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Projector - Worth getting one?

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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
I was recently thinking of getting a 32" HDTV for around the £300 just for playing ps3, some movies and casual TV. For some unforeseen clicks i ended up looking at projectors. Now the projector that caught my eye was the Optoma HD65. I think I can get one around the £430 mark.

So my dilemma is do i just stick with a cheap HDTV and save my money or do i go for the projector? Bearing in mind this will project an image size of apprx 82-85" diagonally across my wall in HD (not 1080p). It can produce bigger sizes but I do not have the wall space or the throw distance for the projector to go any bigger.

Any draw backs to having a projector? minus the £120 bulb and the lack of out-the-box sound?

Any sensible comments welcome. :)
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8y, 4m agoPosted 8 years, 4 months ago
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#1
why a projector and not hd tv?
#2
monkeybrains
why a projector and not hd tv?


MASSIVE SCREEN :|

The problem with projectors is that ambient light pretty much makes the picture vanish unless it's incredibly powerful.
#3
i mean for playing ps3 games. you wont get the same quality
#4
Good question. Well i stumbled across images on a forum that really were impressive. HD but on a grander scale. Essentially in my head the comparison is like asking yourself 'Do I watch the blu-ray and play COD4 online on a nice 32" screen? Or do I watch and play on a 82" screen?' I know it's a flawed logic, but it is the initial comparison made between both options.
#5
Put it this way... if the screen is too large change the focus and make the picture smaller and denser...
#6
When we were at UNi we borrowed projectors from the library and set up a cinema in the garden projecting onto the house next door, was good fun but i dont think i would buy one unless i already had a nice tv for day to day use.
#7
I bought a 720p projector last year. It can do a 110 - 120 inch image in the lounge, but due to the size of the room I have to make do with a 77 inch image in the bedroom with the PS3.

I don't think I could go back to gaming on a TV, but have one for freeview and the like.

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With the Optoma HD65 I get three years warranty. Bulbs shoould last a couple of years and unlike other PJs where a new bulb could be £250... they are only £90 which I'm not too fussed about. You do have to be careful with a PJ, and don't power it on... off and then on again within the hour (two to be safe). Things like that affect the life of the bulb. The image is worth the trouble, and with the HD65 it is very bright.
#8
Bulbs can cost upwards of £300 and you need to make sure that you don't just switch it off at the wall, you must power it down and let the fan do it's work in order not to damage the bulb. Projectors are ok but unless you are paying money for a really good one and a proper screen the image won't be fantastic.
#9
monkeybrains
i mean for playing ps3 games. you wont get the same quality


not exactly, U use a HD projector with my xbox 360 and it is ace. the quality is the same (1080i) but on a huge screen
#10
This was one of the images that made me think 'Wow! I want one'

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l150/anibap/DSC_0084.jpg

I think mainly because you get to actually see the scale because there is someone in the picture. And the quality at that size? Wow.

As for the screen I've been reading that an IKEA blackout blind 'tupplar' does the trick and is only £18.99. Sound I'm unsure yet, was thinking the cheap '5.1' surround sound you can get for £40. I'm on a budget :-P
banned#11
I've had a projector for several years now (non HD) and yes it's great for watching movies but it does need a darkened room. I bought a proper blackout curtain because it let me watch films at any time of day other than evenings (especially in summer).

However, since having a HD plasma, I now find that this has become my sole source of watching movies and therefore has made my dedicated cinema room obsolete.

Can't comment on how good gaming is on the projector because I've never been into that medium sorry.
#12
This image shows the quality and size - person in the pic to show the scale of the projection.

I'll be buying the Ikea blackout blind Tupplur which will cost £18.99 and that will solve the screen problem. I'm just wondering whether or not it's worth it, but from where I'm standing the pro's outweigh the cons. I'm going into Glasgow today to see if the Rainbow effect from DLP projectors affect me - if they do then I can kiss goodbye to this little adventure :-P
#13
For me it has to be projector for games and consoles for 2 reasons:

6-8 foot screen Vs 40-50" Telly
Projectors are so much more female friendly, the missus thinks big Plasmas are a bit chavvy and dominate the room, whilst I have a drop down screen hidden behind curtain pelmet and the projector sat on a bookshelf.

And yes I may lose some definition, against a plasma, but I dont care I am so engrossed in my massive screen I dont honestly notice.
#14
"Projector - Worth getting one?"

Why get one, get two!

Then mix them so they are creating the same picture from different angles. That way when someone walks in front of it you'll still get the picture as it'll come from the other projector. Granted it will be a bit dimmer than the rest of the picture but at least you'll still see it.

And the picture will be twice as bright as normal anyway as you'd have two projectors making the picture.
#15
I may just have to post a picture of my projector image when playing COD4 tonight...you want want anything else after. :thumbsup:
#16
bazzaric
I may just have to post a picture of my projector image when playing COD4 tonight...you want want anything else after. :thumbsup:


Do it. Dooo it.

I'm slowly being convinced that I'm crazy and that I can't really afford £450. Which is true, but it looks goood.
#17
Well, much as I love my projector, I was selling it for £250 a few months ago. I got no takers (to be honest I didn't really try too hard!) Maybe you can pick something up for around about the same price second hand. A new bulb and it's good as new.
#18
Bulbs are expensive though and could go anytime on a second hand one. so i'd be paying the same for brand new, but with a warranty. I dont know, it may be a better option...

