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I know that this topic has been discussed several times, but I was unable to make a decision based on reading prior posts.

I'm looking for a good performing budget-priced projector that will work with my room and what I am wanting to get out of it. I am more concerned about picture size and image sharpness. Color is less of a concern, as I am used to watching a 9-year-old 61" RPTV. I assume that virtually any LCD or DLP projector will have better color saturation than what I currently have.

OK, now for the room specs:
  • 13'W x 15'L x 7'-6"H basement room (no windows)
  • Total Lighting Control (pitch black when lights are off)
  • First row of seating approx. 7' from estimated screen location
  • Second row of seating approx. 13' from estimated screen location.
  • Approximate throw distance of 13'-6"
  • Panasonic C220 DVD Player (may upgrade to Progressive)
  • Dish 500 satellite system (no HD in foreseeable future)
  • VCR (for trivia slideshow)
  • Playstation

Material watched will be 90% DVD, 5% VHS, and 5% between Playstation and DSS. I would like to have at least a 7' wide 16:9 screen. I plan on using vertical masking bars when watching 4:3 material.

Projector will be ceiling mounted above back row of seating, so the projector will need to be fairly quiet or a hushbox built around it.

I think that I've covered most of the necessary stuff. If I didn't, tell me what else and I'll try to give it to you. The one thing that I know will obviously be asked is what my budget is. I'd like to stay around $1500 or less, if possible. I live in a rented apartment, so I don't plan on making this a theater that will be in AVI (I wish I could, though). As I said above, I'm more concerned with screen size and image sharpness. And I have NO problem in buying a used projector, as long as it's in good working condition (DUH!)

I've read both the pros and cons of LCD and DLP. Honestly, I haven't had enough experience with FP systems to know what will be a problem to me (screendoor effect vs. rainbow effect vs. haloing). Maybe in that case, ignorance is bliss. I guess if you don't know what to look for, you won't be looking for it unless it's glaringly obvious. I wish I were able to audition some different setups, but the Midwest, especially in Missouri, is pretty dry when it comes to quality HT setups.

So, if anyone can give me ideas on what projectors would work in my room and what I want to accomplish, I would appreciate it. Also, is screen gain going to be of any concern to me, since I have a completely black room?

Sorry for the long post and all the questions. I want to be completely prepared when I get ready to buy my new projector.


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post #2 of 5
The Sharp M10S will give you an 8 goot wide image from 13 feet back and is the best projector I've seen for under $2K. It is available for $1750 new.

Used, an NEC LT84/Plus UP870 might be OK.

All of these need an iScan or external scaler of some sort.


Steve

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Steve:

Can you turn the clear section off on the M10S, like you can on the Nec LT85 and LT150?


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Bob F.

"He thrusts his fists against the p-p-posts" Bill


[This message has been edited by REF (edited 05-31-2001).]
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Thread Starter 
Steve:

Where can you find the Sharp M10S for $1795? I checked at ProjectorCentral and they have one used one for $2100. Will this projector exhibit noticeable rainbow effects? Have you noticed any haloing with this unit? This seems to be a very good candidate for the price. Would you recommend using a scaler even if I upgrade to a progressive scan DVD player? Or are you suggesting the purchase of a scaler if I use my current player?

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Check www.shopharmony.com or www.ecost.com or www.pcnation.com for low prices on Sharp projectors.

I had the M10S for a day before I decided to send it back. Color was great, black level was much better than the LP340, but the picture (using the internal scaler) was very, very soft. I couldn't get it sharp. Maybe an ISCAN would help, but I didn't have time to check.

Larry
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