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New To The Game: First Time Projector?

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Okay, so i've always been one who has enjoyed watching movies, in fact one who has made numerous 200-mile trips to the nearest 'True' Imax just to get a better movie-going experience, but i've never really had a very good setup at home. I have a decently nice audio system already in place, as well as blu-ray player etc, and simply and looking towards display devices. I have never in my life owned a projector, nor have i really seen one in action outside the movies or school/office rooms. While i am very technologically inclined, i'm not completely familiar with projects, and ultimately i want the projector that gives me the most enjoyable "movie experience." I unfortunately cannot watch plasmas since they flicker violently for me, rendering them unwatchable, and getting a large scale LED TV is far outside my budget, so i'm looking into projectors. I watch some TV and play some games, but in all honesty those are secondary; if asked what i wanted in a projector i would say "To watch blu-rays" so the context of my question can be assumed with only blu-ray source (i dont have a VP and honestly cant afford a real one) and external sound, within a moderately well light-controlled room. The room is fairly small, but is not likely to be the final destination of the projector so unless a particular model's throw range is WAY off the norm, i dont think that should be an issue. I have done a tiny bit of research (but obviously not enough) and have come to the point where i dont know which direction to go. Keeping in mind that i want the best EXPERIENCE, (2D only, i have no interest in 3D whatsoever, i already have a 3d monitor), what are my best options? I have a 'planned' budget of about 500-600 for the projector and ~120 for the screen, but the whole budget could stretch up to about 1k tops if noticeable improvements could be made. So far i have looked at a few models but really can't get enough objective data to make a decision. Should i look towards buying a new monitor such as the Optoma HD20? Or would i get a better overall experience putting the same cash towards a much older but higher end projector such as the JVC-RS1 or Pioneer PRO-FPJ1 (RS-2 rebrand)? I dont know for sure, but my though would be that the newer projectors would have better technical performance (i.e. brightness, response time, and image clarity/sharpness) but a nicer older projector would have better image quality (color, saturation, black-level, etc). Can anyone offer any suggestions for what i should consider? New, Used, or Refurbished is all free-game to me, i just want the best for my limited budget. Also since i see flickering on Plasma TV's i can only assume that i'm a perfect candidate for serious RBE issues with a DLP projector, though i have no way of knowing for sure. Thanks in advance for all the help, and sorry if I'm not doing this right, i'm totally new to this forum.
post #2 of 5
Holy wall of words Batman!
If you can get a rs1 or rs2 in that price range, then it may not be a bad purchase. Those bulbs are a little pricey I think. Another discussion around your budget, http://www.avsforum.com/t/1423699/need-help-with-picking-out-a-new-projector-around-500
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Hahaa, sorry, i tend to get a bit wordy, i'm not good at compressing my thoughts, but i thought it would be better than missing information tongue.gif
but yeah, i'm definitely looking for a 1080p projector if it can be had i think, i have rather critical eyes, so unless someone can attest to their awesomeness over a 1080p PJ, i think options like the Benq w710st and Optoma HD66 wouldn't really be my lane. I'm just not sure if tech has advanced so far that a newer projector can be better than one like the rs1 (features aside). The pro8200 looks like a possible contender, but honestly at that price range for new (i dont see many used yet) i find something like the HD20 (or maybe even stretching to an HD33?) would be more worth it.
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Most people don't have problems with Plasma HDTV's and you do, and you say you are very critical in movie watching. I think you will have to demo some of them to see if they would bother your eyes. Maybe stick to LED/LCD hdtv's for now and buy PJ's a few years in LED/laser format.
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I live in a fairly small town, and while we have stores like walmart and best buy, the most that's ever out on demo is their tv's, never projectors. Any ideas on how i might could demo some projectors elsewhere? And the reason i'm considering a projector over an led/lcd tv is purely screen size; while an lcd panel might give a more true-to-pixels 'image', i [Hope] that a projector might give a more enjoyable 'experience' overall, even if a bit less resolute. When i said critical, it mostly pertained to my worries about RBE due to what i see with plasmas.
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