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Replacement Suggestion for an IN76

I have had an InFocus IN76 for 14 years now. It has developed a brown spot on the left side. I believe it is time to replace it. 14 years on a projector is a decent life span.

Anyway, I have 8 foot ceiling, a 110" stewart screen. The replacement needs to be flush mounted to the ceiling at about 16 foot throw distance.

Anyone have a good recommendation for a replacement with the knowledge that I loved my IN76...

A little more information. This is in a basement theater. I can control the light completely but usually keep the doors open which are near the front so the projector does need to be bright.

I use it for gaming (Xbox one), TV, Movies and sports. so just about everything. Needs to be a good all around performer.

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I have had an InFocus IN76 for 14 years now. It has developed a brown spot on the left side. I believe it is time to replace it. 14 years on a projector is a decent life span.

Anyway, I have 8 foot ceiling, a 110" stewart screen. The replacement needs to be flush mounted to the ceiling at about 16 foot throw distance.

Anyone have a good recommendation for a replacement with the knowledge that I loved my IN76...

A little more information. This is in a basement theater. I can control the light completely but usually keep the doors open which are near the front so the projector does need to be bright.

I use it for gaming (Xbox one), TV, Movies and sports. so just about everything. Needs to be a good all around performer.
16' to a 110" limits your choices and very few DLP's if any have that range they all would either need a larger screen or moved closer. Many LCD's will work with the Epson 5050 at the top of the list. You didn't mention budget or if you want 4K. The Sony 45es is the best 1080p model for black level and low lag for gaming. All most anything today will best your in76 for brightness and PQ. Need a lot more infor about your room environment, ambient light control, seating distance and budget to give you better suggestions.

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Room is 16x22. Seats at 10 16 and 22' Basement theater with complete light control. There are 2 small basement windows in the back that are under a deck and I have black out curtains on. There is a double door on front left (as you are looking at screen) wall about 2 feet from screen wall. That door leads to the rest of the basement and the walkout. That room can get semi bright at times. I would like to stay under $2000 but may be able to get the CFO to release funds to $3000 with good justification. Use is Gaming 50%, HDTV 40%, Movies 10%. Definitely need low lag for gaming and sports (it is used to host a good sized superbowl party every year). Since I am already upgrading I would like to go to 4K if possible.
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For $2K the Epson 3800 would be my choice if movies are only 10%. Of course for $3k the Epson 5050 is a good value. Gaming on DLP that has better motion handling, might be preferred but all the XPR 4K DLP's have high lag and lack the throw range you require. Full light control means no white reflective surfaces like a white ceiling, if thats the case I wouldn't settle for anything less then the 5050 even if movies aren't a priority as it would be such big improvement over what you have movies might become a priority. The Epson 4010 and refurbed 5040 are both crippled with the 10Gb HDMI and would rule them out. Good gaming projectors and movie 4k/HDR watching almost require two different projectors as it hard to get one that excels at both. Your 1080p DLP gaming projectors are hard to beat for competitive gaming but none that I know of has the throw range you require.

EDIT: If gaming is such a big priority for a lot less money (under $1k) the BenQ 2050a or Optoma 27HDR are great gaming projectors with the latter accepting 4K/HDR down converting to 1080p projector but you would need to move them closer as they are shorter throw.

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A used planer P8150/30 or Runco LS5/3 would work and be under $500. The new stuff is just brighter not better in the DLP world.
Post a picture of the brown spot.. could be dust or burnt light tunnel probably the later unfortunatly.

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Here is a Pic of the screen. That spot happened instantaneously.
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Here is a Pic of the screen. That spot happened instantaneously.
Looks like a failed light tunnel ..

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For that use case (mainly that little film viewing), I'd personally save a good chunk of your budget and go with a refurbished Epson 3700... or the 3800 if you absolutely do want to go 4K/HDR. I'm patiently waiting for refurb 3800s to hit, but my viewing is pretty much reverse of yours (50% Film, 40% TV, 10% Gaming).

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So I have decided to upgrade to the VPL-VW295ES.

Hope it is worth the money...
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That's a BIG upgrade from what you had and from your initial budget. I'm not sure I see the point with only 10% film viewing, but it should be a great projector if you have the light control to make use of the available brightness (those doors may need to stay closed more than open).

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Stephen, My IN76 works fine with the doors open and it has 1000 lumens. The VPL-VW295ES has 1500 lumens, so I was hoping the brightness would be at least comparable. Your thoughts?
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If the brightness is acceptable with your current projector, it likely will be with the VW295ES. Still, it seems like a lot to spend on a projector geared towards excellent blacks in a dark room for film use and use it in a nearly opposite manner. For your use case, a brighter (and also much cheaper) projector would likely give superior results. The VW295ES is a phenomenal projector, it just doesn't seem like the right tool for the job in this case and a big misallocation of funds. At least when the doors are open and there's light coming in, a $1600 projector (Epson 3800) and $400 ALR screen would probably give far superior results... even the Epson by itself probably would too when that's the case. With those doors closed and no ambient light, the Sony would be the clear winner... but I just don't see the point of that much spend for 90% gaming and 1080p (at best) TV viewing.

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