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Hey guys, first off i have seen other threads on this topic but most of them are pretty old. I am looking to get a video projector for movies, and maybe sometimes gaming. I am looking to spend 500 or less and would hope for at least 720p native. I just really have no idea what is the best bet to get. The screen I have is 92 inches wide screen. Can you guys give me a good suggestion?
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If your willing to go LED then look at one of the clones, if not there is the Acer 5360 which seems good
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The 3lcd won't be good for gaming and also it is RBE.
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Is led better than dlp? And which clones? I am really new with projectors so I am not sure what ones are actually ok.
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I am leaning between the Acer 5360 and the Acer k330.
One is led the other is traditional. Can people give me an idea of which will have better picture and of the bulb cost?
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The K330 has 500lm LED bulb Vs 5360 2500lm. but the k330 will get close to 30000 hours vs the 3000-4000 on the 5360. I have the acer k11 and the colors are amazing its 200lm and bright enough to watch movies in the dark very well at 86". The K330 will be a good choice but I would have to say the Optoma ML500 is a better choice. Traditional will be brighter 60% of its life and then go down in color and in brightness.
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The optoma is 100 dollars more than the acer. Which turns out to be a 20% increase in price. Is it worth that?
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The K330 has 500lm LED bulb Vs 5360 2500lm. but the k330 will get close to 30000 hours vs the 3000-4000 on the 5360. I have the acer k11 and the colors are amazing its 200lm and bright enough to watch movies in the dark very well at 86". The K330 will be a good choice but I would have to say the Optoma ML500 is a better choice. Traditional will be brighter 60% of its life and then go down in color and in brightness.

Well after doing some reading I have no idea why you recommended the optoma as a better choice. It is the same projector. And most people who have seen both seem a little biased to the acer.
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Ok. watch this video
:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKh_3wpypSs

And here: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1361201

Scroll down and look at the report.
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I had both the Optoma ML500 and the Acer H5360. The LED Optoma and Acer is the same and could be bought for the same price if you look at the right stores. The question is really how much are you going to watch your projector. I watch my Acer about 30 hours a week at the most, which is a lot for me. With the 5000 hour bulb, it will last me close to 3.5 years. And with a new bulb replacement, it will last 7 years for $550, $400 for new projector and $150 for new bulb. With one of the clones, the estimated LED, which is at least 20,000 hours, it will last me 14 years, which is double for $600. To me both last extremely long, so the cost was not an issue.

Brightness is a huge advantage over the Optoma I had. The H5350 gives me 1300 lumens on Eco mode but the Optoma ML500 gave me 350 lumens. The brightness is huge and the color is actually great, but not as good as the LED projector. Focus and sharpness is much better on the H5360 too. Neither one is suitable to me to me for blu rays. Gaming is better on the H5360, but if you want 3D, the Acer offers that for you. I played uncharted 3 all the way through. It was my first game I completely since 2005. I could not put it down, because 3D pulled ne into the game. Even tho the Acer H5360 has so many positives, I am patiently waiting for a $2000 or less 1080p LED projector for future proofing it with HDTV. For under $500 I recommend both to my friends. I have friends who watch their projector about 8 hours on the weekdays and 12 on the weekends, so a LED is a better suit on a smaller screen but on a bigger screen, the Acer is much better because of the brightness.
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Ahh I am so torn.
I have a 92 inch matte screen. I can't decide which to get.
The acer 5360 and k330 i found for 499
and the optoma i found for 559.

I really just need a way to judge the picture but no one around me sells them for me to look at.
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Its basically Brightness and 3D VS color and lamp life.

By the way Blee did you ever try 3D on the Optoma ML500?

Is the Optoma bright enough for good movie and game viewing in the dark?

And on a bulb pj the colors get dull at like 60% of lamp life along with brightness? is that true I hear that allot.

Bulb pjs take more maintenance, i.e Replacement bulbs, Temperature, mercury lamps are very fragile.
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We will clear some of this up hopefully.
It will be used around 5 or 6 hours a week total.
I will more than likely never use 3d. I have 3d tvs and never use it on them either.
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Its basically Brightness and 3D VS color and lamp life.

By the way Blee did you ever try 3D on the Optoma ML500?

Is the Optoma bright enough for good movie and game viewing in the dark?

