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HD Ready

03-16-2005, 09:08 AM
While shopping for a home theater they seem to be two HD options; HD ready or HD built-in. for front projections are there the same options? I'm not sure if I will also buy a converter (HD ready) or if you just hook up the HD signal straight to the projector (HD built-in).

03-17-2005, 03:34 AM
Unlike flat panels and RPTVs, front projectors don't come models that have built-in tuners. That would be rare. You would need to connect the FP to a cable/satellite receiver that provides the HD feed via the cable/satellite HD subscription and/or OTA antenna.

03-17-2005, 06:43 PM
But, there are some front projectors that have component inputs that are NOT HD. For a FP, you'd want at least a 1280x720 for it to be true HD.

And I would strongly recommend a FP if you can A) afford the bulbs and B) have a room suitable for it. It's cheaper than any alternative that could possible give you anywhere near the same depth and I have yet to see any TV with a picture that I think is better.

03-20-2005, 06:59 PM
I have been reading a lot on your website. I would like to test out a front projection. Were can i see one or rent one. I live in Rhode Island and I don't really see anything around here?

03-20-2005, 08:47 PM
Your best bet would be to call a few places and see if any of them have any demo's that they send out. You might want to try B&H Photo or VisualApex.

03-20-2005, 10:38 PM
Try searching for dealers on ProjectorCentral (http://www.projectorcentral.com). You may be lucky in finding a local dealer.

03-22-2005, 07:38 AM
You two guys are great. First I want to thank you for your help. For my price range, it seems that the panasonic AE700u is the no brain decision with the sony coming in second. I know that 1280x720 is needed for a good HDTV signal but i've seen 1366x768. is that better? Also in a review article it says the panisonic is ideal for HDTV as well as widescreen DVD when cleanly scaled. What does cleanly scaled mean?
Is infocus a cheap model front projector. It seems that it is cheaper for the same aspects.
Finally, it seems like screen selection varies more than the projector itself. I read your response on using goo. I would like to be able to take the screen outside some summer nights to have a drive in affect for my children. I don't think I will be able to use the goo in this case. Is there anything I should look for in a screen? What aspects are manditory. Thanks again

03-22-2005, 11:57 PM
I got the AE700U, and it's a terrific unit, esp for the $$. I looked at several others, like the Infocus 7200. Good, but way more $$$.

Used the Avia disc basic tuning, and it made a real nice improvement in PQ, which was already very good.

I do have a question about convergence in another post. If it can be improved, I expect another increment of improvement in PQ.

On screens, the range in price is huge. Projector Central has a very good benchmarking article that they did on the top 4 brands. And good buying advice.

If you have a dark room, a white screen's a good choice.

Unless you can achieve near-total darkness, a gray background screen helps more than a little. Stewart has the best rating for gain in the gray screens by a lot, but the premium is steep. I also noticed a it had bit more hot-spotting than other screens with lower gain. A solid color image is needed to notice it much, so it's probably not a biggie.

Light-absorbing framing is a must, available on most. Makes for a very clean image with no distractions.

Have fun. It's been a blast for me.