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Im looking for a lower end projector with an HD-Tuner to watch over the air football games via my cox cable.

Any suggestions for a decent projector around 500-700 bucks? I dont want to spend too much since it will just sit in the garage and be used a couple times a month...


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For 700 bucks I would check out the Viewsonic PJD7820HD, a nice entry level 1080p with very good brightness that would probably do well for your situation especially if your garage gets some sunlight during the day.
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If you buy right now newegg has the acer hd6510bd with coupon for 630
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Thanks for the replies guys... I looked up both suggestions and it looks like they do not have a tv tuner. Maybe im missing something?

I was thinking of the LG PA75U... it has nice features that are a must for me (tv tuner, speakers) but is only 700 lumens. Is this too dim for garage use?
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Yeah, you have to purchase the tv tuner box and hook up via hdmi.
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You can get an ota tuner for around $50 with a vga or hdmi port. You don't want a projector with a tuner built in. Bad idea. More crap to break and overpriced.

If your buying a new projector, buy more lumens than you will use. Running it in "Eco Mode" makes your bulb last 20-40% longer and reduces noise and heat.
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While its probably true a separate tuner would be better... I would like to keep it all in one package since I'll be mounting this in the garage and have no where to put the tuner.

I found this... http://www.amazon.com/Pyle-PRJ3D99TU-60-Inch-120-Inch-Projector/dp/B009CK3MJK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377646613&sr=8-1&keywords=pyle+prj3d99tu

Has enough lumens for my garage, a built in tuner, and seems like a good price. Please let me know what you guys think. THANKS!


If i did do a sparate tuner is it unsual to mount it on the celing with the projector?
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That's what guys on here would call a toy or worse.
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Ok so im i been online all day looking at projectors and there are some pretty nice ones for 500ish with enough lumens for my garage. If i go with a separate TV tuner do they usually come with a remote to change channels? Can they be permanently mounted on the ceiling?
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They should have a remote but they should have that listed. Make sure it (tuner)has (hdtv) 720p or 1080i with hdmi. I'm not sure how you mount it but at worst you could probably put a shelf that drops from the ceiling that it could slide in. The top projectors have 1080p native with 19:6 native widescreen and is recomended. 720p would be a step down but would be more affordable. Anything less than 720p should be avoided. Also stick with major brand names for the projector. If it's a major brand name you should be able to find it here with a search.
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Brand2...

Thanks for all your help... I just got off the phone with COX cable and ordered a cable box for my garage. This way not only can I get all my HD channels but when I order a fight it will be on the garage projector as well.

Now my task is simply finding the right projector with decent speakers for maybe 500ish bucks. What brands should I be looking at? I saw epson, viewsonic, lg, benq, acer to name a few.

Would a short throw projector work in a garage?
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It's good we got you turned around on the tuner. Your cable company's box is the best one for you. So now you want a projector with good speakers. Hmm. I think everyone will back me up in saying there isn't a projector with good speakers. The speakers built into these things are usually an afterthought at best. I'd suggest you run a wire from the projector down to your radio in your garage. It will be a 3.5mm to 3.5mm male male. Literally a $5-$10 cord. If you don't have an 'aux in' on your radio then either get one that does, or even an fm transmitter. I understand that your not putting a home theatre together but I'm saying you won't be happy. You could even wait and try the speakers first. You could also get the line out audio from the box if that helps. You can do these things for under $20 so it's not expensive. Sometimes the speakers in projectors are mounted in the front, and sometimes in the back. They have bad mono sound and aren't meant to fill an area the size of a garage.

If your buying a new projector, buy more lumens than you will use. Running it in "Eco Mode" makes your bulb last 20-40% longer and reduces noise and heat.
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Good powered computer speakers would work also. I would try to hook up the audio via the cable box. There are also some wireless speakers out there that would work well.

Brands you mention all work and you can check back here or search here to find the most popular, + and - . Optoma would be another one you didn't mention. In the 500 area you might have to go 720p. That acer hd6510bd (1080p) goes in and out to 630 would be a good option if you could swing it. If you go through a fatwallet window you can get 1% cashback and some credit cards have cashback also, might check what cards you have to see if any specials are running for newegg. Saves a tad bit more.
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Ok.. Its all starting to come to me with your guys help..

Im thinking a 720p projector to save a little money... decent computer style speakers I can hang.. and a pull down screen. I know im not getting the best stuff but for my purpose of watching football or a boxing match 2-3 times a month i think its ok.

I've narrowed down my screen choices to an Elite or Draper pull down... they are both about 100 bucks. Is one better than the other?

Projectors im considering are: Optoma HD66 ($499) or Acer H5370BD ($450) or Epson Powerlite 705HD ($450)
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