|Originally Posted by b166er|
Thanks a lot Noah, to answer your questions:
The DVD player I have is old, ill buy a new one but it will defoinitely be something under $100, nothing fancy.
I have heard that some people can see rainbows, I can't say for sure if I'd have a problem, only place I've ever seen a rainbow is in the sky.
I have two large windows in my room but I don't thin they will be much of a problem, other than that there's nothing,
Thanks again Noah
Glad to help.
You may not need to upgrade your DVD player. I'd say it'd only be worth it if you went straight to a good upconverting model (read this
). Otherwise, see what a new projector's onboard scaler/deinterlacer can do with your current player's component signal and hold out for cheap HD-DVD/Blueray.
If you can eliminate rainbows and ambient light concerns, that opens up a whole raft of possible options for projectors, but I'd probably stick to my HD70 recommendation. I don't think it'll be bested for picture quality in it's price range. I'm probably headed that direction myself. DVD's should look great and HDTV even better. If you have a HD receiver/cable box that can output 720p, set it there and get the best signal you can to the projector (HDMI/DVI, or, failing that, RGB/component).
There may be other low cost 720p-native DLPs coming down the pike, but it sounds like Optoma got enough right on the HD70 to make it worth forgoing the competition. The next competitor is the Mitsubishi HC1000, which has some advantages, but probably not enough to justify 40% higher price. Mitsu is throwing in a free bulb with the HC1000, at the moment. Circuit City also has a $100 rebate on the HD70 this week, so if you can pull the trigger, now, that may save you a bit in the long run. Even though the HD70 was just released, I'm not sure prices will come down much for the forseeable future.