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I have just purchased a projector screen of 160" in size. It has a gain of 1.26

What would be a suitable projector for a screen of this size?

Whilst i have a dedicated home theatre space i don't have complete light control. But i should be able to get it pretty dark. I will be able use black out screens and black treatments etc but won't be able to paint the room black.

Room size is about 8.6m long by 5.8m wide.

Suggestions please?

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Jeff I think you need a projector with a lot of light (Lumens) ideally >3000 best mode and at least 1500 calibrated.

Best would be a SIM2 model the M150 would be nice but they cost a fortune.
http://www.sim2.com/home/it/content/m150-2

Go with Epson or a Panny they both "claim 2400".
I have the Epson 5020 on a 150" Cinemascope gain 1.0 but I have a batcave and would like some more punch / pop in the picture anyway.

Check this tread it's has some points.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1455913/need-projector-capable-of-lighting-up-huge-screen-with-great-picture
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Why did you buy such a huge screen BEFORE you knew what projector would work with it, or the cost of projector?

What will your throw distance be?
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Jeff I think you need a projector with a lot of light (Lumens) ideally >3000 best mode and at least 1500 calibrated.

Best would be a SIM2 model the M150 would be nice but they cost a fortune.
http://www.sim2.com/home/it/content/m150-2

Go with Epson or a Panny they both "claim 2400".
I have the Epson 5020 on a 150" Cinemascope gain 1.0 but I have a batcave and would like some more punch / pop in the picture anyway.

Check this tread it's has some points.
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1455913/need-projector-capable-of-lighting-up-huge-screen-with-great-picture

Thanks. What about the BenQ series? These seem to be light canons as well?

I didn't really want to go so high end at the mo with something like the Sim range. Even though they seem to be very well respected.

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Why did you buy such a huge screen BEFORE you knew what projector would work with it, or the cost of projector?

What will your throw distance be?

Well i wanted to have a cinema like experience at home and i also had the room and i am also thinking that i would future proof my purchase. Believing/hoping that each year projectors come out they will get brighter and brighter so that they will be able to light up big screens sufficiently.

I was also thinking that i could potentially use a masking technique to make it smaller to sometning like 110" if i needed to. Surely you can mask a large CIH Cinesope screen to appear smaller than it actualy is?

The length of my room is 8.6m long - as for Throw distance whatever works i guess. I can pretty well put the projector anywhere within the room.

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I don't know much about Benq but they are 1 chip dlp with color wheel beware of RBE if you are sensitive? Check first at a local dealer.
Also with your long throw U will loose even more light. Black levels will be better though.
Try to move the PJ to at least mid zoom range and you will gain some lumens.

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I was also thinking that i could potentially use a masking technique to make it smaller to sometning like 110" if i needed to. Surely you can mask a large CIH Cinesope screen to appear smaller than it actualy is?

The length of my room is 8.6m long - as for Throw distance whatever works i guess. I can pretty well put the projector anywhere within the room.

Yep, no reason not to mask off the screen if whatever you buy can not light it up..
My shoe string living room up/down every night masking. http://misc.airscapesart.com/masking/
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What is your budget?

DLP or LCD?
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Many projectors can give you enough lumens to light up your screen. If you can get no ambient light in your room and get it dark, you should be able to get by with 12ftL, which is standard for movie theaters. 725 lumens will work. The Benq W7000 will give you 1500 in high lamp and 1200 in low lamp. The Benq W1070 is 1700 in high lamp and 1200 in low lamp. Even the jvc and Panasonics projectors can give you up to 1000 lumens. The Epsons and Sony's are over 1200 lumens. You should be fine, there is no point of getting a smaller screen. I seen a crt on a 140in screen that was giving off 700 lumens for 10ftL and it look really good. If your budget is $1500 or less, pick up the Benq W1070 for less than $1000. If you can do $2000 look for the Epson 5010. $2500, look for the Epson 5020 or Panasonic 8000. Or if you can do up to $3500, look for the Sony HW50 or JVC RS48 with the eshift, 4k upscaler, your screen will work very well with the eshift models.
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I used a Marantz VP8600 projector that was giving me 500 lumens on a 135in screen and it was acceptable. I have had the jvc eshift models and prefer 16ftL for movies, I would prefer to go bigger than my 120in screen, but my space is limited. I would probably go 160in also with 12ftL at the least it I could
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I've read that 14 foot lamberts is the MINIMUM. And then when the bulb dims, you'll have to use it in high power mode.
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Panasonic PT-AR100U, that's the one I'm looking into. Almost 2500 lumens in dynamic mode.

Here's what projector central had to say: "In a pitch-black room, the AR100U's default Vivid Cinema mode shines like a flashlight at nearly 2,000 lumens. Unless you're using a 150" diagonal low-gain screen, this is way too much light (though it is an ideal mode for living room use)."
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And the colors will be inaccurate and the black level will be glowing like a specter
I would highly suggest you think about a smaller screen if you want any kind of a quality image..If you move the seating closer to a smaller screen you get the same effect as the big screen. Other option is to bump up your budget and get the proper tool for the job. Good luck in your project.
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I can only imagine the seating distance to this 160" screen when the longest dimension of the room is only 25 feet. Anything 15 feet in is going to look like junk to begin with...15 feet from a 12' wide screen, that is.

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