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Projector recommendation for 20' throw on 120" screen

I am building a dedicated home theater. Dimensions are 13' x 20'.
Light controlled room. Planning a 120" screen on one end and mount the projector on the opposite wall 20 feet away.
Will be watching movies only.

I would like to place two rows of recliner home theater seating. I can go bigger or smaller on the screen depending on your suggestions.

Will like to stay under$3000.00 for the PJ if possible.


Thanks to all of you.
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With a budget like that you've got a fair amount of options because you're both past the $2000 contrast gap AND well into the price-point where a majority will make your required throw distance or at least be very close.

The best movie-only projector will have you looking at the top of your budget for a deal on a JVC. The JVC (even many older models) has a black-level that STILL can't be touched by anything else.
Below that but still at or above budget is probably the Sony hw55 with both solid blacks and a good iris.
More comfortably within your budget in the $2000-2500 range are the Panasonic ae8000, Epson 5030ub and Sony hw40. The Sony is LCoS and the Epson/Panasonic are both high-performing LCD and all three have fairly similar measured contrast though the Sony doesn't use (nor have) an iris.

The hw40 is usually the top recommendation for its price segment, but a JVC will be in its own league if you can stretch the budget or find a good sale.

Simple <$250 dedicated black-fabric theater room, build in a day, takedown in an hour.

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iam doing the same at 19ft throw from lens to a jamestown screen with a epson 8350 and have no complaints lens shift is a must have, makes placement so much easier
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Keep in mind that you don't really have a 20' throw. It is measured from the lens to the screen, so it would be at most 19' with a tiny projector. With a JVC it would only be 18' considering the projector is 18" long and you need space in back for cables and power cord to attach.

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