Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Bella Vista, AR
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I am about to pull the trigger on my very first projector. I am going to try to provide as much pertinent information to help with the decision.
First and foremost, I have narrowed my choices to the following projectors;
A. Epson 3020
B. BenQ W1500
C. Panasonic PT-AR100U
There is absolutely no good reason for excluding other contenders. This narrowed list is simply based on my research for projectors which should work for my application and are amongst the more popular choices.
Here are my requirements and additional info;
A. Room is 18' x 33'.
B. Room has fair amount of ambient light for which I will install curtains/blinds and darken as much as possible. The room has 2 windows and a double (french style) door.
C. Room has all recessed lights and will be on dimmer. Lights closest to viewing area will be turned off. The remaining lights will eventually be replaced with spot instead of flood bulbs.
D. Parts of the room will be used to entertain ... i.e. bar area, ping pong, foosball.
E. Wall and ceiling colors are dark beige and will not likely be touched.
F. Room has 18" tile. I will add large area rug to the viewing/seating area.
G. Screen is 110" 16:9 spandex. White moleskin over Silver moleskin.
H. Flexible projector installation to accommodate throw distance. Would like to install projector as close as possible for max brightness.
I. Viewing activities will be 50% Movies, 40% Sports (Football, Soccer, Basketball) and 10% Gaming.
J. No interest or need for 3D. Just not my thing.
K. RBE - not sure if I am susceptible to or not since I've not seen a DLP projector in person.
L. Budget is around $1,500. Would like to stay under if I can, but just a little north will not break the bank.
Please be sure to ask me anything I may have forgot to mention. As mentioned above, I will consider other projectors assuming they would fit my setup.
Thanks for the help!