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Bluray Image good, fan obtrusive
on 26 March 2011
I bought this projector a short while ago and have found it to be more than acceptable for projecting DVD and Bluray discs to a huge screen about 3m across the other side of the room. It was extremely easy to set up and I was projecting within 10 minutes of opening the box. There are a good number of ports to add HDMI x2(for Blueray), VGA (for pc)and RGB component. All very good. Unfortunately it begins to lose marks from here onwards. It is difficult to set the pc so that the desktop is readable (lose one star), but viewing family photos and BBCi/4OD is fine, although some tweaking is required on the picture settings to get an optimum picture.
The sound from the unit is ample but my preferred method was to hook up surround sound. There inlies the real problem. The fan is so obtrusive that you need to have surround so high to be heard over the top of it.(I can't find anywhere the DBa level output - my opinion is that it is on a par if not higher with above average talking level which is reported as being around 60DBa)I do not want to find myself as a nuisance neighbour so my recourse is to use wireless headphones to blot out the noise from the unit.
I am now considering purchasing a quieter projector for this reason. So if you are looking for a cost effective projector for viewing family photos then I would say this was fine, however as a bluray home theatre the pleasure is diminished somewhat by the noise from the fan. For that reason I would suggest purchasing an more expensive but quieter unit and as that was the real reason for buying this, and the unit is advertised as such I give the unit 2.5 - 3 stars.