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Best Projector for Under $500

post #1 of 40
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I want recommendations for a projector for watching movies. Its going in a room 14' wide, and there will be low/moderate light in it from a window. Thanks for your replys!
post #2 of 40
I don't know of any that will be bright enough for moderate light under 1k. We had the Sanyo z4 which was 1000 lumins which did ok but wasn't great. We now have the epson 8350 which pumps out 2k lumins and it's awesome. So any of the table top ones that are around 500$ and have 400-500 lumens are going to be very faint and washed out. Sorry but I would save your money up for something decent.
post #3 of 40
What if I had a light controlled room onto a white 1.0 screen of 88"?
post #4 of 40
Even light controlled 400-500 lumens isnt very much. You might be able to get an epson 8350 from Fry's Electronics for 899 but normally it's around 1050 on amazon. If all your using it for is gaming then a 500$ tabletop one might be a good beginner one just don't expect any eye popping results.
post #5 of 40
Also consider the screen size, for what you want it gets worse the larger you go.
post #6 of 40
Thread Starter 
The room has a small window which i shut a curtain over it.. so i guess low light when shut or moderate when open.

I currently have a 10 year old infocus x1 projector and im pretty happy with that, guess projectors havent improved much since then? Lol
post #7 of 40
Check your local Fry's. They may have some Epson 705HD left. My local frys had refurbished $399. I picked up a new one for the same price because there online store had a sale for the new one at the ame price. It was in stock and picked it up right at the store.
post #8 of 40
Lol, that's what I said and thought until we got our new pj. Six years ago our Sanyo cost aprox. 1800 had 1000lumens, 720p, etc and now you can get twice the lumens, 1080p and a slew of other features for 1k. Totally blown away, amazed with how far pj's have come.
post #9 of 40
Thread Starter 
No frys where i live, ony best buy...or order online.

So if i could get a sub $500 projector that outperforms my infocus x1 id be pumped
post #10 of 40
Thread Starter 
How about something like these?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824157069 (as suggested already)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009223
post #11 of 40
What about the relatively new W700? It's claiming for super high 10,000:1 contrast ratio lol. But in all seriousness the reason for mentioning this projector is the high bulb life that it comes with. 6000 hours in eco mode and 4500 hours in bright mode. That's some serious brightness for a projector this bright. The manufactures claim 2200 lumens so it's fairly bright in the 720p range. Just like all other 720p's it is 3D ready and is native at 1280x720. It also has onboard speakers if you're interested.

Projector People's carry it (but am sure you can find it elsewhere too):
http://www.projectorpeople.com/proje...name=BenQ+W700

Here's the W700 thread you can read more about on AVS:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...highlight=w700
post #12 of 40
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Originally Posted by chumpchange21 View Post

What about the relatively new W700? It's claiming for super high 10,000:1 contrast ratio lol. But in all seriousness the reason for mentioning this projector is the high bulb life that it comes with. 6000 hours in eco mode and 4500 hours in bright mode. That's some serious brightness for a projector this bright. The manufactures claim 2200 lumens so it's fairly bright in the 720p range. Just like all other 720p's it is 3D ready and is native at 1280x720. It also has onboard speakers if you're interested.

Projector People's carry it (but am sure you can find it elsewhere too):
http://www.projectorpeople.com/proje...name=BenQ+W700

Here's the W700 thread you can read more about on AVS:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...highlight=w700

Ill def consider this one. I assume these 3d prrojectors only display 3d from a computer and not a 3d blu ray player?
post #13 of 40
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Originally Posted by jfnirvana292 View Post

Ill def consider this one. I assume these 3d prrojectors only display 3d from a computer and not a 3d blu ray player?

anyone?
post #14 of 40
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Originally Posted by jfnirvana292 View Post


anyone?

You are correct. However they can use a 3d blu ray player is you get a converter like the optoma 3dxl or viewsonic vp3d1
post #15 of 40
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Originally Posted by jfnirvana292 View Post

The room has a small window which i shut a curtain over it.. so i guess low light when shut or moderate when open.

I currently have a 10 year old infocus x1 projector and im pretty happy with that, guess projectors havent improved much since then? Lol

I also just replaced my infocus x1 projector with an optoma hd66 and I can't believe how much better the image is. This easily surpassed all my expectations.I picked mine up as a refurb for only $450.
post #16 of 40
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Originally Posted by lewis3845 View Post

I also just replaced my infocus x1 projector with an optoma hd66 and I can't believe how much better the image is. This easily surpassed all my expectations.I picked mine up as a refurb for only $450.

This one looks promising...if i have a 14 foot throw, what size screen could i go with?
post #17 of 40
For non-3d, Viewsonic Pro8200 Refurb, but they are in short supply and hard to find.

