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I'm back in college part time, trying to finish up a bachelor's degree that I abandoned 15 years ago. The classes are weekend classes, 6-10pm Friday nights and 8am-5pm the next day (a bit arduous), 3 weekends a semester for a 3-credit class. The class I had this weekend was the first weekend of a theatre history class. Watching performances of historic plays is a large part of the class.


27 of us in a classroom struggling to view "Oedipus Rex" on a 20-inch VHS/TV combo unit hanging from the ceiling in one corner of the room simply did not cut it. So I volunteer to "help out" for the Saturday session... :D :D


I bring my Infocus X1, a 25-ft breakout cable, and a Philips S-VHS VCR (unfortunately, most educational multimedia offerings at smaller state colleges tend to languish behind the times with respect to technology -- no DVD offerings here). The VHS looked better when enlarged than I anticipated. In fact, it looks better than Dish does.


I had initially hoped just to run the sound back to the TV in the corner, but when I hit Walmart at 6am before the class to get an audio cable long enough, the longest they had was 12 feet. Not gunna cut it. :(


Plan B: Find a cheap boombox to run the audio lines from the VCR into. No boomboxes had any line inputs. ARGH!


Plan C: After checking out the volume-producing capability on several mini stereos, I decided on this little "home audio system":

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...3A96890%3A4479


Very nicely put together with solid construction; wooden speaker cabinets, plenty of balls under the hood for volume, and DVD with component out to boot (not progressive though), as well as coax and fibre audio outputs. For my purposes I really didn't care if it had CD or DVD. Filled the classroom quite nicely. I'll definitely find a use for it once the class is over. Worth checking out for an office system or some such...


The video screen that was able to be scrounged up was crappo muy grande, with tears, used primarily for overhead projection.


Nevertheless, the image looked quite nice at about 70" 4:3 size. Even from those people sitting up front, there were no complaints. No comments about any rainbows. Just a lot of "thank yous" after the class. :)


-Dan
 

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Hats off to you! I used my X1 for a multimedia day at church 2 weeks ago. Everyone enjoyed reading from the screen instead of hymnals.


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Awsome, people must be wondering how it is at your house now lol.
I did get a few questions about the cost of the projector. The professor frowned a little bit when I mentioned the cost of the X1, saying that the cheapest projectors their department had looked into getting were $4K, so didn't get any because of the cost...


I wonder how many people in business/education/industry simply never even consider the X1, Benq 6100, Dell 2200, etc., simply because they're not expensive *enough*... "Well, if it's that cheap it has to be crap."


They don't know what they're missing...


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I've brought mine into work twice, but not the third time I was asked. If they want to use it again they can buy their own.
 

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I took my demo X1 to work and used it in my office as my monitor :) Nothing like monitoring the network and coding on a 120" screen heh.
 
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