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This is my first projector, I'm kind of a bang for my buck kind of guy and trying to decide between the Epson 8350 or the Panny AR100. I have a basement cinema room with recessed lighting and glass block windows. I really want to be able to use the projector when I have company or when the guys are over to play cards. Have read great reviews on both and am leaning toward the Panny because of it's rated brightness but also read that the blacks are not good. I can live with iffy black while the lights are on but am concerned if the blacks are still bad with all the lights out for dedicated movie viewing. Also wondering if I should be thinking about a fairly neutral gain screen of 1.1-1.3 is what I should be thinking about for either projector.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated.
 

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Originally Posted by rfish954  /t/1469418/struggling-between-the-epson-8350-and-the-panny-ar100#post_23231473


This is my first projector, I'm kind of a bang for my buck kind of guy and trying to decide between the Epson 8350 or the Panny AR100.

Ahh, the proverbial 8350 versus AR100U question. If you do a search of this forum you will find many identical posts. The AR100U (which I own) is $1300. A refurbished 8350 can be purchased for $900 and about $1100 new. So price-wise the 8350 wins.

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&sku=V11H373120-N&ref=r014001222


The blacks on the AR100U are fine, possibly not up to the 8350 levels but it does well in the dark. Look through the comments and pictures in the owner's thread.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1428735/the-official-panasonic-pt-ar100u-owners-thread


Another popular and inexpensive projector getting a lot of attention lately is the BenQ W1070.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1435626/benq-w1070-dlp-full-hd-3d-ready-with-lens-shift-for-1000


Any of these projectors should work out well for you. Your choice.
 

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Thanks Mr.G. What screen are you using with your ar100.

It's a 119" (16:9) white screen with a 1.1 gain purchased over a decade ago. If you're looking for a bargain priced screen I can recommend the Elite SableFrame. My niece and husband purchased one several months and the 120" has worked out very well for them.

 

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How big of screen? I shoot an 8350 on about an 85" diagonal matt white screen, and can use it with a bit of light in the room - of course the image somewhat washes out when the window shades are open during the day.
 
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