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DLP vs LCD Projector

TheHomeCinemaCentre

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Depends. Sharpness and black level are not really key indicators of the overall image anyway. DLP tends ( and I stress tends ) to be suited to the higher end models. 3 Chip DLP 3D is something quite amazing. At the other end of the scale the budget LCD models tend to outperform ( in overall image ) the budget DLP's.
 

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thank you home cinema store i saw a good deal with the panasonic(this years award winning projector) on the HISPEK website for 2899 just worried it might not be as good as dlp
 

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Agreed. The new Epson LCD PJ's are looking great. I personally haven't seen a budget (and when I say budget, I mean sub £3k) DLP projector outperform an LCD PJ except in one area - black level/contrast.
 

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tvspecv said:
thank you home cinema store i saw a good deal with the panasonic(this years award winning projector) on the HISPEK website for 2899 just worried it might not be as good as dlp
We are The Home Cinema Centre - the Home Cinema Store is a very differnt company.

The Panasonic is excellent, we had ours ISF calibrated yesterday and the results are very good. I would hold off buying just yet though as the JVC and the Epson models are soon to be released at the same price point. With the Sony VPL-HW30 also available there is plenty of choice for a high quality 3D projector.

As always a demonstration is essential to check which is right for you. We have pretty split numbers on sales between the Sony and the Panasonic from demonstration so far which shows that there isnt a clear winner to suit all.
 

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Sony VPL-HW30ES Vs the Panasonic PT-AT5000E different tech which is better overall ?
 

Frank Harvey

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The Pana has better 3D performance, although that's not something that interests me, so would go for the Sony overall. Having said that, the 5000 is a much better projector than the 4000, and is an excellent projector in it's own right.
 

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tvspecv said:
Sony VPL-HW30ES Vs the Panasonic PT-AT5000E different tech which is better overall ?
From my experience with both projectors the Sony is the superior unit but it does depend on your individual set up as to which is right for you. I agree with David that the 5000 is a large step up over the 4000 though - much bigger than we have seen on previous model changes.
 

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In General DLP is better for movies and has a much better contrast ratio, meaning the brightness out put (ANSI Lumens) can be kept lower. LCD keeps much truer to origional colours so much better for business use - Photos, Maps, Diagrams ect..

I have just had a friend who bought an LCD projector with high brightnesss output - around 3000 ANSI Lumens thinking this would be great for use in day time conditions. but he was wrong!! For a projector to work for movies you really need a pitch balck room. Think that a projector screen is white, although projector do project black, you cannot make the white screen any darker by projecting light onto it! the brighter the projector the worse this will get. When all the lights are off this in respect makes the screen 'black' This is why all top end projectors are no more than 1700 ANSI lumens, and DLP to deal with the high contrast needed at such a low brightnes output.
 

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confusing? but anyway whats the difference between american and uk versions ? the Sony VPL-HW30ES on amazon and e-bay is £500 but is coming from the us i heard from one of the sellers you just need to change the plug? but i am worried sony might not cover any disputes with the imports
 

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I would have thought if you improt it Sony's UK distribution would not want to know if anything went wrong with it meaning you would have to fork out any repair costs yourself. You will also need to pay VAT/Import duty if you import from USA. and finally you would need to check if the SOny model is sutable for 230 V UK mains,(as well as 110 USA) otherwise that will coast another £100 or so for a step down transformer.

Also, when making your decision have a look to see how much lamps cost. these will last around 3000 -5000 hours of use before they need replacing. they range from £150 to around £400 so you really want to check this before you make any decision.
 

TheHomeCinemaCentre

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umbucker said:
In General DLP is better for movies and has a much better contrast ratio, meaning the brightness out put (ANSI Lumens) can be kept lower. LCD keeps much truer to origional colours so much better for business use - Photos, Maps, Diagrams ect..

I have just had a friend who bought an LCD projector with high brightnesss output - around 3000 ANSI Lumens thinking this would be great for use in day time conditions. but he was wrong!! For a projector to work for movies you really need a pitch balck room. Think that a projector screen is white, although projector do project black, you cannot make the white screen any darker by projecting light onto it! the brighter the projector the worse this will get. When all the lights are off this in respect makes the screen 'black' This is why all top end projectors are no more than 1700 ANSI lumens, and DLP to deal with the high contrast needed at such a low brightnes output.
This is not quite the case with the current round of projectors. There are several home cinema LCD projectors on the market that offer all you need for a superb image. You do not need to have a batcave / totally dark environment to enjoy a home cinema projector. At the very top end of the market there are gains to be had investing £30k plus in a projector and these units tend to be DLP as well as suited to very large screens. The image you can achieve with £5k LCD is stunning.

My advice to anyone considering a projector is to visit your local specialist to see first hand what the market can offer.
 

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tvspecv said:
confusing? but anyway whats the difference between american and uk versions ? the Sony VPL-HW30ES on amazon and e-bay is £500 but is coming from the us i heard from one of the sellers you just need to change the plug? but i am worried sony might not cover any disputes with the imports
There are risks involved in importing/purchasing from ebay and only you can decide if the cost saving is worth it. I would think that with the questions you have in choosing a product that you may see benefits buying from a dealer in the UK who can offer you a demonstration and some guidance.
 

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