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I'm looking into getting a front projector for my living room as i'm sick of flat-screens. I'm trying to stay below $300 but any suggestions and opinions is greatly appreciated.


What i been Looking at:

V06B LCD Projector 1080P Home Theater $169.99
http://www.ebay.com/itm/V06B-LCD-Projector-1080P-Home-Theater-HDMI-WII-PS3-DVD-/280676569967?pt=US_Video_Projectors&hash=item4159a0936f


78" MOVIE PROJECTOR SCREE $49.99
http://www.ebay.com/itm/280913431492?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649
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If you're moving from an LCD or LED flat screen, I think you're going to be severely disappointed with the quality of a projector in this price range. I wouldn't touch this with a 10 foot pole.
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If you're moving from an LCD or LED flat screen, I think you're going to be severely disappointed with the quality of a projector in this price range. I wouldn't touch this with a 10 foot pole.
the tv its replacing is a 51" BigScreen TV which is getting older and older
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Understood. Just know that with a $150 projector, you're going to get what you pay for. Bulb on halfway decent projector cost most than this.
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Understood. Just know that with a $150 projector, you're going to get what you pay for. Bulb on halfway decent projector cost most than this.
could you please make some suggestions
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If your budget is limited, I would look for a used projector from some of the better known companies. You can probably get some some decent 720p projectors or even a 1080p one with some use on the bulb for a decent amount, but personally I think the budget would most likely need to be in the 600-800 range or so (just off the top of my head).
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the tv its replacing is a 51" BigScreen TV which is getting older and older

LOL, you are suffering from a case of wanting to buy something new and flashy to show off with. TVs will last a long time if you take care of them. My mom has a CRT that is about 15 years old and I have a LCD that is 6 years old. They may not have the latest features but both work just fine.

But I digress. I need to teach you something. I have made nearly one thousand purchases off of eBay. You have to know how to read the descriptions and how to play the game. The link you gave is not for a high definition projector. If you read the description closely it says it accepts high definition inputs not that it displays high definition. If you have it in your head that you are going to go this route then at least look at a LED projector that will give you a lot longer life than the two thousand hours this one claims to. BTW, It looks like the project you are looking at displays in 4 X 3 and not 16 X 9.
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could you please make some suggestions

If you insist on going this route then look at Favi projectors and screens on eBay. It is not professional equipment by any means but does have a decent reputation for what it is. Several people on AVS have Favi screens because they are known for giving you bang for the buck.
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You can try this post over in the projector forums as well. I'm not sure what the going rate is these days, but look at some of the earlier Panasonic and Sanyo LCDs.
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Something else you need to consider. It sounds like you want to replace your TV with a projector and screen. Most real Home Theater enthusiasts have a TV as well to keep the hours off of their projector and bulb.
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If you insist on going this route then look at Favi projectors and screens on eBay. It is not professional equipment by any means but does have a decent reputation for what it is. Several people on AVS have Favi screens because they are known for giving you bang for the buck.
Could you please shoot some links my way
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You can try this post over in the projector forums as well. I'm not sure what the going rate is these days, but look at some of the earlier Panasonic and Sanyo LCDs.
were is the forum located
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Something else you need to consider. It sounds like you want to replace your TV with a projector and screen. Most real Home Theater enthusiasts have a TV as well to keep the hours off of their projector and bulb.
Most of the time we probably watch tv living room for maybe an 1hr then turn it off and go in the back room and finish watching tv. The only time we watch the living room tv more than an 1hr is if we are watching a movie but that's still not that long maybe 2hrs
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Could you please shoot some links my way

Just go to eBay and put Favi in the search box. It will come up with several projector and screen options and even prices on matched sets.
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Another thing you need to think about is that most of the inexpensive projectors have low lumens. Are you going to be able to darken your living room enough that, that won't be a problem?
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Just go to eBay and put Favi in the search box. It will come up with several projector and screen options and even prices on matched sets.

Ok thx doing that now
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Another thing you need to think about is that most of the inexpensive projectors have low lumens. Are you going to be able to darken your living room enough that, that won't be a problem?
Yea i believe so as we the kind of people who hate light/lights so non are really ever on so the house stays pretty dark
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I am not going to recommend any of them but if I were going to get a Favi there is one there in the $335 range for both projector and screen. Look for the one with a T in its name. That stands for Home Theater.
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I am not going to recommend any of them but if I were going to get a Favi there is one there in the $335 range for both projector and screen. Look for the one with a T in its name. That stands for Home Theater.

i thing your talking about this one but i want to get the screen separate as i'm gonna build a frame as we hate the look of the one that pull down

http://www.ebay.com/itm/FAVI-RioHD-LED-3T-Projector-100-Electric-Projection-Screen-Theater-Package-/321018343109?pt=US_Video_Projectors&hash=item4abe2f2ec5
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i thing your talking about this one but i want to get the screen separate as i'm gonna build a frame as we hate the look of the one that pull down
http://www.ebay.com/itm/FAVI-RioHD-LED-3T-Projector-100-Electric-Projection-Screen-Theater-Package-/321018343109?pt=US_Video_Projectors&hash=item4abe2f2ec5

Note that projector isn't even HD.
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Note that projector isn't even HD.

i don't think i can find a HD projector under $350
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also note that if this is for a living room, i'm going to guess it is not very light controlled, and a cheap projector is most likely going to give you a washed out picture with all factors in consideration.
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also note that if this is for a living room, i'm going to guess it is not very light controlled, and a cheap projector is most likely going to give you a washed out picture with all factors in consideration.
A guy mentioned that above you but as i told him our house stays dark so light isn't really a problem
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