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#81137 - 02/09/05 07:26 PM Home Theater Question
magre Offline
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Okay, I have decided on m60, QS8, VP150, and 350 running off a RX-V2500. Now a question if anyone can help... I am looking for a projector anyone have suggestions? I am looking in the 2000 - 3000 dollar range. I am sorry if this isn't a direct speaker question, I got a lot of useful info off projectorcentral and wanted to hear some of your opinions. Most people that post here give great advice and recommendations.

I am looking at buying everything at the end of April beginning of May.

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#81138 - 02/10/05 07:13 AM Re: Home Theater Question
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Sounds like a great setup you've chosen. You won't be disappointed. As far as projectors go, you'll have to give us some input on what you'll be using it for....ie....mostly DVD, HD, TV, PC, etc. This will affect the resolution choice and the aspect ratio. I'm using an Infocus X1 that suits my needs very nicely, even with HD material. However, with your budget, there are some nicer projectors out there with better brightness, contrast, and resolution. You said that you've checked out ProjectorCentral, so I'm going to assume that you've seen their recommended list and all the associated reviews linked within. That site was very helpful to me when I made my decision. In addition to that, I also spent a ton of time over at the AVS Projector Forum. There is more information there than you could ever want. If it's not there, you can just ask and get a rapid response.

Good luck. Sounds like you have the makings for a kick a$$ home theater.

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#81139 - 02/10/05 09:23 AM Re: Home Theater Question
nickbuol Offline
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Here are the typical list of questions:
What type of room environment will you be using? (Dark, moderate light, no light control, etc)
What format do you want for the screen (16:9, 3:4, etc)?
What size screen do you want, or think that you want?
What are the dimensions for the room?
How far back will people be sitting from the screen?
How do you plan to mount the projector (Ceiling, table-top, shelf on back wall)?

I am sure that there are others, but these should cover most of the basics. I am looking in the less than $2500 range, and for that price there doesn't seem to be much advantage with a $2500 projector over some of the $2000 projectors (Sanyo Z3 or Panisonic 700) so keep that in mind. Your price range of $2000 - $3000 does not mean that a $3000 projector will outperform a $2000 projector depending on thecriteria that you need. Some cost more because of more features, but if you will never use those features, why pay for them if the image quality is the same. Anyother example is buying a very bright projector to be used in a room with 100% controlled lighting. While it offers flexability, if you are never going to have much room light on, you may not get much value out of the price paid for it.

Let us know.
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#81140 - 02/10/05 01:05 PM Re: Home Theater Question
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Nick has summed it up very well....You need to decide if you want DLP or LCD technology. If you want a projector that is capable of 720 or above HD material, the LCD route will be more affordable. To get a 720 DLP projector will be much more costly. Also, I recommend you try to demo some different units before you buy. Many people suffer from "the rainbow" affect when using DLP projectors. Basically this will look like a fluttering of colors during certain scenes. If you suffer from this, you will not enjoy your projector, or if a spouse, child, or friends suffer, they won't like it....

I love my Sanyo Z2, and am looking at the Z3 like Nick possibly.

A good starting point
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#81141 - 02/10/05 01:12 PM Re: Home Theater Question
TurboDog1 Offline
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To be fair to DLPs, the color wheel speeds have increased considerably, which has reduced the significance of the rainbow effect. Even still, it is worth attempting to demo a DLP unit prior to purchase....if you go that route. I have an X1, which has a 1X color wheel and the rainbows don't bother me. I sometimes see them depending on the source material, but it's not a regular occurance and it isn't really a big deal to me. Given a 3X or 4X color wheel, I doubt there would even be an issue.

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#81142 - 02/10/05 01:16 PM Re: Home Theater Question
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totally agree turbodog1, and I should have mentioned that, however, I do have a friend that suffers from rainbows terribly. He started with the X1, and has moved up to 3x and 4x systems, but still sees the rainbows. Demoing if possible, is a good idea. Heck, even though all projectors have SDE, which is a myth that it is only an LCD problem, for many of todays LCD projectors, that is not an issue anymore, as resolution as increased. SDE is not an issue on my Z2, unless I get a few feet away...

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#81143 - 02/10/05 01:36 PM Re: Home Theater Question
TurboDog1 Offline
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Too bad your buddy has such problems w/ rainbows. When I first got mine, I saw them a lot more....to the point that I considered upgrading. However, over time, I began to notice them much less. Thank God.

Good point on the SDE. When I picked up my PJ, LCDs were supposed to suffer heavily from it, while DLPs were supposed to be much less prone to them. Even my X1 has it to some degree, if I get close enough.

Truthfully, I think that the two technologies have begun to converge in terms of picture quality, etc. I suspect that soon enough the DLP versus LCD arguments will begin to be a thing of the past.

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#81144 - 02/10/05 02:07 PM Re: Home Theater Question
Engine_Joe Offline
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Well, I don't know about front projection, but I find you can get deeper blacks with DLP than LCD. That may be changing, too, though...?
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#81145 - 02/10/05 02:22 PM Re: Home Theater Question
TurboDog1 Offline
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That's a good question. That was part of my reason for going DLP. I haven't been closely watching the new PJ reviews and/or discussions, but I think that I've seen some talk that the LCDs have begun to bridge this gap.....not sure.

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#81146 - 02/10/05 04:00 PM Re: Home Theater Question
Bretsky Offline
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Registered: 12/19/04
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Loc: South Jersey
Well, Black levels have been addressed with the Sony HS51. It sports a 6000:1 contrast ratio, and looks amazing. If you can even moderately control the lighting in your viewing area, I can't recommend this projector enough. Incredible resolution, no SDE from viewing area... just a great, sharp vivid picture with no vertical banding. I got mine online for less than 2800 bucks.

Good luck.

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