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A few years ago I bought a Sanyo PLV-Z700 on eBay. It was my first projector; I was a projector newbie, and I have been thrilled with my purchase and experience. The price was definitely right as I got it for less than $800. This thing still wows visitors to my home for night viewing.

Ahh, but there's the rub. This is a 2008 projector, and it has "only"1600 lumens. I do love the fact that it has lens shift and two HDMI inputs. I am, however, ready to upgrade.

Here's my challenge. My projector is set up in my garage! I use the garage as a part time entertainment room for, maybe, 20-25 times a year - mainly for sports or movie viewing. I do have a very nice screen that provides a 108" image.

My goal is to be able to use the projector earlier in the day with some amount of light entering the room. I can control most of the light, but the temperature in the garage demands I open the door at least partly. I think I need a brighter projector! Preferably 2500 lumens or more. So I am looking for suggestions. I have no problem buying used or refurb; I would love to keep my budget under $1200 or even under $1000. So far I am looking at the Optoma HD25e, the BenQ W1070, and various models from both Epson and Viewsonic.

Any help is MUCH appreciated.
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Buy an air conditioner. A brighter projector might help with sports but any dark scenes in a movie will be unwatchable. Your in SC its got to be HOT!! even with the door open that's got to hurt the projector also.
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Stick to an LCD. You never know which one of your guests that might come over and is the 1 out of 10 that is sensitive to the rainbow effect (RBE) with a DLP projector (don't quote me on that frequency though). Play it safe.
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Buy an air conditioner. A brighter projector might help with sports but any dark scenes in a movie will be unwatchable. Your in SC its got to be HOT!! even with the door open that's got to hurt the projector also.

I bought an air conditioner! And it helps tremendously - it is hot here in Upstate SC. And you are correct about dark scenes. They are borderline unwatchable.

For "most" of our viewing events, my current Sanyo does a pretty good job. But you are correct, anything dark is really poor. I am starting to be disappointed in most of what I watch though (my guests think it's great). Any suggestions on a LCD upgrade with a brighter image? Do I need more contrast?

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No you need a darker room, brighter will only help minimize the effect in presentations and sports.

I'd spend 1200 on a 60 inch tv. We had a misu in ours with no AC and it was ok with the door cracked. Have to leave it mostly closed or you are pissing in the wind.
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V2, thanks for the input. Like I said, at night (while dark) the Sanyo still does a pretty good job. But it could be better.

We actually watch very few movies in the garage (I have a 60" inside). We use the projector for mostly sports and some gaming for the kids. I am just looking for suggestions for a relatively inexpensive upgrade. If 2500 lumens would allow us to watch football at 4 pm rather than waiting until 7 pm, I am willing to spend $1xxx or so to upgrade. Heck I could probably sell the Sanyo on Craigslist or eBay. Just looking for suggested models. Thanks again for the advice!
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Just one more quick question: Projector Central's calculator tells me the fL rating for my projector at 14'9" is 11fL. Another projector's rating is 32fL. Can I assume that projector's picture will be significantly brighter and "better" - especially during the day but also while dark? Thanks for any more feedback.
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