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post #1 of 9 Old 07-02-2012, 08:07 PM - Thread Starter
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I'm new to the threads (and new to projectors as well). I am opening my first thread because I am potentially interested in a Home Theater projector in the sub $1000 price range. From everything I've read, the Viewsonic Pro8200 is a really good bang for the buck. (It's currently on sale at Newegg for $720.) But I also saw that the Pro8300 is just hitting the shelves, and it is also priced relatively low, at $870. How does the Pro8300 compare to the 8200?

The main point, as far as I can tell, is that the bulb of the 8300 is brighter (3000 lumens for the Pro8300 vs 2000 on the Pro8200). But is this the only difference, or have other internals changed as well? And if not, how would this brighter bulb affect the projector--would it be detrimental to the overall performance in low-light conditions?

(I am thinking of projecting from ~11 feet away onto a 90 inch screen.)

What really threw me off is that the only review I could find of the pro8300 (from Trusted Reviews) gave it a measly 6 out of 10. What is going on there?

BTW -- Please forgive me if these questions seem a bit novice, I'm still new.

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Well.....without having seen an 8300, you state you're looking for a Home Theater projector . The 8200 is designed for home theater and entertainment and the 8300 is designed for business. It may not always be the case but, for the most part, a projector designed for home theater will give a better home theater experience than a business projector.
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Both use a 230W blub. Very likely the higher brightness results form a different color wheel with a transparent segment. There is one drawback of this solution: Reduced color fidelity. If you don't need the extra brightness choose the Pro8200.
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Awesome! Thanks for the help. I am going to use it for home theater and a little light gaming with a ps3, so it sounds like the 8200 will fit the bill perfectly. Thanks for the insight smile.gif Just ordered so i can get the 10% discount too.

Also going with the ceiling mount:
http://www.amazon.com/PCMD-Projector-Ceiling-Viewsonic-Pro8200/dp/B0048HBGU4/ref=pd_sim_e_2

and now I just have to figure out a pull-down screen (it's going in the living room of a relatively small apartment, and I don't have a blank wall to project onto)

I might have to start a new thread, but are these ones any good: http://images10.newegg.com/uploadfilesfornewegg/rebate/SH/ViewSonic21mirsJul01Sep3012lt12.pdf Newegg/elite screens has a deal where you get a "free" (actually it's $48 for shipping) screen. I've seen mixed reviews on them though.

Here's the link on what they have: http://elitescreens.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=45&catid=2&Itemid=15&lang=en
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I'd like to bump this thread to see if anyone has seen the Pro8300 yet and can say whether it is the newer version of the 8200 or not. The Viewsonic website has it listed under the business projector section, but its specs make it look like its basically a brighter version of the 8200. Anyone have any insight?
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The only difference I notice is the 8300 does NOT contain a sealed light path. It has filters. Otherwise,everything is the same down to the bulb. How that one function parlays into higher lumens I don't know.
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I would be interested to see if the Pro8300 fixes the pixel mapping issue that exists in the Pro8200, that could be one difference. However, from specs I also know that the brighter a DLP goes it generally loses contrast (not because it's brighter, but because of the physics of light in the light paths inside the PJ). I would expect the Pro8200 to produce slightly darker blacks, but since neither PJ really has that good of black levels, this is probably not a huge concern. Overall, if the Pro8300 has a fixed pixel mapping, then I'd take the Pro8300 over the Pro8200 in most cases.


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I wouldn't take the pro8300 over the pro8200 for home use. why?
The pro8200 is 2,000 lumens, and the pro8300 is 3,000 lumens.
Bulb life on pro8200 is 6,000, and on the pro8300 it's 4,000 hours.
There is a reason the pro8300 is in business section, it's meant for business room with more lights on.
1,000 more lumens on the pro8300 would make it too bright in batcave or even living room, compared to pro8200.
We need pro reviews and user reviews to tell for sure.
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It just means torch mode is probably 1000 lumens brighter, but I doubt calibrated mode is. I don't know for sure which is better, but the Pro8200 was a crossover projector as well, but the Pro8300 again will likely have worse black levels. Viewsonic needs to fix the pixel mapping issue, even though it is a minor inconvenience and isn't always noticeable, it can be at times annoying especially because it slightly affects how well you can focus the image.


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