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post #11 of 17 Old 10-13-14, 03:10 PM
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Re: 1st Projector - which one?

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If we are in to talk about contrast, we 'll be here until the end of time!!

Which contrast? On/off, ansi, intrascene, native, produced by an iris? There are so many factors when we discuss contrast that the whole marketing trick of the companies seems like the ultimate joke. There are no 200.000:1 and 500.000:1 nor even a 100.000:1 CR on any projector in normal viewing. These numbers can only be achieved with black and white patterns measuring projector's lens. Contrast is not a static but a dynamic concept, so anyone who trusts these numbers for buying a new projector is on a wrong path in my point of view.
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Sorry. Missed your point. I'm not sure how one would express differences in viewing experience at different contrast specs. That said, the 8350 (the one I was referring to) has contrast of 50,000:1 the 3020 40,000:1. I doubt the difference would be noticed. My first panasonic 1080P was 11,000:1. Loved the picture. Low lumens (1100 max) too. Used to watch it at around 350-400 lumens with no ambient light. Gave a real movie theater experience. Liked the pic much better than Samsung 60" DLP ($4000 at the time) at 10' viewing distance. Middle projector 100,000:1. 1600 lumens. Much better for Live Sports. Current projector 500,000:1 2400 lumens. (Keep in mind that you won't operate your projector at max lumens. In this context its just gives an idea of the projectors capabilities.) Gives better black levels and shadow detail, but you have to be super picky to notice. I bought it for the 3D capabilities only.
so John... your pick fo the ones I last listed would be the "Epson 3020"? And why would NONE of the Optoma's be a good choice?

Please remember, I am truly a novice to any of this so am asking out of ignorance. The Optoma's appear to have good reviews but like anything online understanding the "audience" reviewing the product will keep things in perspective.
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Re: 1st Projector - which one?

I took some time to research the Optoma units for you. Of the 3 Optoma units you listed, only the HD50 will hit your 120" diagonal screen at 15'. The HD141x is out of zoom range for your screen, the GT1080 has no zoom at all, and is out of range for your screen. Though the HD50 seems like it might be a nice projector, I don't have personal experience with the Optima, so I won't comment further.

I do encourage the use of the tools on projectorcentral.com, though. They've collected all the important information on almost every projector available, and you can play with them in the calculator to see if they will fit the screen size at the right distance, and get a feel for the resulting brightness. It's a great tool, highly educational.

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Have you researched the Benq HT1075? Is the new model that followed the W1070 , which has gotten great reviews. I'm currently deciding between the Ht 1075 and the Epson 3020. If you bump your budget a bit , check out the new Epson home cinema 3500.
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I've seen the Benq HT1075 show up in my searches but had focused on other based on contract/lumens ... really have no clue which one I'll end up buying. Figure at some point I'll just jump in, order one, connect and go from there. Have you ever heard of or seen the Elite screen's "ZERO EDGE" AEON screen? Seems to be very reasonably priced at $400-$450 for 100"-120" screen.
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I've seen the Benq HT1075 show up in my searches but had focused on other based on contract/lumens ... really have no clue which one I'll end up buying. Figure at some point I'll just jump in, order one, connect and go from there. Have you ever heard of or seen the Elite screen's "ZERO EDGE" AEON screen? Seems to be very reasonably priced at $400-$450 for 100"-120" screen.
I haven't. I actually just ordered the 130" Seymour screen from Jamestown Home Theater Screens.
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Machambi, buy Epson home cinema 3500. It's good. Now have some discount in eBay.
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