Originally Posted by Clarence
Every time I see this thread I recall this QQQ classic:Coming for Christmas - the Definitive CRT versus Digital Shootout
I don't know which is funnier... that Gary hasn't even seen the HS51 yet and he has his mind made up. Or that you guys are already frustrated that he's made the wrong choice even though he hasn't done the shootout. :D
OK, somewhat guilty. I do think that this is a good match up for the projector shopper. Heck, I'd like to thank Sony because if the HS20 wasn't so damn bad looking, I wouldn't be enjoying a CRT now--instead, I'd have had the HS20, then after Sony showed me how bad their product really was, I'd be figuring out how do dump it to upgrade to the better HS51 now, then in 8 months when Sony showed me how bad the HS51 is, I'd be trying to figure out how to upgrade to their next "innovation".
I guess the one kind of annoying thing is that there are guys that go digital to CRT and guys that go CRT to digital. The guys that go digital to CRT seem to be much more low key then the other way around. It seems too often that when the guys go CRT to digital, they start telling half truths or outright lies about the digital performance and bashing the CRTs with misinformation (think Vic). Now, Gary has not done that here, but it does seem to be a common pattern.
I do have to wonder the reaction someone would get in the digital forum to a post like:
"Ultimate H77 vs. Ampro 4600" thread if you said something like, "Well after years of contentending with planned obsolence, no black, horrible pixel structure, and a flat image, I called up one of the CRT resellers and I've got an Ampro 4600 on the way. I'm so excited to try a mature proven technology that most experts still consider the best. If it is 90% as good, then I'm done with digitals."
From what I've seen over there, they would bury you alive!
I've read this, and I have to say, two comments. I agree completely with this statement (emphasis mine): "For now
, however, I'd urge anyone in the market for a digital
projector priced below the stratosphere to take a close look at the VPL-HS51 Cineza.
Yeah, "for now" because in 2 months, it won't be the hot ticket anymore.
The other interesting thing is that Sony can actually get idiots to pay 10% of the cost of the projector ($299) for a mount to hold the thing on the ceiling. I guess they figure if you went for the PJ, you'll go for this! I'm surprised there's not a digital cable pitch in there too, "oh, you get too much digital signal loss with this cheap cable, you need to upgrade."
Sheesh, my PJ mount was $60 worth of unistrut and it holds up 10 times the weight of the HS51. $299-Ha!