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Hi,

As my topic says I'm about to buy my first projector. I've been reading a ton of reviews etc, but I can't seem to settle my mind on which one I should buy. I'm looking for a projector somewhere between 800-2000$. I've been thinking about buying one of those:
BenQ W1070
BenQ W1500
Optoma HD25
Epson 5020.

I will be using the projector in a living room which is quite bright and hard to make it darker. I can mount the projector anywhere from 2-4m from the projector screen (which I haven't bought yet, any tips on a good one are welcome..)

Which projector would you guys go for? Would you go for another one than those I've listed please tell me which one!
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The Optoma hd25-lv for its very bright image since you are doing a living room setup...
Notice the LV at the end, slightly brighter than the regular Optoma hd25.

The Benq w1070 is another good option, but the 3D isn't as good because RF is better than DLP link, and the Benq doesn't support RF.


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Okay, thanks for the answer. Been looking in to the Epson Home Cinema 3020 now as well.... Is it a viable option in a living room, and as a first time user is it worth the extra hundred dollars?
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If you enjoy large images, you'll be happy with any of them.

I would say go for the Great Found Deals projector (Acer 6510). The others aren't that much better, I believe. And the Epson physically is a monster next to newer ones (expecially the Acer). Check out the Reviews on Amazon.

The Acer will get you going while we wait for the $1K 4K PJs coming in a couple of years.
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I'd love to get that one but I simply can't. I don't live in the US..

I'll have to pay 1850$ for Epson and 1540$ for Optoma.
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Okay, thanks for the answer. Been looking in to the Epson Home Cinema 3020 now as well.... Is it a viable option in a living room, and as a first time user is it worth the extra hundred dollars?

The Optoma does 3D better than the Epson 3020 because DLP > LCD for 3D, if you care. The 3020 is ok, but not one of my favorites. In my humble opinion, the Optoma hd25 is the best one if you want to do 3D as well. The Benq w1070 probably being second. LCD gets crosstalk as the lamp ages, that's the main issue, but to answer your questions, the 3020 will work in a living room, it's plenty bright.


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I was just about to buy the HD25-LV Today but the store had run out of them. The salesman told me that I could buy the HD25e instead. They are both at the same price, would you go for HD25e over HD25-LV with my room? I'm going to buy a screen that's somewhere between 90-100". According to the salesman the colors should be better with the HD25e as it doesn't produce as much light.
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I was just about to buy the HD25-LV Today but the store had run out of them. The salesman told me that I could buy the HD25e instead. They are both at the same price, would you go for HD25e over HD25-LV with my room? I'm going to buy a screen that's somewhere between 90-100". According to the salesman the colors should be better with the HD25e as it doesn't produce as much light.

Either the store you are at is giving you a really good HD25-LV price, or they are overcharging for the HD25e like crazy, on amazon they are almost 400 dollars apart from eachother in price, the going price for the HD25e is $800.

So far the reviews of the HD25e have all been saying its an amazing projector., it isn't as bright as the LV, but 400 dollars is a pretty big difference for a little more lumens, and the bulb replacement with the HD25e is alot cheaper than the LV, you could get a higher gain screen if you need extra brightness, for alot cheaper than the difference in price between the projectors.

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I wish it was the same prices in Sweden as in the US... smile.gif I've been looking on the internet as well and in sweden the going price for HD25-LV starts at 1540$ and it's the same price for the HD25e. Which one would you go for if the price is the same? The salesman was talking about that you can't reduce the lumens if you think it's too bright other than normal,low and high mode, is that correct?
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I wish it was the same prices in Sweden as in the US... smile.gif I've been looking on the internet as well and in sweden the going price for HD25-LV starts at 1540$ and it's the same price for the HD25e. Which one would you go for if the price is the same? The salesman was talking about that you can't reduce the lumens if you think it's too bright other than normal,low and high mode, is that correct?

Edit on my previous post, i was actually thinking about the HD131Xe, not the HD25e, both of which are pretty much the same except for lumen/contrast, the price difference between the HD25e and LV is actually only $250~

There are actually filter caps you can get if you want to decrease the brightness outside of the normal projector settings.

Have you seen the HD131Xe and know how much it costs there? I think it was released in Europe before it came over here to the states.
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All the stores that sells it has run out of it... but it starts from 1150$. Is it that good? The store where I want to buy it doesn't seem to sell this projector.. frown.gif
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All the stores that sells it has run out of it... but it starts from 1150$. Is it that good? The store where I want to buy it doesn't seem to sell this projector.. frown.gif

Try reading this thread

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1484644/optoma-hd131xe-hd-1080p-2500-ansi-lumens-3d-home-theater-projector-sub-800-new-budget-king

The decision is really up to you, if either the extra lumens/ability to go buy it now are worth a $390 price difference then you can get the HD25e, they are really really similar, either way both projectors are a great value.

Good luck on picking the best one,
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Yea, I've read it and it seems HD131xe is excellent value for money I'll have to consider this one now. If I buy this one I can also get 2 pair 3d-glasses for the same price as hd25e/hd25lv. I'd say HD131xe is better bang/buck and I don't know if it's worth that extra 300$ to get 300-700 lumen more and about 10% better contrast. I don't think that I'll notice any difference I've never even changed any settings on a TV and I think I'll be thrilled about the huge screen that comes with using a projector so I won't notice it. Thanks for your advice about this one smile.gif
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