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i have a nice projector and a 110 inch screen it works awesome just make sure it has the right kind of inputs and its resolution. you will not be disapointed games are so much more fun. make sure you get a pretty good sound system as well for even more enjoyment. the price is what yopu should consider and the amount of room you have to work with. the bulb life is not that bad i have had mine for about 2 years and its about 1100 hours of total use. at first you will go nuts and use it constantly. then it will taper off you will see go projector all the way
    
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Sorry, I think I'm misunderstanding: are you gonna buy a new projector or used?
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http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1158318442758
wow thats such a good deal..
I would go for a 1080p lcd tv, even if it would end up being a bit smaller, they are just so clear and crisp.
    
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That's the one I just bought from best buy instore: 899.99. 980.00 after tax. And yes, it's an awesome 720p set. I'm about to go and pick up the 42w2 as well for comparison between the two side by side. Got a good deal on it, 1100 brand new.

Also, you should consider RESELL value. Because, I'm sure, you'll want to resell it when it comes time for upgrade. An LCD SHOULD sell better than a Projector.
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Sorry, I think I'm misunderstanding: are you gonna buy a new projector or used?
Used, in fact banking on the fact that the projectors resell values are so poor. On my local (Detroit) craigslist there are multiple $250-$300 just listed in the last 2 weeks that all retailed over $700 at some point. I've read up on what to look for in a projector(res, contrast, lumens) so I know I'll find a decent one that can suite my needs. If I had some more cash I'd look into an LCD display for sure.


And its good to hear that the bulb thing isn't so much an issue. I guess I wasn't really thinking how long ~2000 hours is. I had it in my mind I'd be buying a new bulb every 5-6 months.



Edit: about resell value... if I'm getting it for $300 and in 2 years when I'll probably be looking to upgrade, or at least trying to sell it, if I can even get $100 for it I'd be plenty happy. In fact I'd probably just keep it, $300 for theater entertainment is worth it to me, and once I'm out of college I'll much more easily be able to afford those nice LCD TV's
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As much as a problem as I have with Dell as a whole, my projector is a Dell brand (I can't build one of those) and its really great even with the lights on. It is the only thing we watch anything on even regular tv. You want at least 2000 lumens and nice resolution on that sucker and you'll be happy.
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Used, in fact banking on the fact that the projectors resell values are so poor. On my local (Detroit) craigslist there are multiple $250-$300 just listed in the last 2 weeks that all retailed over $700 at some point. I've read up on what to look for in a projector(res, contrast, lumens) so I know I'll find a decent one that can suite my needs. If I had some more cash I'd look into an LCD display for sure.


And its good to hear that the bulb thing isn't so much an issue. I guess I wasn't really thinking how long ~2000 hours is. I had it in my mind I'd be buying a new bulb every 5-6 months.
Good luck! And have loads of fun!

Chances are, a used one ain't gonna last more than a year. Just the reality of bulbs and buying used. Take for example the guy that posted above me. Watches regular TV on it? How many hours can you guesstimate that the person you're buying from has used it?

Those with the same thoughts as you, as well, have probably run it into the ground as far as usage goes. Just make sure you ask a lot of questions, less you're fine with shelling out 600 for a useless projector bulb replacement six, eight, to twelve months down the road.
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You might really want to check out an infocus screenplay 4805. It may be somewhat old now but a year ago ti was the top 480p projector and it was $500. I have one in the basement in our mini theater. It is hooked up through a very long hdmi cable and component video cable as well. The picture is great. I have a screen made from blackout cloth($30 at fabric store). There are certain settings to make the picture look good.

To block the light form the windows get some blackout cloth becasue it blocks all the light(hence "blackout").

Edit projector central page you should check out the rest of that site too...lots of useful info
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InFocus BRAND NEW would be my vote for a Projector, by the way. Please, if you get one, don't buy used. Do yourself a favor and get an InFocus. They're the shizzle even at 480p.
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Good luck! And have loads of fun!

Chances are, a used one ain't gonna last more than a year. Just the reality of bulbs and buying used. Take for example the guy that posted above me. Watches regular TV on it? How many hours can you guesstimate that the person you're buying from has used it?

Those with the same thoughts as you, as well, have probably run it into the ground as far as usage goes. Just make sure you ask a lot of questions, less you're fine with shelling out 600 for a useless projector bulb replacement six, eight, to twelve months down the road.
Usage isn't really a problem as the device itself needs little maintenence outside of a can of air here and there. The bulb is what needs replacing and they aren't as bad as you think. Mine are about $250 every two years and I use my ALL the time.
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