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So to you the PQ from Benq w6000 is that much better. I found a great price on a Mit's HC6500 1080p FP.
Yes.. compared to my the old Benq w500.. it may ot be a BIG difference resolution wise, but its still better..

the contrast and everything else i much better.. and it should be .. its 3x the price of my old one..
 

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Screen size is going to be 106" 16:9 at about 13 foot distance...and thanks to all who have replied.
At that distance, the difference between 720p and1080p will be visible on a 96 inch screen at 13 feet. The 1080p question hinges on angular resolution, not pixels across the screen. Even a 20 inch computer monitor can benefit from 1920x1080 resolution if you have your nose up to it trying to see a detail. At 13 feet back, screen size can be as much as 90 inches, and then you will see pixelation. So you already want the 1080p.
 

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1080p projectors,for those who want the absolute best and most pristine picture quality, 1080p is the way to go. Not only do you get the highest resolution, but in many cases you get better contrast, black levels, and on-board video processing than is available in less pricey models. However, despite all of the enthusiasm surrounding the 1080p format, for many buyers on a budget the ideal solution is still the 720p projector.
 

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At that distance, the difference between 720p and1080p will be visible on a 96 inch screen at 13 feet. The 1080p question hinges on angular resolution, not pixels across the screen. Even a 20 inch computer monitor can benefit from 1920x1080 resolution if you have your nose up to it trying to see a detail. At 13 feet back, screen size can be as much as 90 inches, and then you will see pixelation. So you already want the 1080p.
Hmmm, Not sure if I agree. The truth is the farther you sit away from a screen the less noticeable the difference between 720p and 1080p. I've got a 720p projector on a 96" screen sitting a distance of 12' for the front row and although the brightness could be a little better its still a fantastic picture. Just go and look at a big box stor with all sorts of displays displaying the same image. Ive seen many 720p displays that look just as good as the 1080p ones when viewing them from 15' back.
 

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Hmmm, Not sure if I agree. The truth is the farther you sit away from a screen the less noticeable the difference between 720p and 1080p. I've got a 720p projector on a 96" screen sitting a distance of 12' for the front row and although the brightness could be a little better its still a fantastic picture. Just go and look at a big box stor with all sorts of displays displaying the same image. Ive seen many 720p displays that look just as good as the 1080p ones when viewing them from 15' back.
That's what I said. At 96" and 12 feet you are on the cusp of seeing pixelation. Try this test: Sit closer than 12 feet from your 96 inch screen and you can see pixelation, unless you have one of the Panasonic Pjs with "smooth screen" prisms, and then you are just seeing a blurry picture. If this isn't the case, then see your eye doctor.
 

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That's what I said. At 96" and 12 feet you are on the cusp of seeing pixelation. Try this test: Sit closer than 12 feet from your 96 inch screen and you can see pixelation, unless you have one of the Panasonic Pjs with "smooth screen" prisms, and then you are just seeing a blurry picture. If this isn't the case, then see your eye doctor.
Perhaps you can, but not everyone can. It is the source that decides the quality of the picture most. Put Casino Royale on any projector and it looks fantastic.
 

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In my opinion, it's all about viewing distance.... if you like to sit far away at all times (>2x screen width, etc), then get the 720. However, most viewers site closer than that.... I had a 92" screen and sat about 11 feet away (1.65x screen width) and I could see a big difference with qualityh 1080i / 1080p content.

I now have a 114" screen and can still site 11" away becuase I have a 1080p projector... so the 1080p projector lets you sit closer and still have a 'seamless' viewing experience (with quality content)
 

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Will I replaced my Panasonic ax200u with Mitsubishi HC6500 awhile back. My sitting distance is about 11' from 110" and I'm enjoy this new FP a lot. To me was it worth the upgrade yes to others maybe not. But at the end of the day it's my toy and I'm liking it a lot. :heehee:
 

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I go with "sit 1 foot away for every 10" of screen diagonal", when using 1080p. Which matches your setup. :)
 

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I have been living in the 720p for more than 3 years. My Mitsubishi HC1100 broke down recently out of warranty, so I am considering buying a new projector.

To my eyes, 720p has never really been a huge issue. I project on a 110" screen, and when the movie is interesting I really don't care about the resolution. I also have a 1080p TV and to be honest, size is more important to me than resolution, to the point that since the projector broke down I can't watch any movie without feeling frustrated.

So of course, budget being limited, I'm looking at various possibilities. What I am trying to find is if there are any 720p projectors which share similar electronics improvements as their 1080p conterpart. If all 720p projectors are vastly inferior to the 1080p projectors on everything and not only their resolution, then I will have to consider 1080p in my budget.

If not, which 720p would you recommend? My budget is about the price of an HC3800 right now. It will be connected to an Onkyo PR-SC886, so scaling should not be an issue, should it?
 

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Panasonic makes a well-received 720p unit. All the reputable brands are using the new inorganic LCD panels. DLP units are also new with TI Darkchip 2 designs. P
 

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You might have a look at optoma 720p projector- around $600, with darkchip 2/3. If your seating is on the farther side of the spectrum (see a viewing chart), a 720p is fine, other factors as ambient light, settings will affect the picture considerably. I'm using a picture calibration disk right now to get my 720p picture the best I can. If your seating is closer (or picture enormous) save up for a 1080p.
 

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Bah...viewing charts. I watch a 70inch Samy DLP at 8 feet
For $600? :heehee: That MUST be awesome.

But I was referring to a close seating position with 720p, which I have for both my tv and projector. On both sources at 8ft pixelation is evident, at 15ft its pristine. I have a 50" and 92", respectively.
 

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OK, seems that, in the 720p league, it would be a choice between the PT-AX200 (800€) or the Optoma HD67 (700€).

I'll have to try and find a shop that carries both and the HD20 (and other 1080p in the same price range) to see for myself.
 

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I know this thread is pretty much dead and old , but I will try anyway. Is it better to get a higher quality 720 , than a cheaper 1080? From what i have been reading about some of the $1000 range 1080p projectors out there , some have suggested I spend that thousand on a higher quality 720p. Commenting that , projectors are not created equal. and the listed specs often are misleading or simply just not true ????
What do you think?
 
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