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post #1 of 14 Old 02-18-12, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
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Best budget 1080P projector

Hey guys, I am new to the forum and am about to start my home theater but still trying to learn as much as possible. I am on a strict budget for a projector $1000 or less and am trying to get the best bang for my buck. 3d doesn't matter to me nor does lcd or dlp. I'll have a throw distance of somewhere between 12-15 ft and probably around 120" screen.

I have read a lot of reviews about the Optoma HD20 and am leaning towards that but am open to suggestions. I would appreciate any feedback you guys could give me since I am pretty clueless on all of this. Thanks again and look forward to hearing some of your replies!
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If you haven't already done so, check out ProjectorCentral.com. It's a great site w/ lots of information (reviews, comparisons, owners' comments, projection calculator, etc.).
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Thanks for the link! I will def do that. Any personal opinions?
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Any personal opinions?
For $1K or less, the Optoma HD20 seems like the way to go. If I had to replace my PJ tomorrow, I would try to snag a BenQ W6000 for ~$1,500 (which is what I see they're currently selling for on a few U.S. sites). A buddy of mine has one and it's a really nice PJ.
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Any personal opinions on the Vivitek H1081 or the Viewsonic Pro8200?
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Mitsubishi HC4000..Highly recommended and stacks up well against higher priced projectors..

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If you can stretch to 1100, the Epson 8350 is outstanding as an all-around projector. Very flexible, great brightness, great picture. I know that there's always something better out there, but to me the 8350 offers a lot more bang than the HD20 for not much more money.
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Thanks guys, the Epson 8350 does look like a great projector. I guess I am going to see if I can eliminate the ambient light. For me I think that will be the deciding factor if I can get away with the HD20 or if I need the brightness of the Epson. I really appreciate all the help ya'll.
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Thanks guys, the Epson 8350 does look like a great projector. I guess I am going to see if I can eliminate the ambient light. For me I think that will be the deciding factor if I can get away with the HD20 or if I need the brightness of the Epson. I really appreciate all the help ya'll.
Go with the Epson you will have a much easier time with placement and setup.
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