Originally Posted by showcattleguy
I don't want to sound dumb but what makes this product better than Sim2, Runco, Digital Projection, Vidikron, etc? And I have a completely light controlled room so LED's lower output is not such a concern. Another dumb question but do they make a 2.35 native projector? Having to shoot through another lens is only going to degrad
You mean what makes the Vango better than the others? I'm not sure that's really the issue, and I appologize if I made it sound that way. Basically my research has found that the Vango/Mico are largely the same except for options in their software. I believe the Vango has some more setup options, but those may be just related to the eeColor box.
As far as relative to the Runco, etc, my understanding is the Mico 50/Vango are Chillin' platform, which use water cooling on the LEDs and are thus brighter than the Runco/PD which use the Delta platform, so there I think there's a real benefit (extra brightness).
But really my big point was to look at the Vango because it should be "peformance equivalent" to the other options but at a substantially lower price allowing you to get some accessories, like a really nice Lens and video processor to round out your scope system.
Originally Posted by amirm
A projector can easily have an 8 year life. So if that is your concern, it should not be one.
I kind of waffle on this a little. First let me say on the facts I agree with you, there's no reason an LED DLP (or really any projector if you factor in lamp replacement) shouldn't last years and years, especially these higher end ones.
What I "waffle" on though is if it's really realistic to expect to want to keep it
for eight years. Stuff changes pretty quickly in the projector market, and (well prior to my Planar) it led me to get a new projector basically every year. That said, I've had my Planar 8150 longer than any other projector I've owned, so it would seem the advancements have slowed, or become smaller than they used to (well that and I bough farther up the performance curve).
But to continue the waffling, other things to consider, especially in the $15k budget area are what's coming down the pipe, like do you care about 3D? I don't believe any of the 1080p LED DLPs are 3D capable. Another one is 4K, I have no idea what TI's plan is, but one could hope that with JVC and Sony pushing "4K" into the HT market near this price point that maybe next year we'll see 4K DLP. Or how about native scope projectors.
Just looking at the state of things I wonder if I got my Planar at a good time, by that I mean a "lul" in the advancement of technology, and wonder if we're about to begin another sprint of advancements. Could the next year or two see more LED DLP, cheaper, or 4K, native scope?
One thing for the OP to consider might be to go a little "lower end" for the mean time. Buy that good anamorphic lens and video processor, and then get something like a Runco LS5 (the former Planar 8150).