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I'm looking for modestly-priced options for a projector that will work with some mounting constraints. I'm losing my media room to the kids and have to compromise for a video solution.

I've got a spot that will fit an 84" screen nicely, can't go much bigger. I'm pre-wired for a projector mount with about 16' throw. There's too many windows, and the light will not be controlled much. I had been looking at the Optoma HD25e or BenQ W1070 which have good brightness, but looks like they needed to be mounted much closer than I can accommodate.

The only option I can see is the Epson 8350 for that screen size at that throw distance, but sounds like I'll take a hit in brightness and possibly image quality while paying more (I'm also losing 3D, but I can live without that).

Should I just go with the 8350? Will it be bright enough on a small screen at that distance? Do I need to consider a gray screen for better contrast in a light room?

Any feedback is appreciated!
 

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That 8350 will be the best option by far if you can live without 3D. It is a fairly bright model with good, vibrant colors and it's contrast likely beats any LCD under $2100 (which will be nice after dark).

With that throw range you can certainly look at your grey screen options, but remember a light-fighting screen can't fight light that's coming in from near your back seats or projector. If you can minimize direct light hitting the screen from the nearest sides, a white screen should perform just as well.

If you can get curtains on the windows it'll make the whole situation 90% better while still leaving the room bright enough to easily walk around, eat and chat with friends/family.
 

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If you wanted to try the w1070, would it be possible to use an hdmi extender (male end, female other end) and the w1070's cord to reach back to the installed plugs (maybe through some ceiling color matched conduit) and mount the 1070 forward where it needs to be?
 

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If you wanted to try the w1070, would it be possible to use an hdmi extender (male end, female other end) and the w1070's cord to reach back to the installed plugs (maybe through some ceiling color matched conduit) and mount the 1070 forward where it needs to be?
I've got attic access and have no problem with running wires, but there's a ceiling fan in the in the middle of the room right where the w1070 should go.

I was also starting to look at the Panasonic AR100U. The throw distance should work and sounds like it's a good choice for a bright room. How does it compare to the 8350?

The w1070 is $699 at Fry's this weekend, so it's hard to think about paying $1300 for the panny or Epson.

Maybe I need to go re-take some measurements and see if there's any way to find a spot for the 1070.
 

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Thanks for mentioning the Fry's sale, just got Amazon to take $30 off my order for the w1070 that hasn't shipped yet. I've read a ton of great reviews for the w1070 and I'm sure I'm gonna love it and you probably will too! What a great price.
 

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For a small 84 inch screen, you'll light up a screen with the 8350 with no issues. I know, I have an 8350 and I just reduced my picture to 84 inches to see what it looks like. The picture was super bright and punchy.
The AR100u is brighter, but a little grainier. That may not be noticeable at a small screen size.
 
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