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Projector Recommendation: Over 3000 lumens (uncalibrated), great PQ, under $30K ?

post #1 of 35
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Does anyone have any projector recommendations that would be 3000 lumens or more (uncalibrated), for under $30K, with great picture quality? 3D is a plus, but not necessary. Thank you!
post #2 of 35
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Originally Posted by aligborat View Post

Does anyone have any projector recommendations that would be 3000 lumens or more (uncalibrated), for under $30K, with great picture quality? 3D is a plus, but not necessary. Thank you!

Try this:
http://www.digitalprojection.com/NewsMedia/PressReleases/tabid/94/newsid370/371/mid/370/Digital-Projections-new-HIGHlite-330-3D-reveals-new-benchmark-in-precise-3-chip-DLP-performance-price/Default.aspx
post #3 of 35
Isn't the Lumis HOST close to that? Yes I have one and find the picture pleasing on my 2.40 14'' wide 1.3 gain microperf. But perhaps it's discontinued.
post #4 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thanks sipester! Will have a look at the Highlite.

Jeff: It looks like it's 3K lumens for $40K MSRP. Not bad -- great in fact -- but I'm looking for something to clearly best a Runco SC-35d, at 3500 lumens and $45K, and also does 3D. Looks like the HOST probably lacks 3D, yes?
post #5 of 35
No 3-D. It pre-dated the technology. Curious to see what you get as at some point, I'll replace it... but not now - still love the PQ!~
post #6 of 35
How about 5000 lumens for 32k? Does that work for you? Multiple aspect ratios available at 34k.


From what I've seen this afternoon, the Display Development HD5 is THE projector to beat for horsepower/$$.
Image was pretty incredible out of the box- I haven't even started tweaking yet, and it already bests our Titan Reference at less than half the price.

For those that are interested I have info and will have a demo unit fully functioning within the week.

Dan
post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by DanFrancis View Post

How about 5000 lumens for 32k? Does that work for you? Multiple aspect ratios available at 34k.


From what I've seen this afternoon, the Display Development HD5 is THE projector to beat for horsepower/$$.
Image was pretty incredible out of the box- I haven't even started tweaking yet, and it already bests our Titan Reference at less than half the price.

For those that are interested I have info and will have a demo unit fully functioning within the week.

Dan

Hi Dan. Send me what you have on specs, etc. You have my email address. Thanks!@
post #8 of 35
you have mail!
post #9 of 35
Thread Starter 
After some considerable poking around, here's what I've come up with for options. A lot of the DPI's are similar; I've included them all since it's hard to find prices on them, and if I go with one of them, whether I go with 3D or not hinges largely on price.

The SC-35d is kind of the benchmark here -- the goal is to either find something as good for less money; to find something better for similar money; or if not, to at least convince myself that the SC-35d is the best buy for my budget.

Avielo Optix SuperWide 235
Digital Projection dVision 30-1080p-XB
Digital Projection dVision 35-1080p XB-3D
Digital Projection HIGHLite 260
Digital Projection HIGHLite 330-3D-HB
Digital Projection HIGHLite 330-3D-HC
Display Development HD5
Runco SC-35d
Runco X-450d
Sim2 Lumis Solo

If there are any other suggestions please let me know!
Edited by aligborat - 3/24/13 at 1:45pm
post #10 of 35
Any closer to a decision?

What have you seen from your list so far?

Dan
post #11 of 35
SIM2 Lumis UNO3D should be added to your list. The SOLO would be outside your stated budget. They also have the SIRIO (6000ANSI) at around 28k.
post #12 of 35
Digital Projection HIGHLite 330-3D-HB - I thought this projector looked excellent at Cedia. And there is a " Cedia special " price promo going on until the end of the month, just FYI. smile.gif
post #13 of 35
I agree with Craig. The 330HC looked superb.

