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A little background. I need a projector for my basement the room is ~17x24 (8.5' ceilings) that I will be using as a bar/theater room. We will be watching 40% TV/Sports, 40% movies, 20% or less games. The room has one window in the back of the room, but it is located under a deck so the ambient light is very low. I plan on doing a 110 DIY screen.

I have been thinking that the seating (couch for now) should be ~12 feet from the screen, does this sound reasonable? We would like to watch sports with lighting ect, so I think lumens is important.

The projectors that i am considering are a refurbished Epson 5010 a refurbished Epson 8350 or a Panasonic PT-AR100U. Most of the viewing will be done in 2D.

I am leaning toward the 5010, but would like to hear your opinions.




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Why not brand new models? Are you sold on using LCD? Have you looked at the top 3 'cheap' models right now in the Epson 2030, BenQ W1070, or Optoma HD25? For gaming, the BenQ and Optoma will do best and will have superior black levels and motion handling than most of the LCD models, except, perhaps, the 5010 which is a higher class of projector.

Always be aware, of warranties and potential issues with any gear you buy which isn't new.

12' seating to a 110" diagonal is 'center of theater' in feel and is the minimum size I would recommend.

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I think the warranty issue should be ok the B stock Epson's from authorized dealers have 2 year warranty. The lag shouldn't matter as all of the games are going to be for the kids.
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The 5010 or one of the models I previously listed are the ones to consider most.

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Ok just got the 5010 -- I like it.

After having the projector setup on ladder I realize that 110" screen is not big enough.

I want to go ~135", which puts the projector at 15' with a zoom of 1.8x, 17FL -- Does anyone see issues with this mounting setup?

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No issues at all!

If that size is comfortable to you, then that's a good way to go. Consider a 1.3 or 1.4 gain screen to get a bit more oomph out of the brightness long term, but certainly, no rush on that.

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