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« on: May 21, 2009, 11:13 »
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How to choose, a projector or a LCD tv.  A projector has a big image and is a small package.  Perhaps a LCD is easier to use?  Do you have an opinion on what your have, and why you chose it?


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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2009, 11:25 »
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I have heard projection tvs inherently have low brightness,
and need stray light blocked in a room. At the moment I have only
a Sony Wega standard definition, but it's a great set, and Sony would be
my first preference in moving to an  LCD HDTV.
I like the look of the new Samsung LED sets as well, though they cost more.

http://www.samsung.com/us/productsubtype/led/

« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2009, 12:29 »
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Yes, projection TV have usually much less brightness. The decision here depends on how important is it for you to have your home theater system hidden when it is not in use nad how much light do you normally have in this room, is it bright with lots of sunshine perhaps, or it is in a basement with almost no natural light at all.

I personally prefer LCD TVs for their brightness and sharpness. There are some great newer generation LCD TVs out there. My Samsung is already 2 years old but I'm still satisfied with it.

« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2009, 12:36 »
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I still have a CRT, the LCD's and plasma screens look blurry to me.  They are better with HD but that costs more to get the sports channels here.  I will wait and see if they improve.

« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2009, 12:45 »
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I still have a CRT, the LCD's and plasma screens look blurry to me.  They are better with HD but that costs more to get the sports channels here.  I will wait and see if they improve.
What looks blurry is a standard definition signal blown up to the size of a LCD or plasma. This is nothing to do with their image quality. Standard definition siganl was never meant to be watched on 50" screens. So the question is only how much HD TV signal is available in your area.

« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2009, 12:51 »
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I have a Panasonic PT-AX200U (PANPTAX200U) projector in my unfinished basement.  We keep the lights out down there, so it is plenty dark enough to play Wii on the 5 foot or so diagonal screen.  Much better than my old Infocus X-1.  Costs the same too (four years difference) and this one is twice as bright and can do 720p if I had an HD source down there.

I just completely redid our family room upstairs and went with an all Sony system (always have had Sony).
40" W Series LCD TV
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Bravia-KDL-40W4100-40-Inch-1080p/dp/B0017Q8B66
Sony Blu-Ray
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-BDP-S350-1080p-Blu-ray-Player/dp/B001A4LVYY
Sony 5.1 HDMI switching receiver
http://www.amazon.com/Sony-HT-SS2300-Component-Theater-System/dp/B00180MQWG
Sony VCR/DVD combo

I also got this really cool IR repeater, so we can close the doors to the cabinet under the tv, and the remotes still can reach the units:
http://www.smarthome.com/59500/Hidden-IR-Repeater-System-Home-Theater-Infrared-Distribution-System/p.aspx

I'm not as picky as I thought I'd be.  The "W" Bravia series looks awesome, and was well worth the money.

« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2009, 13:12 »
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I still have a CRT, the LCD's and plasma screens look blurry to me.  They are better with HD but that costs more to get the sports channels here.  I will wait and see if they improve.

I'm the same. I have a 33" CRT that is now about 15 years old __ but it still has a sharper and brighter picture than any LCD or plasma screen I've seen in the shops.

I had 4 salesmen in 4 different stores advise me to keep the CRT until it dies as they are still superior, even if they don't look quite as sleek as the modern stuff. I was dying to splash out on a new telly but just couldn't find one that I liked enough to do so.

« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2009, 13:34 »
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I still have a CRT, the LCD's and plasma screens look blurry to me.  They are better with HD but that costs more to get the sports channels here.  I will wait and see if they improve.

What looks blurry is a standard definition signal blown up to the size of a LCD or plasma. This is nothing to do with their image quality. Standard definition siganl was never meant to be watched on 50" screens. So the question is only how much HD TV signal is available in your area.

There is a bit more to it than that.  I can see problems when a HD signal is being used, most people don't find it as annoying as I do though.  This mentions some current problems http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDTV_bur
I think it will take a few years for the manufacturers to sort this out and there will be much improved TV's, probably costing less because so many people already have one.

« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2009, 14:47 »
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Projector sounds interesting. I had a 57" sony CRT which had a great picture but the thing just took up to much space. Anything over 50" really needs an HD signal to look good. Also room size is a big factor. Big TV in small room sucks. I have a 50" inch plasma with no regrets except it gets really hot. Never experienced pixel burn in.  I can't ship the 50" to where I'm moving without paying a fortune so I Just bought a 37" Samsung LCD. Looks like a nice TV for the price.

I can't see a big difference between any of the technologies. The LCD might save a little on the power bill especially at large size. I wonder what happened to laser technology which was supposed to make the rest obsolete??

« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2009, 16:14 »
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There is a bit more to it than that.  I can see problems when a HD signal is being used, most people don't find it as annoying as I do though.  This mentions some current problems http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDTV_bur
I think it will take a few years for the manufacturers to sort this out and there will be much improved TV's, probably costing less because so many people already have one.
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I agree. There are some problems inherent with the new technology. However, I still prefer watching a movie on a big screen LCD over a smaller CRT. It gives a meaning to phrase home theater.

« Reply #10 on: May 24, 2009, 11:13 »
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Go projector if you can dim the light even on sunny day. I have 90" self made screen on our living room (laminated plywood, painted with correct color paint) with 3-4 year old panasonic projector. Watching the HD movies from BluRay is very nice (even the projector is only 720p). I Will not go back to small tv's at any reason :). But if you can't dim the light coming from outside the lcd is then a better choice.  And if you are buying projector you should go to 1080p (full HD) one.

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