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Deciding on projectors for Outdoors. First timer with Projectors

Hi Everyone,
I am new to projectors and wanting to setup an outdoor movie theater setup for gatherings.
I also would like to be able to play games on it. During holidays we do little Halo and Call of duty tournaments within the family and would like to do it outdoors instead of inside, we get a little rowdy. hehehehe. If we can start at dusk without compromising much quality that would be great.
During the summers I go camping in remote locations in the Sea of Cortez beaches down in Baja California and think it would be great to watch movies at night by the beach with no one around in a pitch black setting.

I have been looking at the following projectors mainly staying at projectors with 3,000 + Lumens.
BenQ TH671ST
Viewsonic PX700HD
Optoma HD143X

I would say the $700 price point of the BenQ is the highest I would go.
I would use it on a screen as big as 144". Currently I have a 120" Elite Screen that was gifted to me.


Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.
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Cleaning up my original posting.

Looking to use a 1080P projector for movies and occasional gaming outdoors on a screen as big as 144" with some ambient light, possibly during dusk hours.
Trying to keep my budget under $750 for just the projector.

After further research below is the list of projectors Im considering.
In terms of Priority I would say Movies 1st, games 2nd

BenQ TH671ST
Viewsonic PX700HD
Optoma HD143X
Optoma HD27E
Epson Home Cinema 2100
BenQ MH530FHD

Right now I'm leaning towards the Viewsonic PX700HD. Not too many reviews of it so I am struggling with taking the dive.

Anyone have an option i maybe overlooking?
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Hi Everyone,
I am new to projectors and wanting to setup an outdoor movie theater setup for gatherings.
I also would like to be able to play games on it. During holidays we do little Halo and Call of duty tournaments within the family and would like to do it outdoors instead of inside, we get a little rowdy. hehehehe. If we can start at dusk without compromising much quality that would be great.
During the summers I go camping in remote locations in the Sea of Cortez beaches down in Baja California and think it would be great to watch movies at night by the beach with no one around in a pitch black setting.

I have been looking at the following projectors mainly staying at projectors with 3,000 + Lumens.
BenQ TH671ST
Viewsonic PX700HD
Optoma HD143X

I would say the $700 price point of the BenQ is the highest I would go.
I would use it on a screen as big as 144". Currently I have a 120" Elite Screen that was gifted to me.


Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated.
Those should all work. Another great little projector for outdoor use is the Epson HC1060.
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Those should all work. Another great little projector for outdoor use is the Epson HC1060.
Thank You. I may just take the dive on the Viewsonic one. I did start reading more on the Epson models and they do seem very good.
Any experience on the Epson Home Cinema 2100?
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Thank You. I may just take the dive on the Viewsonic one. I did start reading more on the Epson models and they do seem very good.
Any experience on the Epson Home Cinema 2100?
I would go with the HC2150 over the HC2100 for the improved contrast.

The HC1060 can be found on sale for just under $500.

With a 120" screen you've got some flexibility. The units you've picked out should all work well as far as being bright enough.
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Thank You B. I'm gonna look into the HC1060.
I thought I read that for gaming the input lag is high but maybe acceptable as that would be more of an occasional activity for us.
It would be games like Mario Kart on the switch, Halo and halo games We mainly do it as an internal tournament during family events.

I will admit that HC1060 is a nice looking projector too.
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Thank You B. I'm gonna look into the HC1060.
I thought I read that for gaming the input lag is high but maybe acceptable as that would be more of an occasional activity for us.
It would be games like Mario Kart on the switch, Halo and halo games We mainly do it as an internal tournament during family events.

I will admit that HC1060 is a nice looking projector too.
Input lag is ~50ms for the HC1060. The DLP units are going to be around ~30ms. ~50ms should be OK, but that's for you to decide.

Here's a couple of reviews for the HC1060 for you to read.

https://www.projectorreviews.com/pro...e-cinema-1060/

https://www.projectorcentral.com/Eps...060-review.htm
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That would probably be fine, Im going for it. The more I read aboit it, the more it matched my needs.Gonna wait a week or so to see if it goes on sale. Ill post my setup once I get it. I already have everything else other than an audio extractor.

A 120" Elite Screens Yard Master 2.
I own a few sound system options. A Behringer Europort EPA900 for my backyard events or my ION Tailgater for my camping trips.
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That would probably be fine, Im going for it. The more I read aboit it, the more it matched my needs.Gonna wait a week or so to see if it goes on sale. Ill post my setup once I get it. I already have everything else other than an audio extractor.

A 120" Elite Screens Yard Master 2.
I own a few sound system options. A Behringer Europort EPA900 for my backyard events or my ION Tailgater for my camping trips.
They go on sale quite often. Best Buy usually has them for just under $500 with frequent sales.

I have an ION Tailgater as well. Great little unit. I've gone through a few batteries with it.

Keep in mind that the HC1060 does not have an audio out port. I have used and can recommend the J-Tech audio extractor.

https://www.amazon.com/J-Tech-Digita...=fsclp_pl_dp_1


For your camping trips, maybe pick up this Plano Case from Bass Pro. It's $20 and right sized for the HC1060. The foam liner can be custom sized for the projector, power cord, remote, and maybe some small accessories. I use one and it keeps the projector safe while transporting it.

https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/plan...ur-pistol-case


FWIW, I'm using the Epson HC1040 projector with a 144" Vapex Projectoscreen. The HC1060 replaced the HC1040 last year but there is very little difference between the two. We downsized from a 200" > 165" > 144" screen. We do a 5.1 sound set-up in the backyard.
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Awesome thanks for the tips.
I orderes the extractor right after my last post. Glad to hear its a good one as its the same one you referenced.

Im really excited to kick this off and try it out on our first movie night.
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Awesome thanks for the tips.
I orderes the extractor right after my last post. Glad to hear its a good one as its the same one you referenced.

Im really excited to kick this off and try it out on our first movie night.

I'm excited for you! If you're like we are, backyard movies are more fun than humans should be allowed to have! We print up tickets, the neighbors bring their lawn chairs and blankets, popcorn, hotdogs, beer, etc.

I find this table to be very useful. Just put in your location on Form A and reference the "End civil twilight" time. It's best to add 15-30 minuets to this for movie start time for best picture quality but it gives you an accurate idea of when you can start the movie as it is updating sunset by location.

https://aa.usno.navy.mil/data/docs/RS_OneDay.php
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Yeah that sounds like a good time, especially for the children. I showed some family members a picture of the screen and they already want to do something. I have a large property and its rural so the nights are really dark. Its going to be great watching movies outside.
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So I ordered it and waiting for it to arrive. Hopefully this weekend I do a test run with it.
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So have done a couple of test runs inside the house and so far really enjoying it. Its been windy outside the past few times I wanted to test outside so havemt had a chance.
I am using the following items:
Epson Home Cinema 1060
Elite Screens 120"
Laptop Stand for the projector
J-Tech Digital Audio Extractor
Backyard Speaker
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