And lets see your COD4 projection :D
#19
thanks for starting this topic m8 i had set a £100 a side for a screen and just ordered a black out blind for £20 :) if my frontroom is dark-ish lol would it be an idea to get blinds on all windows to make it completely black
#20
We have a panasonic projector. We project onto a 'magnolia' painted wall. We don't have black out - just drawing the curtains is fine, with the light on in the dining area but off in the main room. Brilliant, use it for Friday night DVD's. Quality is great.
#21
No problem Dub1 :)

Chesso - so just friday night DVD's then? So would you say it's not a good idea as the main screen for a bedroom?
#22
my advice m8s would be cos of the cost of the bulb i wouldnt use it instead of a tv but on the other hand i have seen projectors on ebay where the seller sells bulbs for £60 also i am sure there was a projector on here for £120 which had bulbs for £50
#23
I was only really interested in the HD65 as its quality is great for the price. I believe those cheaper projectors will not show as good a quality.

I'm torn - it's not essential to have such an item when i could pick up a cheap 22"-26" TV for half the price which would produce an HD picture but on the other hand it looks amazing and has the wow factor.
#24
Make sure you get a DLP one if you do
and a good screen to project onto
plus bulbs arent cheap to replace in them

They are nice projectors but i think they havent got as good as a hdtv unless your speding 1k + will probably invest in one in 5 years or so

but if its the query getting a 26inch hdtv or a projector id go for the projector hands down
#25
Rover25
No problem Dub1 :)

Chesso - so just friday night DVD's then? So would you say it's not a good idea as the main screen for a bedroom?

In a bedroom it might be OK, because you could organise it to have nothing in the way. We have to shift furniture so that the family can all view when we use the projector. If you're using it as your only screen, those 2,000 hours of bulb use (our projector) are going to be used up pretty rapidly ( guess - a year??).
All depends on your own ideas of how long you want to use it for - I see you say "playing ps3, some movies and casual TV" - and the finances.
#26
chesso
In a bedroom it might be OK, because you could organise it to have nothing in the way. We have to shift furniture so that the family can all view when we use the projector. If you're using it as your only screen, those 2,000 hours of bulb use (our projector) are going to be used up pretty rapidly ( guess - a year??).
All depends on your own ideas of how long you want to use it for - I see you say "playing ps3, some movies and casual TV" - and the finances.


I personally use my hdtv about 7 hours a day - for freeview - 360 - hd dvd - dvd
but when ive got a job (i can dream) i will only be playing it for about 2 hours a day or so

So using my 7 hours a day id waste the bulb in a year but using it 2 odd hours a day would lasy you about 2 years
#27
dandoc2
I personally use my hdtv about 7 hours a day - for freeview - 360 - hd dvd - dvd
but when ive got a job (i can dream) i will only be playing it for about 2 hours a day or so

So using my 7 hours a day id waste the bulb in a year but using it 2 odd hours a day would lasy you about 2 years

Well good luck with the job thing and,as you say, the less you use it the more economically viable it is and the viewing is 'quality'. :thumbsup:
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Well I bought myself a HD65 projector a few months ago and I think its brilliant. Heres some pics I took of Resident Evil: Extinction via HDMI connection on PS3:
http://i38.tinypic.com/9kqtuf.jpg
http://i29.tinypic.com/10yhum1.jpg
http://i38.tinypic.com/33vepzm.jpg

Pics were taken with an N95 (5mp) so the picture quality isn't great, but the image quality from the projector is amazing.
#29
nacider
Well I bought myself a HD65 projector a few months ago and I think its brilliant. Heres some pics I took of Resident Evil: Extinction via HDMI connection on PS3:
http://i38.tinypic.com/9kqtuf.jpg
http://i29.tinypic.com/10yhum1.jpg
http://i38.tinypic.com/33vepzm.jpg

Pics were taken with an N95 (5mp) so the picture quality isn't great, but the image quality from the projector is amazing.


holy moley that looks amazing

*writes note to dad - hey dad you want to buy my hd tv off my for £500 for uni fees......

*awaiting reply

How much was the projector?
#30
chesso
In a bedroom it might be OK, because you could organise it to have nothing in the way. We have to shift furniture so that the family can all view when we use the projector. If you're using it as your only screen, those 2,000 hours of bulb use (our projector) are going to be used up pretty rapidly ( guess - a year??).
All depends on your own ideas of how long you want to use it for - I see you say "playing ps3, some movies and casual TV" - and the finances.


As for the usage, I can't imagine it being more than about 15-20 hours a week.

So 2000 hrs bulb life equals about approx between 2 - 2.5 years per bulb, and in economical mode I'll get around 3000 hours which equals approx 3 - 4 years. Obviously these figures are very vague, but I do work full time. My new job means I'll only have one day off a week, so I can really burn the bulb rapidly I don't believe.

Thats all fine saying this, but when funds are low since I left my job last week I wont have much of a wage until my end of August wage comes in, it's not too easy a choice to make. :-P
#31
dandoc2
holy moley that looks amazing

*writes note to dad - hey dad you want to buy my hd tv off my for £500 for uni fees......

*awaiting reply

How much was the projector?


I can't remember the exact price it was about £530 or something but it came with the screen which is about 80", its still in the box as I've got a big and white enough wall anyways :)
#32
nacider
I can't remember the exact price it was about £530 or something but it came with the screen which is about 80", its still in the box as I've got a big and white enough wall anyways :)


hi mate, what was the the make of your projector?

those pics look ace and im looking 4 one for my xbox 360.

any ideas where they would be selling them?

i found this.....
http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@2045770420.1217125754@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfiadeejljhlemcflgceggdhhmdgmk.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=552409&category_oid=

is this the next model up from yours? if so it seems a good price
#33
This thread was very interesting .....

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