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Well, I don't know what you are going to be using it for, and I know this isn't natively full HD... but I think these projectors are incredibly cool:

http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/MX38866

Laser projectors in the past have sucked because they couldn't get a decent Lumen count. This thing has 2000 lumens which is pretty decent and an 80000:1 contrast ratio is crazy.

Another upside to these is that they use like 90% less energy than conventional projectors, don't get hot, and have like 3 times the rated bulb life of a conventional projector.

Well, you would've known what I will be using it for, if you read my thread, hehe biggrin.gif Mainly TV (HDTV and digital), 1080p blu-ray movies and maybe some console gaming in the future.

I can't seem to find that projector here :/
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What about the BenQ W1200? It's $1.522,49 here, and I can get it for $139,97 a month interest free, if you know what I mean smile.gif

Sounds like a good deal to me, but I don't know...
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I will be hooking it up like this:



Set Top Box (for TV) --> via HDMI in 2 --> LG Blu-Ray Player w/surround sound receiver

HTPC --> via HDMI in 1 --> LG Blu-Ray Player w/surround sound receiver



LG Blu-Ray Player w/surround sound receiver --> via HDMI out --> Projector


I'll probably get a surround receiver with more HDMI in ports for a console maybe. But for now, the projector is the most important element smile.gif
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Sorry, but one last thing:

What is your opinion on not using a canvas/screen, but a white wall? The white is a really good white. Expensive white paint, you know? smile.gif
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If you are still looking here is a suggestion.

I have been using the optoma hd20 for a pretty long time now, and it is just great.

http://www.projectorreviews.com/optoma/hd20/index.php

For it's money (under 1000$ now) it is really good, 1080p picture and colors look pretty good and the brightness is pretty decent.

I will say though that mine is in a room that is pretty dark and that when the lights are on it gets pretty washed out so I wouldn't recommend it in a room where you can't control the lights at all.

It's perfect for watching movies and playing the ps3.

Oh and the lamp is still going strong after a good amount of hours (i would need to check exactly how much).
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If you are still looking here is a suggestion.

I have been using the optoma hd20 for a pretty long time now, and it is just great.

http://www.projectorreviews.com/optoma/hd20/index.php

For it's money (under 1000$ now) it is really good, 1080p picture and colors look pretty good and the brightness is pretty decent.

I will say though that mine is in a room that is pretty dark and that when the lights are on it gets pretty washed out so I wouldn't recommend it in a room where you can't control the lights at all.

It's perfect for watching movies and playing the ps3.

Oh and the lamp is still going strong after a good amount of hours (i would need to check exactly how much).

Sounds really good, but I can't seem to find it here in Denmark frown.gif
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What about the BenQ W1200? It's $1.522,49 here, and I can get it for $139,97 a month interest free, if you know what I mean smile.gif

Sounds like a good deal to me, but I don't know...

The W1200 is a low cost single chip DLP kind of like the Mitsubishi HC4000 I mentioned before. Better placement flexibility that I expected with a 1.5:1 lens, but no lens shift. If you don't know what these are google or just ask and I can explain, they are very important for where you are going to put the projector, how bright your image is going to be, and how big your screen can be. It seems the contrast is quite low on the W1200 but it is really bright and would work well in a room where lighting is potentially an issue. Overall as long as you are not sensitive to the DLP rainbow effect this could be a great intro projector for you.
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I will be hooking it up like this:

Are you already running your equipment like this on a TV? Some cheap receivers, especially all in one systems, cannot switch the signal correctly when you switch from SD to HD like your set top box probably will do. Just something to be aware of.
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Sounds really good, but I can't seem to find it here in Denmark frown.gif

The HD20 came out in 2009, it's pretty dated by now. The HD20 has pretty poor contrast compared to most of the other ones we've talked about.

