wow!" So is the price at over $3500!
Just got back from Costco, and it looks like Canadian Costco's aren't running this package. I did check out this projector at an HT shop in town here today, and I am very impressed. For the price, I could not believe the PQ I was seeing!
Another great thing about the Costco deal is their return policy. I picked up the 4805 last month just to make sure that front projection was right for me. Tried it out for a while and returned it 30 days later. No questions asked. Great way to try it out.
I loved it. Am buying the Z2 for some other reasons, but a great projector.
I don't know why people are complaining about size. As far as I know there are only 1 or 2 "big screen" tv's that are over 72" If you're wanting a projector for a bigger screen, than get a bigger screen. Shopathometv.com has the 4805 with a 106" Draper screen for a great price. At least I think it's a great price. I just don't have the room for a 106" screen. I'd rather go with a little bit smaller screen for now, than upgrade the screen later.
The largest I can go is around a 76", and that's only for special occasions because it makes the room impractical for other things. Which is really one of the beauties of projectors - size it however you want, whenever you want!
quote:Just got back from Costco, and it looks like Canadian Costco's aren't running this package. I did check out this projector at an HT shop in town here today, and I am very impressed. For the price, I could not believe the PQ I was seeing!
Would you happen to have the name or phone number for the store in london? I live in Mississauga and can not find a dealer that has a 4805 on display. I would be willing to drive to london to have a look. Do you know how much they want for one.