Projector Help!!! Please!!!

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  1. Mark Nguyen

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    Hi everyone, newbie needs explanations/suggestions.
    I am in the market for a projector and was doing some research for the best one for the money (around $3000)...who doesn't right? Anyways, can someone explain the difference/pros/cons with XGA, VGA, DLP, LCD, etc. Which is the best to get for DVD/DSS movies?
    Thank you...don't know what I would do without this forum and the guys on it. [​IMG]
    Mark
     
  2. Neil Joseph

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    Try reading these threads fisrt...
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...best+projector
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...best+projector
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    XGA and VGA are two of the resolutions used. VGA is 640x480, SVGA is 800x600, XGA is 1024x768, then you have WXGA at 1366x768. There are also higher resolution projectors at 1280x1024 and so on. The higher the resolution, the nicer the image and the smaller the pixel structure is on the screen. Note that some projectors will differ from these resolutions slightly. DLP and LCD are two of the more common types of digital projector. You also have DILA and CRT projectors.
     
  3. Stasulos

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    As I was having the same kind of questions just recently I thought I might reply.
    For the purpose of viewing DVDs you need an XGA projector. If you take SVGA you will loose some information from the picture. Any resolution greater than XGA will be an overkill.
    There are two primary types of projectors now on the market: LCD and DLP. My opinion is that DLP is better for DVDs. LCD has problems with dynamic images.
    Here is the link to a website where you can select the projector according to your requirements: http://www.projectorcentral.com/
    I personally think Optoma EzPro 735 is best in your price range: http://www.optomausa.com/public/ezpro_73x.asp
    Good luck
     
  4. Neil Joseph

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    Hmmm. I agree with some of what you say. If I were given a projector with a resolution higher than XGA or WXGA I certainly would not complain about it. [​IMG] It comes down to cost ultimately and the higher the native resolution, the higher the cost generally, but not always. Since SVGA is 800x600, there are less pixels but there are projectors like the Plus Avanti & Plus Piano that members have been very happy with as far as picture quality goes. I just recently got a new projector that is WXGA and it is a projector with this resolution that I usually recommend for the typical member viewing widescreen DVD's, HDTV, and ultimately HD-DVD down the road.
    Give this a read on the pros and cons of 4x3 vs 16x9 and which is right for you...
    http://www.projectorcentral.com/formats.htm
     
  5. Stasulos

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    That's an interesting question. However I used to go with the most cost efficient option. At the moment it looks XGA is this option. HD-DVDs are several years away. On my opinion the counterforce here is the unwillingness of studios to convert their material once more now that they still haven't finished with the DVD standard. And XGA is fine with HDTV (if the projector is compatible of course).
     
  6. Kimmo Jaskari

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    Personally I think that Projector Central article is slanted towards 4:3 out of the writers bias, but of course I myself am biased towards 16:9 and feel a 4:3 image should be the same height but narrower than a 16:9 image to really bring home the benifits of widescreen...

    SVGA projectors also can have objectionable levels of screendoor effect, ie you can see the individual pixels to easily.

    Personally I have a WXGA machine (the wonderful Epson EMP-TW100) that to my eyes gives a stunning image and does just about everything right except black level (it's an LCD projector and thus black is a dark grey). It doesn't bother me at all, but it might someone else. Its better than the majority of the LCD projectors out there though.
     
  7. Neil Joseph

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  8. Mark Nguyen

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    Great info guys...thanks.

    Since I've seen many posts regarding possible headaches with DLPs I think I am going with LCDs. One question regarding LCD, are there any latency when playing games on the LCD or is it pretty much real-time?

    Also, are there any advantages in the quality of the pictures for let's say DVD movies when comparing 16:9 vs 4:3?

    Thanks guys,

    Mark
     
  9. Mark Nguyen

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    ttt
     
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  11. Neil Joseph

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    Mark, do yourself a favour and go and see various projector's demo'd for yourself. Bring along some of your disks that you are familiar with and do your comparisons.
     
  12. Chauncey_G

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    Hi Mark,
    Check out my review of my Piano Avanti here.
    I was told that technically, the Piano Avanti has WSVGA resolution. I'd never heard of that designation before, but from what I understand, it outputs DVD resolution exactly, which is slightly higher than SVGA.
    It's a great projector, and I have not had any problems at all with the DLP headaches and rainbows that you hear about (and for that matter, neither have any of my guests for movie nights at my house).
    I'd like to echo what Neil said above. Audition these projectors before you discount any of them. If you're going to spend the money, you want to make sure you do it right!
    Good luck!
     

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