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Best 3D Projector under $3000?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Hello guys,

I want to buy a projector with 3D built-in that is under $3000. Can someone one please help me?

Thank you.
post #2 of 21
you need a few more details like if 1080p is requirement if it is your budget is not enough. if 720p is ok are you using htpc for source?
post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
I see. Well, the only requirement would 3D. So, it would be the best projector I can find for $3000 or under that has built-in 3D.
post #4 of 21
what are you using for source of 3d
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by gixty View Post

I see. Well, the only requirement would 3D. So, it would be the best projector I can find for $3000 or under that has built-in 3D.

The cheapest 1080p 3D projector right now, I believe, is JVC's RS-40 and it's around $3,500 on a power buy, which by now may be over. It regularly in the $4,500 price range.

If you know your way around a PC then one of the 720p 3D DLPs is your best bet and IMO, by far the best value out there - amazing 3D with no ghosting.

This fall (2011) Panasonic is supposedly releasing a 3D projector and it may be in your price range if you're willing to wait.

I've lived with 3D on a 120" screen for the past couple of months and I'm completely sold. This is the biggest improvement to date in my HT!
post #6 of 21
Still no projectors with built in 3D for under $3,000. We must either rig up a 720p "3D Ready" projector through a HTPC, or spring for a 1080p projector at significantly greater cost. There was an announcement of a 1080p DLP projector from Sharp that should be available before too much longer, but last I saw the price was not set.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by TrickMcKaha View Post

Still no projectors with built in 3D for under $3,000. We must either rig up a 720p "3D Ready" projector through a HTPC, or spring for a 1080p projector at significantly greater cost. There was an announcement of a 1080p DLP projector from Sharp that should be available before too much longer, but last I saw the price was not set.

Price of the Sharp 3D projector is $5,000. It's the cheapest 1080p pj so far (except for the RS-40). Those 720p 3D DLPs are nothing short of amazing in 3D.
post #8 of 21
How about the Benq 600+?

I've heard it's 3D capable, and it's under $700.
post #9 of 21
That depends on how you define "built-in" - it accepts 3d from computers, but will not accept hdmi 1.4 inputs. In that way, it's just like the 3d projectors listed above (optoma HD66/HD67/HD67N/PRO350w/etc, Acer H5360, Viewsonic something-I-can't-remember); 720p, 3d ready, but for hdmi 1.4 you'll need a converter like the 3d-xl, 3d-gamer, 3d-theater, radiance mini-3d, or the viewsonic 3d box I can't remember the name of (why I can't remember viewsonic model numbers... )

All of them have pretty similar specs, and all are in the 500-700 range. The boxes vary widely in price, though ($200-$1300)
post #10 of 21
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We must either rig up a 720p "3D Ready" projector through a HTPC
Does this mean that 3d dvd players won't work?
Just starting to look for 3d equipment..
post #11 of 21
Will the 3D-XL require an emitter with a Acer H5360 ? or just glasses?
post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by DougES View Post

Will the 3D-XL require an emitter with a Acer H5360 ? or just glasses?


From my understanding, just glasses. i have 4 UC's on order and am waiting for an Acer/Optoma review before i splurge.

Remit
post #13 of 21
So passive glasses or active ?? Does it matter?
post #14 of 21
The 3d-xl gives you a bunch of different configuration options. There's the dual-projector vs 1 projector thing, but even beyond that there are several options for glasses.

-Easy: just get DLP link. Downside, you have to sync them sometimes when you start.

-little bit tougher: get a VESA compatible emitter and matched glasses (ie, samsung emitter/glasses). Harder and more expensivebecause you have to have the emitter in the setup, but it gets rid of the need to sync

-More advanced: Passive glasses. You'd need to get one of the active polarizers icester sells to mount in front of the lens, the run a sync wire to the vesa port on the 3d-xl. Then you'd need a silver screen. But the upside is you get to use MUCH more affordable (<$10) glasses!
post #15 of 21
Lots of options........now to do 2D to 3D upconversion.......will that only work going the HTPC route? And how good is that? Does it depend on the movie?

I appreciate any responses................
post #16 of 21
I have only converted a couple of dvds from 2d to 3d but some looked good some didn't seen to change much. I only watched a few minutes of each movie so not a real good test. PDVD10 only up converts dvds also. Not blurays. 3d rocks. I just had friend over and he was blowen away.
post #17 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys.
I have an infocus screenplay 5000 for like 4 years and it has been awesome!

I got a grey screen, a playstation 3 and a samsung sound system with blu-ray player.

Now I would like to upgrade my projector to 3D. Can I buy a 3D box for my screenplay? and then wait for 3D projectors to lower their prices.
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by Ernstmach View Post

Does this mean that 3d dvd players won't work?
Just starting to look for 3d equipment..

Yes, it means that to get any of the 720p 3D ready projectors to show 3D, you will also need either a PC equipped with the right video card and drivers and player software, or one of the upcoming "boxes" like the Optoma 3D-XL. Projectors do not yet have anywhere near the degree of signal processing and converting that the 3D TVs have in the store. However, getting 3D on a big wide screen is worth the trouble.
post #19 of 21
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Originally Posted by defiancecp View Post

The 3d-xl gives you a bunch of different configuration options. There's the dual-projector vs 1 projector thing, but even beyond that there are several options for glasses.

-Easy: just get DLP link. Downside, you have to sync them sometimes when you start.

-little bit tougher: get a VESA compatible emitter and matched glasses (ie, samsung emitter/glasses). Harder and more expensivebecause you have to have the emitter in the setup, but it gets rid of the need to sync

-More advanced: Passive glasses. You'd need to get one of the active polarizers icester sells to mount in front of the lens, the run a sync wire to the vesa port on the 3d-xl. Then you'd need a silver screen. But the upside is you get to use MUCH more affordable (<$10) glasses!

Where's the link to icester polarizer? Does this config need 2 projectors/3d-xl boxes?

Thanks
post #20 of 21
If you want to do 3d the proper way can you do it for Under 4000
when you figure in 4 pairs of glasses...?

I for one am passing on 3d till it gets more main stream,
I think to many changes are coming to that aspect of the market to make it main stream...
post #21 of 21
Well I just pulled the trigger on an Acer H5360............newegg.................499.00.......thought that was a good deal............and seeing that it is time for a new pc..........I am configuring that now.............any thoughts on that guys for this 3D adventure.......I sure appreciate your imput
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