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Topic: Projector - What do you use it for, DVD, TV, PC or Games?
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I’m sure some of us have a busy household with kids and adults all wanting access to the projector to watch cable TV(all digital and some HD stations), DVD’s, Xbox games and access the internet. Well, our family now has over 1400 hrs use over the past 4 months, exceeding what I believe to be normal use for the projector. I expect its going to cost me $400-$500 Canadian for a new bulb before the end of 12 months.

I don’t own another TV since my 50” rear projection TV of 20 years bit the dust and RCA no longer carry the parts. So I plan to buy a TV(30”) or monitor to cut down on replacing the bulb too often. In addition I also plan to move the projector to another room (Home Theatre room) on a different level (house is a side split) so that we can view the projector from 2 levels when sitting. This will free up the existing projector room and allow me to add an additional TV or large PC 30” Monitor.

My dilemma is there are so many different options available today in setting up a network of entertainment, I wonder what others have done to separate or integrate the projector (DVD and HD), PC (internet), Xbox (games), TV(cable) in the house?
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The way we solved it was with a dedicated Home Theater room that is used for movies, major sporting events and only special ocasions for gameing.
All other viewing for Pc's gaming and tv watching are done at there respective locations. But in your case unless you go to an LCD tv, CRT or Plasma you are going to replacing bulbs. If you get another RP unit you have another bulb to change. Go with the 30" or smaller LCD tv for tv watching, gameing and computer use. Most better LCD monitors will except both signals and are cost effective because of their long life and they tend not to burn in as plasma tv's are known to. They do make larger LCD's but the 30" or under are the most cost effective. Make sure to watch contrast ratings when buying LCD screens, the cheaper ones have low pixel counts and low contrast.
Keep the regular tv watching, gaming and games away from the projector and you should be fine
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I just ordered a 30 Inch LCD TV partly for this exact reason. I have a projector primarily for DVD's and Gamecube, but am about to get Dish Network. (Partly because they recently added TNT HD.) I am planning not to hook it to my projector, but strictly to the LCD. I may run a cable up to the projector also, but I'm not planning to get a second receiver for it.

Also, the room where the LCD is going is where my computer is, so it will make a really nice computer monitor as well. Saving a couple of $400 lamps will help pay for the LCD.
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I have my Panny 700 mounted in a dedicated room where I use it strictly for DVD movies only. I can't see wasting a front projector to watch broadcast TV. Using the projector just for movies makes the movie experience special. For broadcast TV and VHS tapes I use a Sony Wega 36 ins CRT in another room.
As for video games, I do not permit them in the house- what a mind numbing waste of time!
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I'm planning on using mine for HDTV broadcasts, DVD watching and game playing. With the short throw I have, the lamplife can be extended by only using the low lamp mode. Also, if you're concerned about using the lamp too early, have you considered you might be spending too much time in front of the thing?

I try to limit my tv watching to 5 to 10 hours per week (including movies), but this may all change when the projector comes.
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