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Topic # 62497 8-Jun-2010 18:17
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Anyone want to comment on their choice of projector in this price range?

I can see the Mitsubishi HC 7000 fits, as does the Panasonic PT-A4000 (both on Rapallo's site which seems the most comprehensive site in NZ), and they both get positive reviews.

I slightly prefer the Mitsi, but am a little concerned that it first came out a couple of years ago and may be about to be replaced.

Also I have seen some adverse comment about the lower light level of the bulb, because my projector room is also my lounge, sothe walls are not light absorbing black but cream.  (At least I have blackout blinds, poor street lighting and generally only watch after dark!)

Then there is also the Optoma HD20 which is a bit cheaper at $3200

Your thoughts, oh geeks?

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  Reply # 339480 8-Jun-2010 18:29
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Which one has the cheapest replacement bulbs?
If they are both within par of each other the ongoing costs is what would tip it for me.

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  Reply # 339815 9-Jun-2010 15:04
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Fantastic you are going 1080 PJ, honestly you won't look back.

Opinions will vary about the value of each type and brand, arguably the differences are minor in the scheme of things.
However a couple of things you should check out, first and foremost grab the manual for each brand, you listed 3 of them.

The reason is that you have to plan how and where you are going to locate the PJ and what image size you wish to use. Each brand will have it's sweet spot dispite the wide range of settings available.

You should grab a pen, paper and tape measure and sketch out your room, plan and elevation.
It is important you find out what will hinder the install, like a beam or light fitting.
Think about power, and connections, HDMI, how close are you to DVD/BD player or AV unit.
Think about where the screen will go, motorised or pull down or fixed frame, in all cases look for clearances and obstructions.

Some models of PJ prefer not to off axis too much, others and more side adjustment but less longatude.
Don't use or consider Keystone adjustment, trust me on this, use it and you might as well use a 720p projector.

The final choice can be difficult for something that is unsighted, typically with projection store setups are crap or limited show off status. Dedicated AV stores fair better though.
All I can say is they will all be good as the competition is tough in the PJ world, any weakness and they will be hammered for it. So this is why I say look at other aspects like setup and connections.

I personally own and use the AE4000E.

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