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Topic: if not pan700 what?
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If the VB on the 700 is bad, or at least annoying, and you get rainbow from DLP's, then what is the unit to get...is everything a compromise? I am not in a location that I can pre view units so I get my information from this kind of forum..not the dealers. I dont want to bring home a unit and then
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The Sony HS51 has to be the choice if LCD is your preference. With 6000:1 contrast ratio, High Def resolution and a price of just a little more than the Panny 700. It's an easy choice
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Thank you for the recomendation. Have you had the opportunity to spend some time using the Sony HS 51? The other problem, and it is no small thing, I need to put the PJ @ least 17 ft from screen and I dont want a screen larger than 100 inch diagonal. That was why I was pleased when the 700 came out with its good zoom. Have been sorly put off by some of the reviews in this forum but they may be exagerated. Its a real pity that we cannot try out the units in our home before we buy, really is a pig in a polk and not a cheap one at that.
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I'll say it again, in 6 months of use I have never seen ANY vertical banding on my Panny 700. The people who see VB on the 700 are the ones who leave the projector in a constant stand-by condition and do not totally switch the machine off between use. Do NOT be put off by the nit-pickers on this forum, the Panny 700 is a fabulous projector and gives a stunning picture, plus its the only VP in its price range with the 2x zoom lens which enables you to put the VP at the back of the room instead of the middle of the room whre most VP'S end up. It's the best money I ever spent!
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Here's a quote from the HS51 review here on ProjectorCentral:
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The combination of the Sony HS51 and the DVDO iScan HD+ falls into a price range of about $4500 to $5,000 depending upon discounts available. Therefore, this combination competes directly with the Yamaha LPX-510 and the Epson Cinema 500, both of which are also 1280x720 resolution LCD projectors. In this competitive match-up, the "HS51 + iScan HD+" is the clear winner in overall image performance due to the HS51's superior black level and contrast performance, and the iScan's superior video processing. Therefore we can say that the Sony HS51 is highly recommended, contingent upon it being combined with the DVDO iScan HD+. Without the iScan HD+, many users will be better off to opt for the Panasonic AE700 or some other lower cost product that offers a better price/performance proposition for standard definition sources.

I'm with Eumig, I didn't notice any VB on the Panny 700 either. Take what you read in forums with a grain of salt, especially the avsforum, since people that don't have any problems don't tend to post about their lack of issues.

I was worried about the VB/Contrast/Blacks of the AE700 until I saw it at work at the store. I was blown away. Then I realized that I'm definitely easier to please than those maniacs at the avsforum who spend hundreds of dollars for calibration tools and whatnot. The AE700 I saw was projected on an average screen with some ambient light and no tweaking whatsoever and the image was still ten folds better than any DLP or Plasma set in store, at 4 times the size and cheaper.

I'm perfectly happy with the 700 and imo, you'd be better off spending the extra cash on a good sound system, upscaling DVD player or even buy something nice to your girl.
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