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We are designing a media room for our new house. We watch mainly 16:9 HDTV material and like bright colors and plenty of light output. The room will be about 15x23 and we have about $10k in our budget for everything.


Right now we have found 3 models of Epson projectors most interesting but since any given store only has one of them we are having trouble figuring out which one is best for us.


But here is how one of the media store owners we liked described them.


The 9700 is a good unit, however although it has slightly better black level performance,

the light output (lumens) is less than the 8350 and 8750.

We would strongly recommend the 8750 as the light benefit outweighs the black level performance.


What has been your experience? What would you advise? do you think the comments above are about right? Any help would be appreciated.
 

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Originally Posted by stevenpaulrhodes /forum/post/20862002


We are designing a media room for our new house. We watch mainly 16:9 HDTV material and like bright colors and plenty of light output. The room will be about 15x23 and we have about $10k in our budget for everything.


Right now we have found 3 models of Epson projectors most interesting but since any given store only has one of them we are having trouble figuring out which one is best for us.


But here is how one of the media store owners we liked described them.


The 9700 is a good unit, however although it has slightly better black level performance,

the light output (lumens) is less than the 8350 and 8750.

We would strongly recommend the 8750 as the light benefit outweighs the black level performance.


What has been your experience? What would you advise? do you think the comments above are about right? Any help would be appreciated.

There are a lot of great projectors with different technology out there in the sub 3k range and posters are saying wait til after CEDIA. But if timing is an issue and you are stuck on Epsons, go with the 8700.
 

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Lay out the room to work with one of these mid-zoom with as little offset as possible. Wire for all possibilities, make a nice big 3/4" plywood platform behind the ceiling drywall so you can choose a mount later and not have to worry about having good blocking to secure it.


When you are close to ready to use the room, say early 2013, there will be a better projector than available today for less money. There will be an option that works with what you designed.


Now, if you want to use the projector today, 8700 is probably a good choice - but I'm waiting for CEDIA before I replace my old Panasonic.
 

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Projector models usually have a one year life cycle. In general, most new HT projectors are announced at CEDIA in Sept, and usually ship by the end of year.


If you're only breaking ground next summer, then waiting until after CEDIA 2012 is probably the best advice. Both specs and price improve every year. Epson has kept it's throw ratio / zoom range / lens shift pretty constant over the last long while, so if you needed to plan the ceiling mount position in advance, you'd probably be pretty safe using the specs from a current model.


Jonathan


EDIT: lespurgeon and I simulposted. Another reason to wait is that the projector warranty starts as soon as you purchase.
 
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