Originally Posted by b curry
There's no projector at any price that's going to give you a picture, let alone a perfect picture, at noon with the sun shinning on the screen. That's why JumboTron's were invented. If that's a must have, go buy the biggest LCD/LED TV you can afford and crank up the brightness.
However, at your price point, an Epson HC1060 or an Epson HC2150 will work if you can wait 20-30 minuets after sundown for your outdoor/backyard theater viewing. Both projectors will work indoors with a little bit of light if necessary to calm your 5 year old's nerves. With the lights out/dark room, the Epson HC2150 will give you a little better picture with regards to contrast where the Epson HC1060 will work better with some extra/ambient light.
I appreciate the reply. The hardest thing about posting on line is remembering sarcasm is hard to relay in simple text. I tend to exaggerate a bit and did so with the direct sunlight at noon portion of the post. Apologies there. I'll definitely check out both the Epsons you mention. As with anything, at lower price points there will need to be a trade off. Seems here it will be either ambient light performance or contrast. Thanks very much for the recommendations.
Originally Posted by DunMunro
Take a look at the Viewsonixc PX-747 thread in the deals found subforum. It would be great for your purposes (- but no PJ will work in direct sunlight). I had one and returned it, but tested it thoroughly. However, your room dimensions are a key factor in projector decisions, because image size and screen placement is always a variable. If you have a clear wall, you can use that for testing, and with a coat or two of paint, it might be preferable to a screen, and much less costly.
If your video source has coax or optical out you can usually get 5.1 sound from the source to the amp that way. Coax cables are really cheap.
Again, I'm wishing I hadn't thrown in the direct sunlight at noon part. I appreciate the info. As for the painting, I'm afraid that won't be possible. There's a big access panel right in the middle of the viewing area downstairs. I've thought about a number of different solutions but came to the screen conclusion since that would help out both inside and out back. Received the screen the other day and, wow, 110" is a lot bigger than it sounds like at first.
I do have to say I'm surprised that Viewsonic would get down so far from it's original price. I took a look on the Viewsonic website and the refurbs sell within the $700 range I was looking for. Thanks for the recommendation.
Also, thanks for the coax recommendation as well. Is there a preference between SPDIF and coax? I guess when showing a movie outdoors, I shouldn't be looking for award winning audio anyhow.
I'd love to hear any recommendations people have. If there's more info that you need I can certainly add it.