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I know this question has been asked or at least something similar to it, but I could not find a very current one. I am a college student and I want to get a projector for my living room. It will primarily be used for sports and madden. I plan to put up blackout curtains in the room, but it is inevitable that some light will still leak in. I have done quite a lot of research, but cannot come to a conclusion as to which projector would suit my needs best. It will be placed in a 14.5' by 18' room. I plan to have either a 106" or 120" screen. Any input is greatly appreciated.
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From reading "which is best" threads I can pretty much anticipate the response you're likely to get, if any, which is that you need to be a lot more detailed about what YOU want and consider important when it comes to "the best."

The best color accuracy?

The best black levels?

The best image sharpness?

The best judder free motion?

Etc.
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If there was one that was sort of a middle ground on all I would love that, but if I had to pick out of those categories it would be judder free motion and image sharpness. For example, if I had to buy a projector today I would probably go with the acer h6510bd, but again that's why I am here asking for advice.
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for gaming, go benq w1070 imo. Just research up the calculator for mounting and screen size and position.

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for gaming, go benq w1070 imo. Just research up the calculator for mounting and screen size and position.

Why the benq over the acer?
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Why the benq over the acer?

good question. to many good reviews I guess

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Why the benq over the acer?
Faster color wheel I believe.
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Faster color wheel I believe.
So this would mean less rainbow effect correct? Is it worth 150 more and 1000 less lumens?
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Yes if you are sensitive with rainbow. The 2000 lumen in the W1070 is plenty bright for my 110" screen in my dark windowless room. Not sure if it benefits me having 3000 lumen.
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Mostly the Benq has the edge. http://www.projectorcentral.com/acer_h6510bd_3d_home_video_projector_review.htm?page=Shootout-vs-BenQ-W1070
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Alright well you guys are pretty much selling me on the Benq. I guess my major worry is that 2000 lumens will get washed out. I plan to put blackout curtains up over living room windows but light will still be in room somewhat from dining room ( around a corner) and small front door windows. Does the Benq beat the ViewSonic PRO8300 or 8200 as well? Or just any other prjectors around that price area in general?
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Some people add a ND filter to tone down the brightness. It might be the best overall, in it's price range atm. Consider this guide. http://www.avsforum.com/t/1391476/coderguys-top-projector-picks
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What I meant was is the benq bright enough to be a good choice for a living room projector
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Generally speaking yes, but if you have too much ambient light, well then a projector isn't going to be the best thing in the world. Projectors do better in darker rooms.
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Alright well you guys are pretty much selling me on the Benq. I guess my major worry is that 2000 lumens will get washed out. I plan to put blackout curtains up over living room windows but light will still be in room somewhat from dining room ( around a corner) and small front door windows. Does the Benq beat the ViewSonic PRO8300 or 8200 as well? Or just any other prjectors around that price area in general?

The Pro8300 is really more of a business projector, though technically I guess you can call it a crossover. The Benq w1070 and Pro8200 are about the same brightness, in ECO mode the Benq might be slightly brighter, but they are basically the same.

There is nothing that I know of that can beat the w1070 in features or overall PQ for under $1000 in its own price range. I think to beat it, you'd need to go to about $1800 in the new market, or about $1300 in the used. Of course when I say BEAT IT, I mean only in certain areas, because as always, different projectors have different strengths and weaknesses, even more expensive ones.



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Thanks so much for all the help i have gotten from you guys so far. I am just trying to make sure i get the right setup and am very new to projectors. Alright So like I said before I can probably control the light fairly well in the room. Should I try to get a grey screen or would something like this be ok?
http://www.amazon.com/Elite-Screens-M106UWH-Manual-Projection/dp/B000IE7WJU/ref=lp_1286610011_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1374213471&sr=1-11
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