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Need advice: 720p projector still worth it at $100?

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I will be sitting 12 feet away from the screen, anticipating a 96" diagonal size. If I found a used $100 720p projector with good lamp-life, do you think it would be worth it, or do I really need the 1080p?

The projector in question is panasonic PT-AX100U .. http://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-AX100U.htm

Should I bite?

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If you can try it out before you buy it or if it has at least a 7 day return policy it could be a good buy. The fate of many older LCD projectors are burnt polerizers so beware. Buying used is always a gamble. 96" screen from 12' is consider small so if your not picky 720p will be fine for most content.
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do you think it would be worth it, or do I really need the 1080p?
What will you be using it for? Movies? TV? Gaming? Do you own a Blu-ray (BD) player, or still on DVD? For BD movie watching, 720p is like a car being stuck in 2nd gear.

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$100 for a well-rated and, presumably, fully-functional PJ with good lamp-life. Yup, I'd go for it.
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If you can try it out before you buy it or if it has at least a 7 day return policy it could be a good buy. The fate of many older LCD projectors are burnt polerizers so beware. Buying used is always a gamble. 96" screen from 12' is consider small so if your not picky 720p will be fine for most content.
Off craigslist. Any ideas of what to check, are burnt polarizers easy to spot?

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What will you be using it for? Movies? TV? Gaming? Do you own a Blu-ray (BD) player, or still on DVD? For BD movie watching, 720p is like a car being stuck in 2nd gear.
From PC --> Receiver --> PJ... Movies 95% of the time, casual gaming maybe 5%. Don't really care about latency since they are not online games. Movies are all bluray @ 1080p, but I thought screen door effect wouldn't be visible since it's only 96" at 12 feet.

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$100 for a well-rated and, presumably, fully-functional PJ with good lamp-life. Yup, I'd go for it.
Thanks, I presume you mean this panasonic was pretty good back in it's day?

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Burnt polerizers are easy too spot as discolored splotches on screen and are not repairable at a reasonable cost. Dust blobs are similar but the discolored spots generally can be brought into focus where burnt polerizers can't. Dust blobs are fairly easy to clean out if you know what your doing. If you have all Blu Ray I wouldn't get anything but a 1080p projector if at all possible but if 720p is all you can afford it won't be bad at your seating distance.

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Burnt polerizers are easy too spot as discolored splotches on screen and are not repairable at a reasonable cost. Dust blobs are similar but the discolored spots generally can be brought into focus where burnt polerizers can't. Dust blobs are fairly easy to clean out if you know what your doing. If you have all Blu Ray I wouldn't get anything but a 1080p projector if at all possible but if 720p is all you can afford it won't be bad at your seating distance.
Thanks for the heads up

I can't really afford any of the proper entry 1080p home theater projectors (1070, 2040, etc.) right now. Just looking at used, I figured the slight loss in resolution was worth saving $400 bucks over.

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You might be able to find a used 1080p projector for $100 if you keep looking as used projectors tend to lose value pretty fast. It's a shame that you can't afford $499 as that's the current sales price of the 1080p BenQ HT1070 that has received rave reviews and would give you years of great reliable performance.
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You might be able to find a used 1080p projector for $100 if you keep looking as used projectors tend to lose value pretty fast. It's a shame that you can't afford $499 as that's the current sales price of the 1080p BenQ HT1070 that has received rave reviews and would give you years of great reliable performance.
I've already got it, everything looks alright. To be fair, I would rather spend $100 now and have to re-buy in 2-3 years than spend $500 now. Hopefully by then more 4k projectors will bring the price of 1080p projectors further down. Or even to see 1080p Lcos projectors offered around $600 (maybe wishful thinking).

Now I just gotta hope this lasts for a couple years.

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