Originally Posted by brettryantalley
thanks for the questions chump...
it's a church youth center and the projector will be used for just about everything. video, satellite, Powerpoint, etc. There are a lot of lights, but when it's in use, the fluorescent lights are off and the stage lights don't shine on the screen.
it's not a basement, but the light control is very good. there are a few "window doors", but nothing that is glaring on the stage or near the screen.
hopefully that helps.
It helps a lot...and it also suggests that you really need to zone in on a PJ with the correct specs and feature set for the money.
I've been recommended the Optoma HD2200 by a guy who works with video stuff at the church. I guess i can find some for 1500 and he thinks the $500 jump is worth it. any experience there? if i up the budget to 1500 per projector, are there any out there you think are clearly better than the HD2200? it's just so overwhelming because there are so many options. I look on Amazon and i keep thinking, "oh, what if that one is better?"
you guys have been awesome.
His advice means well, but it hinders your installation options.
The HD2200 does not have Lens Shift, and it has approx a 3.5" Lens Offset, which means it (...the center of the lens....) absolutely MUST be placed 3.5" above the top edge of the Screen.
The HD2200 has a limited Zoom range, combined with a relatively short throw potential (13' - 15.6') Everything about it suggests that you'll need to mount it closer to the screen than your were ever expecting to, and have it be down as far as to make it seem to be almost in front of the Screen.
If 1080p is a factor (nice to have...but hardly so in a Church environment) the Epson 3850 is your best choice. You can mount it close (12') but 2' above the top of the Screen ($1200.00)
You could fall back to 1280x800 resolution and get the Optoma EW536
- 2700 Lumens @ 3000:1 CR Good specs for your application.
- HDMI input 3D Ready
- 4000 hour Bulb on Econo (...you should be able to run it on Econo)
- DLP ... No Filters to change....sealed Light Engine
- Longer throw. Mount it at 16'
- Greater lens Offset. Will mount sufficiently high above the Screen (14.2")
- A LOT less expensive ($750.00)
Or this one for even less! ($539.00)
.......although it's throw distance is shorter, it still has a significant Lens Offset (12") and it's incredibly bright (2700 lumens )
Contrast specs are lower, but that's not as big a concern IF you are in fact controlling your ambient light.
Perhaps most important....both Optomas are at lest 2/3rds as small as the Epson.
The biggest difference between the two is the EW1610 has a Digital DVI input. The EW536 has HDMI