Originally Posted by JamesVG81
Picked up a HD20 over the weekend from Bestbuy for 800 bucks opened box. Got it home and it only had 1 hour on it. Heck of a deal. I am using it on a gray wall for the time being in a detectaed room. I am really happy with it so far. Every one that has seen it thinks it looks great. I can't wait to get my screen with built in masking to see how this thing really looks. The gray wall is just primer at the moment and just one coat lol Really can see how bad your wall and paint job is. Screen is going to end up being as much as the projector. So far watched some tv, blu-rays and played some xbox on it. Motion is great, didn't notice and input lag. I was going to pick up a beng w6000 or hc4000. But good deal on this and I'm happy with it. Looks alot better then what the reviews seam to make it. Now I got my friend on the preorder list for the JVC RS45 and I'm sure once I see the blacks on that I'm going to cry. But I think I'll like the shaper picture of the DLP better but we will see. The only thing I really don't like about it is how loud it is. Even my wife was like if this thing gets and louder like an xbox 360 were getting a difrent one lol. Once the movie starts I don't notice it any more even in quite sceens.
Cost. I hate to say it... but $800 isn't really a great deal. I bought my HD20 almost 2 years ago from Costco for only $850 new with the extended Costco warranty. Costco currently sells the HD180 for $899.
As for the "noise". I am shocked. The HD20 is one of the quietest projectors around. Even with my sound system off, my xbox 360 is louder by far. So is my PS3. And both are newer gens. Is your HD20 ceiling mounted? And do you have the bulb setting on low? Having the bulb on high makes the fan way louder. And not ceiling mounted makes it closer to you. If you hate the HD20 fan noise, be glad you didn't get many other projectors.
Even if my HD20 is the only thing on in the entire room and I am sitting near it, it's barely audible and I have excellent hearing in case you think I am going deft. And of course if a movie or game is on, I don't hear it at all with any volume level.
But my PS3 and xbox 360 are louder. Again, they are not the oldest or newest gen units. So it's possible the latest gen 360 and PS3 are quieter. Check your bulb setting. Turn AI off and set bulb to low.