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I'm debating the purchase of a projector. Currently I have a Toshiba TN61x81, 61" Hi-Def RPTV, Panny RP56 DVD player as well as a HTPC that I'm rebuilding(AMD1900+, ATI7500,Component adapter, etc)

I have been reading and very intrigued by the AE100 which made me wonder about what other projectors would you recommend starting with the AE100 and going up to $3K

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I would look at the Piano by Plus ,it is a DLP.
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Try a test with the AE 100; he will look great at progressive, why the Plus has an built in deinterlacer, and no zoom;

The only thing, you should know, that with the WSVGA-Panel the 720p Signal or the the 1080i signal will be scaled down.

If you wnat no sclaing with the 720p signal, you have to chooce a pj with an SXGA-panel, but thes are above 3K

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ae100 apparantly does ok "down" scaling but you should run all 480p sources and below as 480p. Meaning, if you use interlaced DVD, LD, VHS, TV or otherwise make sure you line double it before connecting it to the ae100 and try to use the VGA port.
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Maybe I was a little unclear as to what I'm looking for...

If the AE100 is listed as 1 then what would be considered after it

1 AE100
2 ??
3 ??
Up to about $3k - $3.5k I don't believe I would want to go above $3.5k, but if by going a few hundred above you get more bank for the buck then I would.

I assume the LT150 would sit in there somewhere but I don't know where.

I would like to work my way up the quality/price scale and do research to determine which is best for me.

Thanks in advance.

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This artice from projectorcentral gives some of the best under $5000 and then under $3000.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/cons...fm?ci=ht_apr02

Under $3000 I've heard a lot of good info about the Panasonic 75 and 711 LCD projectors. I don't pay much attention to DLP because it gives me headaches. I won't get into that other than saying see a DLP yourself and see if it bothers you or anyone who will be watching it a lot.

My short LCD only list would go like this (based on reviews read on this site):

AE100 $2,000
75U $2,200
711XU $2,900
Sanyo xp21N $4,500

I am about to purcahse the 711XU because I can't justify spending over $3000 on a 4:3 projector.
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Here's my list. While my goal is around the $3000 to $4000 mark, I've thrown in a couple of more expensive models. If the picture difference is worth the extra $1500, I may take the leap. Unfortunately, there is nowhere near me to view even half of the listed projectors and there are no side by side reviews or shootouts of the below projectors. I, too, would be interested in other's opinions of how to rank the below projectors. The AE100 doesn't make my list as I want a minimum XGA, 1200 lumen due to desire for higher resolution and limited light control. If I were to buy to day, the NEC 158 would likely be my choice:

Panasonic PT-LC75U 1200 1024x768 400 $2,306.00
Panasonic 711XU 1600 1024x768 400 $2,949.00
NEC LT158 1500 1024x768 600 $3,550.00
Sanyo PLC-XP18N 2000 1024x768 700 $3,999.00
Sanyo PLV60HT 1200 1366x768 600 $4,199.00
Sanyo PLC-XP21N 2500 1024x768 700 $4,598.00
Hitachi CP-SX5500W 1500 1365x1024 600 $5,899.00
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HWM,

The 711XU has 1600 lumens and has a contrast ratio of 400:1 according to projectorcentral and the panasonic spec. sheet.
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Sorry, I posted the price for the xu and the specs for the 711u.
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@HWM

when you follow your list, you will have only one choice - the CP-SX5500 in spite of all his color problems reported here.

But have a look at the H55, I will give this recommodation, because today I have seen the Marantz pj - not worth of the money, but this wiil be another thread.

This pj still in my eyes will be one of the harmonierst pj for HT today

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Is the picture of the 5500 good enough to justify spending an extra $2800 over the 711xu? I'm really struggling with that one, and not being able to see the Hitatchi is killing me.
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@ HWM

Ya, the 5500 is good enough IMO

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HWM,

Have you seen the 711xu? It is my top choice right now and I'll get to see it in about two weeks. If you did get to see it what were your impressions?

As far as justifying the extra costs I was going back and forth between the Sanyo xp21 and Pan 711xu until I decided to figure out how much I was willing to pay for a projector that didn't have true HD resolution or copy protected inputs and was 4:3. In my mind I couldn't justify spending over $3,000 when I knew 3-5 years from now I could get everything I wanted in a 16:9 projector for about the same price. For other people it might be a less money (AE100) for others more (the 5500).
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I haven't seen the 711, but I have seen the 55u (the svga version of the 75u) next to both a sony 10ht and a sharp 9000. While the sharp was the clear winner, I was amazed at how close the SVGA 55u came in quality to the 10ht. Here again, the 10ht was superior, but not by as much as I would have guessed.

I'm hoping to see the 711 sometime, somewhere, but haven't found a location to view it at yet. I'm moving to Oklahoma in a month, and I'm guessing I'll have a harder time finding a place to view projectors there than I have in Washington. But I'll keep looking...
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Check out the Hewlett Packard xb31. A DLP machine with 1500 lumens, 2x color wheel, 1800:1 contrast ratio. This is available from HP for $3700, but advertised at PC Nation for $3505 with free shipping. Try a search on this forum for "xb31" for more details.

Enjoy the hunt!

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Thanks for all the great response...

I now have what I believe is a workable list to do research on.

Any other opinions?

Thanks,

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Hi Folks,
This thread appears to be in the wrong forum section. The AE is not a $5K plus projector.
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