Originally Posted by JackB
Most anyone on these AVS video threads would trade off a bit of quality of the image for one you could trust. What good does it do to watch a better picture if you can't trust the projector that's showing it. Just ask all the early JVC buyers who couldn't trust the bulbs in their projectors. Just ask all of the Sony owners who are scared their sxrd panels are going to develop the product life problem.
In this hobby, everything is a compromise. Do I wish my Vango was more reliable? Yes. Ultimately, do I regret the purchase. No. Then again, I am a pro photographer and a electronics geek. The image quality matters more to me even though equipment problems can spawn strong language to spew from my lips. (and keyboard)
Also, the chip size of the LG would worry me as well. I had not seen reference of the .47" chip size for home theater before this. If it were a .65 with a better lens then I might not worry as much. The Vango sports a .95 chip. That is one of the things that attracted me initially. With my background, I know that all pixels are not equal and that is before we get into the lens and processing. As to processing, I own a Lumagen box and a the box from EE that came with my projector (Tom Bond has told me that it is a very good processor) so I might have a leg up on weak color processing but could not over come a poor lens.
For a new projector, the LG does look pretty interesting from a price/performance standpoint but for my interests, I think I would look to the used market especially if the Runco could be had for a couple of grand or less.
Would I recommend that a friend who wanted only a new projector and had little in the way of technical expertise consider this projector? Probably yes.
In my photo world, I would make the analogy like this: Would I prefer my older D800 with its FX chip and 2.8 series glass to a new point and shoot (or even micro 4/3s) camera with a built in or kit lens. I would pick the D800 every time. Yes, it is more complex and some might consider finicky but, for my purpose, the D800 or even a D3x.
Were there times in my saga did I regret the purchase? Yes.
What would I trade my Vango for? The similar Runco or the competing Sim 2 but at the time, they were much more expensive so I made the decision to go with the Vango. In context, I had a Dwin before so boutique companies were in my wheelhouse. I had been left high and dry once before but liked what the Dwin and then the Vango offered in price/performance.
Do I think I got the lemon of the bunch? Yes. Others have had flawless operation. Having had the projector open many times, I think the connector design could be better and the repair workmanship from the OEM is poor.
Would I recommend Mr Tom Bond and the folks at Entertainment Experience. Yes, without question.
Would I recommend the OEM of the Vango? Not so much. Then again, they have restructured and are basically not the company that produced these projectors.
Can I make the call for any one else? No, of course not but this would be my call if I had to make it today. Tomorrow? Who knows what the future brings?
Your mileage may vary.
Thanks to everyone who frequents AVS Forum. You each bring perspectives, expertise and experience that I do not have. These make my choices, hopefully, a little more informed.