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I've read so many reviews my head is going to explode. This is my first project. Room painted, waiting on carpet. Room is approx. 16.5'x12' and has no windows. Plan on a 100' screen. Trying to decide on the right projector. Any help?


ViewSonic PRO8200 (new or factory refurb)

Optoma HD20 (New or factory refurb)

Epson PowerLite 8350 (New or factory refurb)


Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
 

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What about the Benq w1070, it's the best image under $1000. Otherwise the Epson 8350 is good but it can vary depending on convergence. The Viewsonic Pro8200 is decent, but no longer my first pick in this price range. One advantage of the Viewsonic is with DLP's there is less QC variance (though there is some), so it's easier to be sure you have a good unit. When buying your first projector, you have to make sure the convergence or lens isn't malformed.
 

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I'm not really excited or interested in 3D which is why I didn't consider the benq. Also, the ones listed can be purchased for less than $700. I'm interested in a good 1080 unit but also expect to upgrade at some point down the road.
 

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The best deal in this price range was some refurb Acer h9500bd's not long ago (I think on Tiger Direct) for $720, but I think they sold out right now. That projector has the best blacks in your price range, though the IRIS might be a bit bouncy for you, but even with the IRIS disabled it still has some of the best blacks. The Mitsubishi hc4000 still has the best native contrast overall for any sub-$1200 projector, but it has no IRIS. There are some Mits hc7800's for $1200 right now, but that sounds like more than you want to pay.


OK, I think the Benq w1070 beats all those you listed above even in 2D, and I've seen them all except the Acer, even own the Viewsonic Pro8200 as well as several others. The hd20 is ok but it's not very bright and doesn't have the best contrast. $700 for an Epson 8350 is pretty cheap, didn't know you could even get a refurb 8350 for that price.


You could also look into a refurbished Mitsubishi hc4000, but not sure if there are any refurbs floating around as it's more expensive.


You might also look into a used JVC HD-250 or JVC DLA-RS2, but you might not find one in that price range (maybe, $1000 or less possibly).
 

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3D is just a feature, don't discount a pj based on it having that option. If you can swing the price to the 1070, it is a pretty good "bang for your buck" buy atm, if it works in the setup with it's limited "lens shift".
 

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I agree with the comment about the W1070, but the other models are decent enough.


I will say that since it sounds like your room is almost complete - where are the cables and power for your projector currently run or how do you intend to handle them? Table mounted? Ceiling mounted? Are cables all in place already? If so, how far from where you want to have the screen?


What is your seating/viewing distance? Do you know if 100" diagonal is appropriate for your seating distance?


The projector is almost the easy part... All look reasonably good. Motion tends to be handled a bit better with DLP which is nice for sports, but all of them look good.
 

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@AV_Integrated (and anyone else)- Room size is exactly 11.17' wide x 16.54' Long x 8.70' tall. Will run electrical and HDMI/cabeling to ceiling depending on where the pj is mounted (and i have no idea how far back it should be mounted). Plan on doing in wall rear speakers and possibly in wall front r/l/c if possible, but may end up with tall or bookshelf for r/l/c. Components will be in room next door. This is my plan at least. I have an electrician who will do some cabling for me for a good price.


Main viewing distance will be 12-14' but there may be people as close as 6-7'. That will be rare, but still possible. Does this help with your suggestion?
 

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@AV_Integrated- Room size is exactly 11.17' wide x 16.54' Long x 8.70' tall. Will run electrical and HDMI/cabeling to ceiling depending on where the pj is mounted (and i have no idea how far back it should be mounted). Plan on doing in wall rear speakers and possibly in wall front r/l/c if possible, but may end up with tall or bookshelf for r/l/c. Components will be in room next door. This is my plan at least. I have an electrician who will do some cabling for me for a good price.


Main viewing distance will be 12-14' but there may be people as close as 6-7'. That will be rare, but still possible. Does this help with your suggestion?
 

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Also curious about white or grey screen? so many questions, i should just hire one of you to come to my house!!!
 

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Different pj's, different screen sizes determine the distance you can place it. http://www.eliteprojectorcalculator.com/ Easy to use calc that can give you some ideas on distances vs screen sizes on the Benq 1070 for example. You can also look at the brightness numbers to determine if you need a higher gain, and then consider if you might need to go to a grey screen to increase contrast depending on the pj you decide upon and the room conditions.


The Benq EP5920 won't be as good at blacks, compared to the 1070 with the dark chip 3. It will also be needed to be placed slightly lower, if mounting on the ceiling, which may be a concern. It's more of a hybrid data/video pj.
 

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I am going to go with the BenQ W1070. Ceiling is 8'8". Room is approx. 16'x12'. The BenQ website says that the ceiling mount needs to be 2'1" from the ceiling to projector. That seems really low to me, like it will be in the way. I am going to do 100" painted screen. Advice on mounts?
 
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