Please Help! New to this, Need Help with Outdoor Theatre information Projector choice

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  1. BruceCannonz

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    First and foremost Hello to all you smart and educated Theatre experts. Thanks for allowing me a forum to gain if just a bit of all your knowledge. I am attempting at creating an Outdoor Theatre and do not know where to start as far as the projector goes. I was told that LED HD was the way to go because the replacement of bulbs is too high on regular projectors. Also i would like to be able to set up laptop, cable box , playstation etc.. to be viewed from the projector. I will be on the market for speakers as well , those with crisp sound and bass. I have a pergola that i would like to use that has a roof over it that will protect if it rains, i would like to have a mobile set up to bring in and out and a removal type screen. I was told to try shower curtains to start with a rear projection... not sure what my throw is yet but i will measure and provide later. Can someon pleas assist in naming some good HD LED projectors with HDMI inputs? I would really appreciate it, also my budget for the entire system is apx 1,000. Thanks for your time.
     
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    $1000 is to cover the projector AND audio... For outdoor...??? Seriously?
     
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    Not only that, he wants an LED projector. :) What exactly is $1,000 supposed to buy? Projector and 2 speakers only?
     
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    Gentlemen, sorry if i was unclear 1,000 is budget for the projector. I would like some assistance in projector brands
     
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    What screen size do you want? What's your throw distance? As far as I know, you will not find any LED projector even close to bright enough for $1,000. Here's an example of a good 720p projector for you. The Optoma HD66 is more than bright enough for a 120" diagonal image, with a throw between 13' 7" and 14' 10".
     
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    I'm done with that budget. Go here for a reality check. http://www.backyardtheatersystems.com/theater-systems/indoor-outdoor-series.php And there are more than a few "outdoor theater hobbyist" sites where you'll get additional information. Basically the goal of "indoor controlled" is totally different than "outdoor non-controlled".
     
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    Thanks for your information Jim, it is greatly appreciated. Found this on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Optoma-HD66-2500ANSI-Lumens-4000/dp/B002ZWU33U/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360596505&sr=8-1&keywords=Optoma+HD66 Is this the same one you are referring to?
     
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    Sam i am sorry my budget has offended you,
     
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    Any thoughts on this http://www.amazon.com/Optoma-GT750E-Lumen-3D-Gaming-Projector/dp/B005G2HR6W/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1360596786&sr=1-5&keywords=led+projector+720p
     
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    Yes, that's it. Bruce, you didn't answer me about your desired screen size and throw distance. Your projector choices depend on these 2 things. I assume throw distance doesn't matter much because it's outside, but if you want to use it inside also, it's important. The GT750E is a popular and well reviewed projector designed for gaming. I've never seen it, but it has a VERY short throw lens. It only needs to be 6' from the screen to give you a 120" diagonal screen. This is OK for outside, but can be a problem indoors. Most people don't want the projector in front of them when seated. Another problem is it does not have any zoom lens. Not good.
     
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    My throw distance can be from 14 -18 ft, i would like to have screen 120" or above.
     
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    The 2 best under $1,000 for you are the Benq 5920 and Acer 6500. They both are bright enough for a 120" diagonal screen with a 14' to 15' throw.
     
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    There's actually a third player in the lineup, the Viewsonic Pro 8200. It's a couple years old, but you should check it out. All 3 are bright enough for your 120" diagonal screen, but the Acer has no speakers, if that matters. The Benq and Viewsonic have a speaker or speakers. Where the Viewsonic wins is the warranty, 3 years. The other 2 are only 1 year. You need to review the features of each, warranty and of course, price. I would bet the image will be very close with all 3 of these.
     

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