Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Chicagoland, IL
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I've been pretty tempted to say to heck with it and just buy one of these out of a sheer I-need-to-tinker-with-technology itch (and a desire to play around with 3D and/or CIH):
The price is amazing for what it is, it does 3D and would handle all the XBox gaming that I do really well (punchy and bright, DLP like I'm used to for smooth motion, and low input lag). I get the feeling I'd be disappointed when it was time for movies, though, especially the stuff I like best on projectors...space scenes with dark blacks and high contrast and that 3D-feeling depth and sharpness.
Sony VPL-HW50 (or maybe even the successor to the 95 that's just now rumored):
Seems a good all-arounder for nearly everything. Handles 3D, gaming (low lag), etc...but I don't have experience with SXRD and wonder if I'd be disappointed coming from a DLP. Specifically I know it's optics aren't on par with the Konica-Minolta lens on the Sharp, and I know DLPs are inherently sharp compared to the other technologies. Hmm. It's not at a fire-and-forget price, either, so I'd have to be convinced to go this way. Hmm.
I know this isn't much of a 3D machine, but man it would be really easy to use the zoom memory lens to do a CIH setup with a 2.35:1 screen, which I'd love to do...and it's still DLP tech and got a pretty good write-up at projectorreviews. Apart from the motorized memory lens though...it seems to do everything ok, but nothing exceptionally well. Hmm again.