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    Thread: The Infocus 4805 Projector Thread

    1. 10-22-2004 05:41 PM #26
      For those concerned about blowing up images.....I run a ScreenPlay 4800 on a 100" Stewart Firehawk, and I also run a 32" Hitachi. I thought I would watch the 32" for TV, and use the ScreenPlay for movies, but now I hardly ever touch the 32". Its become a dust collector. 3 things to remember about those who believe the VCR comment:
      1. Real theatres are running on worn out prints on worn out equipment, so the color just will not be that great. A home theatre isnt, so the colors are more truer.
      2. A really great screen like the Firehawk will add alot of gain, resolution, color and defininition to the picture. If you saw your buddys projector on a bedsheet, beleive me, you havent seen a projector the way its supposed to be seen.
      3. The larger the screen, the larger the room you need. If you live in a shoebox, buy a 100" screen, and watch with your nose up to the screen, yeah, its gonna be blurry and pixelated. I watch anywhere from 10 to 20 feet back from the screen...........
      Having a big screen is a real wow factor. You can buy the cheapest projector like the X1, and show your buddies, and then make them watch on your 34", and you dont have to be a genious to figure out which one is going to be cromulent enough to get the zowee out of there embiggened mouths..............

    2. 10-22-2004 06:38 PM #27
      Doesn't your screen cost more than twice as much as your projector?

    3. 10-22-2004 06:57 PM #28
      Yes, the Firehawk is expensive, but I will own it for 30 years. I will own the 4800 for about 2 or 3 years. The cost per year, therefore is cheap....................

    4. 10-24-2004 10:17 AM #29
      The pictures of the 4805 images, is the dark corners just because of light fall off on the camera taking the picture, or is it the projector?

    5. 10-24-2004 02:36 PM #30
      The quality of the picture of any projector is based on the screen you project on. Some screens have hotspots in the centre where the picture looks good, but it doesnt look good on other parts of the screen. An excellent screen will make even the cheapest projector look good, while a cheap screen (bedsheet/wall) can make even the best projector look crappy.....................

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      10-26-2004 12:03 AM #31
      How many hours will you get out of the bulb, and how much do they cost?
      Are there settings to run it at a lower lumen count, say if your only watching the news or not really paying attention to whats on tv?
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    7. 10-26-2004 11:42 AM #32
      Quote, originally posted by BrendanMX5 &raquo;
      How many hours will you get out of the bulb, and how much do they cost?
      Are there settings to run it at a lower lumen count, say if your only watching the news or not really paying attention to whats on tv?

      Average lamp life is listed as 3000 hours, and the projector has two modes: 160 watt and 200 watt. The 200 watt mode was very loud - I'm not sure I'll ever use it. We'll see what happens when the bulb starts to dim. Bulbs are about $300 IIRC.

    8. 11-01-2004 09:50 AM #33
      As a sidenote to the whole Costco thing-
      Most people don't know that Costco is not an authorized dealer for almost all the electronics they carry, so the manufacturer's warranty will not be honored. As a result, Costco offers their own money-back guarantee to counter this. If you don't like any piece of electronics, you can take it back to them for a full refund within the first (I think) year as long as you have your receipt. I bought a Screenplay 4800 with a free 76" screen from them in April and they are now carrying the 4805 with free screen. This weekend, I brought the 4800 back (I didn't even have the box for the screen or all the packing materials for the projector, but all other accessories) with my receipt and I had absolutely no trouble returning it even though I had it for six months already - no questions asked. I promptly went in and bought the 4805. A big [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] for Costco - I can't think of ANY other store that would even consider taking back a high ticket item after you've had it that long, especially if there's nothing wrong with it. Of course, you won't easily find this policy listed anywhere, but it is available.
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      11-02-2004 12:16 AM #34
      Quote, originally posted by erick.s &raquo;
      As a sidenote to the whole Costco thing-
      Most people don't know that Costco is not an authorized dealer for almost all the electronics they carry, so the manufacturer's warranty will not be honored. As a result, Costco offers their own money-back guarantee to counter this. If you don't like any piece of electronics, you can take it back to them for a full refund within the first (I think) year as long as you have your receipt. I bought a Screenplay 4800 with a free 76" screen from them in April and they are now carrying the 4805 with free screen. This weekend, I brought the 4800 back (I didn't even have the box for the screen or all the packing materials for the projector, but all other accessories) with my receipt and I had absolutely no trouble returning it even though I had it for six months already - no questions asked. I promptly went in and bought the 4805. A big [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG] for Costco - I can't think of ANY other store that would even consider taking back a high ticket item after you've had it that long, especially if there's nothing wrong with it. Of course, you won't easily find this policy listed anywhere, but it is available.

