SVGA (800x600), 700 ANSI Lumens,Post your own User Review
6.8 lbs, $2,999 (MSRP)
by Flying-Camel - Oct 19, 2004
This projector is getting a little long in the tooth by todays standards, but will still impress as a first home theatre projector.
Initially I was unimpressed with the picture quality when hooked up via SVHS, but a direct VGA connection to my DVD player improved contrast and sharpness considerably.
Having said that, I've found I havent been able to feed it a PAL signal via VGA and display it at the correct ratio. This may partly be down to the DVD output, but does highlight possible input and resizing limitations. (composite and SVHS resizing is fine)
Being DLP, any screen door effect is unnoticable from normal viewing distances.
The fan is quite loud, so dont consider it if you are easily annoyed by things like your PC fan noise. I like to have cinema level volume so generaly I found it to be acceptable except in prolonged quite moments.
You should be able to pick one up second hand at a good price as many buyers will be put off by the relatively low ANSI output and contrast figures. As long as you accept that you'll only be using it in a light controlled environment (or at night) it'll provide a solid low budget theatre experience.
Make sure it comes with a of VGA input cable (Cablewizard 2, 3 or Lite) as these cables can be expensive.
Firmware update note:
I didnt notice any difference in functionality between v1.1 and 2.2. I dont think you'll be missing anything if you are unable to upgrade it, although HDTV support may be useful.
Fan noise (40-43db) may irritate at low listening levels.
video input via SVHS or composite less than satisfactory. Make sure you feed it a quality signal such as VGA or component.
Possibly better suited to NTSC
Short Lamp life. A replacement bulb will probably cost you more than the projector did.