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What Projector would you recommend?

I'm currently building a dedicated theatre in my basement. The room is 13' X 19'. I'm putting 2 rows of seats in, front row is at 12'6" and second row at 19'. Second row is on a 12" riser. I'm thinking about a Carada 2.35 screen either 112" or 120". Contemplating Epson 8350 or Panasonic PT AE 8000. Looking for any help in decision on projector, any other projector I should look at in my price range(<$2500)? Thoughts on screen size? Not doing AT screen.


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Rather than the Panny, seriously consider the new Sony HW40ES. It's just in your price range:

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In a dedicated room like yours, 120" should be a piece of cake.

It's just within your budget, too.

Assuming you treat your room correctly (ie, dark/non-reflective painted walls and ceiling), it's high contrast ratio and rather high brightness would perform very well in your theater - in which case you could even go above 120" if you desired.

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What is your viewing distance? 120" 2.35 seems completely wrong to me. Why 2.35? Do you only have 7' ceilings and can't put in a full height 16:9? Why 120"? Are you sitting at 10' from the screen? Do you never intend to watch HDTV on the screen?

If going 2.35 I would be looking at about a 160" or so diagonal at the very least in a room that size if there are seats in the back of the room.


The Panasonic is nice because of lens memory, but the Sony and the JVC are better projectors.

Frankly, I would ditch the Sony/Panasonic and use the JVC RS46 and go with about a 130-140" 16:9 screen with minimal gain.

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I wanted the panny as well, but it was just out my range with the price. A 150" screen is $500 on amazon and the benq w1070 is $750. Isnt the panny still $2500? I agree with AV...get the largest 16:9 you can. I have a 150,16:9 screen and the 2:35 image is still huge.

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If using the projector for some gaming, the Sony still better than the Panasonic ?
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If using the projector for some gaming, the Sony still better than the Panasonic ?
The Sony is better than the Epson (5030), and the Epson is better than the Panasonic (AE8000). All are suitable for gaming with low lag times.

The Sony 40ES thread has a video comparing the 40ES to a gaming LCD screen. It appears to be identical when 'motion flow' is turned off, which it should be.

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I wanted the panny as well, but it was just out my range with the price. A 150" screen is $500 on amazon and the benq w1070 is $750. Isnt the panny still $2500? I agree with AV...get the largest 16:9 you can. I have a 150,16:9 screen and the 2:35 image is still huge.

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The Panasonic AE8000 is selling for $2250 + has a $350 rebate which brings it down to $1900. Does that change the equation at all?
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Monkeyk...you make a great point. I think it boils down to whether you want a 16:9 or 2:35 screen. I think the panny wins if you are really want a 2:35 screen and can't stand black bars.

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The Panasonic AE8000 is selling for $2250 + has a $350 rebate which brings it down to $1900. Does that change the equation at all?
Of course it does. But, if I have a $2,000-$3,000 budget and want the best image quality for my money, then I'm getting the Sony 40ES or the JVC RS46. The Panasonic is a great value and certainly is always worth considering, but that consideration must come with the fact that both the Epson 5030 and Sony 40ES are better all around models, and the RS46 is still the value leader for 2D movie viewing.

I think 2.35 is just silly for the vast majority of people who implement it. I think most are sold on marketing and have no idea how it is properly utilized, when to use it, or if their space is appropriate for it.

Gaming + 2.35 are opposite things. Most gaming is built on a HD source with a 1.78 aspect ratio for consoles, so it doesn't fit with a 2.35 setup at all. Almost all broadcast HDTV is 1.78 native as well. It's only movies that are all about 2.35, and on a moderate sized screen with movies as the top priority in a good room, the JVC RS46 is where I would put my money over anything else.

But, throw in gaming, larger screens, etc. then the Sony 40ES is a better model for image quality, and there is less need for a 2.35 setup as the primary viewing turns away from movie watching.

Throw in some budgetary numbers (under $2,000) and the Panasonic is a great option.

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