First little bit of reading steers me at the Panny 4000u, which is just released. Seem folks loved the 3000.
Anyone following my posts in the tv forum would know I'm moving in a few weeks, and will not be back into a house until Feb 1st. I just sold my ISF calibrated 50" 2008 Panny plasma, because I really did not want to move it.
The plan is to buy a new tv around Super Bowl time, to prep for the house. I first drooled over the Samsung LED 8500, but it'll just be more than I wanna spend. I then went back to drooling over the Panny 65" V10, but the weight and logistics of the thing are just a lot.
Gregg Loewen, who does my calibrating, recommended on the phone tonight that I consider FP. So, here I am, having not one damn clue about FP. All I know, is that I would need a good size wall 70-80" screen, my 3.1 system would fit around the screen easily, and I would need a rack near the screen for all the av crap. This house will be a rental, so I'd run one HDMI from my Denon to the PJ, using the sticky molding on the wall, that goes up and runs like crown molding.
Now that I have that outta the way, what brand/model/technology PJ should I be looking at? This would be my MAIN source for TV viewing too, so it'd be getting 2000 hours/year and would be used in a living room with some sort of window. I assume shades, but I could not watch tv in the dark during the day (WAF ya know).
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I totally agree with Gregg. I like Epson's new 8500 or JVC's HD550, which can be purchased for under $4k.
I suggest you make sure you really want a PJ over a TV. Go to a store where they have a setup and ask them to have lights on etc. A projector is something you turn on and leave on vs turn on for 20 minutes, turn off and go do some stuff outside and then turn back on etc
Just a few thoughts -- now with that said it is real cool. One option would be a motorized screen from monoprice -- $300 some, the Panny AE4000 MSRP $2K now you got some $1700 left in the projector budget and whatever you had for a screen and get yourself a 47/55 LH90 and put on the wall........... Now that is a nice setup and very versatile.
I have a PJ in the basement HT and love it, but not sure if I could have that as my only viewing area. We still use the 50-inch upstairs a lot.
I'm with Robert on this; for an inexpensive projector, the best options I've seen are from Epson and JVC. Sony does have some impressive new projectors selling at (gasp) a decent price, but they've never been a bargain hunter's company. Epson, by contrast, pretty much specializes in the bang-for-buck ratio.
I certainly don't disagree with mikeak that there is a loss of versatility in going to a projector. I wouldn't watch a morning news show on a projector, you know?
I believe the V10 to be a much better option for you...
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I understand everyone's advice, but I must say a projector is a very impressive experience. It goes well beyond watching TV to a feeling like truly being in the scene.
The operation of a Cinema is exactly the same as a TV with a surround sound system. So their should be no trouble for anyone to operate the system.
Yes a 47LH90 / 55LH90 or something like it is smaller than a 65 inch, but it gives you a TV for that regular watching like the news, a 30 min show here or there. Does the 65 inch really matter then? Then with a $2k projector and a $3-400 screen you get that BIG picture for movies and you are still right around that $4k budget......
In regards to wife handling it with a motorized screen etc you just get a activities remote like Harmony and program it. Watch TV turns on the TV, watch movie pulls down the screen and starts the projector - not to hard from there.....
IMO, I think a FP is for someone who already owns a nice flat panel/s and wants to convert the basement or a room into a home theater. I honestly cannot see having a FP as my main display to watch news or TV shows.
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Theaters bring you into the scenes and make you a part of the experience. Watching House, or any night time prime time show delivers an immersion feeling that can only happen in a very large high-quality screen with surround sound.
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Owning a modern 50" larger flat panel HDTV, is as important as any major appliance to have today, but a theater in your home is a whole different experience and one that has become far more popular in the past few years for many a/v enthusiasts.
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