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Those who waited to buy a projector, the wait has paid off!!!

Discussion in 'Displays' started by LaMarcus, Oct 9, 2003.

  1. LaMarcus

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    The new sony line of home theater projectors seem to really be nice. I think I'm going to pick this up blind. And if I don't get it, it should bring down the price of the older model projectors. Check this out from sony..
     
  2. LaMarcus

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    The stats on it doesn't sound any better than some stuff out as of now like the Panny 300 or Sanyo PLV-Z1.....
     
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    How much is it? I thought it was an HS20 when I saw the picture.
     
  5. Rick Guynn

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    The HS3 (unless you have found a real killer deal) is way overpriced IMO. You are better off with the X1, Z1, or L200/300.

    RG
     
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    Well it looks like onecall has it for $1499 but I still think I would take the Z1 or the Panny 300 over it...
     
  7. LaMarcus

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    Yeah, after I posted that I went to look at the Panny 300 again(really like the 100th time [​IMG] ) and I realized that the Panny from specs alone blows it away.

    But that just makes my other statement stronger that with this projector coming out it will make previous pj's come down in price, because newer models of other pj's can't be far behind the release date of this one.

    I wonder how much of a difference this cinema black pro feature makes in comparison to the more popular projectors out right now.
     
  8. DanFe

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    Actually, the HS3, the Panasonic AE500 (replacement for the AE300), and the Sanyo Z2 (replacement for the Z1) are all about the same price. Both the Panasonic and Sanyo are much better in specs than the HS3. The HS3, however, has an HDMI/HDCP input whereas the AE500 and Sanyo Z2 have the DVI/HDCP input. All will go for about $1500-2000.
     
  9. LaMarcus

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    Hmmm, where can I go to read up on those DanFe?
     
  10. LaMarcus

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    Jesus, it doesn't come out till next year, I don't think I can wait that long.[​IMG] [​IMG]
    Check this out.
     
  11. Rick Guynn

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    The Z2 and HS20 will be out at the end of this month/beginning of next month. The PT-AE500 will be available in Japan in a couple of weeks and can be imported if you choose to go that route. Keep in mind all of these dates can shift.

    I wouldn't put the HS3 in the same class as the panny 500 or Z2.

    RG
     
  12. David Guido

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    Am I looking at the wrong specs? I'm still new to this and still researching the projector I want to buy. I've had my eye on the HS3 and found this thread confusing. Just wondering if I'm looking at the wrong info.

    Here's what I found:

    Sony VPL-HS3
    Brightness: 1200 ANSI
    Contrast Ratio: 800:1
    Fan Noise: 28db
    Display: 858x484
    MSRP: $1799
    Street Price: $1150

    Panasonic PT-L300U
    Brightness: 800 ANSI
    Contrast Ratio: 800:1
    Fan Noise: 28db
    Display: 960x540
    MSRP: $2799
    Street Price: $1490

    To me, it looks like the HS3 is the same, if not better, with a much lower price.

    David
     
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    Wow, that price on the Sony VPLHS3 is quite nice...
     
  14. LaMarcus

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    David where have you seen those two at those prices?
     
  15. David Guido

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    They won't let me post URLs, so I'll try to make it understandable.

    I found the HS3 at datavisioncomputer.com (no www's). Search for "HS3". When you find the product page, click on "Get Latest Price" or something like that, enter your email address and $1149.99 shows up.

    I found the L300 through epinions.com. The vendor is shopperwiz.com. Both the projector and the vendor got good ratings.

    David
     
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    My Panny 200u is 858x484 and I am extremely impressed with it's picture. I had the X1 and it is no better. I in store demoed the 300u with some of my own DVDs and it's PQ was not much better (for DVDs) to warrent the extra $500. Hi-Def I'm sure would out shine the 200u quite a bit.


    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
  18. Rick Guynn

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    At $1150, the HS3 begins to become a consideration. Although at that price, unless I needed DVI, I would probably still go with the Z1 due to the slightly increased resolution and the setup flexibility that the lense-shift affords.

    Personally though, I am waiting for the Z2 to hit $1800, then I'm all over that one [​IMG]

    RG
     
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    Ron you don't think the 300 will any better than the 200 on dvd pq? I don't think I'll be doing any HD in my theater any more, I'll be moving the 65" upstairs and watching HD on it.
     
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    LaMarcus, from what I saw, no. It would bet out the 200 with HD for sure, but with DVD being limited to 480p, you'll be hard pressed to see a difference. I sure was.

    The 300 does have SD reduction, but between it and the 200, I could not see any difference with the DVDs I used for testing. A slight defocus was needed on both machines to hide the SDE. Of course at the time of testing I was more so concrened with blacks and only brought darker movies. The bright daylight scenes will show SD at its worse. My front row is 9' from my 80" screen (1.35x's the screens width) and I can only see SDE in bright daylight scenes and it's very minimal. A slight defocus will hide it without affecting PQ.


    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     

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