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Old 06-22-2012, 08:06 PM - Thread Starter
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I know nothing about projectors, though I was at someone's house and they had a 3D projector and about a 65-inch screen.

1. Can someone give me an idea of how much a good quality 3D projector will range?
2. What are the drawbacks to using a projector and screen VS. a plasma/lcd display?

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Some of the more popular 3D projectors are in the $2k range (BenQ W7000, etc), all the way up to Sim2s that are way more than that. Though if you check the <$3k forum, you'll probably find people there happy with even less expensive machines too.

As far as projector vs "regular" display, IMO there's really only one thing to consider, ambient/room lighting. The quality of a projected image is directly related to how dark you can get you room. Projected images are at their best when there is no light from other sources hitting the screen. Any light that hits the screen that doesn't come from the projector raises the black level and washes out the image.

Now that's not to say you can't get an acceptable/usable image with some light, but for critical viewing with a projector you really want all lights off, and you pretty much can't use a projector during the day if there are windows in the room.

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I will tell you this. I have been on this forum for many years and the number of people that have switched from projector back to TV are so few, that I can count them on one hand. Nearly all that I have read about that have switched back to a TV did it because them moved into a different house and did not have a room that they could set up for a projector. Most say, they can't believe what they were missing, once they go to a projector.

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I will tell you this. I have been on this forum for many years and the number of people that have switched from projector back to TV are so few, that I can count them on one hand. Nearly all that I have read about that have switched back to a TV did it because them moved into a different house and did not have a room that they could set up for a projector. Most say, they can't believe what they were missing, once they go to a projector.

That is the truth. We bought a Samsung LCD 52" tv 3 years ago for our living room which at the time was the top of the line LCD. A year later I built a 21x19' theater room with no windows, painted the screen wall and ceiling flat black, added my projector, sound, etc and never looked back. I hardly use the LCD now since looking at HD on a 106" screen is pretty much unmatched.

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Thanks everyone for the responses.

What is the average lifespan of a projector bulb? How much on average do these cost?

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Well, it depends on the projector, but if you averaged it out:

Figure 2500 - 3500 hours on a bulb at a replacement cost of $250 to $350


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Well, it depends on the projector, but if you averaged it out:
Figure 2500 - 3500 hours on a bulb at a replacement cost of $250 to $350

Generous ballpark. I will say that though a lamp can last that long, it depends on many factors. But, what I find with our resident nuts (myself included) is many will RARELY go beyond about 1500. Why? Not necessarily because they die. But lamps dim over time...faster at first, and then slower. Especially in the OP's situation...more of a "TV Replacement" there is likely the potential that given that amount of hours it will get too dim for that type of use.

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