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JayAllan



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PostLink    Posted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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ecrabb wrote:
Besides the horribly expensive lamps, the Qualia is a tank. Not CRT tank, but way bigger than you're typical digital. Unless you're a serious hardware hacker, there's no way in hell you're going to bypass all the monitoring and protection circuits to retrofit an alternate light source. If you could get it for practically free, fine, but otherwise I'd suggest looking elsewhere.

For a bedroom on a 100-inch screen, grab a used JVC RS1 or Sony VW50. Perfect bedroom set for very good, but non-critical viewing. If you're patient, you should be able to find either machine for in the $750 ballpark, possibly even with a spare lamp. Especially true of the Sony. The JVC's hold their value a bit better. If you could stumble onto a cheap RS2, even better.

With digitals, "older model" and "still have some quality" are practically mutually exclusive. The high-end stuff from 8-10 years ago is inferior to the sub-$5000 stuff from 5 years ago (which is now available used for under $1000).

What's your target budget?

SC


Ecrabb, I was wondering about monitoring of the bulb issues :/ It would be great to override that but sounds unlikely.

I am looking to replace my DWIN and $750 is right about at what I would like to spend. Is the JVC better than the Sony?


Thanks for the input!
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PostLink    Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First off, aren't you supposed to be in Europe? Wink

Second off, I like the Sonys, but have always preferred the JVCs. I would look at AVS for some b-stocks that they get in from time to time. JVC also has an ebay store where they sell reconditioned units. If you doubled your budget, then you can usually find a one to two year old model from either manufacturer.
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JayAllan



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PostLink    Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spanky Ham wrote:
First off, aren't you supposed to be in Europe? Wink

Second off, I like the Sonys, but have always preferred the JVCs. I would look at AVS for some b-stocks that they get in from time to time. JVC also has an ebay store where they sell reconditioned units. If you doubled your budget, then you can usually find a one to two year old model from either manufacturer.


I am back! After 5 counties I needed to get back to warmer weather. Going back in May to shoot for a couple months.
After extensive research I think I will grab an inexpensive JVC RS2 although I would love to play with a Qualia just based on its build / lens quality. I am sure they will be dirt cheap soon enough Smile
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