Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Alpharetta, GA USA
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A couple of questions.
1) How big is your screen going to be?
2) Where is the projector going to be? In the room with you, or behind a wall?
3) Is this going to be an ongoing hobby for you, or are you interested in plugging it together and using it?
4) Where are you on the tradeoff of doing some work and experimentation in order to get a better picture?
5) Are you PC literate? Can you install new software on a PC?
If you are going large screen (>100" diagonal), and you want to have a hobby, and you can hide the projector behind a wall or in a hushbox, and you are PC literate, then ...
The best thing for you is a JVC G11, calibrated by AVS, driven by a HTPC (combines a DVD player and a scaler into one unit).
The reason for this is that if you go large screen, and want to sit close, you will see the screen door effect of the Sony. You will get a much better picture out of a DILA (JVC) projector. However to get that picture for DVD playback, you will need to use a HTPC to drive the SXGA3 input of the projector at 1360x768p (the HTPC scales the 720x480i to the 1360x768p).
You can get a HTPC by building one, or buying one from AVS or Digital Connection.