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post #1 of 7 Old 08-27-2012, 09:56 AM - Thread Starter
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After running with the HD66 for a year and then some, it's time to move up in the world. Without busting the budget (a la Mitsu being given away by AVS), is there anything to the $1500 limit that's worth a look? New glasses, if any, do not need to be factored into the budget. Current screen is a 120" manual pull down, nothing fancy.

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1. 3D capable - plug and play with both PC (nVidia) and PS3. XBOX 3D optional -- though it probably means the same as PS3.
2. 2D bright - the HD66 pumps out maximum 1600 ANSI lumens. I do understand brightness isn't everything but for the odd time when we watch without going full dark-out, it's struggling while still being optimized (Datacolor Spyder4).

My first thought is the Optoma GT750E but I'm sure members have other ideas (while staying within budget). Zoom is important and the projection distance is approximately 14ft but changable within reason.

Thought folks?

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J

EDIT:

The shortlist (only based on the ProjectorCentral configurator) seems to be:

Acer H9500BD
Epson PowerList Home Cinema 3010

Though the brightness is the same, I'm hoping it will make it up in the massive contrast ratio increase over the HD66's 4000:1.
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Take a look at the Optoma HD33
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Take a look at the Optoma HD33

Checking on comparison, the HD33 is newer and gives 1080p, but the max lumens is significantly lower (1800 vs 2500). Contrast ratio is the same. I like the increased zoom option though.
The quality at full dark would certainly be an upgrade, but the "not-quite-dark" viewing would suffer.

Am I right so far?
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The HD33 is freakishly bright. I have no problems watching content in a not so dark room. It also has two lamp modes a low and high, it auto kicks into high for 3D.
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The HD33 is freakishly bright. I have no problems watching content in a not so dark room. It also has two lamp modes a low and high, it auto kicks into high for 3D.

I'm more lured away by the higher contrast ratios smile.gif



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Well just bought the Epson 3010 to try.

EDIT: jebus this thing is huge, and I mean the PJ!

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I have an HD66 as well. If I had the cash, I'd spring for the Acer H9500BD. Check out the latest entries in the official forum. It recently had a firmware upgrade that resolved some key weaknesses. Sounds like an incredible projector for the money.
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