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I recently got a 27" monitor and after watching DVD's on it for a couple days, I've got a severe case of upgraditis.


I'm looking for a projector under two grand, and was wondering if anyone had experience with the Infocus models LP260, LP425z, which go for around $1600 or the NEC LT85, for around $1900. Or, any other projector worth considering in this price range.
 

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Blankstare...


Jim Title is selling a Thumperized DL450 in the classifieds section. This is a Steal... "Thumpering" http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif a unit is usually $500 If I hadn't purchased an LT 150 I would be all over this unit...


hurry before its gone!


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That's where my money would also be if I did not have a PJ and needed a beginner or stopgap PJ that would not devalue too much... Plus you didn't mention that Jim has just bought a 6000 hour bulb for it so now you have a $500 new bulb a $500 (or around there I am guessing) Thumperization out of a $1500 package...


And without wanting to sound like a shrill, Jim is a sound guy to deal with. I just arranged a sale with him last week and the whole thing went smooth as silk, nice communication and good trust factor. To me that's as important as a hundred bucks price difference when you are dealing with people you may have never even spoken to..


Do understand that this machine needs outboard scaling to look good.. Given the falling price of PC's though this is becoming so much less of a factor if you can handle the work to make them automatic..


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I would stay away from the LP425z due to noise and poor colors. It also has the old metal halide bulb which dims by 1/2 lumens after 500 hours or so. It's bulb price is $350 for 1000 hours. The LP340 is a much better choice in the Infocus line (SVGA DLP). LP350 is very good also as it's XGA DLP and not SVGA like the other 2 mentioned. LP260 is LCD and has its own limitations (dead pixels, screen door as it's only SVGA). If you were to go with an LCD, I'd recommend Sony VPL-CX1. I have this unit and it's plenty bright in a darken room (550 lumens), 3 year warranty (90d bulb warranty), great colors, screen door not noticeable beyond 12 feet from screen (XGA), fair scaler/deinterlacer (Svideo DVD looks great and Composite VHS looks fine too--HTPC for best imaging), 2000 hr bulb ($260 from www.comark.com), low noise (36db--like a PC fan noise), doesn't get too hot (you can touch exhaust forever without burning your finger), 1.3 zoom, 16:9 capable (letterboxed due to 4:3 panels), and light weight (6.5#). Downside is LCD (dead pixel likely, low contrast (200:1 so black is dark gray--better with black masking), not compatible with ceiling or rear projection (no image flipping). Retrospectively, I would pay the extra dough for LT150 due to its excellent contrast and no dead pixel. You'd chance rainbows but 10% is acceptable risk to me compared to fear of new/old dead pixel--distracting). The LT85 is like LT150 except SVGA which may mean screen door if less than 12 feet. DLP SVGA is similar to XGA LCD as far as screen door visualization distance for same screen size. The other disadvantage of the 2 NEC units is no zoom which means you'd have to move the unit to match screen size and position, but they can be ceiling mounted--mount costs $200). If you were to go with LCD I would advise XGA due to screendoor effect. You may be OK with SVGA DLP so the LT85 is not bad. It has the same light engine, lens, technology and vortex enhancement as the touted LT150. The LT150 should hit $2000 in 3 months due to LT150z (z for zoom) being out along with a slew of native 16:9 projectors. Good luck with your choice.


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Thanks for the kind words PhatPhreddy. It was a pleasure doing business with you as well (let me know when that Panamorph arrives on your doorstep!)


I am actually a little surprised that the projector is still available at this price but the Dell "deal" seriously sucker-punched the used DLP market http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif My projector has 6000 hours of lamp life compared to 1000 for the LT150 so that to me is enough to make mine a much better deal, but what can you do.


Since I have been given a Barco 801s CRT FP for free, I am not even considering any offers below $1,500. If I have no takers the DLP will make a great projector for my X-BOX http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

I would never risk playing video games on a CRT FP (can you say "tube burn-in?" I thought you could).
 

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Geez, Jim. A free Barco 801?

If I'm the Sultan you must be bucking for Potentate. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif


p.s. if I wasn't so projector poor already I would buy your 450 myself. Would really like to see the Thumper magic with my own eyes. If it doesn't sell will you rent it to me for a week?


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[This message has been edited by RobertWood (edited 08-26-2001).]
 

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Quote:
Originally posted by RobertWood:
Geez, Jim. A free Barco 801?

If I'm the Sultan you must be bucking for Potentate. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
Bob, please...a 801? It is an 801s...I wouldn't accept just ANY 20k projector for free http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif


I think your title is safe. I am probably going to spend $750 retubing the Barco, so I think I would have to abdicate my crown.


P.S. the Thumperized DL450 really does look great. Fantastic black level and great color saturation. However, the masses want their LT150...so what can I do? Just don;t come crying to me when my projector still has 5,000 hours of bulb life and you have to spend $450 for a new bulb http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif




[This message has been edited by Jim Tittle (edited 08-26-2001).]
 

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I have been watching this thread hpoing to see some more recommendations , I would like to find a unit that does not require an HTPC for a decent picture.

I would surely appreciate some more recommendations.


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