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I would like to share my thoughts and experiences with others like me who read this site everyday (several times a day), but have yet to actually take the plunge.


I have been reading this forum for over 2 years. Ever since I was shopping for my surround system and saw a projector setup in a store.

I have decided to purchase the Sony HS10 for many reasons--throw/resolution/HDCP/price (I can get an employee discount) I have read all of the threads on it and was already planning on the tweaks (screens/masking/filters etc) based on what everyone has written that I would need to make for a "good" picture.


My real world experience---


I have been using a borrowed Sony CS5 (VGA/1800 lumen/Contrast-?) for the last couple of weeks, this is my 1st in home experience. I have seen dozens of projectors setup at trade shows and in stores. (I know not ideal conditions, but definitely gives me an idea). What I am seeing in my house looks better than most of the RPTV I have seen set up in stores. The HS10 has to be even better.


I have it projecting onto a sheet with a "too long 75' " S-video cable. I think it looks fine and has me bumping up my timetable on my own purchase (HS10). After reading all of the tweak this and that threads for years, I found myself looking for the problems (screen door/blacks/contrast/pixels/artifacts/brightness/fan noise). I do see some of them, but once the movie starts, I am into it. At night sometimes the blacks look black and sometimes they look a little lighter (I have found myself putting my hand over part of the image to compare the blacks) It is all relative to what you are watching. Your eyes will adjust unless you take yourself out of the moment and focus on a problem.


A slight defocus and I see no screen door on a 68" wide image (16x9) from sitting 9' away. I plan on a 72" wide 16x9 which is the maximum I can get with my room dimensions.


Definitely bright enough to watch TV during the day in a non-light controlled room. That is in wide mode/low setting with a sheet and a 16x9 image with a 4x3 projector. It is 1800 lumens in 4x3 high mode, Not sure what I am actually getting with the above circumstances.


The fan is a little loud. I do hear it at 43db, so a projector in the low 30's mounted several feet away should be no problem. The projector is also sitting on the back of my couch next to my head, so that doesn't help.


Cable TV is fine. Enjoyable to watch. (I know the image I am watching is fairly small and that makes a difference) Most of the comments I read are on a much larger screen than I plan on using so I can almost disregard it. There is a definite difference from Cable-DVD. I can only imagine what HD will look like.


If it looks this good watching under all of the worst conditions--sheet/no masking/light walls/white ceiling/s-video cable/non progressive old cheapy DVD player/Bad cable TV signal through a TiVO/no tweaks or calibration/VGA business projector/, then I am ready to buy.



My point is..

Try to get a projector in your home to watch for awhile. Borrow or rent. You will learn more from 1st hand experience and exactly what your needs are. Everyone has a different set of eyes and different priorities. Too many variables in the reviews that will not match your setup. Maybe over time I will be looking to improve different things about my future setup (most likely to happen). Having this projector in my home for a couple of weeks has told me exactly what I need in terms of screen dimensions and other equipment. it also reinforced my thought of taking everything with a grain of salt.

You don't need to agonize over every little detail. Most of these projectors are so close and the differences so minuscule that unless you see them side by side you will not be missing anything. Base your decision on practical non-flexible factors such as throw, inputs, brightness and price. Some of the others are so subjective. Just do it and enjoy.


What a hobby, I can't understand how more people do not own and use projectors in their homes.


Thanks for your time, I have to get back to the boards, I may have missed a post.


James
 

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Thank you very much for writing that. I too have been looking at these forums multiple times during the day (for over a year) and reading the latest posts. I am currently working on the sound before getting a projector, but I agree that many of the topics are on nit picky things. At least they are nit picky to me because I have yet to experience a projector in my house. One more year, I can't wait :).
 

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The "nit-picky" things are common to enthusiasts. If you went to a comparable luxury automotive forum you'd find people talking about what's wrong with the $70,000 Mercedes, BMW, or Lexus. They will point out the RELATIVE weaknesses of each of these. But if you're driving a 1984 Ford Escort with no floorboards, any of these cars would be a huge improvement.


Conventional TV = 1984 Escort


Projector = New Luxury Sedan


The fact that the Lexus LS430 has more or less rear headroom than the BMW735 shouldn't impact your enjoyment of either car much compared to your Escort.


We're "early adopters" of this technology. It is becoming more mainstream and I think will follow the PC adoption curve. Each year they will get better, easier, and cheaper and penetrate more and more homes.
 

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Jamnett


Perfectly expressed.

I too, found myself paralyzed by PJ selection. Eventually I did the same thing - borrowed a (very old) InFocus from work and set it up in my extremely imperfect room. It helped me both get of the dime and convince my family that ANY PJ would be a better experience than a conventional TV. (Up to that point an RPTV was receiving more votes).


So, I selected my projector and am currently getting bids.


(Of course now I'm stuck on precisely how to sound condition my room, but that's a different Forum)


Once again, thanks for putting into words something that I, and I'm sure many others, will go through.
 
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