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Opinion of Minnesota Tom - Jan 27, 2005

NEC VT47 Projector
SVGA (800x600), 1500 ANSI Lumens,
6.8 lbs, $1,295 (MSRP)
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by Minnesota Tom - Jan 27, 2005
Image Quality 4.0
Features 3.0
Construction 4.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

Personal Experience
-I got an insane deal at one of the "Day after Thanksgiving 6am-door-busters" sales at a nationwide electronics retailer. (About $300 off web pricing, so I am unfairly pleased.) However, I do feel that this projector is a very good preformer overall, regardless of the super-low price that I actually paid.
-I found it produces bright, colorful widescreen images with an HDTV-tuner from Fox and CBS NFL-broadcasts and PBS-HD via the D-Sub-15 pin VGA "computer" connection. On movies, I am stuck with using an S-Video cord, due to my DVD-player's copy-protection blocking. Even thru S-Video cords though, any 800x600 pixel projector has more possible resolution than any standard definition DVD can hold! It looks great!
-I MUST note that this LCD-based unit does NOT have the dark area detail of most TVs and the contrast ratio is certainly lower. This is mostly noticable on movies, which are darker than sports TV. (Obviously, if you want to spend another $500 for a DLP-based projector, you can probably darken the image. Is this worth it??)
-HOWEVER, I always project a 75 to 88 inch HUGE, widescreen image on my wall and that alone is fantastic! I might add that my normal TV is a 48 inch diagonal, so I am quite used to a large image than most folks, but the huge image on TV or movies still blows me away!

Problems
I had a problem with the D-Sub 15 pin contection blocking my digital output from my DVD player. The NEC was functioning perfectly, however! It was the copy-protectection system, of the DVD player, that refused to let me use its 1080i output on DVD protected movies. What a drag!

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