So I decided to try the Epson PowerLite X12. Got it for $400 from walmart.com and wanted to try it out for my backyard Patio Movie nights.
Plugged it in to my PS3 and changed no settings. This video is on a semi-gloss tan painted wall.
This post was just mainly to show the newbs to projectors, like myself, that there are really cheap "business" projectors out there that you can use for outdoor theaters like the one I'm building. Where top notch, award winning picture quality isn't really that big of a deal. And maybe you just want to watch a movie with the family in the evenings.
I'm still going to order a screen, though this helps in my hunt since this is on a semi-gloss tan painted wall, that is actually quite reflective, that the screen doesn't have to be perfect to enjoy a movie with the family. I will probably order Carls Blackout material on Amazon and hang that up outside for my screen
My projector / PS3 / Reciever / Subwoofer / 4 Speakers are on an A/V Cart I purchased from OfficeMax.com for $65, so I can store it in the closet or near the patio door and wheel it out when I want to have a movie outside, plug it in, and offload the front speakers only and put them in front of us for the movie. I'll post which cart I got, it is heavy duty and cheap, so it may work for other people out there considering the same thing.
Be gentle on me, let me know what you think.
At any rate.....
Here is the specs on the Projector:EPSON PowerLite X12 XGA 3LCD Projector
Projection System: 3LCD, 3-chip technology
Projection Method: Front / rear / ceiling mount
Driving Method: Poly-silicon TFT Active Matrix
Pixel Number: 786,432 dots (1024 x 768) x 3
Color Brightness (Color Light Output): 2800 lumens1
White Brightness (White Light Output): 2800 lumens1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Native Resolution: 1024 x 768 (XGA)
Resize: 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA), 1152 x 864 (SXGA1), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1280 x 960 (SXGA2), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA3), 1280 x 768 (WXGA60-1), 1360 x 768 (WXGA60-2), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA60)
Lamp Type: E-TORL™ 200 W UHE
•ECO mode: Up to 5000 hours2
•Normal mode: Up to 4000 hours2
Throw Ratio Range: 1.48 – 1.77 (4:3)
Size (projected distance): 30" – 300" (2.9' – 35.9')
•Automatic: Vertical: ±30 degrees
•Slider: Horizontal: ±30 degrees
USB Plug 'n Play: Projector is compatible with PC and Mac® computers
Contrast Ratio: Up to 3000:1
Color Reproduction: 16.77 million colors