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So based upon the room that I've got to work with, I've narrowed my choices down to the Optoma HD131xe and the Epson 8350. The picture with the tripod visible is where I plan on having the image projected. Notice the soffit that sits down from the ceiling.

I have 7 foot ceilings and the soffit hangs down almost 8 inches. Therefore, I need to get the top of my image to be around 12 inches from the ceiling in order to accommodate a black border around my image. The wall where the seating will be to the wall where the image will be is 150 inches across. Both projectors are around 9" deep and I would like around 4" of clearance from the back of the projector to the wall after mounting it. Thus, my maximum throw distance is about 11 feet 4 inches (i hope you're following me...smile.gif

The Optoma at a throw distance of 11 feet 4 inches is capable of a 105" screen, but no more. The Optoma actually works to my advantage here because it has an offset of 8", so it will shoot the image below the soffit for me rather than having to extend it far down as with some other projectors. With a ceiling mount, it should add another 4 inches which would give me the 12 inches I need.

The Epson 8350 has the lens shift so it really is no problem getting it below the soffit. With the 8350 at a throw distance of 11 feet 4 inches I can do a maximum screen size of 115". So, I get another 10" of screen size with the Epson.

The Optoma is going for $796 on Amazon and a refurbished 8350 is going for $899. What do you guys think would be the projector to go with regarding my setup and overall best value? Do I go for the Epson with the lens shift and the larger screen, or the newer Optoma with 3D? I have no windows in my basement so ambient light is not of concern. My lights also have great dimmers.



Imagine you're sitting here looking at the screen where the tripod sits. This is roughly a 12 feet viewing distance.


Angle shot of where the screen would be.


Picture of where the sitting area will be.


Thanks for your thoughts in advance!