"Projector That Makes Them Say WOW!"4.5 starson by orr333
Pros: Brightness and crisp picture, ease of use.
Cons: Only one HDMI, one component input
Summary: When my wife gave me the green light to build a home theater, I started my intense research. It was my first venture into the HD world. 720p, 1080i, 1080p....what does it all mean? After extensive research, price comparisons and pros/cons we evaluated, we settled on a package deal for the HD100U, 25' component, 25' HDMI, mount and 92" screen.
We have our projector mounted 12.75 feet from our 92" screen.
The brightness of this projector is amazing. We run it on the low lamp mode and it is still great. When on the low mode, the fan noise is very low and unheard once your sound system is on. In dark and light scenes, the picture is always good. I put Into The Blue on and the colors of the ocean and reef scenes is stunning. In sports and high action scenes with quick, bright flashes (War of the Worlds) it has instantaneous response.
Due to the lower contrast, you should have very little ambient light in the room. I have 2 encasement windows in my basement and must cover the one closest to the screen or it bleeds in. This may be true of all projectors from what I have read. If getting 15000:1 contrast means thousands more, it is definitely not worth it.
We did upgrade our screen to a screen by Elite Screens and as a gray tone. Even with this upgrade, our package was under $1400 and well worth it.
CONCLUSION: 1080 i or p is not worth it at this point given the cost of the projector. For under $1000, you can own this projector. When enough sources are broadcasting 1080p, the cost of those projectors will be more realistic and a switch can be made at that time, whenever that happens. Since installing this, I have had 4 other people see it and make plans to order it. I think that speaks for itself.