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My screen size will be small at 64" wide maximum for 73" diagonal and I will sit at least 2x or farther away so worse screen door than ae100 might be tolerated. I just want to inquire about a baby step LCD projector to bring me into home theater from my 32" ntsc TV. I can't afford an ae100 right now but what USED LCD's should I look for? I can check around at high-schools and universities and see whats around :)
 

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Hi CPC,


Check out www.inland-av.com . They are Canadian and sell off surplus pj's. Hope this helps
 

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look on ebay maybe
 

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OK, thanks for the advice. Any hints on which models to look for? Thanks :)


I checked out that link www.inland-av.com. Some looked kinda curious but most SVGA 800 x 600 with only one XGA. What kind of picture would I get with SVGA running a 16:9 DVD?


Looking at those things, there wasn't much of anything that is a good alternative to the ae100 from price japan. oh well.
 

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cpc,

With your screen size and budget the best option is to go with a CRT, pm me and I will send you some information, or go to the CRT forum, it is definitelly doable to get a very decent unit that will fit you. Just make sure you buy from a reputable tech and know what you are getting into. You are obviously a dedicated hobbiyist judging by your number of posts.


If you are not interested in CRTs then you may want to see if you can find a used Davis, they are pretty good deals if you can find them. I would seriously recomend against buying a used presentation projector in your price range, these things are not really built to last and they probably need to have their expensive bulbs replaced.
 

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Yeah, there is a guy on here who is practically the champion of inexpensive [ cheap ;) ] home theatre and he is using one of those right now. Can't remember but there was something about it that turned me off cause I was comparing to others, but its a great inexpensive alternative. Especially if I keep to a smaller screen and 2.0x or higher view distance. I check out the other options :)
 

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Hi, I live in the U.K.


I have a panasonic 100E on order. But I picked up a 3M8640 a few weeks back from a pal for about $700 with a spare lamp. These were originally very expensive and - an engineer friend of mine - told me they were made by Hitach and one of the most reliable machines ever. (there is one on e-bay U.K. now)


Anyway check this pick. (I have others I can show you that are a bit too large filewise to post here you can e-mail me direct on [email protected] .


Best: (p.S. this is a pic from a VCD on SVHS)


Mark
 

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Here is another 3M8640 screenshot.


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Out of curiosity, where could I find a 3M8640??


thanks


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Any other ideas? I guess I'm looking for something around $1000.00 USD or less.
 

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Trying to straddle a limited budget and the desire for a nice picture (doesn't need to be huge, my living room is small and would prefer a sharper image). I also plan to build my own screen, my friend did it on

his own system (had no money left after buying the projector) and for $100 he made his own and it looks GREAT.


Scott
 

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Well, there are no 3M 8640 on eBay anywhere, in the US, Canada, the UK or anywhere else for that matter. I tried. I'll keep trying and continue to check it out more later. Any other LCD projector suggestions?
 

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Just buy an AE100 from Japan.
 

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Yeah, I know. I'm saving up for one..I have some, um, financial difficulties right now :(


...:cool: just trying to see if there's something else to play with in the meantime...:)
 

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Really? Well the lifspan of the bulbs has to be a consideration in this, and 5000 hours is the longest I have seen. Something to ponder.


Scott


PS - anyone ever built their own screen?
 
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