To your list you should add the LS12d. It's not an SC35d but still excellent. If you don't need 3D, the LS10d saves you some money.
post #14 of 35
LS10d is discontinued.
post #15 of 35
It is, but you may still be able to find a 10i or 10d and they're identical to the 12d but for 3D capability. That said, I'd buy the 12d or 12HBd at this point.
post #16 of 35
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It is, but you may still be able to find a 10i or 10d and they're identical to the 12d but for 3D capability. That said, I'd buy the 12d or 12HBd at this point.

Curious why you'd say that after also seeing the Highlite 330 HC? Additionally, it looks like the 12d has 2100 uncalibrated lumens vs 3000 for the Highlite.
post #17 of 35
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It is, but you may still be able to find a 10i or 10d and they're identical to the 12d but for 3D capability. That said, I'd buy the 12d or 12HBd at this point.
Runco is out of them, I just tried to get order one for a job a couple months ago. And, not identical except for 3D. Personally, I'd never spec a HB unit to one of my customers for a home theater.
post #18 of 35
I recommended the Display Development HD5 a long time ago, I stick by that recommendation. 5k lumens, stellar lens, xenon lamp, overall closest you can get to a DCI without crossing that threshold.

Dan
post #19 of 35
Did they discontinue the HD5? I don't see it on there website anymore.
post #20 of 35
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Did they discontinue the HD5? I don't see it on there website anymore.

No, but I think they did discontinue working on their website.wink.gif

Art
post #21 of 35
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No, but I think they did discontinue working on their website.wink.gif

Art

Confused?!?!? I just went to their website and it looks amazing now! The HD series now goes from HD10-70. The HD 10-30 list 3D as a possible upgrade. I'm curious which of these corresponds with the HD5.
post #22 of 35
None.

HD5 and HD6 are a limited production run. They are holdovers from last year's product line. I can forward cut sheets if you need.

Dan
post #23 of 35
Cool thanks.
post #24 of 35
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Originally Posted by Kevin Snyder View Post

Confused?!?!? I just went to their website and it looks amazing now! The HD series now goes from HD10-70. The HD 10-30 list 3D as a possible upgrade. I'm curious which of these corresponds with the HD5.

This is what I get on their site:

http://www.displaydevelopment.com/hd5.html

Art
post #25 of 35
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Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn View Post

This is what I get on their site:

http://www.displaydevelopment.com/hd5.html

Art

Got it. I didn't realize that page still existed. Was referring to: http://www.displaydevelopment.com
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good info,They also have the SIRIO (6000ANSI) at around 28k.,thank you 

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post #28 of 35

I have the Display Development HD3 and it's stunning.  Best ISF calibration I've ever done on a projector.  Fills a 184" 2.35 screen at 78 ft-lamberts with an anamorphic lens.  Not sure what the equivalent model is on their new line though.  It's dual lamp and 8000 lumens.

post #29 of 35
I'm having brightness issue with my Epson Powerlite projector. It is projecting onto a 160" screen from 22 feet. Any projectors that are less than 10k that would solve my brightness problem while otherwise maintaining image contrast and also have good manual vertical and horizontal lens shift? I am guessing that I need like 3500lumens-4500lumens. I think my projector now has about 2500lumens and is clearly inadequate. Dark scenes look fine but bright scenes don't look like they ought to.
post #30 of 35
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Originally Posted by blazar View Post

I'm having brightness issue with my Epson Powerlite projector. It is projecting onto a 160" screen from 22 feet. Any projectors that are less than 10k that would solve my brightness problem while otherwise maintaining image contrast and also have good manual vertical and horizontal lens shift? I am guessing that I need like 3500lumens-4500lumens. I think my projector now has about 2500lumens and is clearly inadequate. Dark scenes look fine but bright scenes don't look like they ought to.

Easy answer would be to buy a second Powerlite and stack them.  They you're shooting 5000 lumens instead of 2500.  Probably a lot cheaper than upgrading projectors to one that can shoot 5000.

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