Originally Posted by wormraper
Ok guys, I have another question for the projector Gods. I'm agonizing over whether or not to buy the HD66 or the HD20. I'm building a 100" screen at the moment and will be sitting about 10-12 feet back from it (maybe 14 feet if necessary). My question is.... IS the HD20 that much better than the HD66??? I know 1080p is higher than 720p but as we all know resolution isn't everything. I can get a good deal on the HD66 for $650 including tax or about $975 for the HD20 and I'm wondering if its worth the extra 40% or not (this is my first projector). I was hoping that someone who had upgraded from the HD66 to the HD20 or something similar could give me a little clarity.
3D or not, that is the big difference besides resolutions. More on that after these other items.
I had the 720p HD70 paired with 100" DIY screen for 3 years before the HD20 paired with 125" DIY screen. I actually preferred the lower brightness of the HD70. The HD66 is much brighter than the HD20, and more than double the HD70.
If you are using the projector with a fairly lit room, the HD66 might be best for you. My first row with the HD70 was about 10-12 feet. And my 2nd row at about 16-17 feet. With the bulb on low, all lights off in a pitch dark room with dark walls; the brightness was perfect at 100". The HD20 is brighter than the HD70 even at 125". So I do wish the HD20 was not so bright. Again in a light controlled room.
So for me, regardless of the resolution, the HD66's brightness would be a bad thing for me in a light controlled room for darker black levels. As for the resolution, I was perfectly happy with BDs and PS3 on the 720p at 100" viewed at 12 and 16ft or so.
So, not sure what to say. It's your first projector, so you might be happy with the HD66 being that you don't know the difference. Even though you will be able to spot the light black levels.
If the HD20 is within budget, I think the lower brightness with better blacks will make you happier. Regardless of the extra resolution. As at 720p at 10-12ft, there is no screen door effect or pixel structure to annoy you.
So the big difference besides res, is that the HD66 is 3D ready. The HD70 and HD20 are not. The extra brightness will look great when using 3D as the brightness gets cut in half for single source 3D.
So if you are going to get a 3D player, the right cables, the expensive glasses, and basically Monsters VS Aliens on 3D BluRay. Then the HD66 is the choice between the too.
While I would love to jump on the 3D bandwagon right now. I am going to wait until move movies are on 3D BluRay and when glasses are not $150+ each. I would like to own 6 to 8 glasses. So I need that part to be closer to $50 each, not $150+ each. Plus I am hoping by then that 1080p 3D projectors will be much cheaper and possibly better refresh rates.
Which if you are not going to invest in 3D right now, I would go with the lower lumens and higher resolution HD20. Then the money difference. The lower price 720 HD66 might give you more satisfaction now, with that jump in satisfaction later when you do go to 1080p. If that makes sense.
Hopefully that was more info that you started with, though not sure if I made it harder or easier to choose. lol.