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A/V Projector?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by matt_lumley, 13 Mar 2013.

  1. matt_lumley

    matt_lumley You're only supposed to...

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    Hey guys,

    In my house at uni next year I have a rather large wall opposite (at the bottom of) my bed. I will have my one or two monitors on my desk for watching tv and working etc but when I'm in bed I would much rather have a larger screen in front of me!

    I have a tv at home but don't want to bring that and mount it so I was thinking of getting a projector and mounting it over head and having it project onto the wall.

    Just wanted your opinions on this idea and also the best prices/places to buy one from.

    Cheers
    Matt
     
  2. mm vr

    mm vr The cheesecake is a lie

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    What's your budget?

    Lamps tend to be almost as expensive as a whole new projector. LED projectors don't require lamp replacement, but their initial price is higher.

    We have several Casio XJ-M140 projectors at work and we are going to get more. They have high brightness, and end up cheaper in the long run as we don't have to buy lamps. They are pretty loud though (a fairly common problem with projectors) and the native resolution is only 1024x768 (also common with all other projectors).
     
  3. matt_lumley

    matt_lumley You're only supposed to...

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    I'm really unsure on budget as I can save a little more/less if required etc,

    I am aware some can be quite loud and also that bulbs are expensive so was looking at led maybe second hand?
     
  4. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    If you want to watch TV, check if you're succeptive to the "rainbow effect". (many people are)
    If you are, you can't buy a DLP based projector.
    DLP based projectors are cheaper, smaller and quieter (as they cool the DLP-mirror from behind).
    Rainbow effect is a killer arguement though (if you're affected there's no way NOT to see it in a TV/movie projection).
    Your other choice would be to buy a LCD or 3-LCD projector. They're huge heavy beasts, but well worth it imho.

    I went for full HD (1920x1080), then again I'm looking at a 110~120" screen.
    I can recommend the Epson EH-TW3200 personally, but it's probably too expensive.
    I watch Blurays though, not TV.

    You might try "HD-ready" (1280x720) which schould suffice for TV (at least in this country, TV is 1280x720 max.)
     
  5. Reg216uk

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  6. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    Anyway you should try and test one on forehand, which may be a problem with a used one.
    I ordered a (realtively cheap) DLP-one from Amazon and was glad I could send it back.
     
  7. Margo Baggins

    Margo Baggins I'm good at Soldering Super Moderator

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    I had a DLP projector for a while and it was great. rainbow effect i only saw if I shook my head and blinked rapidly. which isn't a normal thing to do.
     
  8. faxiij

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    I had/have similar plans and the BenQ W710ST has been on my watch-list for quite a while. It has a decent price (about 600€ when I last checked), 3D and good quality for the price. Big bonus in my books is the short-throw feature. If you don't need that, maybe have a look at the W1070 (also from BenQ).

    Not sure if that fits your bill, but I picked those a while ago and figure it'd be worth looking at :)
     
  9. Xir

    Xir Well-Known Member

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    Yah, it differs extremely from person to person but also from projector to projector, must have gotten better these last few years.
    Anyway if you're among the people that it bothers, it's a killer arguement.
    (If you're not, you're lucky and get away much cheaper) :D
     

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