Originally Posted by Ricoflashback
Fleaman - pics look fantastic!
Makes me wish I had a large projector but my space is smaller in the man cave to accommodate that theater..
As I said before - - I think the Darblet is a "no brainer" for anyone who has a projector system. Plus, if you have another TV you'd like to use it on AND it's possible (location wise), you can use HDMI switching to really get the bang for your buck.
Nice setup! Quick question - what's the basic cost of a projector system - - and I mean getting enough of a quality picture that you see the teeny hairs on Wolf Blitzer's face? (CNN) Any mounting issues?
It's in a small room. I sit only 9-10ft away, hence the reason I run a smaller screen (than most).
If I only
had my 32" LCD/LED, I would Still
have bought a darbee. In fact, the darbee is used mostly on the 32" 'cos that is what I watch most. I only power up the PJ for movies. I have only 1 darbee. I use a HDMI switcher > darbee > 1x2 splitter. My receiver has no HDMI capability.
My Mits HC3800 cost about $1000 new, and came with a extra free lamp (special offer at the time). That was about 3 years ago. I ended up with an electric 80" gray screen from focupix, was just under $300 at the time (cheaper now). Didn't need electric, but it was the only choice in the screen size and material I wanted (.9 gain gray). There are of course much cheaper options for screens, including just using your wall
The HC4000 is the newer version and you can still get them a little above $1k new, no new lamp offers though.
Set up certainly takes time, from mounting the PJ, alignment to the screen, screen mounting (if needed), to calibrating the PJ (much more important and needed than a flatscreen)....of course to me it's WAY worth it in the end.
Thing is, we always want to upgrade. As good as my HC3800 PJ is, as sharp as it is (pretty good glass lens for the price, and DLP's tend to be the sharpest), there is always better. High end DLP projectors (like $10k+) have lenses costing $2k-$3k, and they are just a bit sharper/clearer. But when I got the darbee, the difference was like having that high end PJ lens
, all for only about $300
And as mentioned many times by myself, even on the 32" LCD, from 10ft, the difference is very very noticeable. I'd have the darbee just for that. In fact, if I couldn't get a 1x2 HDMI splitter to work (so that I could use just 1 darbee), i would have bought ANOTHER darbee just for that 32" LCD/LED !! Yes, I would have paid another $300 just to have it on my 32" tv.
That should tell you something.