Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Chelsea, MA, USA
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The search for the $7k plug-and play projector is not in vain.
Sanyo XP21 for $6k, Quadscan for $1k, plug everything into the Quadscan and play.
If you can find $500 for the iscan, please try to get the Quadscan instead.
When being fed XGA, this projector is phenomenal.
I have seen the XP18 vs the 21 and the MLA DOES make a difference in my opinion, not a $1300 one, but a noticable and apprecible one. IT seems tome that the 21 may have a bit louder fan though (but there is a minor fan buzzing problem with mine to boot, so take that into account).
I agree with the consensus that ANY of the Sanyo;s will need an external scaler, so budget in that extra $1k for a good one from the start.
Watching hockey at night, this projector (the 21n) kicks enough light into the room to make it seem light the room lights are on. I have never found it to be painful or washed out to look at, and that is what matter in my mind.
I think the screen door issue may be a personal thing, as it does not bother me at all, but others seems quite sensitive to it or distubred by it.