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I'm trying to advise a friend on PJ's and am more knowledgeable of the audio side. He has narrowed the two PJ's down that fit his budget. He has a fairly large room with some light control but will have ambient light. He's not a videophile but is looking for the best he can get within means. Will likely use a paint on DIY screen. The room is approx. 25x25 in a basement. Seating distance is about 10-11 ft or so.

Questions are as follows:

Is the contrast difference between the two as big a deal as it appears (50K vs. 5K)?

would a dark screen be required for acceptable blacks with the Viewsonic?

Any owners out there with comments? Anyone able to post screen pics (would be awesome of you)?

Would also be interested to know the lamp output in eco modes for each if anyone has that information so we can use the available calculators.

also is there a far better choice for the money? seems the 8350 runs about $1200 and the Viewsonic about $800.

Both of these are pretty similar projectors but given the price difference, I'm not sure whther the iris would be worth it on the epson. "Looks" like a big difference but is it noticeable in a pretty basic setup? Seems like on the flat screens I can't tell a difference side by side once the contrast gets to a certain level, say 40-50K, but I've never seen a 4K display. Also it's prolly not the same on on a TV versus PJ screen.

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I'm trying to advise a friend on PJ's and am more knowledgeable of the audio side. He has narrowed the two PJ's down that fit his budget. He has a fairly large room with some light control but will have ambient light. He's not a videophile but is looking for the best he can get within means. Will likely use a paint on DIY screen. The room is approx. 25x25 in a basement. Seating distance is about 10-11 ft or so.

Questions are as follows:

Is the contrast difference between the two as big a deal as it appears (50K vs. 5K)?
I don't think the difference between contrast numbers is that big of a deal because you are comparing a DLP (Viewsonic) with an LCD (Epson). If you look at many DLP projectors, you will see that the ranges of contrast is vastly different compared to LCD contrast ranges.

memarcus;495341would a dark screen be required for acceptable blacks with the Viewsonic?[/QUOTE said:
If you are viewing with any ambient light, I believe a "gray screen" will be necessary with either projector

memarcus;495341Any owners out there with comments? Anyone able to post screen pics (would be awesome of you)?[/quote said:
I just installed my first projector - the Viewsonic you are looking at. For the price, I am very happy. I'm new here, but I'll try and attach a picture or 2 I took yesterday before the football game.

I finished painting my grayscreen using the Black Widow paint described in this forum in the screen section.
Pics aren't that great, they were from my cell phone. But you can get an idea of the performance of the viewsonic hopefully.

I will say that I still need to work on calibration, but I only have 40 hours on the projector, and I'm still learning. The only problem I had was that the whites were clipping a bit during the game yesterday, especially on the white football jerseys. I'm not sure if that is calibration error on my part, video compression issues from my cable company, or what.






memarcus;495341Would also be interested to know the lamp output in eco modes for each if anyone has that information so we can use the available calculators.[/QUOTE said:
this http://www.eliteprojectorcalculator.com/ calculator has specifics for the Viewsonic (with various modes for lamp output). I believe the numbers in this calculator were entered by someone very knowledgeable who has the Viewsonic projector.

 
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