cheap projector recommendation

    Mar 30 2012 | 2:06 am
    Hi All,
    I need to purchase an HD video projector to test an installation in my studio and am looking for recommendations. I need something really cheap: maximum $200, but better around $100. I see there are a lot of options out there in that price range, but I'd prefer to go with a model others had used given the possibility of odd problem at the low end of the market.

    • Mar 31 2012 | 4:50 pm
      HD beamers at €200? which?
      be aware that lower resolution projectors will take HD input but scale it down. my 800x600 native resolution beamers will take HD input but that's not what you get on the projection screen. that's 800x600.
    • Mar 31 2012 | 5:45 pm
      Klarstein is ok. Best
    • Mar 31 2012 | 7:31 pm
      A quick Google search shows literally dozens of true 720p and 1080p projectors in this price range.
      Also, I don't think Klarstein projectors are available in the US.
      Thanks, Zach
    • Apr 01 2012 | 8:24 am
      That would be very surprising. I suspect that these search results are listing replacement bulbs for the various projectors you're seeing.
    • Apr 01 2012 | 3:53 pm
      @zach: link?
    • Apr 01 2012 | 6:21 pm
      Yeah, Google Shopping fail. Looks like the algos couldn't stand up to the misleading bulb listings and scaled "HD."
      Seems you guys are correct that I can't find a WXGA projector for under ~$450. I will debate whether it's worth shelling out that much, but considering that this is just for proof of concept and iterative testing in my studio, I should probably just go with SVGA. However, 16:9 would be nice. Is anyone aware of any options for SD 16:9 in my price range?
      Thanks, Zach
    • Apr 05 2012 | 8:37 pm
      Your 16:9 options in this price range will be pico projectors with very low lumens output.