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replacing 5 year old Optoma HD8000 need some direction


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#1 of 51 OFFLINE   nick0814

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Posted January 25 2013 - 07:03 AM

5 years ago I bought a projector because of how expensive large flat screen TV's were and I've been very happy with my decision. But its now time to replace it. I'm faced with do I buy a 70" LCD and loose 20" of screen size but pick up some daytime visibility or spend about the same amount of money on a newer projector with more lumens and higher contrast ratio than my old one. If so what would you recommend going with? My current projector was 1300 ansi lumens with a 10,000 to 1 contrast ratio.

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Posted January 25 2013 - 07:12 AM

Even a new <$1500 projector is brighter than what you have now. I'd pick a budget and find a new projector. Using your "current spot" and size you have...we can offer guidance.

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Posted January 25 2013 - 07:24 AM

thanks, that's what I was thinking as well. also I figured install would be easier since my HDMI cable and power are already there. I'd have to move both to the opposite wall to hang a TV. what do you need to know to point me in the right direction for a new projector?

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Posted January 25 2013 - 07:30 AM

Your throw(lens to wall). Drop from the ceiling(unless you spend enough to get good lens shift). Gain of your present screen and its size....(ratio wouldn't hurt to know either...)

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Posted January 25 2013 - 07:37 AM

ok I'll get all that tonight when I get home.. the throw will be around 12-14' drop from the ceiling isn't much maybe 8" I can measure the screen but its about 90" how do I find out the gain and ratio?

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Posted January 25 2013 - 07:46 AM

IF you know what your screen is (brand series) the gain can be looked up. The ratio you can measure and figure out if it is 16:9 or 2.4:1.

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Posted January 25 2013 - 07:49 AM

ok I'll look at it tonight and see. it is 16:9 sorry wasn't thinking about that ratio..

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Posted January 25 2013 - 11:43 AM

most PJs can operate on a 8 foot screen at around 14 feet. You will have lots of options. Fun stuff!!

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Posted January 25 2013 - 07:21 PM

DLP or LCD?

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Posted January 26 2013 - 01:48 AM

LCOS ? (what is the lowest cost JVC going for ?)

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Posted January 26 2013 - 04:43 AM

LCOS prices depend on if you have issues with buying used or refurbs. I spent $900 on a HD550 with a brand new JVC lamp, $1100 on an RS1X with two OEM lamps and a Chief ceiling mount, both projectors flawless and going strong. The RS1 might be a little dim for the OP's needs. RS40 can be found for $1600-1800. Also seen HD250s for $1600, they have a red push so Im not a fan of that model. Sony SXRD doesnt seem to drop on the used market as much, go figure as theyre not any better than the JVC LCOS models.
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Posted January 27 2013 - 11:10 AM

Yes, the used market can allow for the OP to easily get into the $1500 range. I have been playing with a JVC RS-20 over the past week and love the image.

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Posted January 27 2013 - 04:57 PM

Buying a used projector is VERY risky though. Nick, what is your budget for projector? Screen size is 90" diagonal, 16:9?

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Posted January 27 2013 - 05:10 PM

My JVC is a floor sample that had, at least, 1800 hours on it before I got it. Used projectors are like buying everything else. Make sure it works before you let go of your cash.

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Posted January 28 2013 - 06:17 AM

budget? I'd like to stay under a thousand but I'd go 1400-1800 if really necessary. I mean I was happy with my HD8000 just would like something a tad brighter for very sunny days. I put limo tint on the window in the room and blinds on the french doors in the next room. Night time I really couldn't have asked for a better picture. I've been looking at some epson's like the powerlite 3020 and panasonic pt-ar100u and a few optomas. I'm assuming if I stay with a 1920x1080 get at least 10,000:1 ratio and a brightness 2000 - 3000 lumens I'll be very happy since it would match my previous unit and be substantially brighter with the same other specs??? also if I decided to get mine fixed (which I'll probably do regardless) any suggestions where to call or send it?

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Posted January 30 2013 - 03:31 AM

anybody?

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Posted January 30 2013 - 06:10 AM

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Posted January 31 2013 - 04:17 AM

what about the new ones??

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Posted January 31 2013 - 07:48 AM

The issue here, you have tons of options. Do you want LCD or DLP? Are you willing to pony up "about the same money" on a 1-2 year old used JVC or Sony? I plugged your dimensions into the calculator and came up with 90 projectors between $1200 and $2500. And the major point being...even "the worst" projector is going to be light years ahead of the one you have.

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Posted February 08 2013 - 03:23 PM

ok I've been doing some research and I'm down to about 3 projectors and I need some help because I'm not sure if I really need to spend the extra money. Here are the three I'm looking at, all input is appreciated!! 1. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 2. Panasonic PT-AR100U 3. Panasonic PT-AE7000U the first two are pretty much same price, the 3rd is almost twice as much but its also got 6x the contrast ratio... please help!??




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