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QXGA or 1920x1200 FPs?

Lee Jay
04-28-2005, 10:26 AM
For a while, Lasergraphics sold the LG2001 at 2048x1536. Now they don't. Is there any indication of another manufacturer producing a front projector with similar specs (2000 lumens)? My laptop is at 1920x1200 and my desktop may be at 2048x1536 or 1920x1200 soon. I'd like to be able to use that resolution on a front projection system.

I've seen the Intel LCoS info (delayed). I've also seen some 1920x1080 direct view and rear projection systems including the new DLP from TI. But no FPs as far as I've seen.

Lee Jay

borromini
04-28-2005, 11:37 PM
JVC and Sony both make high-end LCoS 1920x1080p FPs. Both cost over $20k. Sony's is called the Qualia 004 (http://www.qualia.sony.us/qualia_main.cgi). I don't recall the JVC model name/number. I saw a demo of the Qualia 004 at a Sony store at the Forum Shops in Las Vegas. They used a Blu-Ray 1080p DVD trailer of Spiderman 2. I was convinced I had died and gone to heaven. :)

Lee Jay
04-29-2005, 06:42 AM
The Lasergraphics LG2001 was 2048x1536 and cost $12,995 in 2001! You'd think technology would have advanced to where that device would be around $5,000-$8,000 now.

http://www.digiquestindia.com/downloads/digital%20projector.pdf#search='lg2001'

I guess I'll just have to wait for the Intel parts to force the prices down and the quality up.

Lee Jay

borromini
04-29-2005, 07:06 AM
The price is higher because the quality is significantly higher. The LG2001 is based on LCD technology in 2000. It doesn't have a quality deinterlacer to handle motion artifacts. It has a 300:1 contrast ratio which is horrible for watching movies with dark scenes. The native resolution is the same 1920x1080 as the Sony and JVC. For home theater use, you'd never would want to use the maximum resolution of 2048x1536 since that would degrade the picture quality. Also don't wait on Intel to drive the costs down...their LCoS program hasn't been delayed but actually canned. :) The good news is that these LCoS FPs will go down over time but will still be the high-end of the market. There are plenty of 1280x720 FPs that provide fantastic performance for a fraction of the cost and look awesome at 120". :)

Lee Jay
04-29-2005, 08:12 AM
Dissapointed to hear about Intel. I had high hopes for them producing high-res low-cost panels.

Since my primary interest in this device is to display high-res digital photos (3504x2336), and computer generated information (1920x1200), resolution is pretty important to me.

I haven't seen a movie in a theater in around 6 years. I'm always so disgusted with the poor sound quality, I don't enjoy the movie. There's only 1 theater in my city (Denver) that has decent sound and that one is IMAX (great projection system too). I own a DVD player and several of my favorite older movies on DVD. I've never watched a single one. I have a great audio system so perhaps if I did have a higher-quality display system I might start watching movies again.

Lee Jay

Lee Jay
04-30-2005, 09:36 AM
The good news is that these LCoS FPs will go down over time but will still be the high-end of the market. There are plenty of 1280x720 FPs that provide fantastic performance for a fraction of the cost and look awesome at 120". :)

This looks good (Canon Realis SX50):
http://www.projectorcentral.com/canon_realis_sx50.htm

1400x1050, 3-chip LCOS, 2500 lumens, $4,000.

That's pretty close to what I want and for a reasonable price. Perhaps the next iteration will take it to 1900x1080, 1900x1200 or 2048x1536.

Lee Jay

borromini
04-30-2005, 11:41 PM
The Canon definitely sets a new mark with that high of a resolution for less than $5k. It's unfortunate that this projector excels more at data and graphics then it does for home theatre video, which is probably why they made it 4:3. :(