[mythtv-users] Re: Frontend for home theater
tom at redpepperracing.com
Sun Nov 6 11:05:13 EST 2005
Grant Emsley wrote:
> On 11/4/05, Michael Tiller <michael.tiller at gmail.com> wrote:
>> At work we just got a $700 computer projector that looks fantastic. I
>> hooked my laptop up to it while watching a widescreen DVD and it even
>> to support the widescreen format quite nicely.
>> So, I'm thinking about getting one of these for my basement. My plan
>> be to mount it on the ceiling and project it against a wall. I'd also
>> to hook a very simple MythTV frontend up to it. My plan would be to have
>> only a DVD reader, small hardrive (if necessary), network and video
>> card in
>> it (i.e. no tuner cards and no direct live TV feed to the
>> live TV from a backend over the network).
> The only thing I'd caution you about a projector is bulb life/cost. I
> know the newer projectors have a longer bulb life than they used to,
> but last time I was looking into it replacement bulbs were at least a
> couple hundred dollars.
Good advice. I bought an older projector on ebay for about $200,
thinking I was saving money. It was only after I got it and realized
that the bulb is well used that I found out the replacement bulbs are
$325...luckily it hasn't gone on me yet, but I'm on borrowed time already...
In hindsight, a new $700 projector would probably be a smarter purchase.
Some of them use overhead projector bulbs that cost about $12.
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