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Opinion of Rob from Toronto - May 16, 2002

InFocus LP530 Projector
XGA (1024x768), 2000 ANSI Lumens,
6.5 lbs, $1,999 (MSRP)
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by Rob from Toronto - May 16, 2002
Image Quality 5.0
Features 4.0
Construction 4.0
Ease of Use 3.0
Reliability 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

Personal Experience
Pros: *XGA, DLP 2000 Lumens at this price - WOW!
*Picture quality is great even with very large image (11' x 6') watched from 16' away with some ambient light and makeshift screen using s-video connection there is no visible pixellation.
cons: none really - the legs are really wimpy but I mostly ceiling mount so its not an issue. In focus uses 7/64 x32TD screws to mount unit which are hard to find. I refuse to pay $400 for their ceiling mount.
This unit is really awesome. It has blown away everyone who has seen it. I looked at rear-proojection TVs for over a year and projectors for over 6 months and i am very happy with the LP530. Even with cable the picture is very decent. I am using 3 pieces of 4x8 white MDF I bought at Home Depot for a screen - temporarily - and it looks amazing. Several people have commented that the picture is as good or better than a theater. But the 11" wide image is what really makes it. I have watched numerous action movies (Terminator, independence day etc etc) and have not noticed any artifacts as mentioned previously.

Problems
The unit throws its image at 17deg elevation, so on a big screen (I watch 4:3 material at 10" x 7.5") you will notice keystone (smaller image at bottom than top). Its not a big deal, but I will eventually get some black material and set up a screen mask. (Unit has Keystone correction but this is not recommended with video). Masking and blocking leaking light (but not ventilation) is supposed to also improve contrast. Contrast is OK as is, but I do recommend setting it to 100 and setting sharpness to HARD. I have had the unit for about 5 weeks and have put it through heavy use. My one and only real complaint about it is that the remote is slow to respond. other than that, I recommend it without hesitation for theatre (Its great with presentations too - I used it in a lit auditorium with no problem). If your thinking of rear projection - STOP - buy this instead.

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