Originally Posted by phie
Fair enough. I do have a 46" LED that will go into the living room; the project is for the home theatre/great room, where I'll primarily be watching movies/TV at night. Are there any other downsides I should be aware of, with the HD20 or in general vis-a-vis projectors? Thanks!
Light is the main one with projectors. If it's night, then light control is easy. During the day you may or may not be happy with the image with the blinds closed and no blackout curtains.
I personally made my own 16:9 DIY white screen that is about 125" diagonal. You will need to decide on what you want to do for a screen. Figuring out the screen size is a huge first step. From there, you can use the Projector Central calculator to see where the projector will need to be mounted.
In general, with low cost projectors, DLP will not have lens shift. And LCD projectors may have some. But not always.
This means that the HD20 and other low cost 1080p DLP projectors will have a very limited location from screen mounting to PJ mounting. The mounting and distances are shown with the Projector Central calculator.
If you are looking for general Pros and Cons of Projectors vs LCD/Plasma displays; I am sure google will yield many results. The biggest pro for projectors is the size to cost ratio. For less than $1,000 total; I have a 125" 1080p image! And if I had a bigger room and ceiling, I could do 200" or more. You just can't do that with non-projector displays right now... at any price. Though with a 90" LCD now available by Sharp, the size is finally getting into projection size territory. Though at more than 10 times the cost of the HD20.
Another example: Let's say your budget is $1,000 for the image portion of your setup. And that you will have or get a separate sound system regardless of display type. So we ignore that LCD and Plasma have sound included.
HD20: $899 or less
Image size: variable, but you can easily do 90" to 200" depending on room size for the screen.
Price and size is all over the place at any given time. 3D may or may not be included. But let's say you are lucky and get a 60" LCD for $899. Though I don't know, Costco has an off brand 60" LCD for $999. A Samsung 60" Plasma goes for about $1,100. But you get the idea.
And that is only for 60"
Nothing wrong with 60", certainly bigger than any of my non-projector displays. And if you can get a great price on a 60" TV you like, this might be large enough for your space and suit you better.
But as you can see, the size to cost ratio is the big reason projection is still the de-facto standard for the Home Theater "Cinema" experience. Though the main downside is light control and some people don't like the trade off. You can get picky and list things like picture quality, etc. But no one has every played games or watched a movie on my 125" 1080p HD20 theater and later said they wished we were using the LCD or Plasma instead. Which to me means that the picture quality is still high enough. Yes, I would still prefer better shadow details from the HD20. But at this price level, there is not much better out there at this point.
If you know you really want a huge picture for less than $1000, I recommend a projector.