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I just got off of the phone with one of my local dealers (140 miles away with no demos to use or see). She was kind enough to tell me that she felt that the 7200 scaler was not up to the task and you should use a separate scaler/processor by Faroudja. She was then nice enough to tell me that she had that piece for $4000.


Is this something that I should know about? Was she blowing smoke? Trying to make a sale? Is this something other people on the forum use?


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Patrick
 

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She was blowing smoke. The scaler and processor inside the 7200 does the job just fine.
 

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That is what I thought. I haven't seen any talk about using scalers with the 7200 especially when the DVI input is being used. It is frustrating for people like myself that has NO access to see demos on any of these units.


It makes me want to open another business!!!
 

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This is definitely a dealer who does not have your best interests at heart. I wonder if she even knows that InFocus uses Faroujda technology within the projector. I also don't think there is any reason to spend $4K on an external scaler.
 

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phansson,

I highly recommend auditioning the 7200 before buying. Do what you can to get a dealer to send you a demo!! My projector was unusable for home theater application due to high noise level. Infocus does not publish a specification for this...so be carefull!!!

The 7200 will also leak some light on the ceiling (halo effect) which may interfere with the picture quality.

Also, unlike other high end manufacturers, the 7200 is not guaranteed for brightness uniformity. If you have the money, check the Marantz also.


From HTprojectors.com ...The mother of all shootouts:


"And the winner is

The greater power emission by the InFocus is of some help in case of high brightness HD material, where the American machine can reproduce some very pleasant picture. But thats it. In all the rest, the Marantz is a superior machine, thank to a more controlled, movie-like and 3D rendering, with a major care for details and for the overall vision. We shouldnt even mention the 7200s black level, quite embarrassing, or its speckled picture: the choice between the two machines is simple, and it favours the Marantz


Andrea Manuti"


In a couple of months the Samsung will also be available.
 

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Should I look at the Benq 8700 then? I have seen about the same type of reviews for the 8700 and the 7200. I would like a projector this week and I have narrowed it down to these two.
 

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If you can't see what you're buying then either one will be fine. Light spill is an issue with the 7200 but I haven't had one potential customer, guest or family member say it distracted from the picture (I don't even think they noticed, they are looking at the screen, not the ceiling).
 

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I have had no problems scheduling for a free in-house demo of the BenQ (planned for next week). Try to find a large volume BenQ rep...it is as easy as that. I was not able to demo the IF200 at home.
 
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