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post #1 of 8 Old 11-14-2002, 11:35 AM - Thread Starter
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A guy at work is looking at buying a new TV since his old one is all but dead. He has $500 in hand to make the purchase. He came to me and asked me what TV he should get. I told him I would talk to him tomorrow after doing some research.

Now, my question is, has used equipment hit the $500 mark anywhere, or are we still $800-$1000 for a used proj?

BTW, he is mostly a DVD watcher who watches 2-3 shows a week from digital cable feed.

Thanks for your input!
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for $500 you can probably find some really old SVGA lcd projectors on ebay. I'm really not sure if it would be worth it. None of those projectors would be made for home theater. They would be business projectors that probably wouldn't be well suited for the future. They would still show big pictures, but the low resolution and off colors might be too destracting.

For $500 you can buy a pretty good 32" direct view TV, it would show better picture, but smaller of course.

Maybe you can find used panasonic AE100 projectors. They are 2 years old or so and started at $1500. So they should be under a grand for a used model.

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Tell your buddy to call his short-term investment broker and put the $500 on the Tampa Bay Bucaneers this weekend.
By Monday he'll have enough $$$ to get a nice used Panny.

On a side note, has he looked into Sony Financial? I am a firm believer in borrowing to purchase what I could never save for :D
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For $500 you can buy a pretty good 32" direct view TV, it would show better picture, but smaller of course.

Maybe you can find used panasonic AE100 projectors. They are 2 years old or so and started at $1500. So they should be under a grand for a used model.
Yeah, I have seen used AE100's for as little as $800 if you are patient and that was a few months ago. I personally think that eBay is a horrible place to look for HT equip in general.

I put a Panasonic DVD player up there last year. I got it on sale for $125. 15 months later, I sold it on eBay for $148!!! The eBay market "bears too much" for my wallet. :D Great for selling ... horrible for buying.

Anyway, I figured if eBay had a AE100 for $800 2 months ago, maybe you could find one for $500-600 if now if you knew where to really look.
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If he's not dead-set on getting a digital projector, $500 might be enough for an entry-level CRT. If he feels up to the task of dealing with CRT's quirks, look up Curt Palme on the CRT forum. He sells a wide range of very nicely-priced used CRT PJs.
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You can find Infocus LP400-series machines for $800 or so. They work quite well for HT given their limitations. Good video processing, not so good color and contrast. Fine for DVD's, no HD support.

The bulbs are expensive so be sure to get one with low hours on the bulbs.
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$300 - 500 will get you a nice sony 1031 CRT unit which will give fantastic pictures upto about 80 inches, they take 480p as well some have had them running at 1080i.

You MIGHT luck out on a well used but looked after sony 12xx series for that price if your in the right spot at the right time

But depends if your set on lcd?
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I agree with the used CRT idea. Look around, in fact there is one for $500 in the for sale forum right now.

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