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Projector VS traditional TV (Help me.)

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Old 05-11-2004, 04:47 PM   #1
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I've been remodeling my basement, and it has always been a dream of mine to have a movie theater in my house. Like a little screening room. I've been thinking of getting a HDTV projector. But they all seem very expensive, $7,000 on up. I know there are cheaper projectors for standard television about $2,000. I believe, "do it right the first time." The guy at the store told me they're awesome, but of course he's going to. Here are my questions.

Does any one own any of these projectors?

Does any one know any cons to them?

Is it better to get a big TV, or fulfill my child hood dream?

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Old 05-11-2004, 08:33 PM   #2
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Projectors are the way to go if you are looking for an HDTV that is measured in feet rather than inches! I think with a little digging on the internet you can beat the $7,000 price tag, but you will also need a high quality screen to get the most out of any projector you buy. Check out the Da-Lite High Contrast Cinema screen. A good screen is a must along with good lighting control when you are talking projection. You might also want to check out mastertheaterbuilders.com for some additional ideas.

Don't forget your sound system! It may be better to go with a big rear projection TV and spend some bucks on your sound system.

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Old 05-17-2004, 02:02 PM   #3
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Thanks for your advice. After further research on the web I found several less expensive models which would meet my needs and Even some packages available that make the whole system much more affordable.
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Old 05-17-2004, 02:12 PM   #4
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Good deal! The internet is a wonderful tool to get the most for your money. Be sure to evaluate the lamp life of the projector you choose and the replacement cost. This seems to be a big suprise for many projector owners to have to replace a lamp at a cost of several hundred bucks! I have a projector right now in my shop that we can not find a lamp for. Maybe I should have said a boat anchor. Might would have been better to go ahead and buy a second bulb at the start.

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Old 05-21-2004, 03:16 PM   #5
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Noise from the fans and the color wheel should be considered. If you add sound insulation the heat build up is then a problem. I suggest you subscribe to Home Theater mag. at http://www.hometheatermag.com/
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Old 05-26-2004, 09:31 PM   #6
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Im currently using a sony vplhs10 lcd projector and would never consider going for a telly. IMO you just cant beat a projector. A cinema just isnt a cinema without the beam of light coming from over your head. But thats just me.

But you may be different. Sit down and examine what you can realisticaly afford and from that work out your options. Then get out there and eyebal all of the different projectors/rptv's you can and finally you will settle on something.
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Old 05-26-2004, 10:21 PM   #7
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and dont let the sales ppl pressure you
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Old 05-27-2004, 12:36 AM   #8
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Good point faibs.

Try to hunt down a decent electronics/home theatre store and let them know you want to set up a home theatre. Tell em your trying to decide wether to go RPTv or Front Projection and you would like to demo afew models. Then have fun working out your answer.
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Old 06-14-2004, 10:23 AM   #9
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I HAVE an screen play 4800. its 1024 by 576 perfect for dvd play back, progressive scan etc . It cost me £3000 uk sterling ( and had screen adn stands and leads free) and is ceiling mounted (upside down) . It throws a pictue 6 foot horizontal and via the zoom can be reduce to 3.5 foot across.(11 foot away roughly). it ahs component/dvi/svhs, vga inputs

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The smaller the pic the brighter the image
the smaller the pic the better quality it seems (the pixels are closer).
When its palying at 3.5 foot size, its bigger than a 50 inch plasma but miles better quality. bright and perfectly clear, impossible to fault (honestly).
When zoomed back to fill my 6 foot screen I can just see the screen door effect (pixels), slightly less intense brightness and colours,so 5 foot size is a compromise (or a more expensive higher resolution version eg screen play 7800 (1280*720).

