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Best/most economical home theater projector?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by alco19357, Apr 26, 2012.

  1. alco19357

    alco19357 Member

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    What's the best/most economical home theater? Like the ACER H5360 and HD66 level. Preferably 3d compatible.
    throw distance of 12-13 feet. would like about 100" diagonal
     
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    You answered your own question. What is your budget?
     
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    Hey Jim, you helped me before. I'm looking in the low 600's high 500's
    Am I mistaken, but the two I listed are pretty similar... Acer is cheaper, but reviews say that the Acer goes dead after a year.
    Of the two, which do you recommend?
     
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    I would go with the HD66. For a 100" diagonal screen, the HD66's lens needs to be mounted between 11' - 3" and 12' - 4" from the screen.
    Visual Apex still has it for $549 with free shipping.
    What will your seating distance be? It's a very bright projector, and you can easily go bigger than 100", depending on seating distance.
     
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    Thanks Jim,
    For that price at Visual Apex, the hd66 is a steal.
    My only concern is the warranty. Does Visual Apex offer extended warranties like New Egg? 2 year extended for 69.99
    Seating distance is a bed and my head will be 11-12 feet from the screen.
    Also, I intend to use this projector 4hrs a day, 7 days a week. Is this okay for the projector? Any idea what a maximum usage is
     
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    You'll have to check on their ext. warranty options. If not, I recommend you buy one online from Mack, Warantech or Square Trade. I bought a Mack warranty online.100" to 106" diagonal is about right. 4 hours per day is no problem. You just can't turn a projector on and off numerous times a day like a TV. That really shortens the bulb life.
     
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    Thanks Jim... just contacted Visual Apex. They said $249 for a 2 year extended warranty. That is outrageous!
    I just did a quote from Square Trade. $75 for 3 year
     
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    That's more like it. I paid $79 for my 3 year ext. warranty from Mack.
     

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