I saw this reference in another thread:
It's not < $1800, but someone just purchased the Z30K for about $2K with a 4 year warranty....
So would you consider $2699 to still be a fair price for a Z30K? I'm leaning towards that model over a 50ES. solely because of the powered zoom. Also, that eBay seller happens to be just up the road from me. I might see if he does local pickup, might be able to buy it direct and knock some off that price.
The primary uses will be gaming, Bluray movies/tv shows and some football and basketball. Both my wife and are avid gamers, and each have our own Xbox and own gaming PC. And that's why I'm interested in the Sharp at all. It's one of the few models in that price range that has motorized zoom, but it's brighter than the Mitsi HC5 (plus not the sheer physical size of the HC5). I picked up a used professional video processor that lets me put multiple sources on a single screen. So we can watch movies or game by ourselves on a 106 inch screen, and then when we want to play a game in co-op together, we can each have our own screen side-by-side out of the same projector. I've tested it out on my current TV and was pretty happy with the results as far as image quality and input lag was concerned. The advantage to a pj with a motorized zoom and lens memory is that I could easily zoom the image out to 140 inches when we're playing together and we would then each have a 70 inch screen. If I go that route, I'll build my own screen and masking system. I'm pretty darned handy, so something like that won't be a problem. Whereas if I go with the 50ES, then I probably won't mess with ever adjusting the zoom and we'll both just use 50 inch screens.
3D is far less important, even though I know that the Sharp is top-of-class for 3D. It will probably be the kind of thing I only use once in a great while.
The room is about 13' 3" x 20', and the pj can be oriented either way. I'm actually leaning towards mounting it the short way because of how I like the room setup. The screen will be 106", give or take a few inches. And if I need a longer throw, that direction, it's possible to put a hole in the wall and have the pj extend into the next room some, so it would look a lot like the hole in a movie theater! The room it would be extending into isn't one where we would mind that happening. The room will be repainted in much darker colors soon. Not black, but likely a dark rust or dark brown. It's a first floor living room, but we have fairly good light control in it for a family room. I can get it down to near night levels during the day if I want, though we rarely use the TV during the day. I basically got carte blanche from my wife to do what I wanted with the room, so long as it's not black and that everything looks nice and finished once I'm done.
I'll probably order a pj sometime in the next week or so. I actually ordered raw material from Carl's Place today so I'll have a material on hand to hang on the wall and decide final size, position and options for an extended screen if I go with the Sharp or another motorized pj.
Thanks for any thoughts or advice you have!
Really? Is that running it in Game mode? That's unexpected. It had seemed like the vast majority of DLP projectors all had pretty good latency. I hadn't seen any with input lag that bad.
Wow, thanks, that was really unexpected. I hadn't found anyone who had specifically tested the Z30K for latency, and had just assumed it would be fine as a DLP. That makes the decision easier by eliminating that option.
I started off shopping for the more budget ones, as this will be my first projector and first home theater and I didn't know a lot about setting one up. But I can legitimately afford something more expensive, and so decided I would just go in whole hog and get something with better contrast, blacks and picture. Looks like it's going to be a 50ES.
Thanks a ton guys!