against a TV, EVEN A REAR PROJECTION MONSTER, A DECENT PROJECTOR wins hands down, though

a, they are noisy (my main disappointement, though not when a filma dn surround sound turned up)
b, you need really dim light, so no good watching in day unless curtains are near black out (but fine with dim background lamp on)

insist on demo's before you part with your cash, and dont get taken in by size size.. its quality , quality , waulity and size fourth
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Old 06-16-2004, 09:29 PM   #10
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buy one of these projectors at dell it was $14xx.00 a few days ago. I bought one for 2000 a year or so ago. You will be shocked at hd quality everybody that has seen this one has been! Even during the day in a room with 2 six foot french doors that I seldom close the drapes on. I project to a 10 diagonal pull down (4:3 size). Cable guy thought it was a plasma until i showed him projector. Unbelievable.
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Old 06-19-2004, 03:27 PM   #11
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Hi,
Don't get me wrong I think your idea is great and with some patience and smart buying you can save alot of money. I've seen some beautiful ones but one thing keeps nagging at me. Do you have a big family that will want to constantly crank up the system every time they want to watch tv. Do you also think you might be constantly inviting herds of folks over for dinner and a movie to justify all the space it takes? If you've given the thumbs up to those things then you should absolutely realize your dream.

Don't feel too bad about PJ prices though, I paid $7000.00 cdn. for a 65" Tosh back in Oct 2000 and have enjoyed every minute of it as I also use it as my computer monitor. The price of your video unit will start to pale when speakers/cables connectors/lighting/remotes/seating/acoustic treatments and of course an amplifier and processor to marry all this stuff to-gether.

One last thing. If you have a significant other in your life, things will go much more smoothly if your both on the same financial page. In other words I hope the kids already have their braces.

Have fun,
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Post Cinemas may soon replace the 125-year-old projector screen with gigantic TVs

In the not-too-distant future, theatergoers may be watching movies on huge TVs instead of the movie projectors they’re used to.
Samsung recently unveiled a large LED* screen—like the TVs in many houses—for movie theaters. Previously, only film projectors were equipped to play films in cinemas that nowadays usually use sheets made of white vinyl.
But the South Korean tech giant’s new digital 4K-resolution screens reportedly comply with guidelines from the Digital Cinema Initiatives, a joint venture by movie studios Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros. that sets the standard for technical performance, reliability, and quality in digital cinemas. That means it’ll be ready to play cinema-quality videos at launch.

The 34-foot-wide screens are a little smaller than the standard cinema screen, which is about 45 to 65 feet wide and as tall as 30 feet. (IMAX screens are even bigger, at 72 feet wide and as high as 98 feet tall.) But it’s supposed to have a better picture.
Samsung said its LED screen has a strong contrast and a peak brightness that is nearly 10 times higher than the standard cinema projector. There’s also less upkeep. Projectors have to work harder to achieve the same luminance as TVs. The bulbs dim and need to be replaced over time. And the contrast on a projector is dictated by how dark the projector room is.
But projectors tend to be quite easy on the eyes in a dark room like a theater, because of their low light output.
Samsung’s new screens, combined with a trend toward decking out high-end theaters with recliners, pillows, blankets, and table service to appeal to people who are willing to splurge on a night out, could make cinemas feel a lot more like your living room. Then what’s the incentive to shell out the $9 or so it costs to see a movie today when you can watch on a similar screen and couch at home?

People go to cinemas to immerse themselves in film—and theaters still do that better than almost anywhere else. There are no interruptions. No reminders of your outside life that could pull you out of that world (unless you ignore the theater’s many warnings and leave your mobile phone on). And you’re embarking on the journey with a community of like-minded viewers.
The new screens could potentially enhance that experience.
Samsung began teasing the screens in March at CinemaCon in the US, but is only now showing them publicly, No Film School reported. Samsung has not yet said how much the new screens will cost, though, so it’s unclear whether they’ll be a cost-effective alternative. Digital cinema projectors can cost tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the make and model, plus the cost of the screen and installation.
Flat-panel screens tend to be more fragile than projector screens. And, as Vulture pointed out, they may be harder to install and repair, as well. It might be better for filmmakers, though. Playing a movie on a screen that’s similar to the one the film is finished on in post-production, which tends to be a flat-panel screen these days, allows filmmakers to see how the movie will look to audiences before it’s released.
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