Advise about BenQ PB6100 digital projector and my theater setup

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  1. Brian Stash

    Brian Stash Auditioning

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    Hello All,

    I've recently read an article in Money magazine about digital projectors and was thinking of purchasing a BenQ PB6100. I'm completely new to this whole digital projector world and have been doing much research about them. I really love watching movies at home.

    I can buy the PB6100 on buy.com for:
    $898
    -$100
    (If buy.com is an 'authorized reseller' using the rebate from Ben Q.... any info about this??)
    - 27 if I use their credit card
    Total
    $771 (no taxes and free shipping) ( great price for a brand new unit)

    Let me give you my setup currently:

    The room I want to put this in is my 19X17 living room. (No basement... 1 level house) with 4 windows. (I have shades and blinds; do you think this will be a problem with the ambient light? I’ll just be watching normal TV during the day, doing my movie watching at night) I will be projecting onto an off while flat paint wall. I guess I'll be sitting this on a shelf about 6 foot high and about 18 feet from the wall I want to project on. The wall area is about 8X8 and the couch will sit about 13 feet back.

    Toshiba 42h82 42' wide screen HD TV (wish I would have never dropped the 1200 bucks on this if I knew about these)
    Sony STR-DE-685 Receiver
    Sony DVP-NC655P 5 disc progressive scan DVD Player
    Sony CDP-CX355 300 disc CD player
    COX Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000HD Digital Video Recorder Cable Box (Component Video Output, but thinking of scrapping it due to only having 5 HD channels, BUT damn do they look great)

    Crappy KLH HTA-9006 5 speaker Home-Theater Speaker System with 8 inch powered subwoofer
    2 Kenwood KVS-400 speakers with 2 8 inch subwoofers in each

    I think this may be a good beginner level projector to get my ears wet without having to drop a ton of money. This is strictly a WANT not NEED. My only hang up is that I like watching my DVD's in widescreen format, but don't think I can find a projector with widescreen for this price. Your recommendations for another unit are welcome. And your comments and suggestions for my situation are much appreciated.

    Brian
     
  2. brentl

    brentl Cinematographer

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    You alrady have a nice TV, so I suggest spending the money on weaker components in your system a better receiver and speakers would maake more sense.

    Brent
     
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    SteveMass Auditioning

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    I just bought a Benq 6100. This projector is native 4:3 - but it will play 16:9 widescreen DVDs just fine. It has a 16:9 mode.

    So far I am projecting on a maroon colored wall and the picture is excellent. When I get my new screen I expect things to be breathtaking. You will not be dissappointed by the Benq - nice unit, great picture.
     
  5. Brian Stash

    Brian Stash Auditioning

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    This is why I've gotten soo excited about a projector... Adjectives are being thrown around like 'amazing', 'jaw-dropping', and 'I have not stopped grinning for a week' these are adjectives that I've never used when describing my Toshiba 42 inch.

    I defiantly need to upgrade the surround sound speakers at some point, I'm defiantly not getting what I want out of them, but I think I will stick with the receiver for now... just got it last year.

    I'm still on the fence... Any other advice?

    Will the projector need to be 100% centered on the wall I'm projecting on?


    Any other advice and opinions are very helpful.
     

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