Struggling -Epson 3020 or the Optoma HD25-LV
I have found this forum a valuable resource and often with so many opinion here - I have found it confusing on what I should pick as my sole and primary projector. I know - choices, choices and choices. I do feel fortunate that we can get some great quality pictures now and maintain a really tight budget. First and foremost, my wife doesn't know that I am putting together a home theatre setup in our basement rec room. It doesn't get used much and there isn't much light, so its perfect. I have about 13' from the back wall to where I want to install my projector screen - a fixed 92" screen. I think my sitting distance is going to be about 12' from the wall where the screen will be installed. I think I will survive a total budget at about $2,000 after using my discreet acquisition and installation tactics as per not involving my spouse in this decision.
So I have assembled the following:
Fixed Screen AccuScreen 92-in. Fixed-frame Projection Screen which I just got on sale for $210 from Costco Canada.
Ceiling Mount: Kanto P101W Universal Universal Projector Mount $41
I have been waiting for the Optoma HD25-LV to go on sale again at Costco.ca. The last price reduction brought it down to $1050, so with taxes, total price will be $1,225.
Yesterday, I saw that the Epson 3020 was on sale at NCIX for $1300 (limited supplies etc). Well, I went to my nearest Futureshop and made a case for a price match. It was not an easy but with enough approvals, I got it for $1200 with a total price of $1320 (CDN) including taxes. I liked the fact that it was a 3 LCD projector but not so convinced about the Lumen ratings. I also was shocked about the size, its the size of my carry-on baggage for travel. What, I thought these things were tiny? I feel like I'm buying an 80s model. Maybe I'm just out of touch.
So, I bought it and now it sits in a box, me afraid to open the box and play with it because I was so focused on the HD25-LV. I liked the HD25 3200 - lumen rating but was not so impress with the DLP technology. I never have liked the idea of DLP - avoided it like the plague. However, I never thought I would be able to get another bright projector in my price range.
So I am hoping to get some peoples thoughts. Should I be happy with the deals that I have secured and just remember that being under $2000 means that I won't get reference quality. So I am at $1,600 total. I'm under budget and want to feel good about the equipment but I am just the kind of guy who wants the best possible VALUE (not the ultimate quality.)
Thanks for responding to my first post.
Last edited by yyj; 07-03-2014 at 10:55 AM.
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