Originally Posted by chupap
Hi all, I had a Marantz VP12S4 long-throw installed in 2005. I've been through a few lamps and starting to think about a replacement. I'm not going to be spending $13K again for sure, but I will consider under $5K, hopefully more like $4K. I don't really care much about 3D, if it happens to be in the feature set, so be it. Would certainly like something brighter. The distance from projector to screen is about 22 feet and the projector is up in the ceiling so it needed a good amount of lens shift (had to mount upside down to get enough). Screen is 8 ft.
Looking forward to your suggestions!
Does the screen have a 16 x 9 aspect ratio and is the 8 ft. size the diagonal size or the width?
What is the vertical position of the projector relative to the top of the screen's viewing area?
Is the projector centered horizonal with the screen (i.e, no horizontal lens shift needed)?
There are very few moderate priced projectors (i.e., under $5K) designed for home theater use that offer a long throw capability. Freqently projectors that do offer a long throw lens option are not being sold for home theater use, but rather for commercial/business use.
You might be able to use an external conversion lens, such as the Navitar SST150
, which essentially reduces the image size by 33% thus allowing use of a projector whose own lens does not have a long enough throw. However such an external conversion lens costs $2K+.
.Edited by Ron Jones - 5/6/13 at 7:15am