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  Home Theatre Projectors, Dell, InFocus and Sanyo 
  Nov 14, 2003, 09:30am EST 


By: Sander Sassen

With the introduction of the LCD projector about a decade ago it was only a matter of time before high quality projectors would come down in price enough to make them affordable. As a result the long kept dream of many home theatre enthusiasts came a step closer, as buying a projector no longer meant you had to get a second mortgage on the house. The low price point of modern projectors, combined with their excellent display capabilities, makes them very suitable to have a true movie theatre experience at home.

Projector roundup

Fig 1. The Dell, InFocus and Sanyo projectors that participated in this test.

In this article we’ll take a look at three entry level multimedia projectors, the Dell 2100/2200MP, the InFocus ScreenPlay 4800 and the Sanyo PLV-Z1, to see how they stack up to each other and what the price/performance level of these entry level devices is. We’ll also go over the technology used in these projectors and discuss why lumen output, contrast and resolution are important when choosing a suitable projector for use at home. Armed with that background information we’ll be better able to understand what makes these devices work and what to look for in a quality projector. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the projector basics such as lumen output, contrast and more.

1. Introduction
2. Lumen output
3. Contrast
4. Resolution
5. Noise levels
6. LCD, liquid crystal display
7. DLP, digital light processing
8. How we tested
9. Results, lumen output
10. Results, specifications
11. Conclusion

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