Rear projection or Front Projection

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  1. david kennedy

    david kennedy Stunt Coordinator

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    I have been trying to make a decision on how i want to update the ht. I was thinking about going with the rptv dlp's and lcd's. But then i started reading in the forums about front projectors. I have a room that has the space for them and i can keep the room pretty dark. So i was thinking that maybe a projector might be the way to go. I was looking at the the Sanyo z1 and z2 but since i am a novice to these projectors i was wondering is there a big differance between these 2. Also my price range is between 1,500 to 3,000 maybe a little higher. I will pretty much be looking at dvd,s. I know there other good projectors out there like the panny 300 and i know sharp has a few but the sanyo's had a nice price point and i read nice things about them. But would like to know what you guys think between fp's to rp's and what are some good projectors in the 15k to 30k price range.
     
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    I own the Panasonic PT-L300U and can recommend it or the Z2 or the soon to be available PT-L500U. Both the Z2 and the 500U have 720 resolution compared to 540 for the Z1 and 300.

    You will need a dark room since both put out about 800 lumens. The image size is what makes front projectors the best way to go with home theater.

    Both the Z2 and 500U will be within your price range. The Z2 is available now and the 500U I think will be available in January.
     
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    What's the price for the panny
     
  4. Gabriel_Lam

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    The 500u is under $2k.

    Is your price range $1500 to $3000 or $15k to $30k (15,000 to $30,000)?
     
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    Lets make this clear its from fifteen hundred to three thousand dollars.
     
  6. Neil Joseph

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    I would also suggest the Sony HS20 to be in your short list. Personally, I like the native 16x9 WXGA plus the contrast ratio and brightness looks good.
     
  7. david kennedy

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    Thanx Neil will give it a looksee.
     
  8. Gordon Groff

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    I was in the same boat less than a year ago. Went front projection and never looked back!

    All the suggestions you got are good ones!

    Gordon
     
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    I looked at the sony and the specs are great so is the new panny. I am still leaning to the z2.
     
  10. Gabriel_Lam

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    View both DLP and LCD before you decide. They each have their advantages and disadvantages, and buying before at least seeing a few examples of each is not the best idea.
     

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