Grant,Hi everyone! First time posting on this forum, so please let me know if I'm in the wrong place.
I just bought an Optoma EH460 projector on eBay, it wasn't my first choice, but I wanted a current 1080P, 3d projector for under $300(I'm a nearly broke college kid) and this fit the bill. This projector retails for $1099 normally, but the guy I bought it from didn't know what it was and had it listed under the regulatory number instead of the model number.
This projector is 4800 lumens, probably closer to 3000 when in eco mode, but from what I've read, this will be too bright to get a good, contrasty image in a dark room(I plan to only have a 100" screen). So I'm thinking about putting a polarization filter 6 inches in front of the lens to cut down the brightness, is this a dumb idea? Should I just return or resell the projector? I plan to use it mostly for movies in a nearly pitch-black room and for parties with MusicBeam. Also, I saw that it has a 5 color wheel instead of the normal six, will this affect movies at all? It still has the normal 1.07 million colors.
Also, this is the EH460, not the EH460ST, and its from mid-2018 with what I'm told was sparse use, but I didn't get the actual lamp hours.
It won't let me post the link here because I'm new, but if you search eh460, you can find the spec sheet.
Thanks for your help!
Welcome to the forum. What screen material do you plan to use? Do you plan to calibrate the projector? These are variables that lower the light output.
If you use a grey material for your screen, you will perceive greater contrast from your projector. Calibrating for accurate color will also affect the lumen output of the projector. You should end up with a nice watchable picture that any starving student would be proud of.
I'm sure others will give you plenty of advice to get you where you want to be. Good luck on your new hobby.