Should I stick or twist? (Casio XJ-A56) - AVS Forum | Home Theater Discussions And Reviews
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 12-02-2019, 06:03 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 0
Should I stick or twist? (Casio XJ-A56)

So my first projector is this Casio that I got free from work. By what I can tell, it's mainly for data projection, but free is free. I've been using it for about a year now with a 120" screen and have enjoyed it a lot. It makes me wonder what I'm missing though, with current/more suited projectors. I mainly watch soccer, movies and a little bit of gaming on my old Xbox 360. In close-ups it looks pretty sharp, but movement and any distance appears kind of fuzzy. I guess I'm on the fence about what to do. Should I:

1. Hold off and wait until 4k becomes a little cheaper, since I've enjoyed it so long as-is.
2. Go to a $500 or so 1080p because it will be a lot better in the interim.
3. Splurge and go for a fake 4k for a grand or whatever, since it will last me for years.

Thanks,

Chris
Chris Hutton is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 5 Old 12-02-2019, 08:25 PM
AVS Forum Special Member
 
rekbones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Somers, CT
Posts: 3,306
Mentioned: 73 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1118 Post(s)
Liked: 577
Room environment and ambient light control are by far the biggest factors in front projection. If you have an ideal room with full light control and dark non reflective ceiling/wall surfaces a higher end projector will show a drastic improvement. The worse the room environment the difference between entry level and high end diminishes rapidly. In really bad rooms sometimes a data grade projector is even better then higher end units. Content you watch is also a factor with movies actually being the most demanding due to the low contrast dim scenes. Sports on the other hand are bright and vibrant where motion handling is a bigger factor then contrast. In high end projectors contrast is what we are looking for where room environment counts a lot.

"Smart enough to know better, to old to care" ------ Dedicated Bat Cave Home Theater, JVC RS49U/Mitsubishi HC7900DW Projector, 110" 16:9 Jamestown screen with variable power masking for CIW 2.50:1 to 16:9, Marantz 7009 with 7.1.4 Atmos with Ohm mains,3 DIY Subs (2 15" (1 ported, 1 sealed and a 12" 4th order bandpass), 1 DIY butt kicker, Custom Built HTPC, 18TB DroboFS NAS
rekbones is online now  
post #3 of 5 Old 12-03-2019, 11:10 AM
AVS Forum Special Member
 
AV_Integrated's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Northern, VA - Washington, DC
Posts: 6,649
Mentioned: 102 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1656 Post(s)
Liked: 1203
I'm in complete agreement. Casio really doesn't have very good image quality overall, with weak colors, and I don't know if you likely have anywhere near 1080p. More likely 720p resolution (maybe). But, if you are happy, then that is a BIG factor in where you are.

Where you want to be is the other big factor.

If you love home theater and have darker walls and ceiling, or are heading that direction, then I would head that direction first, and get a really good projector once you are there. If you are pretty stagnant with your setup and don't intend to do much to your 'typical' family room/basement setup that you use without lights on, but have light walls and the rest, then maybe just go for a 1080p model like the BenQ HT2050A and really make the room pop and enjoyable for the next 5-7 years or so. No rush to get into 4K in a weak room, and plenty of love for 1080p to enjoy from all sources these days.

Waiting is always fine, as technology always seems to improve and pricing always seems to drop, but DLP is the king of cheap and their pixel shifting 4K solution is going to be 'standard' for the foreseeable future. Epson's pixel shifting doesn't look like it's getting an upgrade either. So, that leaves Sony and JVC in the true native 4K arena, and they ain't cheap. They aren't really headed towards cheap yet either. If we see a $3,000 Sony, that may shock the market a fair bit, but will likely be several years out yet.

AV Integrated - Theater, whole house audio, and technology installation in the Washington DC metro area.
AV_Integrated is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 5 Old 12-03-2019, 03:19 PM - Thread Starter
Newbie
 
Join Date: Dec 2019
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Liked: 0
Thanks for the replies. My setup is in a front room, so light control isn't always easy. The blinds can make it pretty dark, but that and white walls and carpet probably isn't the best. I am hoping to finish part of the basement in the future and make a theater room, but that might be some time from now. I guess I'll hold off for now and see. Maybe if there is a good deal on a 1080p around Christmas time, who knows?
Chris Hutton is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 12-05-2019, 03:15 AM
AVS Forum Special Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 1,211
Mentioned: 20 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 628 Post(s)
Liked: 188
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris Hutton View Post
Thanks for the replies. My setup is in a front room, so light control isn't always easy. The blinds can make it pretty dark, but that and white walls and carpet probably isn't the best. I am hoping to finish part of the basement in the future and make a theater room, but that might be some time from now. I guess I'll hold off for now and see. Maybe if there is a good deal on a 1080p around Christmas time, who knows?
I don't think 1080p's are going to get any cheaper, except for maybe a BF/Holiday discount.
As it's been suggested, the HT2050a is a great choice, unless there is a substantially cheaper DLP with an RGBRGB color wheel.
noob00224 is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off