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Cheap Quality Projector

07-19-2005, 01:40 PM
I am in the market for a good entry level projector. This will be my first projector purchase and i want a decent one. My price range is 600-$1000. I currently have plasma and dlp tv's but wanted to put a projector in my bedroom. I have seen some decent projectors at best buy and Frye's electronics. Please help

07-19-2005, 03:33 PM
You won't be able to get a true HD resolution projector, but for that budget you can get good home theater projectors that are widescreen 16:9 with 854x480 resolution. These would all be DLP PJs with varying specs for number of color wheel segments and rotation speed. The current popular ones are the InFocus Screenplay 4805, the Mitsubishi HC100U ColorView, the Optoma H31 and the NEC HT410. You should try to audition them for rainbow effects. You can read their reviews and specs on Projector Central (http://www.projectorcentral.com).

07-19-2005, 09:37 PM
Try Infocus XI, Tirger Direct was selling refub models for around $500.00 and it IS a HD and does 1080I great.

New can be had for around $800.00

I have one and love it.


07-19-2005, 10:16 PM
Try Infocus XI, Tirger Direct was selling refub models for around $500.00 and it IS a HD and does 1080I great. X1 can only be gotten as refurbs since they're discontinued...the X1a is what's available as new. The X1 is NOT an HD projector. Both the X1 and X1a have a native resolution of 800x600. Like the DLP projectors I previously listed, they accept HD signals of 720p and 1080i but none of them can display HD images. The"great" 1080i that it does is in reality 800x450. The 1080i signal gets down-scaled to the PJs native resolution. It could very well be a great looking picture, but it's not high definition! I do agree that a refurbished X1 would be a good buy, provided that its 4:3 aspect ratio is more important than 16:9. Unlike a 4:3 projector, a 16:9 widescreen DVD title doesn't get downscaled on a 16:9 PJ...you get the full 480 lines of resolution. However if watching 4:3 standard-definition TV programs is more important than 16:9 DVDs or HD programs, then the X1 would be a good fit.

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