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Well, i had an older sharp dlp notevision projector that i have been using in my home theater for the last couple years, but its on its last legs, so i'm looking for a replacement.


The old one was about 400$ used on ebay, 1900 lumens, 1000:1 contrast ratio. I know most of you would say that this is not a home theater projector, but watching 720P planet earth on it was nothing less than spectacular. I cant afford, nor do i believe i need a more expensive projector.


I am looking for another in the same price range 4-500$ I'm hoping now that its a couple years later, i can find a true 720p native resolution projector for the price. But i want to know what brightness to look for, and what contrast.


When i was shopping a couple years ago, i was under the impression that the brighter the better, and i didn't pay a whole lot of attention to contrast.


But i want to try to make this an upgrade if at all possible, so should i look for higher contrast now and not worry about the brightness as much?


I also need an HDCP compatible DVI input, or HDMI.


Also, if you have any suggestions for projectors i should be looking at, i'd be happy to hear them.
 

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P.S. The only real one i have found in my price range that is true 720P wxga res. is a Hitachi PJ-TX100 for 500$
 

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There were some great 35% off coupons for ebay buy it now over the holidays, but sadly they are gone. The best offer I have seen are optoma HD70 refurbs on ebay with a 6 month warranty for $620. Or the Mitsubishi HC1600 which is $770-$100 rebate=$660 and a free $250 extra bulb
 

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That's not a bad deal at all on the HC1600. I'm trying to get a little bit out of the old one, so how much i get out of that will affect my budget for the new one.


I found an new Optoma HD65 for 529$ but that price seems too good to be true, and I've never heard of the site that's selling it, so, I'm going to keep looking for a little bit. Edit: yeah it is too good to be true i googled "photodynasty"... no good. http://photodynasty.com/catalog/prod...56c619b4de0e4d


Any opinions on the Hitachi PJ-TX100 for $500?
 

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Spend the extra and get the HD65 or the Sharp DT-510. You will be glad you did.


Both can be found for
 

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Just another option... Eiki EIP-1500T a rebadged (Sharp DT-400T). And seems to be the same as the Sharp Z2000.

http://www.touchboards.com/eiki/EikiEIP-1500T.asp (A grade from BBB)


$599 new with 3 yr warranty. No tax.


I like the idea of being able to zoom and focus using the remote.


AND STAY AWAY FROM PhotoDynasty. I purchased the HD65 on there and THEN read the reviews. They were EXACTLY right. Got an email 3-4 days later asking me to call them to verify the order (so they can sell me a bunch of upgraded warranties/accessories that you either buy or they cancel your order and treat you like trash) .3 out of 10 stars says it all. Thats ".3" not "3"
 

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Spend the extra and get the HD65 or the Sharp DT-510. You will be glad you did.


Both can be found for



When it comes down to it, i just don't have the extra to spend. 500$ will be pushing me beyond my limits as far as finances go...


And considering how well our 400$ PJ served us for a while, i'm not sure i need to spend more.
 

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Well, i ended up finding a really decent deal on an older infocus X3, which is rather similar to my old projector, but it has a higher contrast ratio, and is HDCP compatible, both of wich were pretty important to me in a new PJ.


Its not true 720p still but I'll be saving hundreds of dollars on it.
 

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I hope you get years of enjoyment out of it, just like (hopefully) many others on the forum.

Thanks, me too.


Oh, and by the way, that Sharp DT-500 without the power cord or anything just sold for about $490 on Ebay. Not a bad price still, assuming you can find a power cord around somewhere.
 

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Originally Posted by brandontw /forum/post/15510787


Well, i had an older sharp dlp notevision projector that i have been using in my home theater for the last couple years, but its on its last legs, so i'm looking for a replacement.


The old one was about 400$ used on ebay, 1900 lumens, 1000:1 contrast ratio. I know most of you would say that this is not a home theater projector, but watching 720P planet earth on it was nothing less than spectacular. I cant afford, nor do i believe i need a more expensive projector.


I am looking for another in the same price range 4-500$ I'm hoping now that its a couple years later, i can find a true 720p native resolution projector for the price. But i want to know what brightness to look for, and what contrast.


When i was shopping a couple years ago, i was under the impression that the brighter the better, and i didn't pay a whole lot of attention to contrast.


But i want to try to make this an upgrade if at all possible, so should i look for higher contrast now and not worry about the brightness as much?


I also need an HDCP compatible DVI input, or HDMI.


Also, if you have any suggestions for projectors i should be looking at, i'd be happy to hear them.

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I've also read some pretty nasty things about PhotoDynasty, they're a kind of bait and switch website stay away buy your stuff in places you can trust
 
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