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Projector with Picture Like Panasonic xxVT60?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
Is there a projector not more than the same cost as a Panasonic 65VT60 that would have the roughly the same picture quality as the VT60?
post #2 of 14
The JVC's are the best bet for getting close to Plasma contrast. You can get a B-Stock JVC unit which comes with the same warranty as NEW (2 years). Give AVS a call, they often have a lot of B-Stock JVC's.

Either the JVC RS-45 (x30), RS-46 (x35), or RS-48 (x55), depends what B-Stocks you can find. You can get a new RS-46 for a few hundred more than that Plasma, but some of the B-Stocks would cost even less.

Note that the (xxx) next to the model is the alternate model #, but they are the same projector.
post #3 of 14
A JVC is definitely your best bet. The only other option would be a higher end DLP unit, but would be out of your target price range.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
Interesting. Now I know this is a FP thread, but would you rather have a 65Vt60 at 12' or one of these b stock JVCs? My room is not 100% light controlled, but close.
post #5 of 14
The JVCs are renowned for their on/off contrast performance. If you have ambient light and/or white walls or other reflective surfaces in the room the contrast potential for the projector is greatly reduced. Not to mention the large advantage these projectors have over other technologies narrows the gap considerably. With projectors, or more specifically ones with high contrast, the room is EVERYTHING. There are certain screen materials like Da-Lite's High Power or Screen Innovations Black Diamond material that can help reduce room artifacts like ambient light and reflections but ultimately a better room with help more than a compromise screen can.

With that said, if you can get your room treated properly, you'll enjoy the JVC picture WAY more than any flat panel. The VT60 is a great plasma display but I think many will agree a projector gives you an experience unlike anything else.
post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 
Yes, I own an Epson 1080UB right now to a 106" Canada brilliant white screen. BuT I'm moving to a house where room is not setup like I did in my place now when I finished my basement (made it totally into a bat cave)

So I think the 65vt60 is my best solution even though ill be 12' away from it. I'm sure the vt60 will blow away the pq of the 1080ub I have right now anyways.
post #7 of 14
As long as you aren't dissatisfied with the size, the VT60 will give you a great picture.
post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post

As long as you aren't dissatisfied with the size, the VT60 will give you a great picture.

But size DOES matter. Wouldn't take a cheapo projector over a plasma like that particular Panny, but many, many projectors will fit the bill for both.
post #9 of 14
Not to everyone. If he's satisfied with 60" then that's fine. A lot of people find 50"+ flat panels too large. You have to remember most people aren't as hardcore as we are. On this forum, size matters, but in the real world most people find our images overkill. To them I give them this look rolleyes.gif

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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post

Not to everyone. If he's satisfied with 60" then that's fine. A lot of people find 50"+ flat panels too large. You have to remember most people aren't as hardcore as we are. On this forum, size matters, but in the real world most people find our images overkill. To them I give them this look rolleyes.gif

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Don't know about that.. not a one person has said.. OMG that 110" screen is TOOOOO BIGGGGG! I would rather be home watching my 55" LCD!!! biggrin.gif

The folks not that into typically say WOW.... followed quickly by, THIS IS COOL! And mine is just a make shift living room..
post #11 of 14
I guess I'm hanging out with the wrong crowd then.
post #12 of 14
If you can afford it go with a JVC, Sony or Epson projector in the $2,000 to $3,500 range for movies (including 3D) and such and use the TV for the other stuff (TV news, general entertainment and You Tube). Your projector lamp will last longer and you will have that "big" picture movie theatre experience at a flick of a switch.
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Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post

I guess I'm hanging out with the wrong crowd then.

Or sitting to close?
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Deja Vu View Post

If you can afford it go with a JVC, Sony or Epson projector in the $2,000 to $3,500 range for movies (including 3D) and such and use the TV for the other stuff (TV news, general entertainment and You Tube). Your projector lamp will last longer and you will have that "big" picture movie theatre experience at a flick of a switch.
Bought a 65vt60. It arrives next Monday. Can't wait!
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