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#47387 - 05/29/04 04:55 AM How many of you guys have projectors?
dakkon Offline
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Registered: 02/08/04
Posts: 1845
I have been thinking about getting a projector for quite some time now.. however I only want to spend about 2k at the most.. and don’t really know what kind to get. I’ve done a good amount of research, and the best value that I have seem to have found is the view sonic projectors that newegg.com has, the view sonic have all the inputs that one would want, s video, composite, ect ect.. but on other ht boards, no one seems to bring up the view sonic brand?


So for those of you that do have a projector what kind did you get? Thanks for the info guys.



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#47388 - 05/29/04 05:39 AM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
twelly Offline
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Registered: 04/14/03
Posts: 12
Go to www.avsforum.com (projectors section), tons of info there. If you're looking for a good proj under 2K budget I would go for nec HT1000. I've seen the demo of this unit and it is a great proj for its price. High contrast ratio and excellent colors.

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#47389 - 05/29/04 10:42 AM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
sidvicious02 Offline
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Registered: 05/09/03
Posts: 973
Loc: Brandon, Manitoba
Dakkon,
you may wish to also check out Projector Central. Lots of good info here.
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#47390 - 05/29/04 01:30 PM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
Hawkson101 Offline
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Registered: 11/06/03
Posts: 359
Loc: wilmette illinois
i just finished my research on projectors and I am currently waiting for the infocus 4805 to come out as the succesor to the vaunted infocus X1.

If you want to spend under 1500 look at the 4805, and Benq6200. The optima H30 looks good as well.
under 1000$ look at the X1, which is by far the most popular projector. The benq6100 is supposed to be good as well.

The 4805 is the first sub 1500 projector that is 16:9 native. give me a pm and i can tell you where to get it cheap.

also the AE300 and AE500 are supposedly good.

i recommend waiting until june for te 4805 will come out at which point review upon review will look at this projector. Since its the price point succesor to the X1 there will be a lot of scrutiny focused upon it.


Also, dont buy a proj from newegg. That is where i am buying a computer from(newegg.com is loading in the background as i type this) BUT they are not a authorized online reseller of projectors.

As for the 4805, crutchfield.com and tvauthority.com are authorized online resellers

check out avsforum and projectorcentral as well

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#47391 - 05/29/04 08:18 PM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
ksimple Offline
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Registered: 04/16/04
Posts: 77
Aren't the replacement bulbs for those quite pricey? And, they don't seem to last long.

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#47392 - 05/29/04 09:28 PM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
dakkon Offline
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Registered: 02/08/04
Posts: 1845
from what people say, a bulb will last about 1 year, and they cost from 200-400$ ill pm you in a bit bro. thanks.

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#47393 - 05/30/04 09:57 AM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
Saturn Offline
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Registered: 10/21/02
Posts: 1041
Loc: Toronto Ontario Canuck
Most projectors run 2000-3000 hrs..so it depends how many hours a week you run it. I had the my old X1 for 10 months and only ran it 300 hrs.
In your price range you have the Infocus X1, Benq6100 and the Optoma H30. Don't for forget to make sure they projector is relatively quiet. Infocus is notoriuos in having great quality pictured projectors but the fans they install are fairly loud.
What you want to look for is a projector with high contrast ratio. That will give you the best picture quality. For your price range you will only afford a 800x600 projector. The link posted above by other users are the best places to get info. Here is another. http://www.projectorcentral.com/projector-reviews.cfm
Check my links below my sig for my projector shots.



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#47394 - 05/30/04 10:10 AM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
Saturn Offline
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Registered: 10/21/02
Posts: 1041
Loc: Toronto Ontario Canuck
To add here are recommendations for your price range. You might to be able to go for the higher models since my recommendation was based on canadian dollars. ie a sweet Benq 6200 is in your range.
http://www.projectorcentral.com/recommended-home-theater-projectors.htm.

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#47395 - 05/30/04 09:32 PM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
Bilbo_Baggins Offline
veteran

Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 195
Loc: Utah
I bought the Panasonic 500. It's been great. I hear some sites are offering this unit with an extra bulb, at 1999.00. If you are interested in the 500, I'd be happy to answer any questions you have.



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#47396 - 05/31/04 12:04 AM Re: How many of you guys have projectors?
curtis Offline
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Registered: 05/28/03
Posts: 1501
Loc: Manhattan Beach, CA
I am no video expert, but my friend recently bought the relatively inexpensive BenQ 6100 (she paid about $900). I went over there to check it out and watch a movie....she was just using a bed sheet for a screen. In a word: impressive!

It was impressive enough to make me think that FP is the way to go.

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