Friday, March 31, 2006

Home Cinema Projector Roundup: $1000 & Up

So, you're looking for a new projector? Well, no matter what your budget we have something for you to consider here. We start with the incredibly affordable Panasonic PT-LM2E at only $1799, and go all the way through to the beastly InFocus ScreenPlay 777 – worth a whopping $24,000. But it's the products in the mid-range here that show the potential for best bang for buck. Projectors such as SmartHouse's Best Of The Best award-winning Panasonic AE900 are capable of powerful images, so is it worth paying any more?

What Are We Looking For?
We're looking for the best possible picture available – after all, that's what you buy one of these things for. We compare LCD and DLP, which each have their own sets of strengths and weaknesses. DLP has traditionally suffered from the ‘rainbow effect' which is an artifact of the rotating colour wheel. LCDs, on the other hand, often exhibit a ‘chicken wire' effect which is a result of the borders between the individual pixels showing up in the image. Both technologies have been massively improved since the old days – and especially LCD. So which one?

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