Video projectors for installations and vjing

    Apr 17 2006 | 1:49 pm
    Hi list,
    thanks for your previous help about jitter, that was really helpful. I
    have a question about video projectors that can probably help a lot of
    newbie VJs. I've never been into projectors, and now looking on ebay I
    came up with 2 kinds of projectors:
    - the old analogue ones like 21091&ssPageName=STRK:MEWA:IT
    -the new LCD ones like ARANZIA_W0QQitemZ9712840190QQcategoryZ11073QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewI tem
    These are just examples, consider that I would like of course to
    achieve the best light power on the biggest dimensions possible.
    Which technology do you think will be the best bang for the buck,
    since sometimes I have the feeling that quite old but professional
    equipment always works better than its new prosumer counterpart.
    Thanks in advance,

    • Apr 17 2006 | 3:41 pm
      the old projector you linked to uses expensive and ever more hard to find
      light bolbs. and you need 3 of those(possible). it is also heavy. DO NOT
      the toshiba porjector looks better. check for full
      spec. 2000ansi will work for a dim lit club when the projector is not
      further then 5-7m from the screen. the further the projector the dimmer and
      bigger the projecton size will be.
      i understand the pro vs. consumer argument but projectors have come some
      little way from 10 yrs ago when that projector was burning its lamp..
    • Apr 17 2006 | 4:19 pm
      thanks yosh
    • Apr 17 2006 | 5:22 pm
      Projectors are more comparable to Laptops in terms of depreciation.
      Would you buy a 3 year old laptop?
      My $3500 5 year old projector is now worth... $100.
      There are some good deals here:
      Just make sure you look at the terms and what sort of warranty you get on the specific item. is great for getting yourself up to speed on the technology.
      I prefer DLP projectors, because of the high contrast ratio. Other people prefer the color qualities of LCD projectors.
      If you're going to be using this in a variety of venues, be sure to look at things like fixed/manual zoom and keystoning capabilities.
    • Apr 17 2006 | 5:59 pm
      Beware of the psychedelic, epilepsy inducing nature of DLPs. I've
      used a number of brands of various qualities and unless your head is
      still and facing directly at the projection, you will see bands of
      color from the side of your eye. This is especially true for
      greyscale imagery but equally applies if the audience is going to be
      moving around like in a club or whatever.
    • Apr 17 2006 | 9:33 pm
      I picked up a used sony vph-1271q at a garage sale for 100 dollars.
      While it was a cheap solution, I really wouldn't suggest these beasts to anyone. way too massive!