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post #1 of 8 Old 07-03-2013, 08:05 PM - Thread Starter
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Hello,

I need some advise on selecting a suitable projector for my living room. It will be used only for night viewing with no lights on, but the room has off-white walls and ceiling. Curtain drawn on the windows.

Projector preferences:

1. Motorized zoom and focus
2. Lens memory
3. Noise level ~ 25 db
4. Good contrast , colors, and sharpness.
5. Used for movie viewing, 2D 16:9 mostly, also must have good black and white (4:3) capability.
6. Possible 2.35:1 option
7. Do not care about 3D

The unit will be ceiling mounted, so i need remote control capability (calibration setup etc.)

Projector budget under $ 4000.

I have looked at PT-AE8000 and like what I have read so far. Would also consider JVC DLA-X55R, but not sure about the brightness for my application.
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The VW95 is fantastic choice, but I don't know if he's going to be able to find a new one for under $4000. Another alternative would be a JVC DLA-RS46 or possibly an RS4810 depending on how much they are going for these days. The latter adds e-shift and a color management system which is worth it if you have the money to spend. Your cheapest option would be a Sharp XV-Z30000, but I think the JVCs and Sony projectors are much better for 2D content.

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Thanks for the suggestion. JVC 4810 is in the $ 5000 range, a bit higher than I plan to spend. RS46 is around $ 3500, which is doable.

All JVC projectors list the brightness at around 1200 Lu. I plan a 120" wide screen (16:9 option) with a viewing distance of 16-18 ft. Will it be bright enough, that is the question ?
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You can find a rs48/x55 for under $4000
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Hello,

I need some advise on selecting a suitable projector for my living room. It will be used only for night viewing with no lights on, but the room has off-white walls and ceiling. Curtain drawn on the windows.

Projector preferences:

1. Motorized zoom and focus
2. Lens memory
3. Noise level ~ 25 db
4. Good contrast , colors, and sharpness.
5. Used for movie viewing, 2D 16:9 mostly, also must have good black and white (4:3) capability.
6. Possible 2.35:1 option
7. Do not care about 3D

The unit will be ceiling mounted, so i need remote control capability (calibration setup etc.)

Projector budget under $ 4000.

I have looked at PT-AE8000 and like what I have read so far. Would also consider JVC DLA-X55R, but not sure about the brightness for my application.

if cost is a concern, the RS46 is a better overall projector than the Panasonic 8000 at the equal price. I've had these in a direct A/B stack for comparison, the JVC has noticeably better 2D PQ. Contrast and sharpness are 2 stand out features of the JVC.

If you are going with a nice size screen (120" or higher) you might appreciate the e-shift in the RS4810/X55.
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Thanks for the suggestion. JVC 4810 is in the $ 5000 range, a bit higher than I plan to spend. RS46 is around $ 3500, which is doable.

All JVC projectors list the brightness at around 1200 Lu. I plan a 120" wide screen (16:9 option) with a viewing distance of 16-18 ft. Will it be bright enough, that is the question ?

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