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Definitely. I had friends that were telling me that it wouldn't look good at all. Then they came over and saw it and were blown away. Not sure where you're at, but any good audio/video store is gonna have some projectors available to view. If you're in s/e Michigan, I could probably recommend some places.
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Yes, a 1080p HD projector will be crystal clear, but you need a very dark room.
They're great for movie rooms, but I don't really like watching sports in the dark. Everyone I know with a dedicated movie room and a projector seems to use it far less frequently. Your mileage may vary.
I have one mounted opposite a doorwall, and unless you're watching something at 3 in the afternoon, looking straight on (if you're just slightly offset the glare goes away) it's not a problem.
This. I also have a 110" screen and an Epson Powerline projector also. You really can't beat it.
You don't need a "very dark" room for a 1080p projector. We frequently have watch parties at my house, and we keep the lights on while the game is on...
Having said that, we use our projector all the time -- at last check my lamp had ~1500 hours on it.
We have our plasma in the living room. It's irritating to watch TV when its light outside a lot of times because of the reflection of light. Maybe we just got a lower quality plasma but I really prefer LCD/LED 120 hz to whatever I have. Mine could just be a comparable to 60 hz model though. Plasma has gotten a lot better with the residual image issues. Have had ours for a couple years with 0 issues in that regard without even running the process that "Clears" the screen.
go over to AVSForum.com and research.
You will be hard pressed to find projectors displayed well at big box stores. maybe home theater or high end shops.
I sit 12' from a 115" projector screen.
With projectors, you have to add in the cost of a screen which unless you DIY, can be $500-$800 dollars.
Not only that, most projectors only have 1 HDMI input at max, meaning that you would have to buy some type of multi port device.
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Agreed. When I was shopping for my TV a few years ago I was really afraid of Plasma for this reason. But it's not nearly as big of an issue as everyone makes it out to be. Just remember that older tube TVs had glass as well (rounded even) and everyone did just fine with the "glare issue" on them for decades before an LCD TV even hit the market. Then all of a sudden manufacturers started making LCDs and started talking about "glare issues" on other screens and how it's a major problem with their main competitor (plasma). Coincidence? I don't think so.
Wouldn't put a plasma as an outdoor TV or on a sun porch (LCDs thrive in those places), but anywhere else it'll be fine.
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I tend to agree with the using less frequently argument. I generally only use my projector for movies and sports. Just seems like overkill to watch a sitcom or whatever else I might watch in normal tv viewing in what essentially equates to a personal movie theater.
Maybe the projector setups I've seen haven't been as good as yours.
I'm not saying they're unwatchable in anything other than a home-theater room, but in my experience projectors in rooms with windows do not look as good during daytime watching as a TV would.
Personally, I would never consider installing a projector and screen in a living room.
Is this still true? -- my projector is approaching 3 years old now and has 2 HDMI inputs.
Is anybody using a 'soundbar' for these new TV purchases or going with full blown 'Home Theatres' with full surround sound?
I can agree with all of that.
I think it It is worth noting that if you ARE one of those who do want a projector in a well-lit area, there are viable options. My Epson comes with a "dynamic" mode which is damn near blinding... It's a 3-4 year old projector and I'm sure it's only gotten better.
The mid range ones have 2, a lot of people but the low end ones which generally have a Single DVI and single HDMI
Does that include budget for any surround sound? Forget the soundbars and crappy flatscreen tv speakers. 5.1 or 7.1 is the way to go. A good system can be had for the same price as a soundbar anyway.
If you do that, make sure you get a receiver with at least 4 HDMI inputs. Skip on all those HTIB systems that include a blu ray player.
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Can't you get an HDMI switch for like $30 that will allow multiple HDMI sources to be in one input?
Also, don't most people running projectors have AV equipment that already does this? (Like a home theater receiver that has multiple inputs for different sources, and runs all the video out from one output?)
For my basement tv I have a Sony soundbar that I am very happy with, tons of power and the fake "surround" works pretty well.
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Depends on the situation, room setup, budget...
Soundbars are an upgrade from the TV speakers, simple to set up and take up very little room, but are not as good as a 5.1 or 7.1 setup.
I have a projector in my basement and we love it.
Someone mentioned using it less - that has not been my experience. If anything people invite themselves over when they want to watch games - it happened yesterday with the basketball games (MSU and U of M vs the Illini).
As far as the one HDMI port, no problem. A good setup will run everyting through a good reciever - that is how you get what amounts to "better than most movie theater" sound.
This post was edited by Bridon Gueermo 18 months ago
I'm going to say what I told my customers at circuit city years ago.....don't cheap out when doing a home theatre system. Yes, you can use Monoprice to buy cables and such, but when it comes to the receiver and screens, be prepared to spend a pretty penny to get quality. Do not buy anything off brand, for the love of electronics get a Blu-Ray player and not just an up convert DVD, etc. you won't believe how cheap people are when coming to this. They think they can get the same quality by cutting corners and I for one can't understand that.
I'm pretty happy with my decision and was curious as to what others are doing. I have surround sound in my living room (50" Panasonic Plasma) and found I was using the TV speakers only more often than not.
When I added the 60" downstairs (Samsung 60") the first time I tried to watch a movie I went through the audio menu several times to try and find an output that was even mediocre. I couldn't find one. Didn't feel like pulling wires through walls etc for a surround system so opted for the Engergy Powerbar Elite from Amazon ... it helped that I had $150 in Amazon cards I needed to use.
So far I love it. It's loud, clear and the fake '3D' mode gives it a fairly good 'surround' sound feel. The advantages were the quick, simple hookup (I plugged it in, put the optic wire into the back of the TV) and it was done. The volume already worked with my comcast remote so I didn't have to program a thing.
I am in Livonia. Please recommend some places that sell them. I like what I hear so far.
I agree with most of this, with the exception of HDMI cables.
Cheap HDMI cables work just fine. The data is sent as a digital signal (1s and 0s) and therefore, as long as it gets from point A to point B it doesn't matter if you spent 60$ or 5$ on an HDMI cable. Better cables mattered somewhat before HDMI became prevalent, but now that everything is digital it doesn't really matter.
Also, some things to ignore.
Contrast Ratios (marketing gimmicks like 99999999999999999:1 contrast ratio!)
Refresh Rates over 120 Hz (you can maaaaybe tell a difference with 240... but it's doubtful.)
Features like "Dynamic Contrast" "true Motion" etc. (You'll want to turn all these off anyway)
Smart TVs (in your price range they're all likely to be smart TVs, but you can get more size/picture quality if you don't care about it)
3D (limited support, and you have to wear stupid glasses)
If you're looking to get the best picture possible then either Plasma or LED is your best bet, with Plasma having superior picture. Burn-in isn't something you need to worry about unless you keep stuff paused for hours while it's on, plus I hear this has become less of an issue on newer models.
This is just my 2c.
This post was edited by groverj3 18 months ago
When was the last time somebody spend $2,000 on a TV?
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