What projector should I buy ?

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  1. Arno P

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    Seems an odd question and many people have asked this before, but I would like to hear your advice and experience anyhow. My room will be about 5m long and I expect a screensize of approx 2.5-3 m diagonal. Budget (well in my mind) 2000 USD (I know I always end up higher). And I am thinking:

    Technology: LCD or DLP (how bad can DLP be?)
    Resolution: SVGA, XVGA...higher...does it make sense ?
    Or should I go for a real 9:16 (is the advantage that big?
    Color: which one has bad and which one has good colors?
    Brightness: since it's a dark room is 700-1000 enough and does this give better blacks than higher brightness units?
    Lamplife: I have seen 6000, what should I go for, what is still reasonable.
    Noise: some go as low as 27dB, some reach 47dB, what are your experiences?
    Lens: are there many differences, and what should I look for.

    For the same budget I could get more projector if I buy an older type, but will it lack quality wrt the current standards. What "older" projectors can be recommended ?

    Up till now I got a short candidate wishlist tell me your thoughts on them or add some to it please:

    InFocus X1 (very new)
    NECVT45k
    Philips Garbo
    Panasonic PTAE100
    Philips Monroe

    Any pro's and con's per type ???

    Thanks in advance.

    Arno
     
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    I have the Panny 300 and it is a nice machine. $2100-$2500 will get you the projector and a decent screen and there are lots of DYI screen options which will keep you in budget. Loads of info at AVS and lots of other projectors to consider.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Neil Joseph

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    Take a read through this article... Front Projection - How do I select one for my needs? for starters. I would select WXGA if you can afford it. This will give you natuve 16x9 panels so you get more resolution for widescreen material. The Sony HS10 and the Panasonic L300U are two contenders althought he Panny is a lower resolution.
     
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    Consider the Sanyo LPV-Z1 or Matinee 1HD (same projector). It is similar to the AE300, but not quite as good. The AE100 isn't made anymore, but you might find one used. The AE200 is available, but hard to justify because the higher resolution, slightly brighter, and slightly higher contrast Sanyo LPV-Z1 is within $100.00 USD of the AE200. Check AVS.

    Good luck.
     
  6. Mike Matheson

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    Arno,

    I'd concentrate on selecting between the InFocus X1, Sanyo Z1, Sony HS10, or Panny 300. There are pluses and minuses to all of them. Lots of info available here at HTF, at www.projectorcentral.com, and at the other websites mentioned.

    Don't forget to consider the screen as well (that may be a tougher decision than the projector!).
     
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    For the screen, I would opt for a silver based screen or make one if you cannot afford something deluxe like the Firehawk, which will run you into a couple of thousand, or so.
     
  8. Arno P

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    The InFocus X1 almost seems perfect, almost no pixelation, but since it's DLP, the response is rainbow effect. Has anyone experience with the X1 (in general), the rainbow effect and in best case the rainbow effect on the X1 ????
     
  9. JakeMcM

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    I recommend the Panisonic 300. It looks great especially with a slight defocus which you only would need if you are less than 1.5x the screen width from your seat. I do think that the x1 does compare but you have to be sure that you and anyone else who will be watching regularly doesn't experience the rainbow effect of dlp projectors. Personally, I went with the 300 because its just as good if not better than the x1 (though more expensive, but it has better shadow details, black levels, than even the Sony HS10 in my opinion) and that numerous people watch movies at my house and odds are a few of them will either experience the rainbow effect, and or headaches. Also keep in mind, that if you plan on ordering on line most places charge a restocking fee so if you experience the rainbows you have to pay about 15% of 1500 + return shipping.
     
  10. JakeMcM

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    that is if you want to return it...
     
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