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post #1 of 9 Old 11-17-2003, 03:30 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm looking for a sub $3500 FP. I really like the Sony HS20, but I just read a review on the epson and it sounds like a good contender.

Does anyone have any experience on this they can share?

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-17-2003, 03:54 PM
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well from all accounts the tw100 is a great pj but I believe they have discontinued it and for a lower price you can get the sanyo plv-z2 or the panasonic ae500 which may both outpeform the tw100 in certain key areas.

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It also depends whether it is a TW100 or TW100H (the newer version with higher contrast). Either way the newer Z2, AE500 and HS20 will be superior in the black levels and contrast areas (and specifically shadow details area), but more so with the older TW100. If you can get a TW100H at a really good and substantially lower price than any of the new three, it might be different.

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It also depends whether it is a TW100 or TW100H (the newer version with higher contrast). Either way the newer Z2, AE500 and HS20 will be superior in the black levels and contrast areas (and specifically shadow details area), but more so with the older TW100. If you can get a TW100H at a really good and substantially lower price than any of the new three, it might be different.

Hey Xander

I am not really sure that these newer guys will be that much better contrast wise over the 100H.... maybe a little, but man, the H version had killer contrast for an LCD... at least as good as its 800:1 rating. I would be willing to bet that the AE500, Z2, HS20 before any major calibration are going to be closer to the just under 1000:1 range than they are their actual ratings... but we will see... who knows!


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I am thinking the epson TW might have the advantage of the Faroudja chip, which all the other do not have, but I quess i you are using a HTPC it should make no difference.
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The TW100 is EOL. (end of life) I wouldn't waste my time with it. There are several better options out there now than this PJ.

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post #7 of 9 Old 11-18-2003, 05:27 PM
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I agree. The TW100 and TW100H were good, but get a really good price used and its worth it, otherwise, go for the Z2, AE500 or HS20.
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I still love my TW100; it’s not perfect but has proven to be very versatile. I can connect almost anything to it and it just syncs and delivers. I am just now running it with a Brainwave V880 trough DVI with a custom resolution of 720p@50Hz (for PAL). The picture is 1:1 pixel perfect, panning is smooth as silk and the PQ is absolutely stunning! I compared my picture to the HS20, TW200 and Z2 last weekend and I still prefer my TW100. It could be due to insufficient calibration of the others and heavy tweaking of my own. I must admit that I was surprised that these new projectors, other than noise level wize, didn’t impress me more. I have already lost interest in today’s new LCD and DLP and I am now waiting eagerly for the next generation... :o

It is comforting to know that my old TW100 will serve me well while waiting... :D

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How come the new TW200 does not have a DVI input? It is down to £1500 in the UK now and if it did have a DVI, would be a contender, as it is I am trying to get an HS20. And Epson are confused by lack of sales???
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