Originally Posted by Alex Stittle
The Epson 8350 sounds very promising! I am borrowing a projector this weekend to see what kind of results I get. Just some cheapo one but at least I can figure out placement ideas and get a ballpark for what I'll be dealing with. If all goes well I think I'll look a bit more intensely at that Epson!
I am in Canada, yes. In the summer it does stay light out until after 9pm. In the winter it gets dark after 5pm. Though watching tv in the snow might be a little much lol. The problem with a tv is I can't use a regular tv outside, I need to use a weather proof one which costs way more ($3500 for 55"). A reular tv will get destroyed from condensation according to CNET. Makes sense to me, condensation is evil
I suppose it's not impossible but the CNET statement (I looked up the article) seems like the guy is speaking from a hole that's not necessarily located in his head.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that you mount a conventional TV directly exposed to rain and/or snow. However if you travel, especially in the southeastern United States or the coastlines in these areas, you will find the areas suffer from exceptionally high humidly. An environment where condensation readily occurs. Yet, you will see countless numbers of bars, pubs, restaurants, and public gathering places that have open air access with conventional TV's mounted for the enjoyment of their customers to watch primarily televised sporting events while drinking a beer, etc.. Heck, I drive south about 45 minuets to cross into Southern Ontario. I've never had condensation as a problem for any electrical appliance left outdoors.
I've yet to hear any anecdotal stories about the TV that blew up in the beach/sports bar. I looked up the article on CNET and frankly, I just don't buy it. Again, I'm not suggesting that you mount it in such a way that it doesn't have some cover or a way to protect it from direct rain, but, there are too many non-weather proof TV's in outdoor sports bars for me to take the CNET article seriously. Besides, if the TV is plugged in, it's normally in a standby mode if not in use. There's still power in the unit that's generating heat. That enclosed heat is going to produce a rather stable operating temperature that's going to keep it dry.
Having said the above, your results with a projector are going to be marginal at best until sunset.
For a 60"- 65" screen, you'll be way ahead of the curve to pick up an inexpensive LCD TV. You'll get better black levels than a cheap projector can produce and you'll easily get 3-5 times the brightness level compared to a projector. You'll both need and appreciate that extra brightness if you want to do any viewing before 9-10 PM in the summer time in the "Great White North". Locate an awning company in your area and have them sew up a sleeve from water proof material to cover it when your not using it if you must leave it outdoors.