I was looking for a new TV, for my Bedroom and I Stumbled along doing the research. I had a limited budget. While fishing around I came across a couple videos for pico-projectors and one thing lead to another and I ended up Buying the Epson 705HD. My first projector.
It only made sense, after all the investigation why settle for a 42 inch plasma, when I could have that plus 100 more inches all for the same price?
First impression...got the projector the day of the Superbowl set it up in 15 minutes on a small table a couple of hours before the party. I hooked it up to a high def cable box and nothing else and it was off and running. The Image was up, in the basement on a flat white wall at 138 inches and BRIGHT.
When I say basement its only 4 feet deep into the ground the room is 18'x35'x10' with a huge south facing picture window and two big side windows that face west. All the windows flood the room with sunlight during the day, and by no means is it even close to be dark in the basement. All the walls are white. I had all the windows put in like that so it wouldn't be dark in the basement, and nothing is covering them. Its one huge open bright space.
I watched all the pregame stuff, with tons of light flooding into the basement and the picture was impressive, colors all looked good, flesh tones looked ok, and the picture was HUGE. By Kickoff time the sunlight from outside was all gone but I had 5 canned lights on in the room where the projector was and 4 canned lights on in the other half of the room where the 65" TV was. The picture was easy to see and still very very bright, it had no problem with all the lights on! That was my biggest fear of having to sit in the dark-total dark to get a good picture and thats not the case with this PJ.
I have watched a number of DVDs--Basketball games--golf and HD cable shows and this thing is pretty stellar for the price. I have it calibrated with the setting from this thread, and Im waiting for the the ND2/ND4 lenses to come in. I cant be happier with its performance as of right now.
I know this is my FIRST PJ but I feel like I got a really good deal. Anyone looking for a good deal and wants a Entertainment PJ this is the one to get dont hesitate to pull the trigger.
Im still looking for the best option for placement and have been playing around with it, checking it out all over the basement. Im lucky in that I have 4-5 different spots I can set up a Screen on to have at least one dedicated viewing area. Thanks to everyone that posted in this thread.