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Need suggestions for a backyard projector, lots of ambient light

I need some suggestions for a backyard projector. I plan to use it with a ceiling mount and a 100" screen.
I would like to use during the day with a lot of ambient light.

I have tried the Optoma HD 27 and it wasn't good enough for day light viewing - too dark. I am now considering the Epson 3700. I was not planning on spending more than a $1000 but from the limited research I have done the Epson seems to be the best option for the setup I have in mind. The BenQ Ht2050 seems to be another projector which might work, does anyone have any thoughts on these or any other projector ?


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Thanks in advance,
Caius
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post #2 of 4 Old 05-20-2018, 05:14 PM
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The HC3700 should work if you put a pull down shade/curtain/etc. for that first section at least to the post to keep the light from directly hitting the screen.


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Epson HC3700/HC2000; Screen - 151.5" 16:9/TV or 143.5" 2.35:1/HT at a seating distance of 12-15 feet; Yamaha RXV675 for 7.4; Speakers - Infinity Primus; Subs - 3 Polk PSW10s, 1 BIC F12; Headphones - 5 JVC wireless; Sony 3D Blu-ray player/six pairs 3D glasses.

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Watch the video in this thread to see what I'm talking about with a shade/curtain.

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/68-dig...-contrast.html

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/15-ge...eap-build.html
Epson HC3700/HC2000; Screen - 151.5" 16:9/TV or 143.5" 2.35:1/HT at a seating distance of 12-15 feet; Yamaha RXV675 for 7.4; Speakers - Infinity Primus; Subs - 3 Polk PSW10s, 1 BIC F12; Headphones - 5 JVC wireless; Sony 3D Blu-ray player/six pairs 3D glasses.
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Bright enough daylight can kill just about any projected image. As @steve1106 says the more light you can block from reaching the screen the better. You just need to have realistic expectations. There's a reason why drive-in theaters don't show movies in the daytime.

To keep your budget more reasonable consider that the Epson Home Cinema 1060 is rated at 3,100 lumens compared with the 3700's 3,000 rated lumens, yet the 1060 costs about half as much as the 3700. With the 3700 you are basically paying extra for refinements that are better appreciated in a home theater than an outdoor situation. The important thing for you is that the 1060 will be just as bright at half the cost of a 3700. The 1060 also has a shorter throw and can throw a 100" image from a range of 7' 5" to 8' 11". You can read a review at the following link:

projectorcentral.com/Epson-Home-Cinema-1060-review.htm
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