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Newbie need help with dual use projector

post #1 of 7
Thread Starter 
I am brand new to the projector scene.
Just got a golf simulator set up for my garage. "optishot" simulator.
This runs on PC and I have currently hooked to TV.

So now I am thinking a projector would be the best way to use this and as long as I am considering that why not get one that could be used for this application and perhaps for movies etc. as well.

So I have a "dual" use ?

Budget = $1500 to $1800

For the golf Sim:
My garage door is 10ft wide so that is max screen wide.
I will use this in well lit area.
Projector would sit on bench about middle screen hgt (Very little vertical offset). About 12 to 15 ft back from screen. It will however sit offset to the screen horizontal so the lens center would be on the far right or far left of the screen center to allow room for the "golfer" mat. So I will need projector with good adjust horizontal.
Cant ceiling mount in Garage

For Movies:
Will move to house.
Ceiling mount is ok, centered on screen horizontal.
Screen here is 8ft max
Projector here will be closer to screen say 8 - 10 ft.
Lighting here would be much less, say dusk to full dark type levels.

This is my first use of projector so I am clueless.

Don't need 3d
1080P - 720P?? well if there is a good 720P projector that would fit that would be fine if I save a few $


Thanks for your advise

Mark
post #2 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the help!
Over and outa here
post #3 of 7
Just be patient and keep bumping up your message. Sometimes posts are missed, especially during the holiday season.
post #4 of 7
This dual use is a little hard to meet economically. You will want lens shift to accommodate the different mounting positions, and you will want a lot of brightness to work ok in that garage during the daytime. You probably will want the least video lag you can get, although that might not be essential for a golf sim, which is probably more about feel than sight. The Epson 8350 may give the best combination of those features for the money.
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Originally Posted by TrickMcKaha View Post

This dual use is a little hard to meet economically. You will want lens shift to accommodate the different mounting positions, and you will want a lot of brightness to work ok in that garage during the daytime. You probably will want the least video lag you can get, although that might not be essential for a golf sim, which is probably more about feel than sight. The Epson 8350 may give the best combination of those features for the money.

Either the 8350 or the BenQ W6000 I think. It offers lots of lumens and flexible lens shift along with good contrast.
post #6 of 7
The "well lit" kills your options. The new Panasonic 100 may be the best bet if you want to watch movies too- otherwise a 4000 lumen business projector - but that will be lousy for movies.
post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advise guys!
Sorry for my impatience.

So after reading your comments and more research that I did, I think my main issue is:

High light levels for the golf sim

Considering that I have a new plan.

For the golf sim I will incorporate side and top curtains (Some sort of black curtains)
These will extend back roughly 9ft from the screen.
I can mount the projector above screen centered hztl with little work.
This would mean the projector will be aimed at the top most area of the screen.

I can mount the prjt as much as 12ft away from the screen.

So I will be shooting in "high lighted area" for 3ft and into an enclosed reasonably dark area for the last 9ft to screen.

For home theater use I only really watch TV, movies at night so light is not that big a deal. After some measurements I concluded that I could mount the prjt at 12ft away in my house.


Based on the "modified" requirements I have couple ?

Lumens output:
Well lit garage into darkened enclosure for golf (2000 or more?)
Dark theater room (1500 or so ok?)

Throw ratio or zoom:
I would like to get a 100" wide or so screen in my garage with prjt at 11 - 12ft back
I would kike to get same in my house theater.

Priorities:
Theater in home best pic. I really like good blacks as I now use Pioneer Kuro 60" plasma and love the deep blacks.
Golf I just need a "reasonable" pic here.

BTW
I have looked at the Epson 8350 and BenQW6000 so nice to hear them recommended.
Also looked at some sony models that are higher price $3000 range due to the black levels (Or so they say?)
I might jump up in budget (Say 3000 max) if that is whats needed to get good blacks.

Thanks again for your help.

Mark
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