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Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-30-2015, 03:04 PM
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Posted By ben38
My next door neighbor has a SONY 55es in her...

My next door neighbor has a SONY 55es in her loft. It's a superb projector, but it currently costs twice as much as the Panny 8000. Sony's 40es is closer in price and is basically a 55es with a lower...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-29-2015, 11:50 PM
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Posted By ben38
No. The Sony is dead silent.

No. The Sony is dead silent.
Forum: Screens   01-29-2015, 08:01 PM
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Posted By ben38
I've seen projected screen samples of the hd pro...

I've seen projected screen samples of the hd pro 1.1 and the Carada BW material, and they were very close. I thought the hd pro 1.1 was very slightly brighter, so I'd imagine the 1.3 would be even...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-26-2015, 02:06 PM
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Posted By ben38
Not to worry. The Panny ae8000 is a superb...

Not to worry. The Panny ae8000 is a superb projector at an irresistible price.
As to the Screen: The accuscreens are the low cost line of Draper projector screens. Draper keeps costs down by...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-25-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 206
Posted By ben38
Since you've been using a DLP projector all this...

Since you've been using a DLP projector all this time, I would recommend another DLP projector since you're used to that kind of look. That knocks out the Epson, and leaves the Optoma hd26 and the...
Forum: Screens   01-25-2015, 12:58 AM
Replies: 232
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Posted By ben38
It will work beautifully. The ae8000 is a...

It will work beautifully. The ae8000 is a definite step up from the lower and mid tier Epsons. You have to go all the way to the 2000 dollar 5025 to get comparable performance. A 1500 dollar ae8000...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-24-2015, 07:19 PM
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Posted By ben38
Sometimes we tend to go overboard when we say...

Sometimes we tend to go overboard when we say things like "It blows away the old one" or "The difference is Huge", when that's rarely the case.
So, is the ae8000 a huge upgrade from the ae3000? On...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-24-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By ben38
1500 for a new panny ae8000 is a phenomenal...

1500 for a new panny ae8000 is a phenomenal bargain. Wow!
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-24-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 106
Posted By ben38
Epson's "Super Resolution" works in much the same...

Epson's "Super Resolution" works in much the same way the Darblet does, but the Darblet has a finer level of control. An hc3000 with a Darblet will work just as well as a 3500, if not better.
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-24-2015, 09:15 AM
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Posted By ben38
Not only is it a very worthwhile upgrade, but at...

Not only is it a very worthwhile upgrade, but at its new 1500 dollar sale price, It's a steal.
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-24-2015, 05:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 106
Posted By ben38
the hc3000,3500, and 3600e are the newest line of...

the hc3000,3500, and 3600e are the newest line of Epson's mid tier home projectors. These were specifically put on the market to replace the older 8345/50 and the 3010/20 units.
All three of...
Forum: Screens   01-23-2015, 03:40 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 10,653
Posted By ben38
I've owned the Vapex screen and seen the Carada...

I've owned the Vapex screen and seen the Carada classic a number of times. The screens are more alike than different. I like the way Carada screens attach to the frame, but material wise, there's not...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-23-2015, 03:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 443
Posted By ben38
At that distance I'd go 135 as a minimum. The...

At that distance I'd go 135 as a minimum. The 40es has enough power for even bigger screens.
Forum: Screens   01-23-2015, 01:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 101
Posted By ben38
In your case, you should just get the 1080st or...

In your case, you should just get the 1080st or 1085st. You say you have plenty of wall space. You should be able to project a huge 1.78:1 image on your wall with the short throw projector.
Use...
Forum: Screens   01-22-2015, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 101
Posted By ben38
If the movie's aspect ratio changes, you will...

If the movie's aspect ratio changes, you will have to change the zoom and refocus. All of the blu-ray menus will be 1.78:1 as well, so you'll have to zoom and refocus if you want the menus onscreen....
Forum: Screens   01-22-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 21,258
Posted By ben38
Unfortunately, screen samples (especially small...

Unfortunately, screen samples (especially small ones) are almost useless for ALR screens. You have to see a full size ALR screen in action to get a GENERAL idea of how it looks. I emphasized GENERAL...
Forum: Screens   01-22-2015, 07:36 PM
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Posted By ben38
1.5 times, no less. I'm told even 1.5 is a little...

1.5 times, no less. I'm told even 1.5 is a little short, so you should try to get more throw.
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-21-2015, 04:56 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,640
Posted By ben38
As I've become more and more familiar with the...

As I've become more and more familiar with the procedure for measuring ANSI contrast, I've come to the realization that any projector able to exceed 300:1 ANSI contrast will give you a picture with...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-20-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 73
Posted By ben38
You're probably not able to post a picture yet....

You're probably not able to post a picture yet. It would help if you could. Are the colors unnatural looking or are they just not as vibrant as you'd like?
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-20-2015, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 105
Posted By ben38
138 inches is not that big for a 2.35:1 screen....

138 inches is not that big for a 2.35:1 screen. 13 Feet seating is fine, and maybe a little far. You wont have any SDE issues with the ae8000, and at 13 feet, you probably wont have SDE issues with...
Forum: Screens   01-20-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By ben38
I think the 123 inch Stewart Cima Neve would be a...

I think the 123 inch Stewart Cima Neve would be a terrific screen for you to get. In fact, at 15 feet, I think you should go bigger if you can, but 123 inches should be fine at 15 feet.
I...
Forum: Screens   01-20-2015, 07:09 PM
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Posted By ben38
First thing. I made it an absolute rule with my 8...

First thing. I made it an absolute rule with my 8 year old son that he never even thinks of touching the screen. Not only does he heed my wishes, but he makes sure no one else gets near it also....
Forum: Screens   01-20-2015, 06:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 154
Posted By ben38
I'm so sorry. I got my screens mixed up. You were...

I'm so sorry. I got my screens mixed up. You were talking about the Vutec Silverstar. (a screen I've never seen in action) I was talking about the starbright 7, a completely different screen....
Forum: Screens   01-19-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 154
Posted By ben38
A Barco crt projector is in the neighborhood of...

A Barco crt projector is in the neighborhood of 250-500 lumens max. This kind of projector benefited from a super high gain screen like the SilverStar. However, even the dimmer digital projectors...
Forum: Digital Projectors - Under $3,000 USD MSRP   01-19-2015, 01:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 529
Posted By ben38
Don't bother waiting. I've had electronic...

Don't bother waiting. I've had electronic components with startup and shutdown problems in the past. It's a very frustrating intermittent problem. Meaning it can occur again in the next hour or the...
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