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Projector Choices

This forum addresses questions on installation, configuration and troubleshooting you might encounter with your Sony's Projector Series (CINEZA series).

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by emjordan » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:28 am

Hi all,

I am looking to buy a projector to be able to watch movies in the yard this summer. I already have a speaker system outside that is hooked up to my HT systems in the house, so I figure I can hook up a projector outside, using a very long HDMI cable (can get 50 - 100 ft on monoprice.com).  Is there a downside for such a long HDMI cable run?

The projector will only be set up outside when we're watching a movie (not permanently installed) so something easy to set up & take down would be preferable.

Price is a big factor as I need to keep the cost way down.  I've been looking on Ebay, but I quickly realized that I know nothing at all about the different types of projectors or what I should be looking for.

I am looking to use the projector to play Blu-ray or DVD's.

Should I be looking for LCD or DLP projectors?

What is a good "brightness" spec for using the projector outdoors?

If I get a used projector and need to replace the bulb, how much will that cost, and is that a user-servicable part?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!


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by wallew » Sun Dec 29, 2013 9:06 am

I can actually help you out with this one.

I've been using a Toshiba projector for more than six years.  Actually I own two of them.  A couple of things about this Toshiba projector.  They were manufactured and sold back in the early 1990s for around $30k - mainly for conference rooms in large business or government.  And though it says 'Toshiba' on the outside, ALL the component boards say SONY on them.  It uses a three LCD projection system that works well.

This TLP-770 projects about 1800 lumens and you are not getting a true black, you get a dark black, but it is something I have 'adjusted to' and it's NOT a problem - you do get a dark enough black but if you are expecting a true black you will not get it.

But if you can live with those two things, this may be the projector for you.

I use the RGB component video delivery and the cable I've used before was fifty feet.  Works great for 1080I (hard to tell the difference between 1080I vs 1080P).  The bulb, YOU can replace yourself and I generally pay around $100 for mine and I ALWAYS keep at least one spare on hand at all times.  I use mine as my regular TV and have for a long time.  I get about 2500 - 3000  hours a year viewing out of it.  You will know when to replace the bulbs as they viewing image is no longer BRIGHT as it once was.  As I said, I keep a spare (mounted in a cradle) so I just pull the old one out and pop the new one in and the brightness always surprises me - reminding me every time as to how nice a projector this is.

I started with a Toshiba TLP-710 and eventually upgraded to the Toshiba TLP-770.  The TLP710 was putting out about 1200 lumen, the TLP-770 puts out about 1800 lumen.

The contrast on both is 30,000:1, so it is a sharp screen.  

Oh, the price?  I average paying about $200 - $300 per projector.  Having said that, here is one for $100 - http://www.ebay.com/itm/Toshiba-1024x768-3-LCD-Projector-Black-Model-TLP770U-/291020702073?pt=US_Video_Projectors&hash=item43c22f8179

For the money, you can't go wrong  

and you can read about mine here - http://www.agoraquest.com/viewtopic.php?topic=22037&forum=63 - there are pictures on page 3 with two shots of the 100" video projected on the wall.

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