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Epson Projector vs. Samsung 60" LED tv Please Help!!!

post #1 of 17
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I have been doing research for the past month and came to the conclusion between buying the Epson 8350 or a Samsung 60" LED tv (not Smart or 3d).

I intend for my basement to have a theater like feel. However I have always wanted a projector, but don't have the biggest area of a basement. Probably 8ft wide by 20ft long. 7 1/2ft ceiling height. I made up my mind to purchase the Epson and went into best buy last nite and wasn't able to find a new home for my benjamins.

I understand light control is a factor which I have one large window which doesn't let much light through at all. The bulkiness of the projector keeps making me wonder but I bet it would payoff with the quality, plus during the summer, I could set it up in my driveway and project a disney movie on a sheet for all the kids.

Need some major advise with somebody with experience with the Epson 8350.

Even though I don't have the biggest of a basement at the moment, I think it would be awesome, especially for gaming.

I had the projector and mount in my hands last night and the manager at Best Buy kept telling me a tv would give me a much better picture even though he has never seen the Epson in action
post #2 of 17
More margin on a tv.


If you have ambient light though, it really ruins the image.
post #3 of 17
60" vs 126", I made my decision. But if you can demo one, check it out to see for yourself. One thing, pj's don't like to be turned on and off again in short periods of time, leads to early bulb failure, which leads to,.... bulb replacement, oh, and filters. Consider those little extra costs.
post #4 of 17
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Heres a pic of the tv the basement would be replacing. I will be painting the drop tiles black, installing can lights and more. Do you think the basement will be big enough?
post #5 of 17
Certainly looks big enough to me.
post #6 of 17
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I like the way you think. I opened that pic in microsoft paint just messin around and this is what i kinda came up with
post #7 of 17
As another poster said, think about speaker placement, but you certainly have enough space for a screen wall of good dimensions.
post #8 of 17
Man that is the perfect man cave. In my opinion when the image is as large as the room it enhances the immersion aspects of a "large screen". It feels like you are right there in the action.
post #9 of 17
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Thanks all for the support. The only thing is how "kid friendly" is it. I have a 4 yr old whos smart with all the new gadgets now a days. Will he be fine turning it on and off?
post #10 of 17
Go with the Projector ............ 60" is wimpy and nothing beats a 100" + screen.
post #11 of 17
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Got it!!!
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by mpjmeyer View Post

Thanks all for the support. The only thing is how "kid friendly" is it. I have a 4 yr old whos smart with all the new gadgets now a days. Will he be fine turning it on and off?

Usually there is an option to allow "one" button shutdown, vs a setting to require a "confirm" shutdown, requiring 2 button pushes.
post #13 of 17
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Got it!!!

Congrats on the Projector !!! I am sure you are going to love it as much as i love mine smile.gif
post #14 of 17
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Now i'm going to build something amazing with a screen and hidden speakers. I will take pics and post all once it is built. I did purchase screen material from Carl's website and a 30ft. hdmi cable.
post #15 of 17
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Now i'm going to build something amazing with a screen and hidden speakers. I will take pics and post all once it is built. I did purchase screen material from Carl's website and a 30ft. hdmi cable.

Grats, and now let the Hdmi Handshake Olympic Games Begin! smile.gif But, seriously, be prepared for a possible problem with that length of run and 3d. Not saying, just sayin.
post #16 of 17
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30ft high speed.
post #17 of 17
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30ft high speed.
and if you woulda said, 30' Red Mere, I wouldn't have mentioned it. It gets tricky past about 20-25' and the sensitivity of different components can occasionally cause issues. Had issues initially with my 25' run of "high speed" to my Epson 6010. The 2D siginal was fine, but drop outs when feeding it 3D. I had to change out a hdmi switch and some source cables. Which leads me to mention that 6' cables between sources can be better, (whowoulda thunkit), but the cables are calibrated for 6-25' and it seems shorter ones can cause some freq feedback of sorts. Hope the install goes well, and all your handshakes are smooth.
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