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    Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    I'm in the process of turning part of my garage into a man cave/bar. I've been researching to get one of those HD movie projectors to put up to watch the games. I saw CW has a 75' one in his house but was curious what others have. I've got some questions:

    Disclosure - I'm not looking to spend a ton here. It's my garage and I'm making a bunch of other improvements. I'd like something at least 720p but I don't want to spend much over 3-400 if I can.

    -Anyone recommend a good one at a reasonable price?

    -Does everyone have the screens along with them? Does it matter that much what kind of screen you get?

    -Will the picture look better at 72' than at 105'?

    -What do you do for better sound? Will a standard/cheap surround system you get at walmart work fine?

    Thanks in advance!!!



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    Re: Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    Go to craigslist and find something there for that price.



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    Re: Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    300-400 is pretty damn cheap. I have a Panasonic with a 110" screen. The key is that you have light control and the size depends on how far you want to sit from the screen. I would also be careful about putting one in a garage. Dust blobs and big changes in the tempature are both issues.


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    Re: Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    Quote Originally Posted by dmclone View Post
    300-400 is pretty damn cheap. I have a Panasonic with a 110" screen. The key is that you have light control and the size depends on how far you want to sit from the screen. I would also be careful about putting one in a garage. Dust blobs and big changes in the tempature are both issues.
    I don't know if it will be possible to do it for that.



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    Re: Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    Considering that I'll pay nearly $400 for just a replacement bulb after 2000 hours, I would tend to agree.



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    Re: Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    Craigslist is a joke. I just did a search in DSM and there were literally several that the guy wanted more money than they are brand new! Also, all you have to do is a google search and you can find a lot of them in the 300-500 range. I guess my question was if anyone had any of them?

    I've been looking at this one....Amazon.com: LCD Movie Projector, 800x600 Pixels, HDMI Port, 1080i/p Compatible, Game TV Home: Electronics



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    Re: Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    Quote Originally Posted by mustangcy View Post
    Craigslist is a joke. I just did a search in DSM and there were literally several that the guy wanted more money than they are brand new! Also, all you have to do is a google search and you can find a lot of them in the 300-500 range. I guess my question was if anyone had any of them?

    I've been looking at this one....Amazon.com: LCD Movie Projector, 800x600 Pixels, HDMI Port, 1080i/p Compatible, Game TV Home: Electronics
    You said you wanted something that was at least 720p. This one is just sd.



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    Re: Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    This one doesn't look to bad. It outputs 2500 lumens, so you should be able to watch it with a fair amount of lights on. It's $523 though. It's DLP too so that limits where you can place it somewhat.

    Newegg.com - ACER H5360 720P 1280x720 2500 ANSI Lumens NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready Home Theater DLP Projector



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    Re: Advice - HD Movie Projectors

    Your not gonna like hearing this, but with projectors, you really get what you pay for. The larger you go (screen wise), the more you notice subtle problems with the picture as well. At 75+ inches, you really want to get 1080p if at all possible. 720 vs 1080 is a wash on a 42'', not so much on a 100''.

    I've told people this for years, if your going to want to watch anything in HD on a projector, plan to spend 700-1000 bucks to get decent quality. It used to cost you 3 or 4 times this amount just a few years back, so all things considered, its actually semi-affordable for the first time in forever. Sites like avsforum will have lots of good forums on which projectors have the best bang for the buck too.



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