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InFocus Home ScreenPlay 4805

Maiden666
03-10-2005, 05:17 PM
I bought the InFocus Home ScreenPlay 4805 on ShopatHome. It came with a '106 draper screen.

I'm thinking of keeping this and selling my Panasonic PT53WX52

I just wanted to ask about your opinions on this. I like the 4805, but I need a dark room to view movies.

Not sure what to do :(

borromini
03-10-2005, 11:52 PM
As you already noted...ambient light control is an important issue if you're using the projector for all of your TV viewing. But keep in mind that it doesn't have to be completely dark contrary to what most believe. Why do you have to sell your Panny TV? Can the room be laid out to accommodate both? Or do you have a family/den room and place one there and the other in your living room?...that's my arrangement. I use my projector for major HD events or DVD movies either at night or with curtains and blinds drawn at daytime and use my TV in another room for SD programming. If keeping both is not possible, try some planning and see if the room you plan to watch TV in can truly work with a full-time projector. Many folks have the 4805 as a full-time TV. It depends on how important is it that you have that 106" image. :) I'm a big front projector proponent and I know I couldn't depart with my projector even if it had to be my full time TV, but that's probably because I don't really watch many SD programs. I primarily watch HD programs and DVD movies and the immersive experience at that size can't be substituted with any RPTV. Good luck in your decision.

Maiden666
03-11-2005, 07:57 AM
My wife gave me the option, 4805 or the panny :mad:

I didnít realize that the 4805 was not HDTV. Yeah itís capable, but not native. With the panny I get better viewing with during the day. The 4805 is nice with the Curtin or blinds down. Howís the 4805 in HD? I havenít yet to hook it up to my cable.

Thanks for the feedback!

borromini
03-11-2005, 01:49 PM
Yeah...sometimes domestic rules dictate one's home theater setup. :) According to users at the AVS Forum, the 4805 works well for HD viewing. It just downscales the image to the native resolution, but users aren't complaining about the picture quality. My brother-in-law owns a 4805 and he's very happy with it but he uses it just for DVD movies. He doesn't really watch TV. Tough decision...maybe you get your wife to see a DVD movie at night to impress her on the experience and then show her during the day with the room well-lit how hard it is to enjoy TV and hopefully she'll reconsider and allow both. :) Or maybe I'm just dreaming that such a scenario is even possible! :D Good luck!

Maiden666
03-14-2005, 08:33 PM
As you already noted...ambient light control is an important issue if you're using the projector for [


I'm confused on the ambient light. Do you mean the light off the screen that reflects off the wall making the room brighter?

borromini
03-14-2005, 09:58 PM
No, ambient light is natural daylight coming into a room via windows/skylights or light fixtures within the room or adjacent rooms. These sources of light tend to wash-out the image and decrease contrast if not controllable similar to the way the projector's light reflects off the walls/ceiling around the screen and back to the viewer's eyes except the washout is caused by light directly on the screen rather than in the eyes. Most business projectors have solved this problem by simply increasing the lumen output of the lamp to 2,500 lumens or more, but in home theater applications most projectors less than $10k with that much lumen output tend to have poor contrast performance. The projector being discussed (Infocus Screenplay 4805) is below 1,500 lumens and therefore subject to loss of image quality when too much ambient light is present.

Maiden666
03-15-2005, 04:31 PM
Yeah...sometimes domestic rules dictate one's home theater setup. :) According to users at the AVS Forum, the 4805 works well for HD viewing. It just downscales the image to the native resolution, but users aren't complaining about the picture quality.

Why are they saying these projectors can do 1080i and 720P when it downscales to the native resolution? It's not true Hi def. So they lied!! I'm going to return it and wait to get a Native HD projector when the pirces drop.

borromini
03-16-2005, 12:35 AM
They didn't really lie. What's said on Infocus' site and others like ProjectorCentral is that the projector can receive HD signals. True HD projectors display in HD resolutions. Sorry that you had been misled but I don't they think they did so intentionally.

Theaterman
03-21-2005, 07:52 AM
It is standard in projector specifications to list the native res & also what signals the projector will accept. If the native res of the projector is less than the res of the sources you know it has to downconvert. I have installed the 4805. It does look good for DVDs. The client insisted upon a 106" screen for the installation even though a 45 x 80 would have been more appropriate. With the larger screen, the pixel structure was quite apparent unless you were extremely far back. Keep in mind the standard viewing distances are usually 2.5 - 3 x the screen width for this type of projector.

SteveF

CambrynTVA
03-28-2005, 08:55 PM
My brother in law has the 4805 with contolled lighting. I have seen this on both the white screen and a High contrast da-matte and must say the appearance does make a lot of difference on the contrast ratio you will receive from it. The lighting can make the picture look duller from what I have seen and not be as bright.
I'm not much of a football fan but was invited over for a football game for which was demonstrated in both HD and SD. Just from the transfer of picture to picture comparison you can tell a difference! I have also seen this next to an Optoma LCD projector and would pick this 4805 over that any day.
My brother in law also has a Infocus 7205 that he projected on a HUGE screen outside that would blow you away! There was a large crowd and we all watched the "Pirates of the Carribean" on there and blew everyone away.