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I have the chance to purchase either of these projectors for about the same price $2500 the runco comes with a draper onyx screen 1.3 gain (with the screen it brings it up to $3100) and the planar with a si performance 1.1 gain ($3200 with the screen) . My room is a dedicated theater room no outside light source in the room, the room is setup with recessed cans, the walls are a dark burgundy color. So my question which is the better projector or would it be better to just go with one of the new 1080p models like the mits 3800 or the epson 8100 or 8500ub, and are these screen configurations good or does anyone have any ideas for a better setup. Note: pics arent the best my camera broke so i was using my phone camera
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I think you are overpaying. Woot sold some 7130s for $600 back in October 2008.

At that price point you should consider a new Panasonic AE4000 (1080P) and a 2.35 ratio screen if you watch a lot of movies
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Hey thanks for the reply....Yeah i did quite a bit of research on both projectors and came across the woot add from 2008..But now they are out of production so its pretty hard to even come by one...do you think the panny's processor is gonna hold up to the picture quality of the runco or planar. I mean as far as 720p and 1080p both satellite and cable tv only run a 720p signal and probally for quite a bit longer, as far as movies bluray is the only true 1080p source i would have and do you think the differnce between 720 and 1080 are gonna be that significant. Im relatively new to the projector game so any insight you have is more than welcomed....I just want the best picture and quality for my money
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I mean as far as 720p and 1080p both satellite and cable tv only run a 720p signal and probably for quite a bit longer

Sorry this sounds like a quote from a salesman who has some 720P gear he needs to liquidate.

The best advice is to go look at many projectors before pulling the trigger. I wouldn't worry about losing out on what you might think is a good deal on yesterdays 720P technology.

First I have a 5 year old 720P projector (Optoma H79 original list $9999 LOL) it has the DC3 chip that the planar 7130 uses and I recently upgraded to 1080P and there is a noticeable improvement in image clarity. Some sat/cable is 1080i and of course there is stunning Bluray (get the Oppo 83 by the way)

IMHO At this stage of projector evolution I wouldn't consider 720P as the price for 1080P units is now very reasonable. If you want a 720P, look for a low hours used unit or demo but be sure you are getting a really good deal. A lot of guys upgrade so used 720Ps are around. I'd be happy to sell you mine at 10% of original list price.
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Good advice....I really apperciate it....Great theater by the way...Ok so since you actually replied and have a good deal of knowledge...What do you think the best setup would be, you mentioned the panny, what other units around the 2000, 2500 range would be good if not great. Also as far as screens go what are your thoughts...And lastly HDMI cables is it necessary to buy ixos or a high quality brand like that or would monoprice be just as good...
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First I have a 5 year old 720P projector (Optoma H79 original list $9999 LOL) it has the DC3 chip that the planar 7130 uses

Actually, the Planar uses a newer 0.65" DC3 as opposed to the 0.95" DC3 in the Optoma, with the latter being the better of the two

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Good advice....I really apperciate it....Great theater by the way...Ok so since you actually replied and have a good deal of knowledge...What do you think the best setup would be, you mentioned the panny, what other units around the 2000, 2500 range would be good if not great. Also as far as screens go what are your thoughts...And lastly HDMI cables is it necessary to buy ixos or a high quality brand like that or would monoprice be just as good...

I agree, $2500 for a 720p unit that's several years old is nowhere near reasonable. Low hour 720p units generally sell from between $500-$900, although I understand some of the 3-chip DLPs selling for much more than that.

Right now $2500 will buy you a great 1080p LCD, or even a used 1080p DLP or LCoS machine. Each tech has a different look but overall you'd probably enjoy a newer 1080p picture vs what you'll get out of either the Planar or the Runco.

For HDMI cables, assuming you're not looking for over 20ft runs, Monoprice works just fine. Bluejeans Cable has HDMI cables that are guaranteed to work out to 100 ft. Either way you'll pay a lot less than - and achieve the same performance as - overpriced boutique brands.

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For a first timer, the AE4000 offers a lot for the money ($1999). See the Tupelev build thread for it in action (actually he has the AE3000) It has a lot of flexibility on mounting. Think about 2.35:1 screen.

I helped put up this set-up.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9#post15071709
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I agree, for a relatively small display budget, the AE4000 is probably the best value out there.

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