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Need help with new projector under $300

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I am starting my new Home Theater system in my new house and for the first time I will be buying a projector. I have been in the audio world for a very long time but never bought a projector. I am asking for help on which projector I should by for a newbie. I am looking for one that plays 1080P native and one that has a quiet fan.
Don't know what else I should be looking out for when purchasing one. Please any and all help is needed!


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I am starting my new Home Theater system in my new house and for the first time I will be buying a projector. I have been in the audio world for a very long time but never bought a projector. I am asking for help on which projector I should by for a newbie. I am looking for one that plays 1080P native and one that has a quite fan.
Don't know what else I should be looking out for when purchasing one. Please any and all help is needed!


Thank you
You need to describe the room it will go in. Width and depth of room as well as ceiling height. Colors of walls and ceilings. How far away seats will be. Whether you will be watching in complete darkness or with some lights on in the room. What you will watch -- TV, bluray/UHD movies, gaming, sports, etc.


I am going to assume your title is incorrect and you really meant $3,000 because there is really nothing available new for under $300 that is a native 1080P projector. They start at $500 for bare minimum entry level.
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You need to describe the room it will go in. Width and depth of room as well as ceiling height. Colors of walls and ceilings. How far away seats will be. Whether you will be watching in complete darkness or with some lights on in the room. What you will watch -- TV, bluray/UHD movies, gaming, sports, etc.


I am going to assume your title is incorrect and you really meant $3,000 because there is really nothing available new for under $300 that is a native 1080P projector. They start at $500 for bare minimum entry level.
The room is 13x10x9 sealed room. I will be seating about 9ft away from viewing angle. Only watching movies and TV shows in the dark. Because this will be my first Projector I want to stay under $400 MAX. What Projector would you recommend. If I like watching a projector then later on I will upgrade to something better but for right now I want to stay under $400. Advice ????

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The room is 13x10x9 sealed room. I will be seating about 9ft away from viewing angle. Only watching movies and TV shows in the dark. Because this will be my first Projector I want to stay under $400 MAX. What Projector would you recommend. If I like watching a projector then later on I will upgrade to something better but for right now I want to stay under $400. Advice ????
Find an inexpensive 65" TV, have a look on Craigslist, or increase your budget. Under $400 is not going to get you much.
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Find an inexpensive 65" TV, have a look on Craigslist, or increase your budget. Under $400 is not going to get you much.
Dude what are you talking about, Amazon has thousands of projectors under $400 but I don't know which one to get and what I should be looking for when buying one

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Rigal RD-806 fit's your bill, check out youtube for review & yes Amazon has ton's of those pj's in that price range just don't expect HD cinema experience, many here consider them as toys or for kids viewing.

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Dude what are you talking about, Amazon has thousands of projectors under $400 but I don't know which one to get and what I should be looking for when buying one
The Viewsonic 7827 is a great little PJ that's $499 and has went on sale for $399. With that said, the Fan is extremely loud. I purchased one and sent it back and went with a BenQ HT2050a.

You probably won't get much help from enthusiasts on here regarding a PJ that low budget and wanting the world with it. My advice is if you believe Amazon as a diamond in the rough at that price with full 1080p and a quiet PJ.....buy it and see what you think. A $300 PJ is NOT the price range to try a PJ for the first time to see if you like it. That's like buying Pebbled Fruit for $1 to see if it means you'd like Fruity Pebbles for $4.

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I am starting my new Home Theater system in my new house and for the first time I will be buying a projector. I have been in the audio world for a very long time but never bought a projector. I am asking for help on which projector I should by for a newbie. I am looking for one that plays 1080P native and one that has a quite fan.
Don't know what else I should be looking out for when purchasing one. Please any and all help is needed!


Thank you


Hi,

If you don’t mind buying used, look for high end business projectors from 8 to 10 years ago. They aren’t made for movie watching, but still they can beat many of the cheaper options. Since LCD technology does not age well, I suggest you look for DLP. The Panasonic PT-DZ570U is a good option, if you have enough space in your room. About LCD-based technology, you can also look for any of the Canon WUX models, or the InFocus IN1550 (same as Hitachi WUX models). But since these are not DLP, I advise you to ask the seller about the total running time of the projector (not the lamp). Should be ok under 2000h. Of course, better yet, try the projectors if you can. Used LCD options for home theater are the Home Cinema Epson models circa 2010, and the Panasonic PT-AE line (which is usually overpriced). But again, these are LCD projectors, so it’s more a gamble than DLP.


