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Jun 15, 2006 1:08 PM
Hello HT'ers.......This my first home theater I have done and could not have done it without all the info I got from Projector Central. THANKS!!!!!
I enclosed my garage which gave me a room of app. 400 sq ft. which is perfect because it allows me extra room to bring in more seating for sports events.
I have 2 rows of reclining seats and built a 8" riser for the back row. I think I should have went with 10" because if the front row has a tall adult in it that is not reclining, you get a head shot in the lower section of the screen.
The following is what I used with app. pricing I paid:
1. Optoma H78DC3 projector, $3799.00
2. Pioneer Elite VSX-54TX, THX 7.1 surround AV receiver $600.00
3. 119" Da-lite Cinema Contour, High Contrast Cinema Vision screen $1200.00
4. DCM surround sound speakers (existing speakers, will upgrade later) N/A
5. Levitz leather theater seating x 6 $3200.00
6. OPPO OPDV971H 720p/1080i DVD player $199.00
7. DVI Gear, DVI switch box $249.00
8. Scientific Atlanta HD cable box (provided by cable company) N/A
9. Logitech Harmony 688 all in one remote. (This is really cool. 1 button $175.00 turns on the whole system, including the fireplace or A/C, and is all custom programmed over the internet.)
Purchased everything except the seats on the internet
I hooked up my projector through the DVI switch box so I can switch between the DVD player and the HD cable box and still use the DVI input of the projector. I ran a 35' high quality cable through the attic and have had no signal problems.
The high definition cable channels look incredible, as do the movies from DVD.
The Optoma projector ran great right out of the box. I set it up with AVIA calibration DVD and only had to tweak the brightness, everything else was perfect.
Mar 27, 2006 3:26 AM
I'm shopping for my first projector, and have narrowed my search based on the requirements of my room etc, to three machines.
I'd prefer the BenQ 8720, but I dont think I want to spend the 5 grand, though its clearly superior to the two others. Next is the Optoma H78dc3 (about $3100), and the Panasonic 900 (everybody's got the details on this puppy memorized, I'm sure, so I'll spare you.) OK, The Optoma h78 seems definitely superior to the Panasonic, and I can afford the extra money. According to review on projectorreviews.com, the Optoma's lens and TI Dark chip 3 dlp would provide superior contrast and black levels. Like the Panny, there's zero SDE. In short, a review said "nothing rivals it in this price range." However, I notice the Optoma uses a DVI-I input as compared to the Panasonic with its HDMI. As I (barely) understand it, the Optoma purchase includes an adapter so the DVI-I could be connected to an HDMI/DVI cable if needed. But still, I dont believe you'd have the capacity to obtain 8 channel audio, if desired, even with the adapter. Is this correct?
Any thoughts on how important this is?
If having a DVI-I input is considered far inferior these days to HDMI, I'd sure like to know.
Would love to hear from any owners of the H78. Thanks, folks.
Jan 15, 2006 9:25 AM
Please do yourself a favor, the Pe7700 and Mt700 ARE Not FIXED...the "new" bulbs are still failing.....HDMI problems, mainboard failures...long wait times....
Please do not buy one, I had a Mt700 (Toshiba clone) and it had to be bought back by Toshiba, lucky for me squeeky wheel got greased.
I would stay far away from it, unless I could purchase it at 1k or lower....to make up for all the trouble you WILL have with it.
In a few more weeks new 720p units will be available, the Pe7700 and Mt700 put out a great picture and have nice features.....BUT they are the worst in terms of reliability I have seen in the 9 years of FP I have been in...
make no mistake, they are defective in design.
Sep 12, 2005 9:12 AM
I recently purchased this projector and am very pleased with the quality of picture. However, I am a first time projector owner and have noticed that on the right side of my picture there is a vertical band about 1 inch wide that has dificulty rendering a picture. It seems to be more pronounced during live sports broadcasts. Is this a calibration issue? faulty projector? or is this just the norm for front projectors. I am hoping that it is a calibration issue. Any advise?
Aug 30, 2005 7:45 PM
Here is a question about seating that I have not seen addressed at all (but my wife says I'm half blind).
After doing much research here and other areas, I've decided on a Optima H78DC3 projector and a 119" DA-lite HCCV screen. Using the projection calculator throw is 18 feet which is no problem, and recommended seating distance is minimum 12'.
Question-If I move my 1st row of seats up to 9-10' will there be any known issues. Specifically will the projected image catch the tops of peoples heads?
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