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Hi all,

Disclaimer, I already have a very high end projector in the JVC x590r which is in my basement theatre.

Here in Canada playoff hockey is supposed to start Aug 1. We are still social distancing, my wife is pregnant. Nobody is coming in our house and the sun stays up late here (past 10pm).

I want to host small gatherings in my garage with the door partially closed. So, a lot of daylight will get in. I know it will compromise image quality. I'm looking for a portable projector that will work for garage during COVID. I had been considering the Epson 2100 since I had it prior to the x590r, thought it was very good for the money and is available for a large discount on refurb. However a business type projector might be more of a light cannon that could do better in a fairly lit garage. The one thing about hockey it is all very bright scenes which helps for daytime visibility.

I could eventually later use the projector for movies etc which makes me kind of want the 2100 as well, since it will be so much better than the business projectors in that sense.

Advice appreciated! Thanks!
 

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Hi all,

Disclaimer, I already have a very high end projector in the JVC x590r which is in my basement theatre.

Here in Canada playoff hockey is supposed to start Aug 1. We are still social distancing, my wife is pregnant. Nobody is coming in our house and the sun stays up late here (past 10pm).

I want to host small gatherings in my garage with the door partially closed. So, a lot of daylight will get in. I know it will compromise image quality. I'm looking for a portable projector that will work for garage during COVID. I had been considering the Epson 2100 since I had it prior to the x590r, thought it was very good for the money and is available for a large discount on refurb. However a business type projector might be more of a light cannon that could do better in a fairly lit garage. The one thing about hockey it is all very bright scenes which helps for daytime visibility.

I could eventually later use the projector for movies etc which makes me kind of want the 2100 as well, since it will be so much better than the business projectors in that sense.

Advice appreciated! Thanks!
If you were happy with the motion handling of the 2100 then get a HC1060. New or refurb:
https://epson.com/Clearance-Center/Home-Entertainment/c/cc301

It's got a shorter throw:
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-Home_Cinema_1060-projection-calculator-pro.htm

For a DLP, something like Viewsonic PX700HD will do.
https://www.viewsonic.com/us/outlet/shop/projectors/pjd7828hdl-s.html

As well as other non RGBRGB color wheel DLP projectors.
Optoma GT1080.
 

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@noob00224 look into some of these rgb led/laser projectors. 100% color brightness with perfect color depth, some with wide gamuts, free of the negative effects of color wheels, i.e. rainbow effect, flicker, solarizations, etc. No bulbs to replace, no filters to clean. Best motion(like crt/plasma) unless you need onboard frame interpolation. Single panel sharpness.

Hitachi LP-WU3500, 1900-2000 lumens calibrated, 2000:1 contrast, very nice lens
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Hitachi-LP-WU3500.htm
https://www.projectorcentral.com/hitachi-lp-wu3500-review-1.htm
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1282857-REG/hitachi_lp_wu3500_3500_ansi_lumens_wxga.html/amp

Panasonic PT-RZ470, 900-1000 lumens calibrated, 2000:1 contrast, nice lens, full hd 3d
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-RZ470UK.htm
https://www.projectorcentral.com/panasonic_rw430u_projector_review.htm
https://www.ebay.com/itm/254639406641

Xiaomi Mijia ALPD3.0, 2000 lumens calibrated, p3 gamut, 1000:1 contrast, full hd 3d
https://www.passionhomecinema.fr/blog/index.php/06/07/2020/test-xiaomi-mijia-alpd3-0-lavis-de-gregory/
https://usa-m.banggood.com/New-Version-XIAOMI-Mijia-ALPD3_0-Laser-Projector-2400-ANSI-Lumens-4k-Resolution-150-Inch-Screen-Wifi-bluetooth-Dual-10W-Speaker-Home-Theater-Projector-p-1601758.html
 

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What do you consider as "budget"?

I would say something like the BenQ TK800M on sale or refurbished would be excellent.
 

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@noob00224 look into some of these rgb led/laser projectors. 100% color brightness with perfect color depth, some with wide gamuts, free of the negative effects of color wheels, i.e. rainbow effect, flicker, solarizations, etc. No bulbs to replace, no filters to clean. Best motion(like crt/plasma) unless you need onboard frame interpolation. Single panel sharpness.

