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long time stereo guy New to HT and im building a dedicated system in my basement. Room is about 15x15 an I have a wall that I fit a 100-120 in projection on that im going to attempt a DIY screen. There are 3 small windows that i can blackout easily so light control should be good, i just want a really big picture for a movies only system fed by a dvd player and a computer so dvi or hdmi in is ideal.

Im looking for a 720p projector that will work under these conditions and wont be too difficult to setup and i want to spend $500 used, this seems like it should get me a decent unit, but i dont know what to look for. can you recommend me some good options, im looking on videogon and ebay is there anywhere else recommended?

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I have an Infocus SP4805 that looks pretty good but im not sure what its resolution is. The 720p thing it may not do that im not really sure. I only gave $350. for it. I also have an LP250 i use when i watch movies alone or for football games.
 

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I would recommend a new Mitsubishi HC1600. You can get them for under $700 (amazon) and you don't have to deal with the potential issues a used PJ would come with. I bought one of these early in the summer and couldn't be happier with it. Gorgeous, bright picture, beautiful color, and a great value for the money. There are a few issues to be aware of, though. The adjustability of the picture size and PJ location is somewhat limited - from 15 feet it doesn't throw as large an image as my old Panny AE900. I've got mine maxed out and the pic size is about 90" diag. Also, the color wheel is only a 2x, so rainbows can be an issue on occasion. Under most viewing conditions and most material, I don't see them at all. Once in a while, though, in very dark viewing conditions with lots of really bright moving objects on screen, they can become a bit annoying. Very minor issue, all in all, though, IMO.
 

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I am similar to you in that I also upgraded from a X1 and don't see much RBE to speak of. I also went for the Mits HC1600, and we love it. The Darkchip2 is most excellent. Funny how even the most mundane shows are riveting when blown up - I never knew commercials could be so engrossing, but when they're colorful and in HD, it's just amazing, lol...
 

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I would recommend a new Mitsubishi HC1600. You can get them for under $700 (amazon) and you don't have to deal with the potential issues a used PJ would come with. I bought one of these early in the summer and couldn't be happier with it. Gorgeous, bright picture, beautiful color, and a great value for the money. There are a few issues to be aware of, though. The adjustability of the picture size and PJ location is somewhat limited - from 15 feet it doesn't throw as large an image as my old Panny AE900. I've got mine maxed out and the pic size is about 90" diag. Also, the color wheel is only a 2x, so rainbows can be an issue on occasion. Under most viewing conditions and most material, I don't see them at all. Once in a while, though, in very dark viewing conditions with lots of really bright moving objects on screen, they can become a bit annoying. Very minor issue, all in all, though, IMO.

If you are going to spend $700 might as well spend $900 and get a 1080p. (Optoma HD20, Vivitek...etc..)
 

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Are the projector mentioned in these replies i.e. HC1600 or HD20 or Vivitek have similar throw distance requirements as 4805? This is minor but do they take the same M10 screws so I can re-use my ceiling mount?


- Vikas
 
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