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Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Working in China, home in Portugal.
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Some of my views are different from those of some of the previous posters:
- I completely agree that if you're buying used high lumen projectors, better buy DLP, although most of these DLP have a slower colour wheel which can cause RBE on video content visible to some people; not an issue I'd care much about if this is for business-related purposes.
- You don't have to worry about heat management issues unless you use the projector in a small room, and even there it's mostly a matter of setting the air conditioning at a suitable temperature. These Panasonic projectors are outstanding machines in every regard. You can even check the lamp and exhaust fan temperatures on the menu.
- As long as the seller ships it properly, there's not much risk of damage. These projectors are essentially block shapes without relevant weak spots, except for the lens. And for the PT-DZ680 and similar, the lens is almost fully inside the projector, which makes it easier to protect by simply filling the area around it leaving the lens untouched at all times. Separating the lens from the projector would require a second box, or an unobtrusive space in the same box, which I don't recommend. I've had several projectors shipped to me, including a 15,5Kg JVC from the US to Europe. It was packed properly and it arrived just fine. I also got a Panasonic PT-DZ570E from the UK to Portugal, with its lens on. Properly packed, arrived fine. I got a Projection Design Cineo 3+, the padding blocks were loose inside, it also had 2 extra bulbs in the same box, so evidently it arrived all broken. It doesn't take a genius to pack these things, but I suggest you check the history of the seller. Those who sell lots of these projectors know how to ship them properly.
- ALR screens and paints can give reasonably good results, but not at the low price you want to pay for. So, I suggest you look for ways to reduce stage and ambient lighting instead of worrying about the screen.
Besides Panasonic, I suggest you look at Hitachi, and also Christie and Nec sell the same Hitachi business projectors but with a different brand stamp on them.
4,3 x 2,8m semi-blacked out media room | 2010 MacMini > Pioneer VSX-520-K > JVC RS50 (X7) > 107", 1.1 gain, white screen | JVC X30 (RS45)