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Seeg 108, Zombie10k. & coderguy! Can any of you three recommend an dlp proj. with decent blacks for under 3000.00. have light controlled room, screen size 120", or larger. Will be used for sports, movies, and some hdtv. On the same note, how good is a jvc x35? Thank y'all for any info. you provide. Joe Patino

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Get the Mitsubishi HC8000. The 2D is really good.
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For around $3000 I would look into the Runco LS-1, it's MSRP is $3,995 but I'm sure it streets closer to your $3000 mark. There won't be another DLP projector that will come close to the 2D performance of the LS-1 in this price range.

Personally speaking, if you plan on spending more than $1000 I wouldn't even bother with any other DLP projector until you reach the $6000+ price market. There are far too many other projectors for around $3000 that put out far better images compared to basically any DLP projector other than the Runco LS series of projectors. I had a Mitsubishi HC7900DW about 2 months ago, which is identical in performance other than a slight bump in contrast to the HC8000, and it didn't impress me all that much.

Compared to the JVC X35, I think the Runco will have a slighly sharper, more natural looking, image. It will have good contrast, but not as good as the X35 and will have better motion handling than the X35 as well. Both are extremely good projectors, but each has it own unique "look" to the image that's hard to put into words. See if you have any local dealers in your area where you can see either on display. The JVC offers more value due to motorized optics and it's 3D capability.
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I would say the jvc x35 is the reference point for under 3k projectors.

not necessarily the best, and certainly not the best at everything, but it's the place to start imo. if you need more lumens, or less input lag, or reference quality 3D or whatever, those are key things to know so we can suggest better alternatives. but for straight 2D movie viewing, it's pretty tough to beat.

anyway, the x35 is very popular for a reason. but it's definitely not the only option either.

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