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Dude what are you talking about, Amazon has thousands of projectors under $400 but I don't know which one to get and what I should be looking for when buying one
Dude, they sure do... And often it's the same one with a different brand name pasted on it. Most of them are single LED image panels with outrageous claims for lumen output and will give you picture quality far below your 55" LG TV.

Most any projector with any quality will use a lamp that costs in the $300 range. There are some Epson's that use a less expensive lamp but the projector unit is above your budget.

Dude, it's your money...
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Dude what are you talking about, Amazon has thousands of projectors under $400 but I don't know which one to get and what I should be looking for when buying one
Almost all of them will not be true 1080p. If you are willing to sacrifice resolution and a lot of image quality you can maybe find something OK at $400 or under (new). If you up your budget to about $500 you open up a WORLD of much better alternatives from reputable name brands. What you want simply doesnt exist at the price point you want it at.

It's like saying "I'm looking for a 65" OLED tv for $1000 or less new or refurbished", it doesnt exist.
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Almost all of them will not be true 1080p. If you are willing to sacrifice resolution and a lot of image quality you can maybe find something OK at $400 or under (new). If you up your budget to about $500 you open up a WORLD of much better alternatives from reputable name brands. What you want simply doesnt exist at the price point you want it at.

It's like saying "I'm looking for a 65" OLED tv for $1000 or less new or refurbished", it doesnt exist.

So if I up my budget to $500 then which one/s would you recommend?

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The Viewsonic 7827 is a great little PJ that's $499 and has went on sale for $399. With that said, the Fan is extremely loud. I purchased one and sent it back and went with a BenQ HT2050a.

You probably won't get much help from enthusiasts on here regarding a PJ that low budget and wanting the world with it. My advice is if you believe Amazon as a diamond in the rough at that price with full 1080p and a quiet PJ.....buy it and see what you think. A $300 PJ is NOT the price range to try a PJ for the first time to see if you like it. That's like buying Pebbled Fruit for $1 to see if it means you'd like Fruity Pebbles for $4.

Good luck.

Do you know any that has a quiet fan and is native 1080p for under $500???

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Dude, they sure do... And often it's the same one with a different brand name pasted on it. Most of them are single LED image panels with outrageous claims for lumen output and will give you picture quality far below your 55" LG TV.

Most any projector with any quality will use a lamp that costs in the $300 range. There are some Epson's that use a less expensive lamp but the projector unit is above your budget.

Dude, it's your money...

I understand what you are saying but like I mention in the beginning this is my first go round with projectors so I am new at this. I do not want to spend a large amount of money on my first projector as a trial run.

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Rigal RD-806 fit's your bill, check out youtube for review & yes Amazon has ton's of those pj's in that price range just don't expect HD cinema experience, many here consider them as toys or for kids viewing.
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I am starting my new Home Theater system in my new house and for the first time I will be buying a projector. I have been in the audio world for a very long time but never bought a projector. I am asking for help on which projector I should by for a newbie. I am looking for one that plays 1080P native and one that has a quiet fan.
Don't know what else I should be looking out for when purchasing one. Please any and all help is needed!


Thank you
Hey man - you are on point. You are getting some flack, some good advice, and some bad advice.

Sub $500 on Amazon are typically 'toys'. They advertise 1080p a GREAT DEAL, but they are not 1080p native projectors. They are 1280x720 or (more often) 1280x800. They may not advertise technology, which means they are likely single chip LCD projectors with terrible contrast and weak image uniformity.

The one specific example is the aforementioned Rigal projector, which is 1280x800 native. It claims 2,600 lumens, but realistically may deliver 200 or 300 lumens. It is ALL a lie and because there are no standards which those craphole importers must follow, you get suckered into their lies.

Epson, BenQ, Optoma, Viewsonic, and other major manufacturers will show up in review sites like Projector Central or Projector Reviews and have good websites.

