Originally Posted by spyder696969
What most people are clearly missing is that those that discuss the shortcomings of ANY projector are, in the end, seeking a solution in making the PJ better.
These are good points but we live in an imperfect world. I'm all for mapping out the HD70 so we can find ways of making it better, but that's not everyone's motive. So many times I've seen discussions turn ugly - people personally attacking others because their opinion on PROJECTORS doesn't match up to their own. Everyone should relax.
Personally, I wasn't going to buy this projector. After all the talk of green-push I was going to go with a Mits 1000u. Who wants to watch green people? But then I entertained that maybe people are blowing this green thing slightly out of proportion. Cut to the Circuit City deal happening: I basically got $300 off of the sticker price, plus a 4 year "anything goes" warranty and I figured, "hell, I just sold my aging H30 for 400 bucks, this is going to be an upgrade no matter what and it won't break the bank, green people be damned."
A little history: I bought my good old H30 for $1200 three years ago. I thought it was the greatest thing in the world, even though I had to send it back twice and it burnt through three bulbs (two within warranty). It was my first projector. I couldn't believe I had an 84" picture. As I continued using it, I found its' flaws and wanted more. More blacks, more detail, brighter, quieter, more pleasing to the eye. Well, this HD70 - after minor Avia disc calibration and some wacky placement - is friggin' insane.
It's not because the picture is perfect or the colors are perfect. The colors can be a little punchy, but after MINOR tweaking, they get under control. (I don't look at people and wonder why their face is an unnatural color. Maybe technically it straddles the fringe of what is accurate and what is not, but as long as your own discerning eye doesn't care, what does it matter?) It's because it's $999. It's a whole lot of picture for that money. 720p, better blacks, more detail, everything I wanted. The physical case is better looking, quieter, and it feels sturdier. I can keep more lights on in my apartment and the picture is still watchable - And by "watchable" I mean my girlfriend looks at it and says "this is cool," not "why is it so faded?" Many enthusiasts here would probably find it unacceptable, I understand that. That's why none of you will ever be invited to my house. :P
From an H30, it is a big upgrade. And as a holdover until the affordable 1080p units arrive, it's great. I know there are better 720p Darkchip2 projectors out there. But how much better? The nearest in price, the Mits 1000, on it's best street quote is still $300 away. I haven't seen the H1000, so I can't say that the extra $300 is worth it or not. All I can say is that the image that I am watching is causing me no regrets whatsoever. It just looks too good.
Come November, I'm going to get myself a little HD-DVD addon for the Xbox360 (half the cost covered by my free $100 gift card from CC, courtesy of my HD70 purchase), fill up my Netflix que with HD-DVD discs and have a good time. In two years time, I'll sell the HD70 for a third of what I paid for it, and be back on these boards again, looking for the best 1080p DLP proj and combo Blueray HD DVD player 2000 bucks can buy. You guys will still be fighting over the minor details, and we'll all be informed (and entertained) because of it.
It's what's great about these boards.