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New HT build Projector help

In the process of framing out my basement for a dedicated theater.

Room will be about 23'L x 12.5'W x 7.5'H

I am thinking a 120" width AT screen or thereabouts. 2 rows of seating, front row about 8 feet viewing distance.

I've never had a projector before.

Talked with 2 local HT companies and they both are recommending the Sony VPL-VW295ES 4K HDR projector.

I don't really have a huge issue with the $$ of that unit but do I need to jump right in with that? Are there projectors on par or pretty close in most specs for half the price or so?
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In the process of framing out my basement for a dedicated theater.

Room will be about 23'L x 12.5'W x 7.5'H

I am thinking a 120" width AT screen or thereabouts. 2 rows of seating, front row about 8 feet viewing distance.

I've never had a projector before.

Talked with 2 local HT companies and they both are recommending the Sony VPL-VW295ES 4K HDR projector.

I don't really have a huge issue with the $$ of that unit but do I need to jump right in with that? Are there projectors on par or pretty close in most specs for half the price or so?
Need to be talking more than just projector. With 8' viewing distance, not many AT screens I would consider, due to seeing the weave from that distance. I would look at DreamScreen V6, Seymour AV UF and Screen Excellence NEO. As for projector, I would look at Sony VW295, Epson 6050 and JVC RS1000.
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Need to be talking more than just projector. With 8' viewing distance, not many AT screens I would consider, due to seeing the weave from that distance. I would look at DreamScreen V6, Seymour AV UF and Screen Excellence NEO. As for projector, I would look at Sony VW295, Epson 6050 and JVC RS1000.
Oh really? I didn't know that would be an issue to see the weave. Thanks I'll check into that.



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That is roughly the size of my den, 20’x12’x8’, but your seating distance will be approximately half what mine currently is(~16’-17’) and I have a 120” screen, so I think you’ll be really happy with that at that distance.
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That is roughly the size of my den, 20’x12’x8’, but your seating distance will be approximately half what mine currently is(~16’-17’) and I have a 120” screen, so I think you’ll be really happy with that at that distance.
My 2nd row will be about 17'

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Anyone know anything about Echo & Optics?

Looks like they sell through Newegg.com

The Sony VPLVW295ES is over $1k less than list price....is this a legit place?

https://www.newegg.com/p/26X-000C-00...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
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Just measured mine off today. ~16.5' from the screen. Your second row will be fine and your first will be great.
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Anyone know anything about Echo & Optics?

Looks like they sell through Newegg.com

The Sony VPLVW295ES is over $1k less than list price....is this a legit place?

https://www.newegg.com/p/26X-000C-00...E&gclsrc=aw.ds
I can tell you that they are not an authorized Sony or JVC dealer.
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At a 8' viewing distance the smoothest AT Material you can find that is not overly expensive is Milliskin Spandex.


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