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Opinion of SpaceDude - May 31, 2004

NEC HT1000 Projector
XGA (1024x768), 1000 ANSI Lumens,
7.1 lbs, $4,495 (MSRP)
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by SpaceDude - May 31, 2004
Image Quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0
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Personal Experience
I spent the last year researching projectors until I was literally exhausted. Based on information here at Projector Central I decided on the NEC HT1000 because of the good reviews and because of the wide range of inputs it has (I need it for business and home theater). But I couldn't afford a new one. Luckily I found a used HT1000 and snapped it up. Having read reviews here I knew this was a good projector but didn't really know what to expect. On the first night I powered it up with default settings and connected it to a PC to let the kids play some big screen games. It was pretty cool but didn't really blow me away. On the weekend I found some HT1000 recommended settings and calibrated the projector using these settings. I bought a good quality component cable to hook it to my DVD player (Toshiba Progressive Scan) and popped "Shrek" into the DVD player.

Oh my gosh.

Even shining on a bare non-white wall it took my breath away. I found myself marvelling at the picture instead of watching the movie! The contrast and picture quality are absolutely stunning...like nothing I have seen before. I auditioned other projectors over the last year but nothing even comes close to the HT1000. Most, quite frankly, were unimpressive.

Why do people buy big screen TV's for huge money and then live with a 40-60 inch picture when you can get an 8 foot picture of equal quality with this projector? The projector weighs only 7 pounds versus hundreds for a big screen TV. It was a no-brainer for me. I couldn't be more excited with this purchase.

If you can't afford the new HT1100, find a used HT1000. They are still available. You won't be sorry!

Problems
Remote went crazy once, sending all kinds of commands rapidly, had to remove the batteries to reboot it. Then it was fine. Has happened only once. Not sure what I did.

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