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Opinion of PJ - Aug 29, 2003

NEC HT1000 Projector
XGA (1024x768), 1000 ANSI Lumens,
7.1 lbs, $4,495 (MSRP)
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by PJ - Aug 29, 2003
Image Quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 4.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0
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Personal Experience
Just received my projector and have to say I am very pleased. The unit is light and compact, although in a dedicated room with darkened walls, a black enclosure would have been better than white. I currently am displaying in a dedicated theater room on an off-white textured wall... far from ideal, but a gray screen is on the way. A feature I really like is blanking which blacks out unused borders. This makes the picture seem brighter and more vivid. I am trying to figure out if there is a way to pre-program settings for various aspect ratios for one-touch blanking control. So far no luck, but possibly connecting the RS232 port to a PDA with custom software may do the trick?? I also like the ability to position a 16:9 image anywhere vertically on the 4:3 display. One caveat, I found the adjustable iris completely useless. Closing it down degraded the picture, making it dim. Opening it up livened everything, so open it shall stay! I was surprised that ECO mode did not dim the picture dramatically, but the fan becomes dramatically quieter, so this is a great usable feature. One thing that really impressed me was the built-in de-interlacer... wow! I am running a Denon 3800 in 480p and was just not feeling it. So I switched to 480i and wow! Talk about film-like. Don't bother with an expensive 480p DVD player like I did, just get a decent one and run it in 480i mode... you will be delighted! Now for the bad news: rainbows... ugh! I see them now and then and it is a bit annoying. Possibly I am overly sensitive. It seems to happen only when my eyes wander and dart around which happens a lot. It almost makes me consider swapping for an Epson TW100... but I like high contrast of DLP. We shall see. Overall the HT1000 is a great projector and I would recommend to anyone, but buyer beware if you are sensitive to rainbows.

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