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katya1971 Avatar
9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
I need to buy a new tv for home and have been lookng at maybe getting a plasma , however i am now swaying towards a projector and im not very up on them there seems to be so many ! can anyone offer some advice as to manufacturer and specifications i should be looking at getting im aiming for a purchase at maximum of £1000. want to watch cable tv , dvd hopfully hd as further purchase and prbly x box wii another further purchase , also would like surround sound but im not sure if this is possible with these and is it poss to play my pc through one of these ? im somewhat lost on the techy side!

I have plenty of wall space and around 28 ft lounge so viewing distance is good .
would appreciate any help here . thanks and happy easter .
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9y, 8m agoPosted 9 years, 8 months ago
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#1
How about a plasma AND projector, more and more people seem to be getting both for the practicality of the plasma for normal TV viewing and the WOW factor when watching films etc.

Was looking for a cheap one myself and i was recommended the Benq w100 @ £385. Then you have a large chunk of your budget left for a normal viewing LCD/plasma!
#2
A projector is great. I love mine.

However:

Bulbs will last around 2000 hours, then its £150 - £300 to replace it.
They will generally only work in a very darkened room (like in a cinema) so you would need blackout lining on the curtains, and to have all lights out.


You could not get away with using a PJ instead of a TV. You could only use it as a 2nd option, to watch films and play games , or watch the big match etc.

In this day and age you need a PJ with a minimum resolution of 720P. (1280x720).

Before I (or anybody else goes into further detail) you need to determine whether a PJ will still suit your needs.
#3
smashed
A projector is great. I love mine.

However:

Bulbs will last around 2000 hours, then its £150 - £300 to replace it.
They will generally only work in a very darkened room (like in a cinema) so you would need blackout lining on the curtains, and to have all lights out.


You could not get away with using a PJ instead of a TV. You could only use it as a 2nd option, to watch films and play games , or watch the big match etc.

In this day and age you need a PJ with a minimum resolution of 720P. (1280x720).

Before I (or anybody else goes into further detail) you need to determine whether a PJ will still suit your needs.



thanks smashed i was unaware they wernt good to use as a permenant stand alone tv and i think the bulb replacement may put me out of pocket long term so this i worth the consideration, i have been watching the progress of the new panny th50px70 which i must say im drooling on but the off putting thing being the price tag at this time and the fact that i dont want cables running down the walls,which i cant seem to work out how to not get ? so thought the projection idea may be better , im not sure i would be keen on having both.
#4
You would definitely struggle if you wanted to use a PJ instead of a TV for 5hours a day. The bulb would only last 14months.

A projector would still need cabling going up to the ceiling.

A lot of people just cover the cables that go up to the TV with some king of tubing (not sure of its official name). Its like guttering cut in half, tho obviously a lot nicer.

You would definitely be best to go to [url]www.avforums.com[/url] and look around there for advice in the relevant subforums
#5
smashed
You would definitely struggle if you wanted to use a PJ instead of a TV for 5hours a day. The bulb would only last 14months.

A projector would still need cabling going up to the ceiling.

A lot of people just cover the cables that go up to the TV with some king of tubing (not sure of its official name). Its like guttering cut in half, tho obviously a lot nicer.

You would definitely be best to go to [url]www.avforums.com[/url] and look around there for advice in the relevant subforums


thanks smashed sorry for delay in message, i will have a look on av forums see whats the reommended . i wish the new panny was about 500 cheaper lol i want one now .:-D
#6
I would consider the th50px60 for £1000 if you can stomach paying that much. I wouldnt spend £1500 on a TV ever.
Just remember, if you had been looking 6months ago, you would have drooled over the 60 for £1500.
Getting the latest model is false economy. The 70 will be worth £1k in 6months, so either wait until it drops, or get the 60 now.

1080P is not really necessary IMO
#7
plasma / lcd / pj depreciation will be 40%-50% in 6 months time.
#8
suniil
plasma / lcd / pj depreciation will be 40%-50% in 6 months time.


i am thinking of holding off for a while and like you say wait for the prices to fall somewhat i dont feel the need to be the first to get things on the just released market,i much prefer to get the product at a bargin :thumbsup: hence being a hotdealsuk member :-D
didnt the 60 or 600 panny have some purple snake issues tho?
banned#9
I used to live with a projector as my only TV. I can definately vouch against doing this. I had an ultrabright widescreen 720p projector, but it was still a pain in the arse as we could only really watch it in the dark (it was possible in the light, but it looked naff).

Combined with warmup/cooldown times, the cost of replacing the bulb every 2500 hours (you could run it longer but brightness/image quality took a big hit), the pain in the arse installation (had to get someone in professionally to fit it, run the cabling through the roof/walls and put breakout boxes in etc) it just wasn't worth it.

Ended up getting a 50px60 instead.
#10
Anarchist
I used to live with a projector as my only TV. I can definately vouch against doing this. I had an ultrabright widescreen 720p projector, but it was still a pain in the arse as we could only really watch it in the dark (it was possible in the light, but it looked naff).

Combined with warmup/cooldown times, the cost of replacing the bulb every 2500 hours (you could run it longer but brightness/image quality took a big hit), the pain in the arse installation (had to get someone in professionally to fit it, run the cabling through the roof/walls and put breakout boxes in etc) it just wasn't worth it.

Ended up getting a 50px60 instead.


thanks for the sound advice im glad i asked , i wouldnt have to funds long term to keep replacing these bulbs so i think i will stick with the plasma choice and do some shopping for a bargin .
cheers for all your help guys ;-)

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