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Topic:   Panasonic 300u vs. modern PJ for HDTV

I have a Panasonic PT-L300U projecting on a 106" diagonal, 16:9 (92" x 52"). I sit 11' from the screen (1.43 x screen width) and see no pixelization and no VB (vertical banding), except on low quality source material. I'm real happy with the projector. My primary use is to watch DVDs -- Panasonic RP91 DVD player runing progressive scan over 24' component cables. I haven't gotten around to watching HD programming, even though I have a HD STB for OTA & DirecTV (not subscribed to their HD service yet, so I only get CBSW in HD). Since the L300U is out of production, I doubt that you can find a new one. I'd be hesitant on getting a used or refurbished one, unless you can get a return guarantee. I'm probably going to get an AE700 (1280 x 720) as an upgrade (my L300 is already spoken for, sorry). The AE500 (also 1280 x 720) is last years model and can be bought new for reasonable prices, but it's not as good as the AE700, and I wouldn't recommend it.
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Topic:   Projection screen of choice

When I got my Panasonic L300U (16:9), I dug out my old (15yrs. +) which was a Manual, 80" x 60", Draper Luma (glass beaded - I got it with my 1st LCD PJ). It wasn't bad and I could raise it up for widescreen material. I recently got a new Da-Lite 106", 16:9, Model C, Hi-Power, screen. I am really happy with it because it matches the native PJ size, and gives me a nice wide screen. For watching 4:3 material, it's not as bad as I had expected. Although the 4:3 image is smaller (69" x 52") than my old screen, I don't need to go through the zoom push-ups to fill the screen and the lower resolution pictures look better on the smaller screen area. NOTE: The Hi-Power material was chosen because it's less prone to developing "waves" (the larger rollers in the Model C also helps) and because it is closer to the gain of my old Draper. I can reasonably have a low level light on in the room and still get a good picture. It also helps in that I can run my PJ in it's low power mode for longer lamp life. I needed a pull-down screen since my HT (home theater) is also my LR and my regular TV (for normal TV viewing) is behind my screen. [EDIT=Rasafras|3/26/2005 9:07:36]
 
Topic:   Panasonic 300u vs. modern PJ for HDTV

Ok--I believe I'm going to end up getting a Panasonic 300U. Reasons are for low pixelation (I want to sit at a 1.6x viewing distance) and for the 1/4 hd properties for HDTV viewing. Now I am just curious, how would the 300u compare to buying a SP4805 or an Optima H31 in the realm of HDTV? Has anyone done such a comparison? My budget only allows a low-cost unit right now, and figure when more HD content is out there OTA I'll be able to afford a native HDTV projector--any comments?
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