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Stephen Swaffer

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DLP projector suggestions
« on: April 26, 2017, 11:10:47 pm »

We need to replace our projector.  Looking at DLPs in the 7000-9000 lumen range.  We have a 12' wide 4:3 screen, ideal throw distance would be around 50 feet.

Features I know I want:

wired or LAN remote
HDMI and VGA inputs

What else should I be looking for-can I get decent quality under $10,000?

One we have looked at is the  Panasonic PT-DW830UW .

What am I overlooking and will wish I had considered?  Suggestions?
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Re: DLP projector suggestions
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2017, 11:25:08 pm »

We need to replace our projector.  Looking at DLPs in the 7000-9000 lumen range.  We have a 12' wide 4:3 screen, ideal throw distance would be around 50 feet.

Features I know I want:

wired or LAN remote
HDMI and VGA inputs

What else should I be looking for-can I get decent quality under $10,000?

One we have looked at is the  Panasonic PT-DW830UW .

What am I overlooking and will wish I had considered?  Suggestions?

Ambient light?  Lights pointed at the screen?
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Re: DLP projector suggestions
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2017, 07:09:20 am »

We need to replace our projector.  Looking at DLPs in the 7000-9000 lumen range.  We have a 12' wide 4:3 screen, ideal throw distance would be around 50 feet.

Features I know I want:

wired or LAN remote
HDMI and VGA inputs

What else should I be looking for-can I get decent quality under $10,000?

One we have looked at is the  Panasonic PT-DW830UW .

What am I overlooking and will wish I had considered?  Suggestions?
Hey Steve. I would try to go laser if you can. Also, the world has moved to 16:9, so I would get a projector in that shape even if you have to run it in 4:3 mode for a while until you get a different screen.

Full HD is nice, but the various 720p resolutions - 1280x800, 1280x720, etc. look just as good once you are back a few feet, so I would sacrifice resolution first.

Panasonic PT-RW730 or PT-RZ770 look to be the 720p and 1080p versions in that brightness range respectively.
« Last Edit: April 27, 2017, 07:30:04 am by TJ (Tom) Cornish »
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Re: DLP projector suggestions
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2017, 12:39:21 pm »

Ambient light?  Lights pointed at the screen?

Lights pointed at the screen can be DMX controlled.  What is less controlled is 2 large stained glass windows on each side of the 100 ft wide auditorium.  Our old worn out 6000 lumen is usable, if not really good.
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Re: DLP projector suggestions
« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2017, 02:37:24 pm »

Hey Steve. I would try to go laser if you can. Also, the world has moved to 16:9, so I would get a projector in that shape even if you have to run it in 4:3 mode for a while until you get a different screen.

Full HD is nice, but the various 720p resolutions - 1280x800, 1280x720, etc. look just as good once you are back a few feet, so I would sacrifice resolution first.

Panasonic PT-RW730 or PT-RZ770 look to be the 720p and 1080p versions in that brightness range respectively.
I have never agreed with needing 1080. Depending on the distance the the majority of the congregation nobody will notice the difference between 720 and 1080.

Do some research on how the human eye works and resolution at distance
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Re: DLP projector suggestions
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2017, 10:16:36 am »

Panasonic PT-RX110 seems to fit your requirements in all but price:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1253790-REG/panasonic_pt_rx110bu_10_400_lumens_xga_resolution.html

Will you make up that $4k in bulbs and labor over the 20,000 hour life of the projector?
« Last Edit: April 28, 2017, 10:19:02 am by Robert Healey »
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Re: DLP projector suggestions
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2017, 12:52:17 am »

One we have looked at is the  Panasonic PT-DW830UW .
What am I overlooking and will wish I had considered?  Suggestions?

The Panasonic PT-DZ870UK would be my first choice, but a bit over your budget (plus you need to get the lens.)
If you need to go lower-priced, Optoma makes decent large venue DLP projectors.
If you don't mind LCD, Epson G7905UNL is hard to beat for price/performance.

If you want a budget DLP projector and don't mind used, the 7000 lumen Panasonic PT-D7700 is an absolute bargain.  Just make sure it comes with the ET-MD77DV (DVI/HDMI) or ET-MD77SD3 (HDSDI) card -- those cards are expensive to buy separately.  It's reliable (3 chip -- no color wheel) and aftermarket lamps are dirt cheap.  It is 1400 x 1050 res, so it would be a 720 projector in 16:9 mode.  Honestly, most people can't see the difference at normal viewing distances between a true 1080 and 720 projector.

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