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I'm looking to purchase a DLP projector and have noticed a large price gap between, say, an NEC LT 240/260 (~$2300-2500) and the HT1000 or ScreenPlay 5700 at about $4000. Seems as though there is very little available between these two price points. I've read a lot of good feedback on the 1000 and 5700, but don't understand what the extra $1500 buys me. I've been told that the higher models have much better processors (Faroudja) for scaling and motion compensation (removing digital artifacts). Is this true? Does this provide that much better of a picture adn is that what drives most of the price difference? I've been also told that a 480p signal from a progressive scan DVD player doesn't necessarily use the processor of the projector. I understand that the HT1000 and ScreenPlay are true home theater systems while the LT models are really hybrids. However, I'd like to know what makes this true.


Related to this, does anybody know what the signal is that DirecTV puts out (not their Hi Def option) and if anybody has encountered issues with this and their projection systems.
 

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Very important detail...


NEC's LT series projectors use a 2x RGBW colorwheel, instead of the RGBRGB 5x of the other two (I believe)


That's a major difference. If you have a 2x color wheel, you're much more prone to rainbows.


The HT1000 and SP5700 have the same physical resolution for 16:9 viewing, but the SP5700 utilizes the entire light on it's 16:9 panel, so it's brighter (it's also very bright normally) whereas the HT1000 is going to have much higher resolution for 4:3 material, but is better suited to smaller screens in 100% light controlled environments.


The LT240K also has a lower contrast ratio (still an excellent 2000:1) than the HT1000.
 

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Check out PLUS U2-1200 - I have two of them for sale HERE on AVS HTMarketPlace

Some of the highlights are - 4000 hrs Lamp life, DVI-I input, excellent optics, 2000 lumens, 1500:1 CR, 1024x768 XGA native res, 720p,1080i, 1080p , very quiet 30dBa or 28dBa in eco mode etc...


See if it works for you.


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Projection System DLP

DDR DMD XGA x 1

Resolution 1024 x 768 XGA

Brightness 2000 ANSI Lumens

Eco-Mode: Approximately 20% Less Brightness

Contrast Ratio 1500:1 Full On/Off

Aspect Ratio 4:3, Supports 16:9

Projection Lens F=2.4-2.6, f=26.5-31.8

1:1.2 Manual Zoom, Manual Focus

Light Resource 200-Watt High-Performance Compact Lamp

Note: Projector lamps contain mercury. Do not throw in trash. Dispose of lamps according to local, state, or federal laws.

Lamp Life 3000 Hours

4000 Hours in Eco-Mode

Color Palette 16.7 Million Colors

Projecting Position Front/Rear, Table/Ceiling

Projection Distance 4 - 48', 1.2 - 14.8 m

Image Size 21-300", 533 - 7620 mm

RGB Signal Input

SXGA Compression, XGA True, SVGA/VGA Expansion/True

RGB Signal Output

(some signals may not be displayed correctly) SVGA, VGA

XGA can be supported for the horizontal synch range 15-68.7kHz and the vertical synch range 50-85Hz.

Video Signal NTSC3.58, NTSC4.43, PAL, PAL_N, PAL_M, PAL60, SECAM YCbCr (NTSC, PAL), YPbPri 480p, 1080i, 720p)

Horizontal Synch Range 15 - 85 kHz

Vertical Synch Range 50 - 120 Hz

Audio Mono 1-Watt

Input Terminals Analog RGB/Digital RGB: DVI 29 pin x 1, Analog RGB/CbCr/YPbPr: HD D-sub 15 pin x 1, Audio (RGB/Video): 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack x 1, Composite Video: RCA x 1, S-Video: Mini DIN 4 pin x 1

Output Terminals

The output terminal can connect to any PC monitor. The image may not be displayed accurately depending on the performance of the monitor. Analog RGB: HD D-sub 15 Pin x 1

Color Champagne

Dimensions

(excluding lens and stand) 2.28 (H) x 9 (W) x 11.5" (L)

58 (H) x 230 (W) x 295mm (L)

Weight 5.7 lbs, 2.5 kg

Power Supply 100-120/220-240 VAC at 50/60 Hz

Power Consumption 280 Watts (Normal Mode), 235 Watts (Eco-Mode)

On-Screen Display Languages English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese

Functions Full-Auto Adjustment, Digital Keystone Correction (30 degrees), Digital Zoom (x 4), Freeze, Mute

Accessories Wireless Remote Control, 3V Lithium Battery for Remote Control x 1, Lens Cap, Power Cable (1.8m/6') x 1, VGA Cable (2m/6.5') x 1, DVI to Mini D-Sub 15 Pin Adapter (0.18m/0.6') x 1, Video Cable (2m/6.5') x 1, S-Video Cable (2m/6.5') x 1, 3.5mm Mini Plug for Audio Cable (2m/6.5') x 1, 3.5mm Stereo Mini Jack to RCA for Audio Adapter (0.15m/0.5') x 1, Soft Carrying Case x 1, User's Manual (CD-ROM), Quick-Start Guide

Warranty Three Years, Parts and Labor

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Hope this help.
 
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