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Replacing 15 year Simm 300HT - What To Buy
Need help and/or opinions on replacing my 15 yr old Simm 300HT. At the time, it was top of the line, 720P. It's cost was $10,000. Now I want to upgrade, here's my dilemma. The lumens of the Simm was 900 and believe it or not I was satisfied with that. At that time, I did know any better and thought it was one of the best ones out there. Was looking into 1080P than I thought what the heck might as well look at 4K's. Budget is about $1500 more or less. I like BenQ 3550, but have heard a lot about the 800 and 2150. Also like the Epson's due to lamp life and cost of replacements. The higher end of Epson's are so big and bulky.
So, back to my old $10,000 Simm 300HT. Due to this experience, I don't want to spend a lot of money or the top of the line. As I experienced from my Simm, projectors are changing and getting better daily. Second question what about the lumens? My Simm was 900, I imagine anything would be brighter and would be a great improvement. My living room has shades when closed, the room gets petty dark. I'm a little hesitate on the BenQ 3550 due to 2000 lumens. But, then again my Simm was 900 lumens. I have a gray 110" Stewart Firehawk screen with a deluxe black felt border. The projector is placed behind me, the distance between the screen and projector is about a little under 17ft.
Am I wrong for looking into the BenQ 3500, Epson or any BenQ for that matter? I'm thinking 2500 lumen would be perfect, but then again my Simm was only 900. Just don't want to spend a fortune when I think I would be thrilled with anything or lower cost projector compared to my 15 yr old Simm.
Last edited by Jrbrass; 07-27-2019 at 10:40 AM.