Benq W1070, Acer 9500BD, or Benq W7000 in an imperfect shared space. Ready to purchase 2K budget. - AVS Forum
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I started finishing our basement in 2011. Since then I have lost the wall color battle, but still have been given sig other approval to get a PJ, build a stage(...end Zone???), and put up black velvet curtains along the front side walls, and rear wall to help with darkness. Since I will have an imperfect room I was thinking the Benq W1070 would work in this space and I will have to repaint when our girls get older. But I want to be sure I am right before I pull the trigger. Budget is 2K.

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  • Benq W1070 is <$900 at newegg. Great pop for a non perfect room. Leaves $ to do stage, curtains, and get a mount.
  • Acer 9500BD is <$900 at newegg. Better blacks for the same space. Not as good with color/pop??? Leaves $ to do stage, curtains, and get a mount.
  • Benq W7000 is ~$1800 at newegg. Much better blacks. It will be another month or two before I can build the stage with this option.

Here is the room, sorry for the terrible MS paint edits. The space is slightly over 11' wide and 7'6" high. I figure 10' wide for the screen frame with ~6" on either side for the curtain to slide into. Throw can be 12' to 14'. IIRC, seating can be up to 15' back.


What should I do???

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I think the Benq 1070 is back to $1k at newegg now? Are you sure using the dlp isn't a problem for you and your guests? Still at $1k it's hard to beat the price/performance you can get for the 1070, and still leave you a little money for the other projects as long as it will work in that room setup.
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The sale price is still active but the Benq W1070 is now sold out. Ahh well... Analysis Paralysis...

Since I got the idea of the basement theatre, I have missed:
  • Epson 8350 for $899.99 with a spare bulb
  • Epson 8700UB for ~$1800 with a spare bulb before they were discontinued
  • Epson 5010 for $2K
  • Benq W1070 for $900

I really have to stop doing that.

Sooo... I have no idea of DLP rainbows which concerns me with the newegg return policy. I have seen off axis rainbows on DLP TV's. But I have only seen an Epson 8350 and 3010 in terrible viewing conditions in Best Buy.

The Acer 9500BD and the Benq W7000 are still on sale. I need good brights for kids movies, football, and chick flicks, but the majority of the movies/games I watch/play are dark(Sci-Fi, action, and FPS video games). Any glaring issues with either? I believe I read the Acer has been having issues Acer is not dealing with lately... Any updates or opinions?
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Also, can either of these do 2.35:1? I just realized that on the W1070.
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Benq W7000 is out... Per the Projector Central calculator, it can only do 104" wide at the max zoom at 14'.

Acer 9500BD has a maximum zoom of 112" at 14'. That zoom could cause issues right? Don't I want to stay at 2/3 zoom or less?
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Ok, I think my id is taking over... I really want to get this done so I can focus on other plans for this spring(back yard deck and patio, or new kitchen counters).

If I said screw the sales prices, is there any reason a Panasonic PT-AE7000 is a bad idea? It would take my full slosh fund and I really cannot swing any more for the PT-AE8000 or Epson 5020. Since the full budget would go to the PJ and a mount, I will have to build a screen. I have some longish 2x4 I can rip down this weekend to set up a temporary screen to test the equipment.

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AVS currently has a couple open box 5010's, in the $2k range, incl one with wireless. http://shop.avscience.com/Open-Box-Specials_c_32.html You won't be loosing much vs the 5020 if you don't use 3D often, and glasses can be found in the $30 range. The Panasonic might be a little pricier, $200? but has the lens memory, if you want the cinema scope option without buying a a anamorphic lens. The manual zoom on the Epson will be troublesome to achieve the same effect. http://www.projectorreviews.com/projectors/pt-ae7000_vs_Epson_HC5010/index.php
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