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What projector would get me the largest screen (>160") on a budget of 8k?


Completely dark, dedicated theater room, 1.1 gain screen.


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Our theater setup is as follows: AE-900U (1100 Lumens) on a 12 foot wide High Power in a dedicated, light controlled room, with a flat black ceiling, dark flat grey walls and dark blue/grey carpet. The room is 18 by 26 with two rows of raised seating. We have been so pleased with the setup, that we replaced the bulb in the 900U at 2000 hours and kept it instead of upgrading to a brighter projector. We only watch movies, no sports or hdtv. Hope this helps.
 

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To those in the know...


What projector would get me the largest screen (>160") on a budget of 8k?


Completely dark, dedicated theater room, 1.1 gain screen.


Thanks for any help you can provide!

With that size and gain screen you will need 900 lumens to get what is generally considered the minimum recommended image level (12 ft. lamberts). If you really want to have a correctly calibrated image with that brightness then your choices are really limited since many (actually most) projectors have much lower light output when correctly calibrated as compared to their uncalibrated mode (that is what most manufacturers list in the product sheets). Also remember that the bulbs used in projectors typically will dim perhaps 20% in the first few hundreds of hours of use and as much as 50% at the end of their rated life. For 1080p projectors Optoma makes a high light output DLP model HD81-LV but it has a fixed offset so depending on your specific ceiling height and screen position this model may or may not work for you. HERE is the AVS thread for this model. Projectors such as the new JVC RS10 would just have enough light output with a new bulb but quickly drop below the recommended threshold as the bulb gets a few hours of use. A few other projectors (most notably the new Epson 6500UB) could put out enough lumens if you are willing to give up some accuracy in the calibration of the video. The Epson 6500UB's image may be fully acceptable to you when operated in such a mode. HERE is the AVS thread on the Epson 6500UB and HERE is a review.
 

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Thanks for the great info. Any luck getting to the 230" diagonal range with that same budget (
 
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