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Hi!



I was contemplating buying a new TV larger than my current 50" LG Full HD Plasma screen. But then I came to think of it: What about a projector?

First off, I need to say, that I don't know anything about projectors. What the specs need to be in order to give a decent picture. I only know of resolutions, and because most my movies are 1080p, I figured I should go for a 1080p Full HD display. I have no clue about ANSI, Lumen and longevity, or whatever those things are called.


I know my price range is about $ 965/€ 740/£ 640/5500 DKKR. I'd like to get a Full HD projector, but if any of you have any better choices or reasons feel free to share your thoughts smile.gif

I've been looking at an Optoma HD230X, but I have no clue whether or not it's good. I can't really go anywhere to get a demo here frown.gif

I will be using the projector as my home entertainment system. For television, 1080p movies, maybe some console gaming. I don't really believe in 3D yet. I don't believe there's a reason to use it before we don't need those stupid glasses, haha! smile.gif


But anyway, share your thoughts and opinions, please! They'll be much appreciated! I will +rep anyone with relevant information smile.gif


Thanks in advance!
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No answers yet? frown.gif

I don't know if it's in the wrong section though...

But basically looking for a projector for 60% television, 30% 1080p movies and 10% console gaming (don't own one at the moment) at around $ 965. Been looking at an Optoma HD230X because it's 1920x1080p. Maybe 3D would be an option in the future, but I don't want to start getting glasses for it and what not. Plus, you look totally ridiculous with those 3D-glasses on.
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BUMP? smile.gif

Would be nice with a couple of suggestions.
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Sub zero



Sub scribed.
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Sub zero



Sub scribed.

Oh, now I get it... I'm so slow.

But not many answers are rolling in. Actually, haven't got any replies yet. But I keep waiting patiently! smile.gif
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Your budget is a little low, lowest projector I would want to buy right now is an Epson 3010/3020. That's not to say there are not some nice ones in your budget, I just need to look a little more because I dont know about the lower cost projectors.

I have an Epson 6100 that is 1080p and I love it. I run it on a 110" elitescreen.

What is your room setup like? Do you have light control? Do you already have a sound system to hook it up to?
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The Acer H9500BD at $999 gets a pretty good review. However, I would have issues with Acer, as have owners from newegg reviews. My other problem with recommending this is its a single chip DLP projector with limited placement flexibility. Some people are sensitive to the DLP rainbow effect. I've never noticed this but have always preferred LCD projectors (or LCOS is even better but out of your price range for sure).

Mitsubishi HC4000 for $1119 isnt a bad buy either. Same issue as above with it being a DLP projector but when the older model (HC3800) first came out it got amazing praise for its price range. I would think you get better build quality out of this one, but the Acer is new, has 3D, and has better black levels which is very important for front projectors, and has better placement flexibility. If you can stand the gamble with buying the Acer, it is the better projector.

The Epson 8350 is the newer version of my projector. Basically same exact thing I have except it has an improved dynamic iris to give it an appearance of better black levels in some situations. Amazing placement flexibility with great zoom (2.1:1 I believe) with both vertical and horizontal lens shift. It's worth noting Epson is the company that makes the majority of the LCD panels for all the other brands. Also they use a lamp they call the E-TORL I believe, it is rated for some of the longest run times compared to all other projectors. I've found this especially true if you run the fan on high which on my 6100 is still barely audible.

The Epson 3020 would be the preferred projector if you could stretch your budget. Basically this projector has everything that makes the 8350 good, but adds 3d support and a ton of brightness. So it can be used with more lights more easily.

That's just a few examples. If you have more questions just ask, I can do some research and give you my opinions if you want. I absolutely love my home theater setup and wouldn't trade it for any TV. My buddy has a 65" Pioneer Kuro Elite plasma, a TV that most would consider one of the best TVs ever made. He comes over to my house to play xbox coop because playing on the projector is just more fun. You cant beat the sheer size of the projector. Maybe I'll go snap some pictures to show my setup.

and... here you go. My setup. Disregard my computer, its not usually there. My cousin literally just bought me a 4gb GTX 670 (he owed me money) and wanted to play Crysis 3 on the projector. I just haven't moved it back to my desk yet. I ended up playing SC2 and HOTS on it within this last week, it is fun to play on.



