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Need help deciding on projector

Hello fellow AVS'ers
I'm down to two projectors the Panasonic PT-AE8000 or the Benq W1070. I don’t have a screen. I want to go with a 2.35 screen but not sure if it’s time to buy or wait 2-3 years later. Budget is 1500 so need some guidance.

Dedicated theater 60% movies,20 TV, 20 Gaming.
Room size: 14x16 feet 8foot ceiling
Seating 10-13 feet
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Hello fellow AVS'ers
I'm down to two projectors the Panasonic PT-AE8000 or the Benq W1070. I don’t have a screen. I want to go with a 2.35 screen but not sure if it’s time to buy or wait 2-3 years later. Budget is 1500 so need some guidance.

Dedicated theater 70% movies,20 TV, 20 Gaming.
Room size: 14x16 feet 8foot ceiling
Seating 10-13 feet
Light controlled room
You realize that adds up to 110%, right ?

You don't say what size screen, but keep in mind that when calibrated with accurate colors, the W1070 is 3 times as bright as the Panasonic. If you are going for a 120" or smaller 2.35 screen or a 110" or smaller 16:9 screen and the screen door effect doesn't bother you, the Panasonic and its lens memory for switching between aspect ratios will be fine. If any larger screen, or if 3D is ever going to be important to you, then a 16:9 screen with masking panels and the W1070 is the far better choice.

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You realize that adds up to 110%, right ?

You don't say what size screen, but keep in mind that when calibrated with accurate colors, the W1070 is 3 times as bright as the Panasonic. If you are going for a 120" or smaller 2.35 screen or a 110" or smaller 16:9 screen and the screen door effect doesn't bother you, the Panasonic and its lens memory for switching between aspect ratios will be fine. If any larger screen, or if 3D is ever going to be important to you, then a 16:9 screen with masking panels and the W1070 is the far better choice.
Thank you for the replay. Haha my math was off. I’m going DIY with a AT screen so my surface area is open 14 ft wide by 8 ft tall. Might use 3D but with kids I don’t think I’m going to use it as much.
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coach always said to give 110%
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Not going to have a professional calibration. How about picture quality? Most of the time the room will be completely dark.
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Not going to have a professional calibration. How about picture quality? Most of the time the room will be completely dark.
The Benq is more accurate out of the box and just using a calibration BD like Disney Wow is fine. If using a DIY AT screen, then you will be at less than 1.0 gain, which means bright is going to be important. I think you can rule out the Panasonic.

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Thank you Dreamer. I seem to miss out on the sale. I will keep my eye out for the next sale to jump on it.
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Between those two I would do the BenQ and pocket the saved money for other upgrades (there are always other upgrades!). If your budget goes up to $2000, I would look at the Espon 5025 and Sony 40es, but the Benq is a great unit for the price.
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I was going to buy the BenQ. Then started reading about fan noise, since it would be mounted right above my head. Panasonic went on sale, and I bought it. So far, very happy with it.
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I wanted to go 2.35 screen but brightness going to be an issue from the other members. What size screen are you using?
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I wanted to go 2.35 screen but brightness going to be an issue from the other members. What size screen are you using?
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