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Projector vs TV

Discussion in 'Audio Visual' started by Dan706, Oct 17, 2017.

  1. Dan706

    Dan706 Member

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    We've got a big light coloured blank wall in our loungeroom. We only use our TV, a 46" Series 5 Samsung LCD, for watching movies or Netflix via an old PC we've got rigged up.

    We're considering using the big blank space as a projector space instead of using our TV, because the TV is too small for the room, but due to money constraints I'd only be able to afford a second hand projector. Is this worth doing?

    If it's worth looking at a second hand projector, what models are should I be looking at for watching movies/Netflix?

    TIA! :thumbup:
     
  2. Holdenkicks

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    Definitely do it. You wont look back.

    Go for a big brand like Sony, epson, Sanyo, JVC or Infocus. Avoid no-name brands as lamps will be hard to get.

    Make sure it has HDMI and does 1920x1080 - if it doesnt, walk away as it will be quite old.

    Anything over 3000 lumens brightness will be a data projector, not a theatre projector, so check that the model you're considering is advertised by the manufacturer as a "Home theatre" projector (If not, its a data/presentation projector and it wont handle motion well or do colours accurately).
     
  3. Zee

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    As above - I'd probably lean a little towards Epson, though any of the above will produce a great image - though well worth looking for a model with lens shift (both axis).

    Pureglare have been pretty good for globes at reasonable prices.

    Z...
     
  4. Smoke87

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    Get a laser projector.
     
  5. Holdenkicks

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    they tend to be over $3000 - if Op can only afford second hand, he hasnt got more than $2000 for this acquisition.
     
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  6. sTeeLzor

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    Depends on how big you want it. You might be better off getting something like the Hisense 7 series in 70" if you can find it.

    I love my projector (130") but doesnt really hold a candle to my OLED 55" in terms of quality.
     
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  7. Smoke87

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    Yeah I picked one up for $1400 used. So incredibly lucky. Fingers crossed it serves me for a long time. PTRZ370. Gumtree and patience will work a treat.

    Its a bit soft on the focus but my eye sight says I can't tell the difference :D
     
  8. Sphinx

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    Projectors work well, but you need a very dark room for good contrast levels. A dedicated theatre room with block-out curtains will work much better than an open lounge room.

    Selby sell an new Epson EH-TW5600 1080p HD projector with warranty + 120" fixed frame screen + 10m hdmi cable and a ceiling mount package for $1,539: https://www.selby.com.au/home-theatre-projector-package-starter-pack-500.html
     
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    Thanks for the info guys, I'll start hunting around. We're shopping for curtains in the immediate future, so block-out curtains for the lounge area is high priority ;)
     
  10. srey

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    Ah man, I miss my projector so fucking much!

    Our last place was a big old house and i had a projector setup in the lounge. It was a pretty ghetto setup (hanging off 4x2s suspended between the picture rails on the walls) but it was awesome.

    I got a second hand Mitsubishi hc4000 and a 100” fixed screen for $400 off the dtv forums. Black levels weren't brilliant but the overall picture quality was quite nice.
     
  11. Zee

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    Same. I had a 120" screen set up - had some epic nights playing Halo with mates - Had a second room with another projector set up, a 3rd room with a 50" plasma, and a 4th 40" LCD, only the 40" didn't have a 5.1 surround system attached. I miss those days!

    Z...
     
  12. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    I still have my Epson TW-3200 1080p projector, run's brilliant, every bit as good as the day I bought it.

    Problem is that I don't have the time I used to to watch movies anymore... :(
     
  13. mtma

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    I went a year without a projector setup, glad to have it back. The comments about versatility are true though: if it weren't the case I would probably use the projector for everything.
     
  14. flu!d

    flu!d Never perfect, always genuine

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    I haven't got one of these new fandangled LCD's. I run my 50" plasma for everything, of an evening when I wanna watch a movie I pull the screen down in front of the plasma and fire up the projector - Works a treat.
     
  15. steffan72

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    You must be using an average projector then. My 120 inch JVC-x7000 absolutely kills my 75 inch uled tv in terms of picture quality. Theyre not even in the same ballpark
     
  16. theSeekerr

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    You may have missed the "OLED" part of sTeeLzor's comment - there are no projectors that can match OLED's crazy contrast or basically instant pixel response time. OLED is in a totally different class to any LED backlit LCD display.
     
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  17. steffan72

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    i did miss the oled part. I stand corrected. for me personally.......i would still go the 120 inch for pure immersion. Each to their own though
     
  18. RyoSaeba

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    Same. 55" is just too small these days even if it is OLED.
     
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    120 inch is just normal for me now.......140 would be great if i had a wall big enuf to fit it
     
  20. darknebula

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    Same here, my wife looks at me like i'm mad when i suggest watching something on the 55" plasma
     

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