Overall I still think you should look for the Acer H9500BD, or maybe some of the older epsons like the HC6100, HC8100, HC8350, or save up a little more money and get the 3010/3020. Regardless what you pick, I think you'll be happy because the world of projectors is just so much fun.
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The W1200 is a low cost single chip DLP kind of like the Mitsubishi HC4000 I mentioned before. Better placement flexibility that I expected with a 1.5:1 lens, but no lens shift. If you don't know what these are google or just ask and I can explain, they are very important for where you are going to put the projector, how bright your image is going to be, and how big your screen can be. It seems the contrast is quite low on the W1200 but it is really bright and would work well in a room where lighting is potentially an issue. Overall as long as you are not sensitive to the DLP rainbow effect this could be a great intro projector for you.
Are you already running your equipment like this on a TV? Some cheap receivers, especially all in one systems, cannot switch the signal correctly when you switch from SD to HD like your set top box probably will do. Just something to be aware of.
The HD20 came out in 2009, it's pretty dated by now. The HD20 has pretty poor contrast compared to most of the other ones we've talked about.

Overall I still think you should look for the Acer H9500BD, or maybe some of the older epsons like the HC6100, HC8100, HC8350, or save up a little more money and get the 3010/3020. Regardless what you pick, I think you'll be happy because the world of projectors is just so much fun.

There's so much to consider! If you explain me those things, I probably won't get it anyway. You're welcome to try though! smile.gif

I already run it like that with my TV at home. No problems at all smile.gif

I've also been looking at an Optoma HD300X 3D and an Epson EH-TW5910 3D. Now I shifted my budget to around $1600, because I might be able to pay pr. month with 0% interests for 12 months. I really just want a decent one for a reasonable price. I'm not an enthusiast, and I won't play much with settings, so it should be something I could setup pretty easily smile.gif

I think it'll be great fun for sure! :

But how about it if I don't use a canvas/screen, but just use the white wall? It's really a good white. Not fading or anything smile.gif
Edited by WhitePrQjser - 3/22/13 at 6:11am
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Living room? Don't bother. Get a TV. I have opaque curtains over black venetian blinds in my living room and as dark as it is in here when I keep everything closed, it's still not dark enough to get good color from a projector. The best screens are still sliver and that means your blacks will be a light grey at best if there's ambient light. If this is going in your basement or some other room where the sun can't reach, then consider a projector.
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Living room? Don't bother. Get a TV. I have opaque curtains over black venetian blinds in my living room and as dark as it is in here when I keep everything closed, it's still not dark enough to get good color from a projector. The best screens are still sliver and that means your blacks will be a light grey at best if there's ambient light. If this is going in your basement or some other room where the sun can't reach, then consider a projector.

You're really not helping, sorry. I already have a TV, and I want a projector. That's simple. Now I just need a quality projector, and I'll figure everything out with the lighting and stuff later on.
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Western Digital 2.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Seagate Barracuda 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Western Digital 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Samsung 840 Series SSD 
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Pioneer DVR-115 DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 2x BenQ 24" G2420HDB LG 50PK250N 50" Plasma TV 
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BenQ 1070W Projector Logitech K200 XFX ProSeries Black Edition 850W Phanteks Enthoo Pro 
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Roccat Kone+ SteelSeries 4D Cerwin Vega XLS-6 speakers Fronts Cerwin Vega CLSC-6C Center 
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Jamo cornet 40 II Rears Pioneer VSX-421 Surround Receiver Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless LG HX906SB 3D Home Cinema system 
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Scythe Kaze Master II 
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Seagate Barracuda 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Western Digital 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Hitachi Deskstar 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Western Digital "Elements" 3.5" 7200rpm [External] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital 2.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Seagate Barracuda 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Western Digital 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Samsung 840 Series SSD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorMonitor
Pioneer DVR-115 DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 2x BenQ 24" G2420HDB LG 50PK250N 50" Plasma TV 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ 1070W Projector Logitech K200 XFX ProSeries Black Edition 850W Phanteks Enthoo Pro 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Roccat Kone+ SteelSeries 4D Cerwin Vega XLS-6 speakers Fronts Cerwin Vega CLSC-6C Center 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Jamo cornet 40 II Rears Pioneer VSX-421 Surround Receiver Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless LG HX906SB 3D Home Cinema system 
Other
Scythe Kaze Master II 
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