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post #1 of 5 Old Yesterday, 10:28 PM - Thread Starter
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Should I bother with a 1080p projector?

This is my current HT set up

Pioneer Elite SC-05 7.1 HT Receiver
Denon BDP 1611-UD Bluray Player
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD-DVD Player
Direct TV HD Genie
Samsung UN55F9000 55"UHD TV
Altec Lancing A-7 Voice Of The Theaters
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Advent Marble 2 Ways (2 Pair)
HSU 15" Subwoofer

I have always pushed the financial envelope as far as getting the best with what little money I make. My intention is to go with a UHD Bluray player and I want to upgrade the SC-05 to a new model that can pass 1080p 3D, has HDCP 2.2/HDMI 2.0 and Dolby Atmos and DTS-X. I would like to end up with a 4K/UHD projector and a 120" - 160" screen with 100" being the absolute minimum I would accept. I have $1K saved up and I keep thinking to myself if I should pick up a semi budget 1080p 3D projector or not. Started thinking about this about two weeks ago and have not pulled the trigger on it. If I get the projector there goes the cash for a UHD Blu-ray player then I have to save up all over again. That would also push back the date to get ether a Onkyo or Marantz receiver to replace the SC-05 that can not even pass 1080p 3D, it can do 1080p but just not 3D.

Under $599 after it is in the cart and free shipping!

I keep thinking about what it would be like to have a large projection screen but for the first time I have never second guessed myself and had trouble pulling the trigger on a purchase. Also since I really want to go UHD the scarry part is having pathetic finances and the cost of a 4K/UHD projector! I really do not want to buy more than one UHD projector and am thinking the laser projectors would be the best bet. But then again how long will it take for 4K/UHD laser projectors to come down in price where the average person can afford them? And still have a number of other upgrades to do like upgrading my old Polk CS-100 center speaker and the rear channel speakers.

If purchased it would be my first projector!

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I'm pretty confident you will be enjoying that projector long before you will be able to afford, based on what it sounds like you're willing to spend, a 4k projector. I would jump in, go to the DIY screen forum to figure out what you want to do for a screen and enjoy the awesomeness of a massive projected image. It was a true eye opener for me when I took the plunge to get a projector. You will never go back.
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Yeah, I'm not sure I get it.

UHD projectors are years away at the way things are going right now and progress which is being made. So, buying a UHD BD player, which may be 2-3 years down the road, and putting money into it when UHD is nearly useless at the sizes currently available, makes little sense.

If you want quality, right now, then buying a W1070 for $650, right now, from B&H Photo makes a ton of sense.

Building, or buying a 120" screen from Silver Ticket or Elite Screens from Amazon makes a ton of sense.

You have the budget for it now, and can enjoy it now. There is very little about UHD which is exciting at this point due to the limited availability in the front projection world, and the ridiculously small displays in the flat panel world.

Why not start enjoying full HD 1080p projection next weekend with the equipment you currently have, and enjoy it like heck for the next 4-5 years while all the BS UHD drama gets figured out instead of being an early adopter and spending what may be far to much cash? Your money, but as said above - once you start enjoying good 1080p content, you will never go back.

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You have 1k saved? That might get you an UHD player this year.... Might. Then you have to drop probably 50 bucks for movies you've already seen to watch on a 55 in screen that is going to require you to sit dang close to see the resolution difference.

I'd drop the 4k stuff for a year and a half.
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I agree with everyone else forget 4k for at least a few years. If your room supports a projector (you can controll ambient and reflected light) then a projector is a must for a decient room. Put your money into upgrading the reciever first, at least Atmos is doable now with more releases supporting it.

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