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What would you do with $4500

Discussion in 'Displays' started by chris_Snyder, Oct 18, 2002.

  1. chris_Snyder

    chris_Snyder Auditioning

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    Just looking for opinions on how to spend my $4500 projector and screen budget. The only thing that I know for sure is that I have to have and electric screen and that I am leaning towards DLP rather then LCD, other then that i'm open to all suggestions.
     
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    If I had the $$$ I would get an Elite but your situation might be a little different. What are you shooting for?
     
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    That's a great budget. You can definitely get some nice stuff for that kind of money.

    How big of a screen are you looking for? What kind of light control do you have? If you're leaning towards DLP instead of LCD, what speed colorwheel do you need to not see rainbows?
     
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    This will be for a basement theater approximately 14x21 without any lighting issues. Viewing will be about 50% DVD, 25% digital cable and 25% video games.
     
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    The only DLP that i've viewed is a sharp 9000 and i didn't notice any of the rainbow effect that i've read so much about. As for the screen I was hoping for something in the 90" to 100" range but I wasn't sure what was available in a quality electric screen in my price range.
     
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    So why is it you cant go front projection?
     
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    Honestly, you're not going to find a DLP with a 5x colorwheel like the 9000u at that price point, and still have money left over for an electric screen. If you really do like DLP, you should go see if a 2x or 3x colorwheel bothers you. If not, there are a lot of great choices.
     
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    I was basically just wondering what others would spend this budget on.
     
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    "two chicks at the same time." god, i love that movie!

    kevin t
     
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    Are you leaning more to native 4x3 or native 16x9?
     
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    I prefer 16X9 but at this point I just want the best projector for dvd and digital cable viewing.
     
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    Keep in mind also that since you want an electric screen, that will eat up a large chunk of budget. If you can go with a fixed wall screen it will free up a lot more money for the projector.

    TimG
     
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    Would anyone have an idea of what an average quality electric screen might cost?
     
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    Major props to Kevin T!

    Gotta love the kinda chicks that would double up on a dude like me
     
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    I haven't checked prices on electric screens in a while, (I went into shock for days [​IMG] ) but I don't know if you can get into one for under $1200.
    TimG
     
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    If the electric screen is out of your budget, can you accomodate a fixed screen in your setup. If not, then you may be looking at a pulldown from either Dalite or Draper.

    You should be able to fit the Sony HS10 and an electric screen both within your $4500 budget though.
     
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    You can spend an extra 1000 and get a sharp z9000 from japan for about 5500 us, easily the best deal out there right now.
     
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    I have the "XV-Z9000" projector from Japan, note it does not have a "U" at the end of the model number. I was told when I purchased it it covered under the standard warranty. Now, with only a few hours on it,
     
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    that's harsh Jack.
    i hope you can get this worked out.

    you can get a HT1000 and have $1000 back to put towards the screen.
    ith that size room, you should be able to go with a 96" wide (possibly slightly larger) screen and still maintain a 1.8 x viewing distance without having issues with the pjs XGA resolution.

    otherwise you won't find any HD2s for that amount, unless you look used.
    and even then, you won't have much left for a screen.
    LCDs are the only other option.
    i've read good things about Sonys upcoming HS20. you might want to check that out when its available soon.

    btw- i'm using a $40 diy screen and it works just fine, but it's fixed
     

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