which projector can give the largest/best picture from 14 feet ?

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  1. Patrick Z

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    infocus 4805

    infocus sp5000

    panasonic 900

    something else in 1500.00 and under range

    i would like to have bigger than 100" if possible

    ceiling is 9 feet high at the wall where the screen is.

    and 12 feet high where the projector will mount.
     
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    The Panny 900 would have no problem with that, not sure about the rest.
     
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    There's a calculator at Projectorcentral.com for all the projectors. From what I've read about the 5000, I wouldn't even consider it.
     
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    how concerned should i be about room darkness ?
     
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    Very! If you want the absolute best picture your room must be light controlled and have dark, non-reflective colors (the very best is black on the screen wall, black ceiling, and black or a Kodak gray on the walls a bit out from the screen wall). Otherwise, the light off the projector will bounce around on the walls and ceiling and help destroy contrast and black levels.
     
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    I'm shooting 10 foot wide (144" diag) with a 4805 in a large, fully light controlled room and it looks great, but you must observe correct seating distance. For that size image on a 4805 15 to 25 foot seating is desired. To have shorter seating distances a 720p or better projector would be needed. (the 4805 is 480p)

    Since HD TV is minimal in Peoria, the 4805 was a good choice for DVD viewing.

    As far as light reflection is concerned, that depends a lot on the mounting method. A ceiling mount is going to reflect mostly down, while a table mount is going to reflect up (at least with the offset that a 4805 has, other projectors will be different). I have a cathedral ceiling so the upward bounce is minimized.
     
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    Patrick, another one you should consider is the Sanyo Z4. It has a large zoom range like the Pan. 900 and is very popular.
     
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    Optoma HD72 is the best for your price range. DLP > LCD
     

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