Hitachi LP-WU3500, 1900-2000 lumens calibrated, 2000:1 contrast, very nice lens
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Hitachi-LP-WU3500.htm
https://www.projectorcentral.com/hitachi-lp-wu3500-review-1.htm
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1282857-REG/hitachi_lp_wu3500_3500_ansi_lumens_wxga.html/amp

Panasonic PT-RZ470, 900-1000 lumens calibrated, 2000:1 contrast, nice lens, full hd 3d
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-RZ470UK.htm
https://www.projectorcentral.com/panasonic_rw430u_projector_review.htm
https://www.ebay.com/itm/254639406641

Xiaomi Mijia ALPD3.0, 2000 lumens calibrated, p3 gamut, 1000:1 contrast, full hd 3d
https://www.passionhomecinema.fr/blog/index.php/06/07/2020/test-xiaomi-mijia-alpd3-0-lavis-de-gregory/
https://usa-m.banggood.com/New-Version-XIAOMI-Mijia-ALPD3_0-Laser-Projector-2400-ANSI-Lumens-4k-Resolution-150-Inch-Screen-Wifi-bluetooth-Dual-10W-Speaker-Home-Theater-Projector-p-1601758.html
OP wants an inexpensive bright projector, those are more expensive.
 

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OP wants an inexpensive bright projector, those are more expensive.
That Hitachis bright, +100% color brightness and perfect color depth, + best motion available, + tack sharp. Unless hes talkin about spending $200 I dont think $800 is overly expensive for a projector like that.
 

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That Hitachis bright, +100% color brightness and perfect color depth, + best motion available, + tack sharp. Unless hes talkin about spending $200 I dont think $800 is overly expensive for a projector like that.
If I were to make a purchase like this I would get a 1060 refurb with warranty rather than a used Hitachi at twice the cost. It's up to OP. He hasn't specified the budget.
 

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If I were to make a purchase like this I would get a 1060 refurb with warranty rather than a used Hitachi at twice the cost. It's up to OP. He hasn't specified the budget.
Used? Did I miss something on b&h? looks like new with a 5 year warranty.

At d65 its brighter than the 1060. And again, substantially superior image and motion performance. And the 1060 doesnt have frame interpolation, which would be the main draw for epsons in this situation.

Though maybe not so portable at 30lb
 

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Hi all,

Disclaimer, I already have a very high end projector in the JVC x590r which is in my basement theatre.

Here in Canada playoff hockey is supposed to start Aug 1. We are still social distancing, my wife is pregnant. Nobody is coming in our house and the sun stays up late here (past 10pm).

I want to host small gatherings in my garage with the door partially closed. So, a lot of daylight will get in. I know it will compromise image quality. I'm looking for a portable projector that will work for garage during COVID. I had been considering the Epson 2100 since I had it prior to the x590r, thought it was very good for the money and is available for a large discount on refurb. However a business type projector might be more of a light cannon that could do better in a fairly lit garage. The one thing about hockey it is all very bright scenes which helps for daytime visibility.

I could eventually later use the projector for movies etc which makes me kind of want the 2100 as well, since it will be so much better than the business projectors in that sense.

Advice appreciated! Thanks!

I just put a PX700HD in my garage and have been happy with it. Lights are on and sun is shining in the photos below. I’m projecting against a flat, light gray wall.

I did put Hue bulbs in the two sockets directly in front of the screen, and turn them off when watching something.
 

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I just put a PX700HD in my garage and have been happy with it. Lights are on and sun is shining in the photos below. I’m projecting against a flat, light gray wall.

I did put Hue bulbs in the two sockets directly in front of the screen, and turn them off when watching something.
Nice!
Having a guy cave to drink a beer, work on the car, and watch some hockey is always a plus!

You can wrap some black fabric on a cutout plywood board and clamp it to the window to block out the light since it doesn't need to look pretty like in your wife's living room...

But...


You need to fix your setup issues with lopsided...everything.
It makes my brain hurt.
If you don't, we will send gnomes to your house. You don't want gnomes at your house.

:)
 
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