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Discussion in 'Displays' started by super dave, Jul 5, 2019.

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  1. super dave

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    My screen is 87x37 2.35 format. My projector is going to be around 18 feet back. I have around $500 to spend, but I can't find a projector that will throw this far. Everyone I'm finding wants me from 10 to 12 feet away, any idea's
     
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    This should really be in the Displays section. Maybe a Mod can move it.

    I'd contribute, but I'm less than worthless where projectors are involved.
     
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    Projectorcentral.com is where I would check. That's a small screen size for that long throw distance.
     
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    Single chip DLP projectors are generally more affordable but I doubt you'll find one that will accommodate your needs as they tend to have very limited placement flexibility. With that in mind, you're probably looking at 1080P 3-LCD.

    Now is a great time to possibly consider used 1080 P models as many [myself included] have recently upgraded to 4K and have perfectly good units sitting around. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with mine just yet but this is something you might want to look into.

    As for new projectors, I did a quick search and found this model. It's a bit more than your stated budget allows for but not by much.


    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1345669-REG/epson_v11h849020_home_cinema_1060_projector.html


    I would also caution you to keep in mind that projector ownership is inherently expensive. Replacement bulbs alone for some models can approach $500.00.
    Good luck on whatever you ultimately decide.
     
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    Keep in mind no projector does 2.35 natively.

    On the plus side, 87” wide corresponds to 100” diagonal for 16:9, which is what should be looking at for calculating projector throw.

    And that’s totally doable with say an Epson 5050
    https://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-Home_Cinema_5050UB-projection-calculator-pro.htm

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    But at $500, I don’t know what you can get. As suggested, used HD projectors like the Sony 40es or Epson 4050, hardware from circa 2014 - 2017. But you’ll probably need a new bulb, which will be around $300.

    That’s all to say: projectors aren’t really great choices for tight budgets, IMO. I’d recommend looking for cheap used 75” direct view displays. You’ll sacrifice ultimate 2.35 size, but you could get much better quality for your dollar.
     
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    How far will you sit from screen ? That is what determines your screen size.
     
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    Why do you need to have the projector 18ft from the screen?

    You can't possibly place it closer?

    There's an Epson 2150 LCD model that can be as far back as ~16ft for that image size, but it costs (a substantially discounted) $700 from B&H right now. Can't see it dropping down near $500 though...

    If you can place it closer like 12ft or less, you might find an entry-level BenQ DLP model for that kinda price, eg. BenQ HT1070a.

    As indicated, all such projectors are designed for 16x9 output, so you end w/ the "black" letterbox bars spilling above and below the 2.4:1 dimensions you desire for 2.4:1 AR images. What do you plan to do for other narrower AR content? Or will you only view 2.4:1 (or wider) content?

    _Man_
     
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    Which will only work for him when showing 2.35:1. All 1.78 and 1.33 content will spill off the top and bottom. He needs a projector that can fill 66 X 37 at 18 feet and then still have the range to zoom to 87 feet for scope material. I doubt there are projectors that can accomplish that. If the projector can’t be moved any closer, then he’s gonna need a bigger screen!
     
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    Agreed. 87" X 37" is a pretty small scope screen anyways.
     
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    He said he has a 2:35 screen so I assume that’s what he’s watching.
     
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    If he needs motorized zoom and zoom memory, that’s a while new set of requirements. And cost increase.

    Like I said, a75” or 80” TV is easier and cheaper for that size range.
     

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