if you know anyting about projectors

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Lazy D., Apr 21, 2008.

  1. Lazy D.

    Lazy D. Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2000
    Messages:
    29,767
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Canada
    Can someone suggest a decent projector around 400$ to watch mostly sports on the wall. DLP or LCD ? I dunno shit about projectors. Is it a bad idea to buy a used one ? Educate me, please.
     
  2. ......

    ...... New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2008
    Messages:
    62
    Likes Received:
    0
    keep in mind there are exceptions:
    http://www.projectorreviews.com/advice/dlpvslcd/index.php
    http://www.projectorcentral.com/lcd_dlp.htm

    note the dates of the 2 articles though. both technologies have greatly improved on their weaknesses since then, have narrowed the gap.

    do you plan to watch with lights on? if so then DLP's contrast/black level becomes irrelevant, and you want to go with a projector with a high amount of lumens (brightness) to maintain a decent image in a light room.

    check out reviews on www.projectorreviews.com and www.projectorcentral.com. i'll try to help you out if you have anymore questions, but if you feel like joining another forum site the people at www.avsforum.com can problably help out more. www.projectorpeople.com is a good site to order projectors from, and they have a under $700 section: http://www.projectorpeople.com/projectors/under700.asp

    i used to have an Epson Powerlite S3 and it was pretty good (there's an S5 in the under 700 link)

    i'm not sure if the articles mentioned this but an LCD will give you better placement flexibility. and regarding the screen door effect: if you get an LCD and notice screen door effect, you could do a slight manual de-focus to gently blend the pixels together, then crank up sharpness in the picture settings to compensate.

    in your price range you'll probably be forced to go with a business oriented projector (as opposed home theater oriented). most of them will probably have a 4:3 aspect ratio (not widescreen), not sure if that's important to you.
     
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2008
  3. Lazy D.

    Lazy D. Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2000
    Messages:
    29,767
    Likes Received:
    17
    Location:
    Canada
    thanks
     
  4. wizziebaldwin

    wizziebaldwin New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2007
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0
    beware used projectors ... currently bulb life is not what it could be and i think bulbs are pretty pricey. you may save some dollars w/used machine but may have to replace the bulb fairly quickly.

    They make white LED car Headlights ... you would think with a little more oompth added and some creative engineering they could make a projector where the "bulb" life would be in thousands of hours.
     

Share This Page