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blaze_125 June 3, 2011 07:06 AM

projector advise needed
So I'm in the market for a home theatre projector.
Native 1080p is a must.
1000$ + taxes is my budget.
The projector will be used to play movies, and play computer games.
The projector will be ceiling mounted at a maximum of 14' from the screen
Screen size will be approx 100" diag
The home theatre room is the basement. The walls are painted a very dark grey, with no gloss in the paint.

This is the one I'm currently looking at:
Costco - Optoma® HD200X TrueHD** 1080p DLP® Home Theatre Projector

lcdguy June 3, 2011 09:27 AM

The price limit of $1000 is going to limit your choices on good 1080p projectors (unless the prices have come down a lot since i bought mine). As for brand i would stick with either Epson or Optoma. As for models if i were in the market for one i would be looking at the following units.

Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 8350
Optoma you listed

You should also consider which projector technology you want to go with both have their pluses and minuses.

DLP - Great contrast, But some people are susceptible to the "Rainbow Effect" which can cause headaches.

LCD - Quick, Great response times, Excellent Color Reproduction. However produces the "Screen Door Effect" which doesn't cause much headaches and is barely noticeable on the 1080p units. Personally i don't notice it on my projector unless i go close up or really look for it. (btw i use an epson projector)

As for brands i love epson as they have a great warranty (2 years on the projector, 90 days on bulbs)

blaze_125 June 3, 2011 09:01 PM

thanks lcdguy

I looked up the Epson unit just now. It's got better specs than the Optoma, too bad the price difference is that big though...

On a side note... I just googled the optoma one and got a price compare site.
Optoma HD200x - Price Comparison - Canada - Video Projectors

Dell.ca 2 400$
Costco 950$


lcdguy June 3, 2011 09:05 PM

yup sometimes dell prices are really out there. If i were you i would see if there is either a costco near by or a home theatre store nearby where you can try out the different technologies (dlp vs lcd) see which one you like the best. There's nothing wrong with optoma they make some very nice projectors i just have always had and preferred epson projectors but they are more expensive (my current one was probably to expensive but i still love it) Also while projecting on a wall is fine a screen does make a big difference as it reflects some of the light back so it appears brighter than just straight on the wall.

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