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Old 08-22-06, 06:09 AM
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Incredible HD DLP Front Projector Deal - Mitsubishi HC3000U

The other day I thought I found an incredible deal when I discovered the Mitsubishi HD1000U 720p DLP projector for only $1425 at ProjectorPeople.

Well, I found probably the second best digital projector under $3,000 for just $1449 at www.projectorusa.com (you have to put it in your cart to see the actual price). They are an authorized Mitsubishi dealer. The HC3000U has Brilliant Color (like the HD1000U), 1280x768p resolution (instead of 720p), but it does not have a white segment (richer and more accurate colors) like the HD1000U and it has a built in adjustable iris for higher contrast and deeper blacks. No one elses price so far has been close to this price.

This is an amazing deal. Just thought I'd give everyone who might be looking to step into the world of digital front projector (or people looking to upgrade) a heads up.
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Old 08-22-06, 07:53 AM
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That is an amazing deal, and its just going to go down in the next 6 weeks. CEDIA is around the corner and theres rumors of a 1080p Front Projector for under 3500 entering the market by this holiday season, so i think once that show is over and everythings announced, the dust will settle on what is going to plummet and what is going to stay steady.

That deal for the mitsu is awesome tho!
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Old 08-22-06, 06:19 PM
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Yep. No one else has a price even close to ProjectorUSA's price. Most are still at least $2,000 with some having sale prices as high as $2,500.

ProjectorUSA is also an authorized Mitsubishi dealer. I'm still surprised it's so low though. I wouldn't surprised if they upped it to around $1895 at a later date, because they'd still have the lowest price among retailers.
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Old 08-25-06, 09:23 PM
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What is CEDIA?
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Old 08-25-06, 09:32 PM
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What is CEDIA?
It's the biggest trade show for manufacturers to unveil their newest models.
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Old 08-25-06, 09:34 PM
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Its a show that displays the newest in projectors and other electronics. Its basically the E3 of projectors, all new huge announcements (this year its all about affordable 1080p and dirt cheap 720p) will be out, and prices on older hardware will fall due to that. Supposedly mitsu has a new 720p DLP model comming with a MSRP of only 1500, so street price should be much less. A lot of exciting times, especially for 1080p!
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Originally Posted by Blitz6Speed
Its a show that displays the newest in projectors and other electronics. Its basically the E3 of projectors, all new huge announcements (this year its all about affordable 1080p and dirt cheap 720p) will be out, and prices on older hardware will fall due to that. Supposedly mitsu has a new 720p DLP model comming with a MSRP of only 1500, so street price should be much less. A lot of exciting times, especially for 1080p!
Indeed. By next year we'll probably be seeing some high quality 720p DLPs streeting for a grand or less. Mitsubishi apparently has a DarkChip 3 version of the HC3000U (minus the iris) that is supposed to retail for about $2,000.

As much as I'd love to have 1080p I don't really feel that I need it. I think 1280x720p or 1280x768p is enough resolution to hold me over for awhile. Plus, if they release an HD-DVD rom drive that ends up compatible with ZoomPlayer pro simply add FFDShow sharpening filter and raise Unsharpen Mask to about 20-25 and it'll look like jumping from 720p to probably near 1080p. Of course using it on 1080p would probalby make it look higher resolution than even 1080p.

With a unit like the HC3000U one could add a $375-$500+ anamorphic adapter and get well over 300,000 extra pixels for 2.35:1 HD material. That would be nice to have.
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Indeed. By next year we'll probably be seeing some high quality 720p DLPs streeting for a grand or less. Mitsubishi apparently has a DarkChip 3 version of the HC3000U (minus the iris) that is supposed to retail for about $2,000.

As much as I'd love to have 1080p I don't really feel that I need it. I think 1280x720p or 1280x768p is enough resolution to hold me over for awhile. Plus, if they release an HD-DVD rom drive that ends up compatible with ZoomPlayer pro simply add FFDShow sharpening filter and raise Unsharpen Mask to about 20-25 and it'll look like jumping from 720p to probably near 1080p. Of course using it on 1080p would probalby make it look higher resolution than even 1080p.

With a unit like the HC3000U one could add a $375-$500+ anamorphic adapter and get well over 300,000 extra pixels for 2.35:1 HD material. That would be nice to have.
Since i use my projector as my PC display along with gaming and movies, the 1080p would really be beneficial to me in that regards. I run [email protected] right now on my H31, and i have to mod the heck out of windows settings and do a ton of tweaks for it to look acceptable enough as my main display. Having a true 1080p projector would make it look perfect with 1:1 pixel mapping. Its why 1080p LCD might be where i will end up at!
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Originally Posted by Blitz6Speed
Since i use my projector as my PC display along with gaming and movies, the 1080p would really be beneficial to me in that regards. I run [email protected] right now on my H31, and i have to mod the heck out of windows settings and do a ton of tweaks for it to look acceptable enough as my main display. Having a true 1080p projector would make it look perfect with 1:1 pixel mapping. Its why 1080p LCD might be where i will end up at!

A 720p projector would be beneficial as well. They look worlds better with a PC desktop than the H31. No comparison there whatsoever. 1080p would look better than 720p, but the letters would probably be very small unless you bumped up their size.
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Old 08-26-06, 02:30 AM
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A 720p projector would be beneficial as well. They look worlds better with a PC desktop than the H31. No comparison there whatsoever. 1080p would look better than 720p, but the letters would probably be very small unless you bumped up their size.
Hmm, id love to see a 720p projector running 1920x1080 via a PC to see how the text looks. But jumping to 1080p is 1:1 pixel mapping, and that is just as delicious as it gets. DAMN THIS BUG!!! I always want to upgrade, but i know its just not the time yet, even tho the HC3000U is seeming to be the one to get!
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Old 08-26-06, 08:22 AM
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As much as I'd love to have 1080p I don't really feel that I need it. I think 1280x720p or 1280x768p is enough resolution to hold me over for awhile.
OK, sure a dumb question, but why are some PJ's and T'V's 720p and some 768p? And if the source is 720p does 768p do anything for you? Or is 768p slightly "better" then 720p is you have a high resolution source such as 1080?
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It's a PC resolution. Some panels are made at that rez, probably because they were intended to be for computer use, or the company is just used to that size and ordered them that way. The source is still 720, so there isn't any benefit to the 768 unless you use an HTPC. Sometimes it's easier to set those up.

And for 1080 sources, they are just too close to really matter. Less than 50 pixels difference, often blocked out by overscan, anyway.
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It's a PC resolution. Some panels are made at that rez, probably because they were intended to be for computer use, or the company is just used to that size and ordered them that way. The source is still 720, so there isn't any benefit to the 768 unless you use an HTPC. Sometimes it's easier to set those up.

And for 1080 sources, they are just too close to really matter. Less than 50 pixels difference, often blocked out by overscan, anyway.
Ah, that makes sense. I've been looking for a smallish (22" to 26") LCD for the bar and while I'm not overly concerned about getting the perfect image, I noticed some are 720p while others are 768p. I most certainly will not be using a PC. And now I see some bigger sets are like that...

Thanks Spiky!
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