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LCD Projectors worth it or worthless?
noobmelater 
21/7/08 9:22:25 PM
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What's your take?

I know most affordable projectors native resolutions are generally no higher then 1280x1024 XGA the point isn't the amount of pixels though it's the size of the screen, and surely at 1280x1024 you're going to have enough detail for most tasks.

Ok at the kind of resolution you're going to live with 720p @ 1280x720... the issue is though that Australia doesn't have true HDTV yet anyway and most of the stuff out is enlarged SD broadcast quality from what i've heard

So where do you lose in buying a projector with a max res of 1280x1024?

With Bluray I guess, but what I want to know is how much difference is there watching a Bluray movie @ SD resolution vs watching them on high def?

Given I don't even have a bluray player yet I don't have that many worries

is WUXGA and a projector that can do full HD 1920x1200 really worth the money?

This will mostly be for watching videos and the occasional game here and there, but basically as an affordable home TV/DVD theatre. I have a 22" LCD monitor for serious gaming when I want it

EDIT: I'm currently looking at one that can do 1280x1024 and is 1700 lumens so should be bright enough for a moderately lit room, but fine in the dark to. 1080i or 1080p either way is really out of my price range


Edited by noobmelater: 21/7/2008 9:58:03 PM

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shorty56au 
21/7/08 9:56:36 PM
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Just a quick clarification: XGA is only 1024x768.

I've had my Xbox 360 (running at 1080p left over from my computer screen) and a Wii through an XGA projector on 3m or so wall and it looked pretty sweet. It was 2500 lumens, and was probably too bright at night (on the large wall, it basically lit up the rest of the room too).

Having said that though, the quality of the screen you're projecting against will have an effect as to how good it's going to look too.

Another issue you're going to have is the brightness you're going to need. Anything above about 2000 lumens should be enough for any home use, unless you plan on having it on during the day with lots of light around. If you get one of the 3000+ lumen monsters be prepared to have it running in economy mode most of the time - it'll light up the rest of the room like you've never seen from the reflection on the wall.

WUXGA projectors are about $6k to start off (from what I've seen), and are only ~1000 lumens in brightness. These are designed to be used in a dark room, so they aren't so bright as to blind everyone. I'd only really bother with something like this if you've got a proper dark room. They're not exactly portable either.

Have you got any ideas as to what you want? Price range?

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noobmelater 
21/7/08 10:02:50 PM
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Like I said this isn't anything serious I'll probably end up spending not much more then $600-$700 tops $1000 at the most and just projecting on to one of the walls in my room here I'm currently using for my computer they're white so they should work fine and this room has one window so I can get it relatively dark even during the middle of the day

I've been looking at a fair amount of second stuff with new bulbs, etc... there's one I'm looking at right now for $600 that can do 1280x1024, and is 1700 lumens.

The whole room I'm intent on using is 4x3 metres which should be a fair enough distance away to get a fairly big image


Edited by noobmelater: 21/7/2008 10:18:15 PM

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shorty56au 
21/7/08 10:14:34 PM
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The brightness of that should be heaps...though I'm having my doubts you could get one that does 1280x1024 (SXGA) for that price...they're not exactly common. XGA is still the most common resolution.

Regardless, if it's for chucking on a wall in a computer room, it'd be pretty awesome if you ask me. I've been half-heartedly looking at something similar to do after buying a few for work and friends.

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noobmelater 
21/7/08 10:21:51 PM
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yeah it's something i've wanted to play with since seeing one of my friends having one set up in his computer room.

I've got a bit of cash at the moment. The only thing I was wondering was whether the resolution was going to be any limiting factor in image quality.

I've got a HDTV tuner in my computer here, and would later intend on buying a bluray drive for it when they become affordable. I guess i'd be watching a fair amount of TV/Movies on it and I don't want to be left with something thats not capable of giving me a decent picture.

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