Thursday, 14 June 2007

image Over the past several years I realize I am spending less often. Not sure I am spending less, heh, but at least not as many times in any given, oh, month or whatever. Last week I broke down after much consternation over a few months and picked up one of the Xbox 360 HD-DVD drives. I took it home and hooked it up and popped in the HD version of King Kong.

As many have written similarly in the past, the picture and sound are pretty incredible. But, since I have an older DLP projector (an InFocus X1), I am not getting the full fidelity of a HD image.

So, long story short, even on the X1 the quality is noticeably and substantially better than standard DVDs. But it's  not what it can be, so I find my self leaning toward a decision point: I need a new projector. I don't want a flat screen, I don't think. I have a 120-inch (or more) diagonal image on the wall now, and I like it that way. One room is there just for the theater-like experience. It's not my living room, in other words.

 There are a number of newer 1080p projectors out there now, as it turns out, and they don't cost a zillion bucks anymore. I have been researching newer models and have found a couple that look interesting. But I figured there might be some readers of this here site that would have some experience and input.

imageHere is what I have found so far - what do you think, and what am I missing?

Any ideas anyone?

UPDATE (July 28, 2007): Epson also has a real contender out that I am considering in their PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 model.



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Thursday, 14 June 2007 13:45:53 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
After attending a RS1 vs. Pearl shootout..... The RS1 kills the pearl.

I have viewed the RS1 on a 120" wide Dalite High Power screen and its Really Bright!
Thursday, 14 June 2007 14:25:21 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Brightness is not the most important thing in a display, whether it be projector or direct view.

Picture quality wins here. You can do things in your home to control ambient light. You can't increase the picture quality of your display device.

Since the JVC and Sony both use similar technologies (their own flavors of LCoS) and both are 3 chip designs they will fare better in picture quality, particularly when viewing scenes with motion than the DLP systems will. 3 chip DLP projectors are still typically very expensive ($20k and up).

Whatever you go with I highly recommend spending the $400-500 bucks to get it set up and calibrated by an ISF certified professional.
Thursday, 14 June 2007 14:46:28 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Well, brightness is nice to have, as long as black levels are effectively controled. But image quality is critical, and softness in optics and softness in quality of the digital transfer will combine, so every little bit helps.

ANSI lumens and contrast ratios seem to be not much more than marketing gobbledygook, all relative to themselves. All I know is that with my current projector, it's like I'm filling a Ferrari with enthanol. Sacrilige, sin, felony mopery. It's Just Plain Bad.

Thanks for the comments so far - keep 'em coming!
Thursday, 14 June 2007 21:56:08 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg...you want a flat screen...my opinion.
Saturday, 16 June 2007 07:34:36 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg, Once you go HD-DVD it's so tough to go back. I don't use a projector, would like to some day. Viewing the picture quality on my LCD is simply Amazing. I watch regular DVD's now and they look like a VHS tape quality now. Enjoy! Steve
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