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I posted this on another forum and did get any responces and I was hoping to find a little more help here.


I've bought the screen, I have my layout, and now I need some help from the experts picking out my PJ. I've narrowed my choices down, But not limited to, these 5 PJ's based on reviews and the ability to be used in my particular mounting situation (the only place I can mount a PJ with out some major remodeling is around 17'-18'6'' from the screen and still be able to fit a 106'' screen). and I would like to get some input from some of you that are more familiar with FP set ups also suggest any PJ that you feel would be good choices.


1. Epson 1080UB, 1600 ANSI, 50,000:1 contrast. I believe this one is out of production so finding it may be a problem.


2. Epson 6500UB, 1600 ANSI, 75,000:1 contrast.


3. JVC DLA-HD1, 700 ANSI, 15,000:1 contrast. My friend/dealer really likes this model and based on the reviews I've been able to find so do I, but I'm afraid being only 700 ANSI might hurt the PQ when some ambient light is present, also its alittle higher priced than other models, although my dealer is giving me a great price on it.


4. Panasonic PT-AE 2000U, 1500 ANSI, 16,000:1 contrast.


5. Panasonic PT-AE 3000, 1600 ANSI, 60,000:1 contrast.


So if you had to pick one of these or one that I don't have listed what would be, thanks for the help.

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I think the JVC HD1 is discontinued and replaced by HD350 (RS10), maybe that's why such a good deal.


Anyway you're in the right place to get a bunch of opinions. I have an older Epson 1080 that still looks great.


I would stay away from the Pana 2000 of the ones you mention.
 

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I had all those on my short list, but went with the epson 6500ub based on the very high light output. Art measured the brightest mode at almost 2200 lumens out of the box and I believe somewhere around 680 for best mode stock. Of course these numbers change when calibrated, but still very bright. Also the 6500 has other nice features such as the frame interpolation and a really great warranty. I'd stay away from any dim projector if you plan on having any light.


I replaced my HD70 1000 lumen pj with the epson and the brightness is no comparison at all. I can now put all the lights on (7) in the room and on the brightest setting they hardly change the picture, and its almost as bright as the LCD next to the screen. I am running a 135 1.0 screen, so I am impressed with the light output. I am also able to keep the shades open in the daytime on the 8ft window, which I couldn't do before, although I would close them for movie watching, since it takes more of a hit than with house lights.
 

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I had all those on my short list, but went with the epson 6500ub based on the very high light output. Art measured the brightest mode at almost 2200 lumens out of the box and I believe somewhere around 680 for best mode stock. Of course these numbers change when calibrated, but still very bright. Also the 6500 has other nice features such as the frame interpolation and a really great warranty. I'd stay away from any dim projector if you plan on having any light.


I replaced my HD70 1000 lumen pj with the epson and the brightness is no comparison at all. I can now put all the lights on (7) in the room and on the brightest setting they hardly change the picture, and its almost as bright as the LCD next to the screen. I am running a 135 1.0 screen, so I am impressed with the light output. I am also able to keep the shades open in the daytime on the 8ft window, which I couldn't do before, although I would close them for movie watching, since it takes more of a hit than with house lights.

i never have understood the obsession with lumens. Lumens are great,but the needed lumens need to match what you are trying to do. 2,200 lumens on a 106" 1.0 gain screen is 67 foot lamberts. So bright that contrast would be terrible. 2,200 lumens is great if you are trying to light up a large 120" + screen.
 

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We have a Panasonic 720p projector that has had almost daily use for almost two years and it continues to do an outstanding job.


The current 200U model would be a good choice.
 

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You really need to give more details about your set-up and usage to get informed/valid opinions.

Okay, it will be used mainly for movies BD, HD DVD, DVD, and major sporting events ( Super Bowl, big collage games).


Equipment: 106'' Da-lite Cinema Vision screen (gray, 1.3 gain), Panasonic DMP BD 30, Toshiba HD XA2, Direct TV HD receiver, all feed to Onkyo 805 then out to the FP.


My room is pretty much light controlled, the walls are light colored but, there is a large dark curtain on the left side and the right side is mostly shelving so the won't be alot of exposed wall immediately to the right or left of the screen, I hope that this will cut down on reflection. Also I have two small lamps (with dimmers) that I would like to use when I have people over to watch the big games or movies, so people will still be able to move around with out running into things.


If there is any more info I can provide let me know, I've been staring at FP reviews and specs for the last month now and could use the help.
 

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Well since you mention some ambient light viewing I'd skip the JVC.


I'm not sure if budget is a concern, because your list has 720 and 1080 PJs with $1k price differences, but my gut says go with the choices 2 or 5 on your list.
 
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