|I am limiting my search to LCDs presently because I demoed a Plus Piano for about 1/2 an hour and was pretty dizzy afterwards - so although I did not notice rainbows per se, I am ruling out DLPs for now (although I am still open to demoing other DLPs to confirm this unfortunate condition...)
I'd agree with others that you shouldn't rule out DLP yet. The 3rd PJ I had for demo was an Infocus 350 (dlp, xga w/dvi), which had terrible problems in my opinion. After seeing another DLP in a conference room setting, I was convinced that DLP wasn't for me - too many rainbows, uneven color and graininess were the killers.
That was about 1 year ago. Since then, I've seen a few DLPs which have knocked my socks off. Rainbows were still there, but not as noticable. Most of the graininess had gone away, too. DLP has come a long way in just a year.
|I would like to get some input as far as LCD projectors go, on a budget of say, $2000-$3500
Well, I can tell you that I'm quite happy with my NEC vt540k. Contrast is acceptible, color is great (after a bit of calibration), and the unit has just been rock solid. I've never had a problem with it - all inputs work well, the onboard scaler is decent (not great - decent) and the unit really shines with an HTPC. Recently, I added an ISCO II to the mix, and I'm quite blown away by the results.
The unit will accept 480p, 720p and 1080i (which gets scaled down). I can't comment on the 720p and 1080i performance, as I have no sources which produce such rates. Using a cheap player (panny rv-31) and a cheap line doubler (IScan Pro) this has been a rather inexpensive [sic] solution which has made my girlfriend and I happy for about a year.
Hope this helps,