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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Most games i play, i prefer to use mouse/keyboard. The "couch" gaming controllers still arent quite to my liking.

    As for not using one for cinema. Mostly i been holding back due to noise from the fan in the projecotrs, although at work we just got some new Epson short-throw projectors, that are really really quiet. So i might actually finally buy one.

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Tvs are alot better, aren't awkward to place, are priced better and don't require certain lighting conditions to look normal.
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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    1. Lack of space. 2. Cost. 3. I just don't want or need one.

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Bulb cost is still the main issue for me - though for my gigs the other half uses a projector, pc and VJ software to live video mix for the bands/artists and it can look great. Mind you the £3k lighting rig is pretty ace too
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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    The noise, simply put, that's one of the worst things about projectors that you never really understand until you've bought one and are sitting there watching/playing (especially at night).

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    cost, space, setup/calibration issues particularly relating to space and placement of screen and projector, and not having complete darkness during the day

    i have a bunch of projectors that are good for playing around with, some of the newer cheap models and a couple of ex school projectors that aren't proper HD but have a decent picture. they impress people when projecting stuff on the walls but the picture is far from the quality of my tv. you get 65" 4k tellys for under a grand these days and they work well in day or night. unless you have a specialised room or big living room and fork out for good gear and proper setup, or you don't care about the qualtiy and want a picture bigger than 65" then you are usually better going for the big screen tv. you can get 75" tv's for about £1500 from time to time

    if you want a cheap and chearful setup, you can get a second hand school projector for £20 and a 80" screen and have a setup for about £60/70 - obviously needing the amp/speaker and source player

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    I'd love one. But I'd also love the house you need for 1. Most here are brits, our houses tend to be smaller than across the pond, projectors just aren't feasible.

    If I had the room I would have one in a heartbeat. As for noise issues, you mount it in the ceiling for a reason

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Wow! So much negative feedback vs projector.

    Wife wouldn't let me put a telly in the "Parlour" as she thought it would look ugly - a large room downstairs, which is basically reserved for when vicar pops in. I suggested a remote control drop down screen and projector then a few weeks later we were in Richer Sounds and an InFocus 720P projector was on their ex-demo-clearance list. It hadn;t even been powered on, and we managed to get it at £700 (I believe it was on for £1200!!!!)

    Sure, it gets hot and the bulbs do cost a packet, but fast forward 9 years and we've still got our projector setup and still do movie nights. Wife was reticent before the purchase, but now it's a real selling point, especially when we do house parties - being ceiling mounted, no-one can knock it over and everyone can see the 102" screen - it's still got a bit of the wow factor even now, despite it only being 720P!

    Compare this with the 42" screens we've had in the other room, we've on our 3rd telly in the same period, making that £700 "investment" not as bad as we thought, plus second hand models of the projector have been coming up for sale on ebay for around the £100 mark making me a little less nervous about the price of a replacement bulb.

    In daylight it's not great and it does warm the room, but with the lights off and blinds closed, we get year round enjoyment from it and it now allows us to make use of a room which we'd have very little use for - a luxury I know and appreciate all too well.

    I wouldn't game on a big screen, but for media consumption, and the way which tools like Plex have come on, it's been great!
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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Already use a prjector. Its great, and the current update of my optoma can be had for less than 500 quid, and the bulbs for around 90.

    A bulb lasts somewhere around 5-6000 hours. Thats a long time.

    picture is just under 170 inches, or 4.3 metres or 3 63in tvs wide.

    How much is a 63in tv these days?

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Space & Cost

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Quote Originally Posted by outwar6010 View Post
    Tvs are alot better, aren't awkward to place, are priced better and don't require certain lighting conditions to look normal.
    Yeah, but apart from that ..... ?

    For me, it's that the cost isn't justified for gaming, and I couldn't use one as a TV replacement without a massive redesign of our TV room layout, and redecoration, due to extensive wall-mounted furniture.

    I'd love one for gaming use, but for that alone, the cost is too high. Way too high.

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Noise and cost would be the stumbling blocks for me. But saying that, the idea of having a projector for movie nights does have a lot of appeal.

    The only TV in the house is a somewhat old 50in plasma that to this day provides excellent picture quality. Thoroughly enjoy using it, but the wall adjacent to where the TV is happens to be blank, large and only slightly off white in colour. It's crying out for a projector so I'm eager to try one.

    Trouble is, I'd only use it occasionally for the odd movie night, so it would have to be reasonably cheap, very quiet and also tidy - the wife would not want wires going around the room.

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    impractical for all the above reasons.

    Although in a social setting on the side of a building ...


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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    how do i add pics?

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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    My distinct lack of a high-quality projector is what is stopping me from using one. The only way this would change is if I got one for free.

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