Originally Posted by Acid Snow
It all depends on what projector you're using. I thought about getting a PJ, but I didn't because they require too much maintenance (fan cleaning, bulb replacements), and they're a far bigger investment (buying a big screen and extra bulbs). Plus it seems that every year a new model
comes along that has way more features than before (24Hz, 3D, lens memory, etc...).
The day a manufacturer releases an LED-powered PJ for under $3K, is the day that I'll actually consider getting one; until that day comes PJs will continue to look like a "work in progress."
My first Pio Plasma , a 5070 cost me $4500 (Canadian) back in 06'
before they were even popular here at AVS and long before Kuro-mania started.
My second Pio, a 5080 Kuro was a floor model clearance at $2000 in the spring 08'
My Epson 1080UB was the same, $2k after a $350 rebate, a free $350 spare lamp and a free ceiling mount,
and free FedEx shipping to my door. Got in the Fall 08'...never a need to update anything to this day.
My drop down remote powered screen was just $250 on ebay, shipping included. That's All I've spent!
I just removed my original bulb last night after over 2.5 years and over 2900 hours,
blew the dust out of the filter and installed my new freebie lamp...that will probably last me another 3 years.
$2250 for 6 years of 120" HD is nothing short of amazing!
We've played host to hundreds of party's, functions and get togethers at our home over the past 3 years...always give family and friends the option to watch movies, concerts, major sporting events or do some HD gaming with my PS3/XBOX360 on the Kuro or
lower the powered drop down 120" screen and turn on the Projector...guess what?
100% of them say "ya ya whatever... nice tv, but... Pulllllleze!!! Put on the PJ, we already have a big tv at home."
Here's my dual set up in my unfinished basement mancave, and PQ comparisons ...
(check out my theater build thread for more, link in my sig)
PQ is very close on both, but 470% larger is Trumping the slight PQ advantage of the Kuro.
Pio at 50" (Eagles Farewell Tour on HD DVD)
Epson at 10 Feet Diagonal make you feel like You're AT the concert.
My 50" Kuro
120" screen / Epson PJ
I leave the blue light in the lower left corner of the Kuro shots when I crop them so it's easier to tell the two apart.
...the PJ shots are even more impressive when you consider they are 9'-0" wide vs the Kuro screen at about 40" wide
The 50" plasma from 12' away doesn't seem to have as much impact when I don't crop the pic's to the same size.
(use the blue light in the lower right corner from my PS3 as a reference point)
the 120" powered drop down screen, shot from the same camera position without cropping the image.
I did a Pio vs PJ comparison with an SD DVD too, from Star Wars, General Grievous,
both up-scaled from 480i on my PS3 to 1080p
Pio at 50"
I can respect that not everyone has a space to accomodate a "Real" Home theater
...but some of you should at least check out the screen shots here to see how well a sub $3k pj can performhttp://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...965178&page=57
Even better if you can visit a friends place in person,
I've been asked to help set up dozens of friends and family members now after giving them a demo.
Dont get all defensive, I'm not asking anyone to sell their beloved Kuro's
I've still got both mine..one is even in the Master Bedroom..but If you dont look into a FPJ,
you are seriously missing out!