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.
[Edited by rayboy on Mar 27, 2006 at 4:56 AM]