Your best bet under $5K in a "native 16:9" format is probably the Sony 10HT LCD projector.
Not that LCD is natively superior to DLP in all areas, just that this particular projector comes in at your budget point and is one of the only ones meeting your sole "16:9" requirement.
If you have other criteria, please share them. There is no definite answer to your original question, as it depends on: how far back from the screen you sit, what source material you typically view (any HDTV?), and possibly even how good your eyes are (see the "Mind's Eye thread").
I have seen the JVC D-ILAs, but haven't had a chance to see the new Hitachi LCOS side by side yet.
I do think the picture is right there with them. Of course Hitachi had the projector off in a room by itself, playing what they want to play through it. Blacks looked good, I think Hitachi is rating that unit at 500:1 ANSI contrast ratio.
Only Spent 15 to 20 min. playing with the projector...but hope to have one inhouse soon. I keep everyone updated when I have more time to play and experiment.
I think the big thing is price point... don't remember exact but I think MSRP was around $8900
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Thanks, I am a real newbie when it comes to projectors The theater room that i am currently building is 17x 12 I was thinking of putting the projector at 12' on the ceiling. The room can and will be totally black. I really want about a 110' screen and i figured since the native format for movies was 16:9 that that i what i should be looking for especially since the screen would be longer than the tall. I will be watching mostly DVD's on my projector and maybe some digital cable. To me the way i see it is that the HDTV standard wont really be a "standard" for at least the next five years and therefore I am not worrying much about hdtv compatability especially since i will probably try to sell the projector with the house in five years. So what do you think will be the best thing for my viewing? I wouldnt mind something that was a year or 2 old that has a great picture quality
Originally posted by projectorman: Alan, from my understanding aren't D-ILA and LCOS very similar in technology?
D-ILA is JVC's brand name for its LCOS technology. D-ILA is to LCOS as Kleenex is to tissue. Up until now, however, D-ILA has really been the only available brand of LCOS. I'm not 100% sure if Hitachi has developed their own LCOS technology or if they are buying the chips from JVC.
If they are making LCOS in SXGA, wouldn't Polysilicon (ordinary newer kind of LCD) be cheaper to build in SXGA? I looked over at Projector Central's data base, and they exist, but they have only 350:1 contrast ratios and the cheapest ones cost over $17K list. What's up with that?
Or a LT150 combined with a ISCO II or Panamorph lens - should also come below the price point and offer very good performance for the price http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif . There's the slight image distortion problems noted here, but that's the route I'm going.
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