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Optoma GT760 vs Epson 730HD

Been looking for a good budget projector for outdoor use and I think I have narrowed it down to these two. Anyone have experience with them? I am not particulary interested in 3D....my main concern is having enough lumens for outside at night with some ambiant light. Also I saw where benq has refurbished w1070 for not too much more than the Epson and Optoma. The W1070 has great reveiews and is 1080p but its not as bright as the other two.....not sure if that will make a huge difference since I am going to be using this at night only. I am thinking of using either a 120'' or 144'' diagonal screen. Thanks in advance!
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The GT760 has a fixed lens, therefore, no zoom. You have to set the projector exactly where you want it for you screen every time you set up. Here is a quote from Projector Central's review "Image Size and Displacement: The GT760 can put up a 150" diagonal image when placed just 5'5" from the screen. At that image size, the bottom of the image is offset about 10" above the centerline of the lens, and this is a good displacement for tabletop mounting. Since the GT760 has no zoom capability, a different image size will require moving the projector."

Unless your screen and projector placement is permanent, adjusting the picture size could be a PITA. If for that reason only, I would get the 730HD. As for the BenQ, if you have 2500+ lumens, you can light up a pretty big screen. I have an Optoma HD66 (2500 lumens) and it shows very nicely on both my 120" and 130" screens.
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jwh92020, the Optoma HD66 is 720p correct? What has your experience been like with 720p on 120'' and 130'' screens? I know it probably depends on close people are sitting. Just wondering if you have been pleased with the picture.
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The HD66 is native 16:9, 720p and 3D capable. I have had nothing but good experiences with it on both my screens. The picture is bright, clear and has great color. My 10ft screen is a Disney Inflatable (this is my front yard screen) and my 130" (back yard) is black out cloth. The picture looks great on both. I am about to build a 165" screen for the back yard. It will be billboard vinyl because it will be a permanent set up. The BOC has held up great for 2 years of 24/7/365 exposure, but it is not intended to do that. I also have a Panasonic PT-F300U (1024 x 768, 4000 lumens) that I picked up for $200 on Ebay. I got it to use in the front yard because the streetlight in back shines on the screen unless I face the screen toward the street (risking my show becoming a "public viewing"). We used it a couple of weeks ago in the bright light of early dusk and streetlights and it looked great.

I have the Optoma 3D-XL processor and I've played with 3D outside, but haven't done a full movie yet. I think I'm not a fan of (nor am I hip enough) wearing "sunglasses" at night. A lot of people are getting the Optoma H180X (3000 lumens, 3000:1) (about $450) and loving it.
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Thanks jwh92020! I appreciate your input.
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