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    Home Theater Projector

    What should I get and what do you guys have? I am looking to spend around $1500 or less. I have done some looking on www.projectorcentral.com but I don't know how reputable this site is. The screen is 120 inches and you sit about 12ft back.



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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    Is your home theater in a completely dark room or are there windows?



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    Almost anything Epson touches as far as home theater projectors is concerned is gold. I have an 8350. Its about 3 years old but its great. Above 100 inches is where the deterioration is starts but it hasn't really been an issue for me, at all. Id say above 110 might be where it gets noticeable.



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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    That website is great. Their projector calculator is especially good.

    I am an Epson guy, and I have the 5030. They do list the little brother (2030) as #2 on the <$1500 list. I have 110" screen at about 15' viewing distance. A little small, but I was constrained on width

    Is this an existing setup you're looking to replace the PJ in? Or is this a new build. Because the screen size and distance is somewhat PJ dependent.

    I'd recommend AVSForum.com if you want to do some more reading. You could get lost for DAYS reading everything there.



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    I just got a 120" Seymour screen for my ePSON 5020....awesome stuff. Highly recommended. Their manufacturing facility is in Ames.

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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    I am replacing an Optoma HD20 that would cost quite a bit to repair. Projector is in the basement and the room is dark.



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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    I have a BenQ W1070. They can be had for for < $800. I haven't been able to use it a lot, but it reviews well, and I have enjoyed it thus far. It is not as good as the 8350 mentioned above, which seems to be recommended a lot on avs.

    The W1070 has a native 1080p resolution and supports 3D if you care for it. It's biggest knock is a lack of strong black levels.



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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonetrombone View Post
    Almost anything Epson touches as far as home theater projectors is concerned is gold. I have an 8350. Its about 3 years old but its great. Above 100 inches is where the deterioration is starts but it hasn't really been an issue for me, at all. Id say above 110 might be where it gets noticeable.
    I second the Epson comment. Prices are good, great quality, bulbs are not too expensive, etc

    I work at a university and we love our Epson projectors.

    Have fun and good luck!



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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    If you're looking for portable... Epson's Moviemate 60 are what we have in our office and those set up nicely. Could be a solid portable gaming projector if needed.



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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    Great thread.

    Can anyone comment on how big a difference there is between the Epson 8350 and 5030? I'm still happily using the Epson 720, but shopping around a bit too, like Jay_Clone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorm View Post
    I just got a 120" Seymour screen for my ePSON 5020....awesome stuff. Highly recommended. Their manufacturing facility is in Ames.

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    Gorm,
    Where did you put the sub in the new configuration? Is the rear baffling worth installing? Can you tell the difference with the vertical center channel?
    What speakers do you have? Are those ElementalDesigns?



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    Quote Originally Posted by bstegs View Post
    Gorm,
    Where did you put the sub in the new configuration? Is the rear baffling worth installing? Can you tell the difference with the vertical center channel?
    What speakers do you have? Are those ElementalDesigns?
    The Sub is hidden, it is an eD A7s-650.

    The Speakers are Klipsch RF-7s, I made a custom RF-7 for a vertical center, but with it behind the screen it works far better as a tower again. So I switched the horn to point the correct direction. The LCR combination behind the screen rocks. All three match the others and with the screen hiding them the sound is seamless. The height speakers are Klipsch RB-5s, they get their information from the rear surrounds, so they do very well with ambient effects.

    The rear baffling was totally worth it, I was getting a bit of an echo-y type sound and I figured it was because some of the sound was staying in the rear instead of exiting the screen with all the other sound.


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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    It feels like we're fairly close to a big shift towards 4k. I'm curious as to how long it will be before the 4k projectors start to become reasonable.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dino View Post
    It feels like we're fairly close to a big shift towards 4k. I'm curious as to how long it will be before the 4k projectors start to become reasonable.
    In projectors, it would be great. The limits of 1080p become noticeable when you have a 100+ inch screen 12 feet away. A big issue for those with acoustically transparent screens is whether or not your screen will work well with 4k projection.



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    Re: Home Theater Projector

    This thread really makes me want to buy a house and install a home theater. My parents have a projector with a screen that's about 10' x 8'. The quality isn't top notch but it's not a cheap projector either. But when your screen is that big, it's not gonna be crystal clear.



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