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Has anyone tried them side side by side? Any input is appreciated.
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First off, I would plug in your screen size and throw distance in the Calculator Pro at Projector Central, and see how may foot lamberts each gives you.
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Those numbers are not that much help, for they are always incorrect with the projectors that I have owned. But what can do you have for your screen? I have the W1070, I can be a little help
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I have a 1.0 gain DaLite white screen currently. Projector central shows a throw distance for the BenQ of 15' to achieve a 144" wide image whilst with the Panny, 21' away from the screen is needed.
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I have a 1.0 gain DaLite white screen currently. Projector central shows a throw distance for the BenQ of 15' to achieve a 144" wide image whilst with the Panny, 21' away from the screen is needed.

As one poster said although the different projection calculators may not be super accurate they at least give you some idea when doing a comparison.

Your go-to calculator should be the Elite developed by Coderguy. For any projector you are going to get a throw range - closest, farthest and the default mid range.

http://www.eliteprojectorcalculator.com/

For the two projectors you're comparing neither is ideal for a 165" diagonal screen without increasing the gain to around 1.3. In 'Best Mode - Low Lamp' you want to achieve 12-16 fL in a dark home theater environment. The Elite calculator shows the BenQ is the brightest of the two. Keeping your present 1.0 gain screen and mounting the projector at its closest distance (13 feet 10 inches) you can achieve 12.6 fL...but it drops off to 9 fL at 500 hours of use.

So if brightness is your sole criteria then the BenQ wins. What projector were you using previously to light this screen? Was it a conference/classroom ultra-bright projector?

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Thanks. I haven't used a projector in about 10 years due to room constraints. But I do remember lighting it up with an old Panny and it looked decent. But I would think 10 years later, there would be more light canons out for larger screens, and in a decent price range. What other machines would you recommend?
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If you have a dark theater and light control, the Benq will work. In high lamp you will get 16-20ftL. In smart eco model, you will get 13ftL. The ideal is 12-16ftL. Its very doable. I once used a Marantz VP8600 that was giving me 10ftL on a 135in 1.0 gain screen. I prefer 12-15ftL myself
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