      That is seriously awesome. Have you set up the 4805 yet?

    10. 11-02-2004 09:07 AM #35
      Not yet. I'm moving in three weeks and then I'm finishing the basement of my new house and putting in a dedicated theater room, so it will be a bit before I have it up and running. I have high expectations for this projector - from what I've read, it's leaps and bounds better than the 4800. The only things that bothered me about the 4800 were the rainbows (I could see them at will) which the new color wheel should greatly reduce, the light bleed (does anyone who has this projector know if that's still an issue?), and lack of DVI, which the new one has. What would be a good, fairly inexpensive screen to mate with this projector? I'm looking for a 110"-120" 16:9. I've heard that DLPs benefit from a high contrast gray screen. Can anyone make some recommendations?

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      11-02-2004 12:02 PM #36
      Quote, originally posted by erick.s &raquo;
      What would be a good, fairly inexpensive screen to mate with this projector? I'm looking for a 110"-120" 16:9. I've heard that DLPs benefit from a high contrast gray screen. Can anyone make some recommendations?

      This is what I am going with when i get mine....
      http://www.carada.com/criterion-178-1.aspx
      84 Inch Diagonal Criterion 1.78 to 1 $602.83
      The only reason I am going 84" is cause 60% of use will be with DTV.
      They have prices on that page up to 142".

    12. 11-02-2004 02:57 PM #37
      Thanks for the link - that's a decent looking screen for a good price. Will you be going with the high contrast grey?
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      11-02-2004 03:14 PM #38
      Quote, originally posted by erick.s &raquo;
      Thanks for the link - that's a decent looking screen for a good price. Will you be going with the high contrast grey?

      Yes, I have some ambient light in the living room.

    14. 11-02-2004 04:27 PM #39
      Wow some really gooood info in this thread. I never thought about the projector route. Its always been waaay out of my league. The pricing on the one hear being discussed is awesome, and you know I saw all this a costco but the lighting in the store was so dog gone bright it completely flushed out the screen (the movie) that was playing on it. I'll surely take a closer look next time. Thanks for the imput guys.


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    15. 11-03-2004 07:53 PM #40
      Oh good lord. I'm definitely finishing my basement. For that price, who can't refuse a projector

    16. 11-04-2004 04:48 PM #41
      Quote, originally posted by PacerX &raquo;
      Oh good lord. I'm definitely finishing my basement. For that price, who can't refuse a projector

      I know I can't. Couldn't. Didn't.

    17. 01-18-2005 09:13 PM #42
      [QUOTE=BrendanMX5] How many hours will you get out of the bulb, and how much do they cost? QUOTE]
      you should be able to get at least 2000 hours or so out of the bulbs [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]

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      01-18-2005 09:59 PM #43
      Hey Gateway - It is pretty bad when I can pick out one of your threads just by the title....
      Just kidding, I think it's great. Keep up the good work.
      Here is a legitimate question, and I'd rather ask in this thread than create a new one. Why couldn't you just use a projection screen from a school or something for your screen instead of spending 600 some odd bucks?


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      01-18-2005 10:17 PM #44
      Quote, originally posted by Minker17 &raquo;
      Why couldn't you just use a projection screen from a school or something for your screen instead of spending 600 some odd bucks?

      You can, just don't expect it to look as good as the pics in the 1st page of this thread.

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      01-18-2005 10:42 PM #45
      Ahh


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    21. 01-19-2005 11:01 PM #46
      If I can find the coupon I will hopefully be picking one up at the end of the month when the coupon date is in effect. I will also be getting that free screen with it [IMG]http://**********************/smile/emthup.gif[/IMG]
      Has anyone tried or seen the 76'' screen that is paired with the 4805?

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      01-20-2005 10:49 AM #47
      Sounds inticing, but part of the appeal of my walkout basement for me is the abundant natural light. No projector for me!
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    23. 01-20-2005 01:05 PM #48
      I have the 4805 with the 76" screen they give you. Its OK for the time being, building a house and then I will probably get a Carada 82" screen. The 76" is pulldown so it really doesnt lay perfectly flat but as I said its OK. I am going to get a bright white screen because the theater will be in the basement with no light. I actually have to take down my stuff and bring it back for a refund so I can take dvantage of the $300 price drom from Costco.

    24. 01-27-2005 03:16 AM #49
      Thanks god, I got 2 coupon books so I'm all set to go
      If I feel like it I might post up some pics of it up. How do you guys have it mounted or just sitting on something? If you have it mounted what kind of bracket/arm (or whatever its called) and where can I get one?

    25. 01-31-2005 04:53 AM #50
      well? How are people mounting this thing?

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