It is 1080p instead of 720p, has dark chip 3, and a pretty sharp image. Bulbs are rated 6000 hours.
post #18 of 40
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I ended up getting an acer H5630, it was a black friday sale $400. Was this a good choice? Allso, it says 3d...what do i need to make that happen..i have a HTPC.....
post #19 of 40
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Originally Posted by jfnirvana292 View Post

I ended up getting an acer H5630, it was a black friday sale $400. Was this a good choice? Allso, it says 3d...what do i need to make that happen..i have a HTPC.....

blu ray drive
ati card-iz3d drivers(used to be free for ati cards-i think they still are)soft ware 3d player for blurays, dlp link glasses.
nvidia card- nvidia 3d vision glasses, emitter, drivers and a soft ware 3d player for blurays.(never got dlp link to work with a nvidia card-just went with 3d vision)
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-glasses.html
post #20 of 40
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Originally Posted by eat meat View Post

blu ray drive
ati card-iz3d drivers(used to be free for ati cards-i think they still are)soft ware 3d player for blurays, dlp link glasses.
nvidia card- nvidia 3d vision glasses, emitter, drivers and a soft ware 3d player for blurays.(never got dlp link to work with a nvidia card-just went with 3d vision)
http://www.nvidia.com/object/3d-vision-glasses.html

I never new there was an ati alternative...dlp link glasses seem to be a lot cheaper too. Any free 3dto software out there?

Link to a cheap ati card (need low profile for my case)? Link to dlp link glasses?
post #21 of 40
Thread Starter 
Anyone?
post #22 of 40
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Originally Posted by jfnirvana292 View Post

No frys where i live, ony best buy...or order online.

So if i could get a sub $500 projector that outperforms my infocus x1 id be pumped

$500 now gets you a projector that ANNIHILATES the X1. This is coming from a former X1 owner. It was my first projector. I actually am about to sell 3 projectors that retailed from $2,300-$6,000 even after the X1 was released....all around the $500 price tag too. The X1 is not even close. Great for its time, but projectors improved leaps and bounds since then. lol.

Look into a Sharp DT-510, DT-500 or Optoma H79/Optoma H78. Some of the best bangs for your buck in home cinema.
post #23 of 40
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Originally Posted by jfnirvana292 View Post

Anyone?

Didn't notice you made a decision already til now, but it should smoke the X1 with ease. I haven't seen it, but based on my experience...very projector I've had since the X1 easily trumps it in all areas.
post #24 of 40
When I replaced my Sony CRT 1252 in '04, I was pretty sure I was going to go with a 720p LCD (which is what I ended up with, a Panasonic ae500.)

An internet retailer had a program where they would ship you a projector and you were allowed to put 1 or 2 hours on the lamp, then use the enclosed shipping label to ship it back, all at zero cost to you! It really was a cool program. I wish I could remember their name.

I had seen the Panasonic and another LCD locally, so I had a good idea about what $1700 would get you in that category. One of the projectors the internet company had to sample was the X1. At the time, it was selling for about 1K. I set it up, and all I could see was screen door and rainbows, so even 7 years ago, I knew LCD was the choice for my price range.

Isn't technology amazing? 7 years ago $1700 would get you a low-end, 720p, 700 peak lumen projector. Now we can just about get twice the projector for half the price! While in college around '95, I remember reading the latest review of the new Dwin or something thinking I'd never be able to afford a home theater room...
post #25 of 40
How you finding your new Acer H5630
post #26 of 40
I am loving all the comments about the infocus x1 as I am currently awaiting delivery of an optoma 66 (Canadian big box equivalent...etx766 I think) to replace it.
While I've been wanting something sharper and brighter for some time, I wasn't really in the market, due to budgetary constraints but I came across a refurbished for less than $450 and decided to pull the trigger. Of course, I've been agonizing over it since so the validation of the decision is nice.

Now... should I purchase a two year warranty from Mack for $50? I am dealing with consignia.ca on this purchase.
post #27 of 40
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Originally Posted by canuck View Post

I am loving all the comments about the infocus x1 as I am currently awaiting delivery of an optoma 66 (Canadian big box equivalent...etx766 I think) to replace it.
While I've been wanting something sharper and brighter for some time, I wasn't really in the market, due to budgetary constraints but I came across a refurbished for less than $450 and decided to pull the trigger. Of course, I've been agonizing over it since so the validation of the decision is nice.

Now... should I purchase a two year warranty from Mack for $50? I am dealing with consignia.ca on this purchase.

Acer H5360 (a better pj imo) is only 490$ brand new- can you send the 66 back?
post #28 of 40
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Originally Posted by eat meat View Post

Acer H5360 (a better pj imo) is only 490$ brand new- can you send the 66 back?

My projector hasn't arrived yet. Where did you see the Acer for that price? How is it better than the Hd66?
post #29 of 40
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...BTkwCjCV1-CjCE
the acer is darkchip 3-looked better(not a inflated cr and lumen note power usage) and does nvidia(66 didnt) and dlplink thu a pj painlessly

http://www.projectorcentral.com/part...347&pid_2=5362
post #30 of 40
Newegg.com also has the acer. $510 and $7 shipping but was as low as $420 black friday weekend.
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