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post #1 of 11 Old 04-07-2013, 04:32 PM - Thread Starter
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Hi,

I'm curious what projector models folks here think I should be looking at - and/or models that are yet to come out. I'd very much appreciate suggestions!

Here are my general desires+constraints:
  • small room (10ft to screen)
  • some ambient light. We'll mostly be using this at night, but the occasional midday kid movie will happen, as will evening viewing in the summer.
  • we'll be using 2d only, don't care about 3d (don't mind if it's there though)
  • will be mounted on shelves directly above and behind our heads, so I'll be putting a lot of weight on low ambient noise levels in eco mode.
  • excellent movie quality. And it'd be nice if the projector looked good

I assume that what I probably want is something with about 2000 lumens and a whisper-quiet eco mode - as close to 20db as I can get.

So far it seems like the Panasonic ae-7000u sort of fits the bill. And perhaps some of the older Mitsubishis (hc6800). What other models should I be looking at?

Also, do people here buy used? In other words, should I be very concerned about buying a used projector, other than regarding lamp life?

Thanks in advance!
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Regarding used, that's always been a concern of mine too and to be fair, it's a gamble like anything used (or new for that matter).

I bought an older Panny pj that have known issues, and despite the owners consistent maintenance and word that it functioned properly, mine malfunctioned after only a few hours and it sits in the office until I have the money (IF I get the money lol) to fix it. I trust his description and experience with it, it's just one of those things you have to be prepared for just in case. Plus most here are probably more careful with the operation and maintenance of their projectors vs some unknown on CL, ebay, etc.

Then again, some sell their units while still being covered by the factory warranty which may give you some comfort though I'm not sure how that works exactly.

If you can afford what fits your enviornment new with warranty, that's obviously your best bet.
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I think you should also look at the Epson 3020
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I am also looking at the Epson 3020e, the "e" for the wireless HDMI interconnect. If it works like it is supposed to, it will be a great advantage to me for connecting video. All my HDMI devices go to the AV receiver before the video is redirected to the monitor.
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3020 Lumen output breakdown:

http://www.projectorreviews.com/epson/home-cinema-3020/performance.php

Dynamic= 1950 @ 6811
Living Room= 1496 @ 7948
Natural= 1386 @ 6715, 908 @ 7413 in Eco lamp mode (default)
Cinema= 1386 @ 6692, 908 @ 7415 in Eco lamp mode (default)
Auto= 908 @ 7370 (dark room)

ae7000u Lumen output breakdown:

http://www.projectorreviews.com/panasonic/pt-ae7000/performance.php

Cinema 1= 622 @ 7489
Cinema 2= 1054 @ 8170
Game= 1155 @ 9745
Normal= 1255 @ 9428
Dynamic= 1516 @ 8321
Rec. 709= 602 @ 6550
D-Cinema= 622 @ 6418


If this is close enough to apples-to-apples, it would seem there's a pretty big difference in brightness in the respective eco modes. And on top of that the epson costs less.

Can anyone attest to the differences, if any, in fan noise of the 3020 in eco? Or even better, if you've been around both of these, to compare the two?
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Hrm, the 3020 seemed like a great option, until I realized it has no lens shift. I'll be mounting the projector basically level with the projected image, so I guess the 3020 is out...
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I'll be mounting the projector basically level with the projected image, so I guess the 3020 is out...

The 3020 projects nearly level with the top or bottom of the image (depending whether the projector is "upside-down"like from a mount or not). To mount it from above, you'd just have to hang it upside down from the shelf or stand it on something on the shelf with the projector upside-down, at a few inches above where you want the top of the projected image. Here I am assuming the shelf is slightly above where you want the top of the image, maybe you were intending a very short shelf, in which case it would not work...
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The projector would be near dead in the middle of the projected image.

On another note, looking it amazon it would seem that the pt-ae8000u is in my price range as well.
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I would consider Viewsonic Pro9000 ($2600+free 80' Elite screen!) although it has bad review on Amazon from the frustrated guy that couldn't even mount it, but it gets more love on btphotovideo and digitaltrendsDOTcom
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=NavBar&A=getItemDetail&Q=&sku=895386&is=REG&si=rev#costumerReview
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Seems legit.
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For those interested, I finally went with the 8350 over the 3020. My budget was reduced to under $1,500 and I also am not a big 3D fan. The higher contrast rating of the 8350 over the slightly lower contrast and higher lumen (2,300 over 2,000) for the 3020 finally won out. I am very satisfied with the viewing environment I have an what I chose. This is my first front projection unit and I'd recommend it for someone with similar budget requirements or viewing environments. I spent a little under $150 making a 49" x 87" Maxx Mud screen, which really made the whole package.
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I am also looking at the Epson 3020e, the "e" for the wireless HDMI interconnect. If it works like it is supposed to, it will be a great advantage to me for connecting video. All my HDMI devices go to the AV receiver before the video is redirected to the monitor.
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