Originally Posted by fas
So this is without the recommended ALR screen. And it still looks bright? I'm willing to buy the Viewsonic BCP120 ALR screen, even though my room can be made totally dark. It's a bonus room over the garage, with no windows. Just finished the room and have six dimmable led can lights (paired on 3 switches). Room is 17x12, but the steps cut into the room on one end, so I'm effectively using about 13x12 to furnish. I'll be sitting 12 feet away (eyes about 11 feet away) from a full 8 ft. height wall. I have 2 knee walls, so its's difficult furnishing any other way.
Did you consider the Viewsonic LS820. Looks, size, throw distance, etc, similar to Epson LS100. I'm favoring the Viewsonic because of DLP, 3D, etc., but Epson has 3 hdmi inputs vs 1, and a few more lumens (4000 vs 3500) which I don't thing will make that much difference. I'm having a hard time finding anyone who can weigh in on the Viewsonic vs Epson. I've posted on numerous forums, including the Viewsonic LS820 thread on AVSFORUM and Projector Central's. Getting a lot of views, but no responses. My room is finished, I have it furnished, and have the speakers and AV equipment ready to install. I want this done before Christmas, but can't get first hand info or see these in action anywhere is Northeast Ohio or Western Pa.
One other thing, I've been looking for 2 months for a suitable TV stand. Even trying to figure a DIY with Ikea stuff. My wife wants something that will look nice. The LS100 is advertised with a perfect stand in their advertising, maybe from Asia??? Any suggestions would be appreciated. And please, ANYONE, weigh in on the Viewsonic vs Epson. I need to make a decision soon. Thanks in advance.
The Epson LS100 is my first projector. I was not willing to purchase a DLP based projector so the Viewsonic was not an option, even though I have had good experience with Viewsonic monitors in the past. Note that many of others feel differently than me regarding DLP.
In one of the reviews I seem to remember that the LS100 actually was measured at 5,000 lumens, which is well above the advertised level. Also, I ended up having to back down the brightness of mine, which is installed in my living room, because it was too bright for my eyes.
I was planning on using both my Panasonic Plasma and the LS100, but have not used my plasma ever since I first turned on the Epson. I did not intend for it to replace my plasma TV, but it has. I am sure others may have different experiences, but that is what has happened to me.
Since you are located midway between Cleveland and Pittsburgh possibly you can find a vendor in either city with these set up for customer viewing.
I experienced a funny accident when installing the projector. When I set the projector on top of the box that it came in it was at the required elevation for my screen. When I moved the projector back the recommended distance from the screen, there was just enough room for my center speaker to fit between the projector and screen. The top of the center speaker just touches the bottom of the screen (it is also sitting atop a box that I had). The bottom of the center speaker is above the top of the projector, which is just able to project an image on the screen (it barely misses the speaker as it projects the image upward). There was a previous request in this thread for a picture of my setup but my cell phone has been broken. As soon as I either get it repaired or replaced I will post a photo. Now that I have pinned down the required dimensions for furniture in a way that allows my center speaker to fit between the screen and projector, I need to visit Ikea/other stores for a solution.