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I'm trying to find a 1080p projector that can accommodate a 180 150" diagonal AT screen and with a 10-14' throw distance.
Currently I have a BenQ W6000 at about 21' distance from the screen but would really like to see if I could move the source closer for some applications.

I've looked into the BenQ W1080ST but it might not have enough brightness (10FL at 9')
There are some 720p projectors which fit the throw distance and screen size, but I'd like to get HD due to the screen size.
Any suggestions?
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The W1080ST is one of the only short throw models on the market that is anywhere near the price it is at with the quality it has. I wouldn't recommend anything else if you are determined to get as close as possible.

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I'm trying to find a 1080p projector that can accommodate a 180 150" diagonal AT screen and with a 10-14' throw distance.
Currently I have a BenQ W6000 at about 21' distance from the screen but would really like to see if I could move the source closer for some applications.

I've looked into the BenQ W1080ST but it might not have enough brightness (10FL at 9')
There are some 720p projectors which fit the throw distance and screen size, but I'd like to get HD due to the screen size.
Any suggestions?
you will be more likely she see rainbows and get a sore neck sitting this close to such a big screen as you won't see the image as a whole but rather whatever area you happened to be looking at...try holding a typed letter of some sort on an 8 1/2 x11 piece of paper approximately 6" from your face and looking at the whole thing at once... this is what it would be like sitting 10ft from 150" image... like the front row at the cheap theaters...
The best minimum distance from a 12-13ft screen would be close to 15ft in my opinion and even that close you will see more pixels and artifacts than you want to.
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Oops, somehow I incorrectly reported the screen at 180, it's actually 150 diagonal 16:9 screen. This may open it up to a few more options.

From some of my research, in addition to the BenQ W1080ST (which I think at best would produce 12FL) I also found a couple of others:

- BenQ W1500: has some vertical lens shift. From the throw calculators, this looks like it could be an option at 11' 8" - 14' 4" range (15-18FL).

- ViewSonic PJD7820HD: appears to be happy around the 12' 4" to 14' range.

I'm not sure of the performance of any of these 3 projectors, but maybe someone has some experience.
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Oops, somehow I incorrectly reported the screen at 180, it's actually 150 diagonal 16:9 screen. This may open it up to a few more options.

From some of my research, in addition to the BenQ W1080ST (which I think at best would produce 12FL) I also found a couple of others:

- BenQ W1500: has some vertical lens shift. From the throw calculators, this looks like it could be an option at 11' 8" - 14' 4" range (15-18FL).

- ViewSonic PJD7820HD: appears to be happy around the 12' 4" to 14' range.

I'm not sure of the performance of any of these 3 projectors, but maybe someone has some experience.

The subject says 150 which in my opinion (its a matter of personal like/dislike) is WAY to big from that distance.
I sit 14' from 110" and would be uncomfortable if it was 120".. 110 tooks a while to get used to but it does fit within my vision allowing for only a slight bit of room on either side 150 would be like zoomin the image so you can not see what is on the left or right without moving you head or eyes..
At 10' it would suck big time in my book.. but hey, people sit in the front row at IMAX so go for it!
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There is a half dozen models which can do that distance with 1080p resolution...

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=200&p=2000&w=&r=13&br=&ll=&ltg=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=14&i=d&is=150&sort=pop&sz=15

Most of them have reviews. I personally wouldn't touch the Viewsonic based on the quality of build and engineering I've seen with Viewsonic product. But, the two BenQ projectors are well reviewed and well rated, and the Espon 2030 looks like it will work if you have any rainbow effect qualms. Overall, I might lean towards the W1500. From 12' it puts about 16 lumens per square foot on screen which meets typical home theater needs with a 1.0 gain screen. If you want a bit more oomph, then get a minimal gain screen (1.3-1.5 gain).

Read the reviews carefully, and you should be good to go. None of these options are 'bad', there are just some which are a bit better than others.

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The subject says 150 which in my opinion (its a matter of personal like/dislike) is WAY to big from that distance.
I sit 14' from 110" and would be uncomfortable if it was 120".. 110 tooks a while to get used to but it does fit within my vision allowing for only a slight bit of room on either side 150 would be like zoomin the image so you can not see what is on the left or right without moving you head or eyes..
At 10' it would suck big time in my book.. but hey, people sit in the front row at IMAX so go for it!

I sit about 10-11' from a 110" screen and I personally wish it were a tad larger sometimes, like 120". It seems a little overwhelming at first, but then it seems completely natural and wanting a bit more screen size creeps back in. My room pretty my limits me to 110" with the tower speakers I've got though.

150" from 13-15' is pretty comfortable IMO.
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Yes...go for it! I have the benq w1070 and I'm 15ft back on a 150 screen.
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I started with a 90" setup and an x1 12 years ago then with a new projector I had a 112" screen setup in my 15x14.5 livingroom.... got a lot of comments from visitors that it was simply too big to watch comfortably at such a close distance (about 12-13ft sitting against back wall and closer for others in the room) over time I realized I went overboard with the "bigger is better" mantra... so I actually downsized to a 100" screen and feel that about perfect for me.... So what I'm getting at is maybe you want to do a bit of experimenting with blackout cloth or an a white wall before purchasing a huge screen you might not want when the novelty wears off..... maybe not... mayber your the guy that loves the front row at the cheap theaters? but does your wife and friends like it too and how much if at all does that matter to you?
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