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I am looking for a nice 1080p projector under 3K. I honestly don't care too much about 3D capability but then again, I haven't ever experienced 3D on a home theater projector. I do know that I will be more than satisfied with a very clear 1080p. I will have fairly good control over the light in he room but it will not be blacked out at all during the day. Just low light. I still want to be able to view my football games with a little light in the room.

Primary use will be for Bluray and HD sports. I don't really play video games.

Max screen size will be 120" and I will have to measure out the throw distance after New Years.

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I looked up the difference and I also reconsidered my price range. I need to keep the sale price under 1500. Looks like I will be getting a DLP in this price range. Please give top 3 recommendations of DLP projectors under 1500 dollars.
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Any good competition with the optima HD33 in this price range?
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We need your throw distance to see if there are any other options.
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Lets say throw distance is roughly 15ft
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Using "Search By Feature" at Projector Central, and based on your 15' throw and 120" diagonal screen, the best DLP is the Optoma HD33. The best LCD is the Panasonic AR100U.
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I have to research the panny ar100 - between the two, what would you say is the better deal? I don't think the optima has a bad rainbow effect all (based off of subjective reviews of course)
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As stated- having 3D is just a bonus for me, not a necessity. I really want a very clean/clear 1080p 2D picture on a 120" screen.
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I don't like LCD projectors, but that doesn't mean you won't. Do you have anywhere to view these or any LCD and DLP projector? Then you can see which technology looks better to you. As far as rainbows with the HD33, you won't know if they affect you until you view one.
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I'll have to do some research to see if there are any home theater demo rooms in the area. But I agree- I need to see the two different technologies with my eyes to determine what my tastes are. Both types of projectors get great reviews but at the end of the day- it's all in the eye of the viewer....
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You might want to check out the Epson 5020UB at $2.6k.
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You might want to check out the Epson 5020UB at $2.6k.

Why? He said his budget is $1,500
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There are 5 great DLP projectors in your price range. The HD33, ACER hb9500, Ben q 7000, Mitsubishi 7800 and the not yet available in the US Ben q 1070. I think the best bang for the buck is the HD33 right now but the Ben q 1070 looks like a good deal. For the extra $500 the Mitsubishi 7800 would be my choice as its dark chip 3. (as is the Ben q 1070). Unless you can't stand 3D in the theaters go with a 3D projector as all of these are better than the RealD in theaters. The LCD's problems of dust blobs, convergence issues, ghosting in 3D, slow response and panel degradation have put me off to LCD . DLP's have none of these issues (some of the older 720p chips had stuck pixel problems and color wheels have known to fail). If you hate 3D then save more money and go with the vivitec pro 7800. Black level is the biggest flaw in all of these projectors but that is lesser of a problem with ambient light as that will effect black level more. The Ben q 1070 is a shorter throw range and if you can't mount it closer than 15ft might be a problem. The RBE issue is always a concern and the HD33 is probably the least but if you see them and they bother you you'll have to go LCD

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There are 5 great DLP projectors in your price range. The HD33, ACER hb9500, Ben q 7000, Mitsubishi 7800 and the not yet available in the US Ben q 1070. I think the best bang for the buck is the HD33 right now but the Ben q 1070 looks like a good deal. For the extra $500 the Mitsubishi 7800 would be my choice as its dark chip 3. (as is the Ben q 1070). Unless you can't stand 3D in the theaters go with a 3D projector as all of these are better than the RealD in theaters. The LCD's problems of dust blobs, convergence issues, ghosting in 3D, slow response and panel degradation have put me off to LCD . DLP's have none of these issues (some of the older 720p chips had stuck pixel problems and color wheels have known to fail). If you hate 3D then save more money and go with the vivitec pro 7800. Black level is the biggest flaw in all of these projectors but that is lesser of a problem with ambient light as that will effect black level more. The Ben q 1070 is a shorter throw range and if you can't mount it closer than 15ft might be a problem. The RBE issue is always a concern and the HD33 is probably the least but if you see them and they bother you 'll have to go LCD

is the mits 7800 better than the 7000?
does it have lens shift?
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The mits 7800 has lens shift and should have better blacks as its DC3. I am only going by reviews it looks like the Ben q is brighter and would be better with some lights on where the Mits would be better in a Man Cave. Now if Optoma would come out with a newer verson of the HD33 with Dark Chip 3 and an Iris for around the same price !

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You might want to check out the Epson 5020UB at $2.6k.

I would seriously consider the Epson 3020.
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