I am looking for a projector for my backyard home theater . It must be capable of projecting 70 ft and 55 ft. Also what size screen would i need at these distances ? The screens will be portable so what materials would you recommend?
I suggest you check out the Vivitek line-up. There you'll get a high lumen PJ (5200 -single bulb-)for a decent price (D5000 is under $3K), and they offer a Long Throw lens for approx $700. You will need a LTL, make no mistake, and the price listed above is about 1/2 of anything else on the market.
You'll need all those lumens too. The above suggestion is based on your very real needs. No single lens PJ will fit the Bill. At just 50' throw, unless a long throw lens is employed, your screen size would have to be far beyond your ability to accommodate.
Knowing what's available out there helps, and the suggested combo above is the only viable choice for under $6-7K. You should get out for $3.6K max.
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