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Your budget is a little low, lowest projector I would want to buy right now is an Epson 3010/3020. That's not to say there are not some nice ones in your budget, I just need to look a little more because I dont know about the lower cost projectors.

I have an Epson 6100 that is 1080p and I love it. I run it on a 110" elitescreen.

What is your room setup like? Do you have light control? Do you already have a sound system to hook it up to?


Well, it would be for the living room. It's a pretty bright room, but it could be changed with som black curtains or something. I already have a surround sound setup. Nothing great. Just a low budget LG setup.

I have light control. Like on/off haha biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by sepheroth003 View Post

The Acer H9500BD at $999 gets a pretty good review. However, I would have issues with Acer, as have owners from newegg reviews. My other problem with recommending this is its a single chip DLP projector with limited placement flexibility. Some people are sensitive to the DLP rainbow effect. I've never noticed this but have always preferred LCD projectors (or LCOS is even better but out of your price range for sure).

Mitsubishi HC4000 for $1119 isnt a bad buy either. Same issue as above with it being a DLP projector but when the older model (HC3800) first came out it got amazing praise for its price range. I would think you get better build quality out of this one, but the Acer is new, has 3D, and has better black levels which is very important for front projectors, and has better placement flexibility. If you can stand the gamble with buying the Acer, it is the better projector.

The Epson 8350 is the newer version of my projector. Basically same exact thing I have except it has an improved dynamic iris to give it an appearance of better black levels in some situations. Amazing placement flexibility with great zoom (2.1:1 I believe) with both vertical and horizontal lens shift. It's worth noting Epson is the company that makes the majority of the LCD panels for all the other brands. Also they use a lamp they call the E-TORL I believe, it is rated for some of the longest run times compared to all other projectors. I've found this especially true if you run the fan on high which on my 6100 is still barely audible.

The Epson 3020 would be the preferred projector if you could stretch your budget. Basically this projector has everything that makes the 8350 good, but adds 3d support and a ton of brightness. So it can be used with more lights more easily.

That's just a few examples. If you have more questions just ask, I can do some research and give you my opinions if you want. I absolutely love my home theater setup and wouldn't trade it for any TV. My buddy has a 65" Pioneer Kuro Elite plasma, a TV that most would consider one of the best TVs ever made. He comes over to my house to play xbox coop because playing on the projector is just more fun. You cant beat the sheer size of the projector. Maybe I'll go snap some pictures to show my setup.

and... here you go. My setup. Disregard my computer, its not usually there. My cousin literally just bought me a 4gb GTX 670 (he owed me money) and wanted to play Crysis 3 on the projector. I just haven't moved it back to my desk yet. I ended up playing SC2 and HOTS on it within this last week, it is fun to play on.

I WANT YOUR SETUP! biggrin.gif

Jokes aside. You have a beautiful setup! It looks like a premium theater! I'm afraid I don't have money for that. I guess I could setup another room for it other than the living room. The wow-effect from friends and family would be priceless!

I really can't stretch my budget much. I could try, but I don't think I really could. But I dream of a home theater myself. No more need to spend hundreds of bucks at the cinema... I would change my sound system on the go. Like, first the receiver and then the speakers.

But thank you for your reply! It really puts things in perspective. God, there's a lot to look out for and remember! But I want a pretty cheap (not third world cheap), but good quality (for the price) projector. And I just thought that a 1080p projector would be the better choice smile.gif
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate Barracuda 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Western Digital 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Hitachi Deskstar 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Western Digital "Elements" 3.5" 7200rpm [External] 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Western Digital 2.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Seagate Barracuda 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Western Digital 3.5" 7200rpm [Internal] Samsung 840 Series SSD 
Optical DriveOSMonitorMonitor
Pioneer DVR-115 DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 2x BenQ 24" G2420HDB LG 50PK250N 50" Plasma TV 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
BenQ 1070W Projector Logitech K200 XFX ProSeries Black Edition 850W Phanteks Enthoo Pro 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Roccat Kone+ SteelSeries 4D Cerwin Vega XLS-6 speakers Fronts Cerwin Vega CLSC-6C Center 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Jamo cornet 40 II Rears Pioneer VSX-421 Surround Receiver Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Rage Wireless LG HX906SB 3D Home Cinema system 
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