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Home Cinema projector -$1000Budget

Hey guys, been reading through the AVSForum and other review sites for hours upon hours..! Searching for a real good home Theater projector.
It's for a regular room and I don't think I have any interest in 4K or 3D. I want a sharp picture with good colors.

I have been checking between countless of projects such as BenQ W1090, BenQ W2000, hd142x optoma, Optoma GT1080, Optoma HD28DSE, HT2050 etc.

It's for movies, no interest in gaming. I sort of have a projector budget of about $1000 but preferably something in the range of $600-800.

There are so many different projectors, as a newbie, it's hard to grasp and decide I'd would appreciate your opinions on the best budget projector 2017 for simple home Theater.
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On these forums the most frequently recommended projector <$1,000 for home theater is the BenQ HT2050. It's a DLP model and DLP is inherently sharper than 3LCD. But other models can also provide satisfactory performance with a different mix of pros and cons. There are a few pieces of information that could help narrow things down. For example, different projector models have different throw distances at which they can produce certain size images and some models are at their best in the dark while others may have an advantage in some ambient light. So knowing how big an image you want to throw, how far from the screen you prefer to mount the projector (distance measured from the front of the projector lens) and how much ambient light you plan to have in the room would help.
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Hey guys, been reading through the AVSForum and other review sites for hours upon hours..! Searching for a real good home Theater projector.
It's for a regular room and I don't think I have any interest in 4K or 3D. I want a sharp picture with good colors.

I have been checking between countless of projects such as BenQ W1090, BenQ W2000, hd142x optoma, Optoma GT1080, Optoma HD28DSE, HT2050 etc.

It's for movies, no interest in gaming. I sort of have a projector budget of about $1000 but preferably something in the range of $600-800.

There are so many different projectors, as a newbie, it's hard to grasp and decide I'd would appreciate your opinions on the best budget projector 2017 for simple home Theater.
Benq HT1070 $499. I sound like a broken record, I know. But this just seems like a ridiculous deal for entry level home theater.

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Benq HT1070 $499. I sound like a broken record, I know. But this just seems like a ridiculous deal for entry level home theater.
I agree with you that the HT1070 is a bargain when it's on sale for just $499. When not on sale it's only $100 less than the HT2050. In fact on the BenQ website right now they are advertising the HT2050 at the same price as the HT1070 ($699), so the HT2050 is on sale and the HT1070 is not. The HT2050 adds a few inches of vertical lens shift for fine-tuning image position on the screen plus a larger case with more internal baffling that reduces fan noise over the HT1070. Both are highly recommended models.
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So Benq is still the recommendation, seen a lot of hate towards them on the forum saying they have not upgraded recently & is not delivering. Will consider both HT2050,1070. hd142x optoma isn't that good right?
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thoughts on TH530 ?
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thoughts on TH530 ?
It is more a business/data projector than can do an OK job with movies, but the HT1070/HT2050 will be superior for movies and actually puts out more lumens in cinema mode.

You can read reviews of the MH530* and HT1070 here:


http://hometheaterhifi.com/reviews/v...ay/projectors/

* IIRC TH530/MH530 are the same but labeled for Europe/North America

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A key reason why the BenQ HT2050 and HT1070 are recommended over projectors like the BenQ MH530 and Optoma HD142X is that the HT2050 and HT1070 have RGBRGB color wheels and the others do not. An RGBRGB color wheel is what separates dedicated home theater DLP projectors from business and crossover projectors. If you see a DLP projector advertised with 3,000 or more lumens it does not have an RGBRGB color wheel and is more optimized for business presentations than home theater.
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Well, BenQ was kind enough to send me both the MH530 and the brand new HT1070A to review so I'll be taking a look this weekend and I'll report back. I'll be able to do a direct comparison to my own fairly low hour HT2050.

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Well, BenQ was kind enough to send me both the MH530 and the brand new HT1070A to review so I'll be taking a look this weekend and I'll report back. I'll be able to do a direct comparison to my own fairly low hour HT2050.
Hey Sage, how'd the new new 1070A look? I have seen nearly zero pub about it and only stumbled across the release by accident.

I'm hoping to purchase a pj soon and am leaning toward the epson 2150 because of throw distance and I like the idea of buying newer tech then something that has been around for many years. I want to make sure I turn over every stone before spending making a choice. Thanks
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Well, BenQ was kind enough to send me both the MH530 and the brand new HT1070A to review so I'll be taking a look this weekend and I'll report back. I'll be able to do a direct comparison to my own fairly low hour HT2050.
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Hey Sage, how'd the new new 1070A look? I have seen nearly zero pub about it and only stumbled across the release by accident.

I'm hoping to purchase a pj soon and am leaning toward the epson 2150 because of throw distance and I like the idea of buying newer tech then something that has been around for many years. I want to make sure I turn over every stone before spending making a choice. Thanks
Bump - Looking forward to your review/impressions Sage!
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just grabbed the 2150, loving it so far.


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Bump - Looking forward to your review/impressions Sage!


I’m looking forward to giving it! A short explanation for the delay. I originally had a joint review planned for the 1070A and 530HD. I’ve scrapped those plans and will be posting a review of the 530HD on it’s own. My 1070A review is pending while I await a second unit from BenQ.

The HT1070A looks to offer similar performance to the HT2050 with a few less features/refinements at a lower price. However— I would like to point out that the upgrade HT2050 is on sale now for $699. This amounts to a $50 difference over the current price of the 1070A. For $50 I would strongly advise the HT2050 as it adds vertical lens shift, a backlit remote, and a larger, quieter chassis. Normally this gap is $150 so this isn’t meant as an indictment of the 1070A but, rather, an acknowledgment of just how good a deal the HT2050 represents.

Beyond that, I apologize as I’ve not been posting as regularly as I was. We’ve had a lot happen in the last couple of months, some good and some bad, the least of which is we moved! Things are beginning to settle down now so I’m hoping to get back into a routine.

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