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I'm replacing our projector in our youth ministry building (was the old sanctuary).

Last week I purchased the Epson EX7210. It fit within our <$700 budget, it had 4:3, was 2800 lumens....seemed like a great fit.

The biggest issue was that when I put the projector in 4:3, you could clearly see extra light beyond the 4:3 box. Every aspect ratio other than 16:9 did this. We have a Viewsonic that when you switch from 4:3 to 16:9, there is no light that extends beyond the 4:3 box.

On top of the fact that we had major light bleeding beyond our screen and onto the walls and stage decorations, the 4:3 image was way too small and the other formats were too large for the screen.

So now I'm on a quest for a native 4:3 projector that has close to a 21.5' throw and will fill a 143" screen.

Looking at the calculator pro on Projector Central, the Epson EX7210 has a throw ratio of 1.30 - 1.56. Would I need to find a projector that has a higher throw than 1.56 or something that has a better zoom range?

Any suggestions?
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Any thoughts on the above projectors? Any I should avoid? I've read great things about the Epson even though it would be slightly above budget....but it's doable.
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I just found the Epson 905 Refurbished for $300 less and Free Shipping on the Epson website than the price at BB. Only downfall is there is no returns on Refurbs.

I just called Epson to verify that it would work for our application and based on their calculator http://www.epson.com/alf_upload/landing/distance-calculator/ it will be close but if the specs are correct, it will work.

Do you think this is a safe purchase? Just would hate to buy it and not be able to return it if it doesn't fill our screen or the image spills beyond our screen.
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I'd be hesitant to buy a refurb from Epson atm. Their qc has been a little lacking, and there is a good chance you might not get a good unit. Is it worth $300 less? I don't think I would chance it. Better to buy new so if you have any issues, they'll be taken care of.
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Thx for the suggestion jnabq. Just curious why you would purchase a new vs a refurb. They both carry the same 2 Yr warranty and the refurb has a new bulb. The only difference is I just can't return it unless it's defective. With the new, I could return it if I just wasn't satisfied with it or if it didn't meet our needs.
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Totally your choice, and if saving $300 is more important than the time/effort you MAY have to spend dealing with the "refurb runaround", then sure, go for the refurb.
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Thanks. Yesterday, I decided to order the refurb. If it were $50 savings, I would have went with a new unit but $300 is a significant enough savings for me to give it a shot. It arrives Friday. Will let you know how it turns out.
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Cool, hope it turns out well for ya!
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