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post #1 of 9 Old 01-24-2012, 09:31 AM - Thread Starter
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I'm in the middle of setting up my home theater in my new home. Back in 2003/2004 I purchased a Benq PE8700+ and built a DIY screen. The material for the screen (as I recall) was a grayhawk with a 1.35 gain. The status on the projector are:
Brightness (Lumens) : 1000 ANSI
Contrast (Full On/Off) : 2500:1
Audible Noise: 30.0 dB
Display: Type:
0.7" DLP (1)
Color Wheel Segs: 6
Color Wheel Speed: 5x
Native: 1280x720 Pixels
Maximum: 1280x1024 Pixels
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)

I've always been a little disappointed with both the contrast and brightness, but was still pretty psyched to have a 92" screen (the largest my room at the time would allow).

My new room could probably handle up to 95"-100" screen depending on the viewing distance assumptions.

I'd consider doing some upgrading in the coming months. I could probably convince the family (really my wife) to let me upgrade screen (let's say $500 to $900 max) sometime in the next 6 months. It would probably be at least a year before I could justify putting a couple to a few thousand dollars into a new projector.

I know that projectors have probably come a long way in the last few years (both in terms of capability and cost), but I have no idea on screens. I know the curved is now an option but not sure if I need it.

I was wondering what the running opinions might be on upgrading value...should I try to do a screen now and run with my current projector longer or hold off as long as I can on the screen and invest in the projector end?

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A new 1080p projector (especially a DLP since that's what you've got now and it would have all the good attributes, but better) will smoke that BenQ in every way.

A new screen will really not do much.

See what an anamorphoscopic lens can do, see movies the way they were meant to be seen
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At what price point do you need to go to get something impressive? It seems like many of them are more or less around $3k.
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Well the difference from my IN76 (720p DLP) to the BenQ W5000 (1080p DLP), I'd say the difference was impressive. The 8700+ was probably a bit better than the IN76, but the W5000's successors should be a bit better than that.

I'd say something like a W6000/W7000 or something else in that class should be a worthy upgrade.

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I'll have to look around and see if I can find any stores around where I can do some demos in my price range. Unfortunately I think it will be a while before I can convince my wife of letting me make the upgrade.
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As others have said a projector upgrade would give a bigger improvement over a screen. Give me a call please.

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dude you can even get an older 1080p used for great price and smoke your 720p tech. I had 720 then went to 1080 night and day. I think i paid close to 5k for my now old rs1 and I think u see them from time to time for 1k also my friends put in recent vintage 1080p LCD very bright and sub 2k new with extra bulb. Absolutely consider new pj even gently used. the tech keeps improving and the prices keep falling
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Mike - Funny enough I bought my current projector from your company back in 2003 or 2004.
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Very tempting proposition to upgrade...unfortunately I don't think it can be negotiated for a while. Thanks for the input. It's good to know that I should wait and not invest any money in the screen now.
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