Originally Posted by RonKnox Vishnuravig
, I definitely share your enthusiasm for big screen cinema !
The film-like, 120 inch cinematic image my Acer K33
0 produces is more engaging than any flat screen I have ever seen, even over the Sharp 80 inch LCD HDTV, which I checked out in a store, and that set costs over $4000!
As of today (May 6, 2012), the Acer K330 is $499.99 with free shipping at Tigerdirect.com.
I bought an Acer K330 at that price back in November; it is usually $599, but often goes on sale.
I have absolutely been loving my Acer K330, especially since I discovered that using a battery back-up on all connected devices has stopped the HDMI drop-out problems that I, like many other Acer K330 and other clone users, had experienced. I was having some intermittent noise come in through the AC power lines and the electronic noise was causing the HDMI signal to drop for two or three seconds, every half hour or so on average, but the APC battery-backup has apparently fixed all that. I have watched my Acer K330 for days now without a dropout, ever since I installed a battery backup power supply.
For a short while, I had thought that I might like the Viewsonic PLED-W500 more than my Acer K330, but not anymore. I do not plan to setup a 3D projection system now (which is the main advantage of the Viewsonic PLED-W500, since it works in 3D over HDMI, via the Viewsonic VP3D1, about $200); maybe I'll do 3D on the next generation of LED DLP projectors, whenever they are available.
The Acer K330 is the best of the clone LED DLP HD projectors right now, seems to me.
Considering the problems with colors that users of the Viewsonic PLED-W500 have reported, I'm glad that I have no problems with the color accuracy of the Acer K330.
Yes, the bugs are worked out of the Acer K330; if you have older house wiring or in any way have problems with intermittent HDMI picture dropouts, then use a battery-backup to power your components (blu-ray player, receiver, HDTV tuner box, and any input source to the projector).
A Panasonic TH-103PF12U, a 103 inch Plasma sells for over $30,000; it's also 443 pounds and uses 1400 watts power. The 108 inch Sharp LB-1085, LCD flatscreen weighs 430 pounds, uses 1130 watts, and sells for over $100,000 ! Unless price, weight, and power usage are not factors to consider, projectors are a better choice at sizes larger than about 70 inches or so.
Yes, flatscreens are way brighter, and 1080P, but these clone LED DLP projectors produce an amazing picture in a controlled-light environment for a fraction of the cost. My Acer K330 (under 3 pounds), is displaying a nice, even larger, 120 inch image size.
It all depends on personal preferences, and I prefer an LED DLP over flatscreens for film watching.