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Does the 25e have a better/faster lens or anything that makes it worth more?
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Does the 25e have a better/faster lens or anything that makes it worth more?

Anybody? I have to order before 3pm EST to get it shipped today with Free Overnight. Anyone able to tell if the HD25e is actually worth the extra $75? I don't mind paying it if it's better than the HD131xe, even if it's only a marginal improvement in lens focus or whatnot.
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Amazon also has the $50 gift card on the Optoma projectors.

What size screen do you have? I really doubt you will notice much difference between the two projectors.
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I went for the 25e because it was white and the xe models were black. It will be here tomorrow morning. Amazon was a little higher than the projector people, but the clincher was getting free overnight and not having to pay Amazon sales tax too. I had been using a screen of about 100", but will probably purchase a 120" pull-down. I used to have a mitsubishi hd1000u and it seemed bright enough for the 100" screen with some ambient light present even though the bulb was in eco mode. Is the 25e brighter than the older mitsubishi hd1000u (720p DLP)
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I went for the 25e because it was white and the xe models were black. It will be here tomorrow morning. Amazon was a little higher than the projector people, but the clincher was getting free overnight and not having to pay Amazon sales tax too. I had been using a screen of about 100", but will probably purchase a 120" pull-down. I used to have a mitsubishi hd1000u and it seemed bright enough for the 100" screen with some ambient light present even though the bulb was in eco mode. Is the 25e brighter than the older mitsubishi hd1000u (720p DLP)
I replaced my Mits HD1000u with the HD25e (actually had a Benq W1070 first for a month). I projected the Mits on a 120" screen and the same for the HD25e. I run it in eco mode and it's more than bright enough. You should be pleased with the brightness and picture quality of the HD25e.
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I replaced my Mits HD1000u with the HD25e (actually had a Benq W1070 first for a month). I projected the Mits on a 120" screen and the same for the HD25e. I run it in eco mode and it's more than bright enough. You should be pleased with the brightness and picture quality of the HD25e.

OK, thanks a lot for the reply. How does the throw distance compare to the HD1000? It looks like the Optoma might be a little longer throw than the old Mitsubishi. It's coming today, and I can't wait. I feel like a kid at Christmas again. Our HD1000 blew up a few years ago so I've been without a big screen for a while. We have a 60" TV now, but it's just not doing it for me. Nothing compares to a projector in my opinion. I'm really looking forward to the 1920x1080 resolution.
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I mounted the Optoma about 16" closer to the screen than the Mits but probably could have put it in the same place. I did have to drop the Optoma a little lower from the ceiling. The distance from the top of my screen to the lens center should be 9" according to the calculator but mine worked out to only be 6.
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