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post #1 of 8 Old 05-07-2001, 11:10 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm having trouble selecting the appropriate "digital" projector for my needs. I'd appreciate any help you can provide in narrowing the choices down. I have no built-in preference amongst DLP, LCD, or D-ILA. The room is fairly small, so fan noise could be a potential issue.

Budget: $4000 (including screen, hopefully)
Target screen size: Something like 60-70" diagonal (this is flexible)
Ambient light control: Total.
Other people in the home: Zero.
Source: HTPC with DVD and dScaled Laserdisc/TiVo/SVHS
Throw: 9 feet from leading edge of the seating to the wall.
Timeframe: Before the end of the year 2001.

I have no HDTV feeds available in my area, and no DSS service, so that's not a HUGE issue.. However, if I'm going to lay out this much cash, I'd like something that can keep up with HDTV when it arrives.
I'm ultra-picky when it comes to my video quality, which is why I've chosen such a relatively small screen size. However, if I had to choose between a display with better dynamic range, and one with zero artifacts and "hot pixels", I'd choose the latter.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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You look to be right in the zone for an NEC LT150. That's where I'd start.


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How would you compare the color rendition of the VT540 and the LT150?
Thanks for the reply, by the way.
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If your closest seating is 9 feet away, you certainly go to a bigger screen size if you want to. Image quality isn't going to vary much if you go from say 60" to 80", but the difference in size will make a huge difference to the overall impact.

I hesitate to recommend something specific, because in the next few months you'll see a lot of new projectors released, which will give you more choices and also probably drop the prices for "last years" models.

If you are concerned about noise, that might eliminate DLP, unless you're willing to include a hushbox. There are a lot of projectors to choose from in that range. Make sure you get a chance to see before you buy, or at least buy from a dealer who will let you return "no questions asked" if you're not happy.

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I'll have to take some more measurements.. If the screen gets too large, people in the back of the room might not be able to see the bottom edge over the back of the couch.
Another strike against a larger screen is that it exaggerates problems in the source. For DVDs, this isn't a big deal.. For the occasional bout of TV, it could get ugly. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif
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I haven't tried the VT540 and the LT150, but I have owned both the VT440 and the Sharp M10S, an LT85 semi-clone.

The VT440 had more brightness and perhaps slightly better colours, but the Sharp had much better blacks, better contrast, no screen door, very good colours and (IMHO) a more film like image.

Extrapolating that, I would expect to prefer the LT150.

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Rock on. Time to start saving up.
Maybe something even better will arrive before I am ready.
Thanks for the advice.
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I have the VT540 and am quite happy with it. OTOH, I am not as sensitive to the "screen door" effect as some other forum members, but you should keep in mind that all LCD projectors will exhibit this phenomenon to some extent. Definitely try before you buy, not only to see if you can live with the screen door, but also to check for dead or misfiring pixels--an unfortunate but not uncommon problem with LCD projectors. (Mine, happily, has none.)

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