I wrote a post similar to this yesterday and I realize now that it was poorly written, so I thought I'd give it another go. ( I was in a rush!)
Anyway, I am a CRT owner and I don't really know all that much about the LCD/DLP units. I friend of mine would like to get a projector and I think that the size and set-up is attractive to him. The budget for this projector is about $5000.00 on the upper limit.
I have a couple of questions, first off, what is the difference between the LCD and DLP units? is there another technology one should consider?
It will be going into a room with total light control.
Any recommendations on a couple of the better units in this price range would be greatly appreciated.
Read some of the threads here about the NEC HT1000. Even die-hard CRTers are praising it. I am quite happy with my $1000 Panny PT-L200U, but if you really want to spend upwards of $3K the HT1000 looks like a winner.
I think one of the LCOS units might be within striking range of $5K. Above the budget but something to consider.
If the budget is near $5K you should try to see a Matterhorn based projector as well as the HT1000. InFocus 5700 seems to be well liked.
Upcoming LCD units should probably be evaluated over the current generation. The HS20 has MLA which should be a nice improvement. Note that the article does not discuss fpn in addition to screendoor. Searching for fpn should get you a hits on that topic.
i would also consider some of the factory reconditioned units like the sharp 9000 or the maranatz 2, both units would have cost you 9grand last year and now you can pick up reconditioned units with factory warranties for a fraction of the cost.
There was very little movement in the under $5K DLP scene in 2003. I don't expect much change in 2004 either as the Matterhorns MSRPs are in the $5K range. They'll dip down into the $4K range which tends to still be too high for this forum to get much traction and discussion.
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