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which projector and screen size

Discussion in 'Displays' started by lipets, Oct 13, 2012.

  1. lipets

    lipets Active Member

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    I have a 10 x 14 room with a 10' height.
    The screen will be on a 10x10x10 wall the projector on the ceiling or back wall 14' away.
    I'm leaning to a painted screen at this point. Wondering what the max screen size I can paint and height off floor.
    Need to have room L/R of screen for speakers.
    Not really into 3D or games.
    Hope this is enough info.
    What can I get on low end of say $5-600 or at the high side of my budget of $1000 or so.
     
  2. Jim Mcc

    Jim Mcc Well-Known Member

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    I answered you in the other secion, but you should be able to use a 100" diagonal screen(depending on the speakers you use). It's 49" X 87" plus 2-3" all around for a nice black border trim. As far as the height of screen, the rule of thumb is to have your eye level(when seated) approx. 1/3 up from the bottom of screen.
    Projector - You need to decide if you want DLP or LCD, although most of the good choices under $1,000 are DLP. What will your throw distance be(lens to screen, when mounted)?
     
  3. lipets

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    12 feet, total room is 14'
     
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    Go to projectorcentral and figure some stuff out...(answered your other thread as well)
    http://www.projectorcentral.com/home.cfm
    Until you know the features/benefits/drawacks of LCD and DLP you won't know where to start.
     
  5. lipets

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    I'll take a look at that, but in the meantime I found great reviews on this puppy
    Panasonic PT-AR100U
     
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    Yes, but it's over $1,000. Another good choice for LCD is the Epson 8350
    For DLP I would recommend the Mitsubishi HC4000, about $1,200. Excellent projector.
     
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    ok those are good possibilities, I read the reviews.
    Now if we want to take the budget down to say 600-700 any suggestions are that price level.
     
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    How did you get from a $1,000 budget to $700? :( If you're talking $700, you would need to buy a 720p projector, such as the Optoma HD66. I would not do it. I would save more money.
     
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    I don't want the 720, so scratch that idea, I was just thinking of an alternative.

    thanks
     
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    Ok so in a dlp 1080 config we have

    Panasonic PT-AR100U about $1300
    Mitsubishi HC4000 about $1000
    and found BenQ ep5920 about $800 review

    any others to consider?

    tks
     
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    The Pan. AR100U is LCD. I'm sticking with my recommendation of the EXCELLENT HC4000.
     
  12. Sky Ears

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    I have a 3000 lumens LED projector purchased from HDProjectorworld.com
    I have had very good luck with it!
    I have had several projectors in the past, but this one blows them all away!
    I am using a 100 inch diagonal screen from DA-LITE.
    Total cost delivered for both projector and screen was under $800
    I have a friend who purchased a DLP projector from these people several years ago and has not had a problem with it.
    This unit has short throw capability, and inputs for standard video and audio, composite video, HDMI, Suyper Video,
    and an input for a PC so you can play games if so desired.
    Using a blu ray DVD player gives excellent results!
    Picture is still good with a standard DVD player
    The up side is LED bulbs last on an average of 20,000 to 25,ooo hours and are about 1/4
    the cost of standard projector bulbs.
    Standard bulbs last from 2,000 to 5,000 hours if you're lucky!
     

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