I tried to do 3D through my HTPC but could never get it to work. The ML500 is probably best in the dark. If you are going to be only viewing the led Optoma or acer in the dark, then it will be a good fit. If you do some ambient light watching, then a higher lumen projector will work. When I had my superbowl party, the ML500 would not have worked because no one want to socialize and eat in the dark. Even tho I watch all my movies in the dark, I prefer to open a window in the day time while watching ESPN
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? 5-6 hours a week?

that is not going to be realistic with any pj you buy lol. Trust me your gonna probably be on there a bit more. If that is the case and your pj is always stationary then best buy a bulb pj for $509

I am so inclined to LED because I use my PJ allot and planning on using as a tv when i upgrade
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? 5-6 hours a week?

that is not going to be realistic with any pj you buy lol. Trust me your gonna probably be on there a bit more. If that is the case and your pj is always stationary then best buy a bulb pj for $509

I am so inclined to LED because I use my PJ allot and planning on using as a tv when i upgrade

I say 5-6 because I also I have a 60 inch and 50 inch 1080p tv to use all the time.
Also the room will be dark. I never watch movies with lights on. Maybe not pitch black but always pretty dark.
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I say 5-6 because I also I have a 60 inch and 50 inch 1080p tv to use all the time.
Also the room will be dark. I never watch movies with lights on. Maybe not pitch black but always pretty dark.

makes sense I think you should go with the Acer H5360. It is a nice unit and if you are gonna be watching the occasional movie then it seems perfect.
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Also tythebuilder it also would seem on the specs you sent me that the acer has a little bit less lumens but has almost double the contrast ratio of the optoma.
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makes sense I think you should go with the Acer H5360. It is a nice unit and if you are gonna be watching the occasional movie then it seems perfect.

You think the 5360 over the led? even though the brightness will not matter. I was under the impression the color was better on the LED. But I guess the 5360 is sharper/
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Also tythebuilder it also would seem on the specs you sent me that the acer has a little bit less lumens but has almost double the contrast ratio of the optoma.

That's expected when you have more lumen's look at a 2000lm pj vs 500lm led pj the contrast is so much better on the led but you lose brightness same goes with a tv. Besides I can sacrifice the contrast for brightness. The fact of the matter is there both pretty much the same so I will probably go with which ever is cheapest

I don't know about double the contrast but it is better
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yes the biggest advantage stated many places LED has over bulb is the lamp life, and colors. But if you want brightness the Acer H5360 will do allot better. Honestly If I where you because of your situation i.e only movies a few times a week you might want to go LED and get the nice colors because your only using it in the dark it will be fine as Blee said it is best in the dark. and you won't have to worry about it at all just start it up and go no warm up necessary. You have to ask yourself what you want and what you are willing to forfeit.
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lol I dont know what to expect out of the LED as the only projector I have is a really old dell one that is not bright at all.
I would lean toward the LED but then I would be worried about brightness. Or I would goto the normal lamp but then be worried about colors. Maybe I should flip a coin.
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ok watch this vid :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JDJSueI4NQs

That is with moderate light and looks great. if it was dark a movie would look even better.
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lol I dont know what to expect out of the LED as the only projector I have is a really old dell one that is not bright at all.
I would lean toward the LED but then I would be worried about brightness. Or I would goto the normal lamp but then be worried about colors. Maybe I should flip a coin.

What screen size will you have?
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Screen is 92 inch white matte screen.

I have one more question. Is there no way to adjust the size of these without moving the actual projector? Like if I have a spot already set on the wall to put it. Is the size predetermined.
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Screen is 92 inch white matte screen.

I have one more question. Is there no way to adjust the size of these without moving the actual projector? Like if I have a spot already set on the wall to put it. Is the size predetermined.

Nope, there is nothing you can do about the zoom. You will have to somehow position it to the exact spot
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Did you watch the video lol
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Did you watch the video lol

Yes watched the video. Not too bad.

But the option of not having any zoom may be a deal killer for me.
The 5360 seems to have a zoom on it so that may be the best fit for my situation. I have pretty much only one spot to put this projector and that is on the wall behind couch. Since the 5360 is the only one with a zoom from what I have read that seems to be the best choice.
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How far is you screen from the pj
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