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Topic:   Mitsubishi HC3 vs. Panasonic PT-AE700U?

I've pretty much narrowed it down to these two projectors. The HC3 is attractive because of the high light output, as well as the price. The Pany is attractive because of the lack of visible pixelation, but cost a good bit more. I'm going to set the projector recessed in the back wall behind my couch and project onto a 100" diagonal screen. This is in the living room, so there will be some ambient light present. I'm thinking most of the time it will be used for DVD viewing at night anyway, but for those football games during the daytime, is closing the shades in the room and turning off the lights sufficient for the Panasonic to produce a great picture? The HC3 seems like a great deal...but again, would the pixelation be too noticeable sitting about 12 feet from the screen? I know the HC3 is going for $999 now...are there any great deals out there for the Panasonic? I know the image would be better with the Panasonic...just not sure if it'd be $1000 better. Any help is appreciated.
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Topic:   mitsubishi hc3

I am pretty happy with it - bought it for $999. I felt it was a great deal for the money, and consider it good enough for now, but at that price I won't mind upgrading in a year or two when something better comes out (I neglected to mention this particular aspect to my wife when purchasing). It has really nice color and brightness, and is plenty quiet. I am also able to have a small amount of indirect ambient light and picture still looks good. Don't be tempted to blow it up too big though - it has noticeable screendoor effect when sitting 12' back w/ 92" wide screen. Defocussing helped a bit, and it is certainly OK to watch, but I would not make it any bigger than that for similar viewing setup. The blacks are not too dark either, but I am using a standard matte white screen. I just ordered replacement dalite gray screen (HCMW) - from what I have seen, it should improve blacks without hurting whites. I use it for watching DVDs (no HD material), and I do notice some scaling artifacts, but again certainly watchable. I would buy it again based on the competition within $500 of the purchase price. chip
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