"Great home movie system"4.5 starson by milesmeyer
Pros: Compact size, ease of set-up, great picture
Cons: Some black on black color fade, cannot turn off built-in speakers
Summary: We bought this projector after having looked at large screen tv's for quite awhile. I have recommended it to several of my friends. The projector is easy to set-up right out of its carry case, onto the coffee table, plug it in, put in the movie, pop the popcorn. In my case, I have added a few steps by using a screen instead of the wall and adding a 5-speaker surround sound system but those are easy enough to set up also. I just connect the speakers to the connection in back and it is ready. All-in-all it takes about 5 minutes to be able to sit back and watch the movie on a 7' wide screen. The almost 1:1 throw ratio lets you determine how big your screen can be by where you place the projector. We have a short room so we can only put it about 7' from the screen, but this still allows us to view it in large format. I have noticed a slight smudging of black on black on the screen. This is noticeable to me, (the rest of my family doesn't see it) in movies like Star Wars where Darth Vader is standing in the shadows. His black cape becomes a faded green/grey. I have compared this to a friend's Infocus which he has to set up connecting it to a DVD player and speakers and has a further throw ratio so he needs a longer room. I noticed that you can see a grid pattern on his screen while even close up I cannot see that pattern on my screen. The picture gets better as the room gets darker so we usually wait until around sunset (7:30) before watching movies. The projector does put out a lot of heat and you need to make sure you don't put things near the vents. Some reviewers have mentioned a burning smell but it isn't very noticeable. From what I can tell this is ozone from the o2air filter. Also, the fans are very quiet, almost unnoticeable when you are watching a movie, even with the projector only a few feet from your ears. As for price, you can find this product online from the mid $800 range with a free screen. Try to find a wide screen tv for anywhere near that.