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

    Quote Originally Posted by Saracen View Post
    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.
    I'm thinking the type of person who'd be bothered to put up with a projector is the same type of person who can't deal with instant coffee because they think their french press etc is sooo much better than instant coffee. So I think a snob lol. I think alot of people would like it if they had a spare room or a shed to convert into a cinema/gaming room.
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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    Quote Originally Posted by eviling View Post
    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.

    I PC game from my couch every night using a wireless keyboard and mouse.. I have zero issues.. Also i have no clue why everyone keeps speaking of "fan noise" its only audible when nothing is playing.. mine is 5 feet above my head and I hear my computer fans more than I notice the projector..

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

    For me its the darks... even in the best posible lighting that doesn't involve me smoaking like a birmingham chimley in the 1900's its just the blacks ain't black ........... they are grey.
    That comined with the need to focus the darn thing and the fact it's never quite right even after you spend an hour doing it.....


    Not for me

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

    QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?
    Not a damned thing!
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    Re: QOTW: What is stopping you from using a high-quality projector?

    The simple fact that I have no desire whatsoever to use a projector instead of an actual monitor or TV.

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

    Have you seen the dark grey or even black projector screens that produce "BLACK" blacks? todays home projectors have more than enough lumens to produce great contrast.. And im guessing you prefer watching movies at home as opposed to a movie theater (which have more power and are able to use silver colored screens and still produce BLACKS) because of this "gray" blacks issue?

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

    Outside of the lack of space, I'd say:

    • Cost
    • Noise
    • Lack of need

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

    * cost = to cost of owning a "normal" led, lcd, oled or any other type of screen.. in fact its cheaper inch for inch. how much are 120inch tv's these days?
    * Noise = a single side mounted 2-4 inch fan.... how many fans are on your computer? how loud is that?
    * lack of need= Do any of us "need" a moving picture entertainment device, of any shape size or cost?

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

    For me, the bulbs being expensive is the main factor. I am also quite happy with just a 22" screen.

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

    Only use I could see is if you have a big room you want to project movies in with a THX system or the likes, else current 42" to 60" TVs would do just nicely for that as it is.

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

    I'm not sure the bulbs are really as expensive as people seem to imagine. I can't speak for all projectors, but the replacement bulbs for my projector (Epson EH-TW5350 - roughly equivalent to the projector in this article) cost about £60. Hardly bank-breaking when you consider it lasts up to 7,500 hours - that's over 4 years of gaming 5 hours per day, in theory. Even it manages half that, I'll still be happy.

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

    I am moving too often, and I worry that they may be a bit too fragile. It's actually the same reason I do not own a TV, nor a desktop.

    I actually made projector work in a small studio when I was in London. Yes, I had to re-organise my room to make it work, but I loved it. That was 7 years ago, and after that, I simply wasn't wow-ed by any display until I saw an 65" OLED curved TV. And I haven't looked at any recent projector for comparison. And those things actually cost more than my projector/screen/speaker setup. Granted, at the very top of the line projector can cost more, but many flagship models of very high quality cost less.

    The only other reason I might skip on a projector is if I wanted to game competitively (which I don't). While I was fine with fighting games, I find it easier to focus my attention in FPS on a smaller screen. Though it is definitely more immersive on a bigger screen.

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

    · Cumbersome and difficult to place
    · Requirement for a blank wall or pull down screen
    · Noisy
    · Power consumption
    · Cost
    · Most importantly: terrible contrast in normal conditions
    · Almost always an addition to a TV

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

    I looked into this a while back, but nothing at 120Hz+ was a deal breaker (aside from the space, heat, noise, initial and ongoing cost, lighting requirements and lack of utility for content production...)

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

    I have considered one for the cellar when we get it converted properly, but I've been spoiled with a decent Plasma screen for the last few years and every projection setup just doesn't compare in terms of image/colour quality even in perfect lighting conditions.

    Not so bad for background TV/Sports - but for films and gaming I don't think I'll bother.

    I don't particularly like the aesthetics of having a large white painted wall, or a roll-down screen either.

    And lastly, my house is very old and dusty, and the projectors highlight every speck in the air.

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