That said, at $500 you were rightly told that you are at the very low-level of entry for front projection 1080p native models. BenQ, Epson, Optoma, and Viewsonic have various models that come in near the $500 price point. You can look online for them. You can also look (and should look!) in the classifieds section of AVS for used models. The BenQ HT2050, 2050A, w1070 and similar are very well regarded and can show up used for under $500. Budget for a new lamp.

Check for the Optoma HD27, Optoma HD143X, BenQ MH530FHD, BenQ HT1070A, Espon 2045.

There are others as well. The HD143x seems like a real bargain at this time and will do well for entry level. You can get a 120" or 133" diagonal from that model nicely and it will BLOW YOU AWAY.

Understand that these entry level models are still near cinematic quality. GOOD cinematic quality. Not dime store stuff here. It will be bright, vibrant, and will make you wonder what you have been missing. The cheap Amazon models will make you wonder why you bothered to waste your money. Not the way to start things off.
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I understand what you are saying but like I mention in the beginning this is my first go round with projectors so I am new at this. I do not want to spend a large amount of money on my first projector as a trial run.
As someone mentioned above, look for a Optoma HD143x. I have a Benq HT2050 I got for just over $500 refurbished and it's considered one of the best budget 1080p projectors (they have a HT2050a model now with some improvements). Optoma and Benq both have $500ish and under models though like the HD143x, HD27, MH530FHD & HT1070a.

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Do you know any that has a quiet fan and is native 1080p for under $500???
The viewsonic 7827 is in your price range New and is a great little PJ in terms of PQ. However, the fan was way too loud for me. It's a con in the Reviews, but many, many owners say you can't hear it once the movie starts. I must have been susceptible to that frequency.
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There are many good entry level 1080p options right around $500 or just a few bucks over which periodically go on sale for a few bucks under $500. So it's really a smart move to move your budget to $500. At that price you can get a name brand projector with a quality image that won't turn you off to video projection the way the el-cheapo brands would. Be sure to frequently check the Front Projectors Great Found Deals! section of AVS Forum as that's where sale prices and vendors are discussed.
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I understand what you are saying but like I mention in the beginning this is my first go round with projectors so I am new at this. I do not want to spend a large amount of money on my first projector as a trial run.
what will be the mounting distance of projector from screen/wall? are you projecting image on 13 foot wall or 9foot wall?
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Hey man - you are on point. You are getting some flack, some good advice, and some bad advice.

Sub $500 on Amazon are typically 'toys'. They advertise 1080p a GREAT DEAL, but they are not 1080p native projectors. They are 1280x720 or (more often) 1280x800. They may not advertise technology, which means they are likely single chip LCD projectors with terrible contrast and weak image uniformity.

The one specific example is the aforementioned Rigal projector, which is 1280x800 native. It claims 2,600 lumens, but realistically may deliver 200 or 300 lumens. It is ALL a lie and because there are no standards which those craphole importers must follow, you get suckered into their lies.

Epson, BenQ, Optoma, Viewsonic, and other major manufacturers will show up in review sites like Projector Central or Projector Reviews and have good websites.

That said, at $500 you were rightly told that you are at the very low-level of entry for front projection 1080p native models. BenQ, Epson, Optoma, and Viewsonic have various models that come in near the $500 price point. You can look online for them. You can also look (and should look!) in the classifieds section of AVS for used models. The BenQ HT2050, 2050A, w1070 and similar are very well regarded and can show up used for under $500. Budget for a new lamp.

Check for the Optoma HD27, Optoma HD143X, BenQ MH530FHD, BenQ HT1070A, Espon 2045.

There are others as well. The HD143x seems like a real bargain at this time and will do well for entry level. You can get a 120" or 133" diagonal from that model nicely and it will BLOW YOU AWAY.

Understand that these entry level models are still near cinematic quality. GOOD cinematic quality. Not dime store stuff here. It will be bright, vibrant, and will make you wonder what you have been missing. The cheap Amazon models will make you wonder why you bothered to waste your money. Not the way to start things off.

Do you have a specific model I should look into within that 500 price range?

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There are many good entry level 1080p options right around $500 or just a few bucks over which periodically go on sale for a few bucks under $500. So it's really a smart move to move your budget to $500. At that price you can get a name brand projector with a quality image that won't turn you off to video projection the way the el-cheapo brands would. Be sure to frequently check the Front Projectors Great Found Deals! section of AVS Forum as that's where sale prices and vendors are discussed.

Thank you for your input Dave, is there something I should be looking for to let me know if a certain projector will have a lot of fan noise?

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Thank you for your input Dave, is there something I should be looking for to let me know if a certain projector will have a lot of fan noise?
You absolutely cannot rely on manufacturer specifications for fan noise because those are totally unreliable. Generally speaking most of the name brand projectors in the $500 range are fairly comparable in fan noise. They all have fairly small cases so there isn't a lot of room for internal baffling to muffle fan noise as there is on bigger, more expensive home theater models. If one model is unusually noisy that will usually show up in professional reviews.

Fan noise can vary in pitch as well as intensity, and different people are more sensitive to certain pitch sounds than others. So just because a few people think one projector has an annoying fan noise doesn't mean everyone will perceive it the same way. I would suggest not getting overly concerned about fan noise at this point in your search. When you start focusing in on specific models at your price point just check the professional reviews and owner threads on this forum for that model to see if most agree that it doesn't have a major fan noise issue.
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Keeping with the rules of the forum this is not MSRP as the projector is out of production and has no MSRP. This is the price from the manufacture while they last for a factory refurbished unit.

It is what I have and what I would buy in your price point.
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Do you have a specific model I should look into within that 500 price range?
I gave you a list of five specific models, all of which are solid. But, that Viewsonic listed immediately above is a HECK of a deal. It's a great way to start and isn't a 'joke' of a projector.

Keep in mind no projector is 'silent' the way a TV is. They need fans to cool the compressed electronics in the package. It shouldn't be noisy, but similar to a PC running in the room. A bit of fan noise. Not intrusive.

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the Xgimi Z6 is small & quiet & is 1080p @ your price range now
it has 3D & you can play directly from USB & has wifi
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I bought a refurb Viewsonic Pro7827 this fall and the fan noise on mine in eco mode is very acceptable. I use it on a low table just in front of my seating position. I have no complaints and none of my family have mentioned anything. It replaced a Panasonic AX100 which was 25 hundred bucks in its day for 720p. The Viewsonic is the little engine that could. For the price I can't recommend it enough.
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Buying a $300-$500 projector is a waste of time & money. Wait it out & save up about $1200. You do not deserve the headaches & frustration. Just my 2 cents you can add to your projector fund
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Thank you all who commented on this thread, I will continue to do my research and look at all the models everyone has mentioned. True I can go out and buy a projector for $1000-1500 but I was always a TV man so I do not even know if I will like a projector in the first place which is why I do not want to spend a whole lot of money for my very first one. I am moving into a small sealed room which is the reason why I am concerned about picking up a projector that has alot of fan noise. I will keep everyone updated once I purchase one for myself. Thank you everyone again for your knowledge and expertise

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Thank you all who commented on this thread, I will continue to do my research and look at all the models everyone has mentioned. True I can go out and buy a projector for $1000-1500 but I was always a TV man so I do not even know if I will like a projector in the first place which is why I do not want to spend a whole lot of money for my very first one. I am moving into a small sealed room which is the reason why I am concerned about picking up a projector that has alot of fan noise. I will keep everyone updated once I purchase one for myself. Thank you everyone again for your knowledge and expertise


You won’t like a projector you purchase for less than $300.

AV gave you some great advice. Raise your budget to around $500. There are plenty of really good projectors from reputable name brands (Acer, BenQ, Epson, Optoma, Viewsonic) for around $500 that are 1080p and will provide an awesome picture. I see both the Optoma 143x and BenQ MH530FHD are going for less than $450 currently. As for fan noise: are you sure you want a projector? Unless you raise your budget SIGNIFICANTLY you are going to have to deal with some fan noise. If that bothers you stick with your TV.

Those no-name knock off brands you find on amazon and elsewhere that promise the moon and stars for less than $300 are complete crap. You’d be better off buying a used 720p business projector from one of the major players.

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