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Author Topic: Projectors? LCD, DLP, LED, 3D What's the answer?  (Read 1405 times)
Lawson@yedi.com
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« on: March 22, 2017, 03:12:50 pm »

I'm looking for some projector suggestions. I have an old DLP projector that is 1024x768 native with 2,000 lumens and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. It works great for my movies, never any complaints on our 16x9 screen, but that projector cost $899 back when I bought it. I regularly see projectors that are 1080p and 3,000 lumens for $550 or less. What projector would you buy today for outside theater? Is there a preferred brand or type? Thanks.

- I need to throw to a 220" OutStanding Screens screen. Right now I project from 26' which is perfect.
- I want HDMI, 15pin PC, component and s-video plugs. I guess I want options in a pinch even though s-video won't carry 1080p.
- It might be nice to have options. Can I change lenses on some projectors and get both long and short throw? How short for a 220" screen?
- My projector SUCK when it comes to replacing bulbs. One bulb cost nearly $400 some years ago. I hope that has changed.

Other than that, is there such a thing as an outdoor projector, or should I just not my projector get rained on? I have put screen across the vents at times to prevent bugs from getting in, but I now project from a screened in porch.

Oh, and to my subject, LCD, DLP, LED, 3D. Holy crap! I just want a projector that is bright, with high contrast, that last forever, and is inexpensive.

I did buy a Viewsonic PJD5533w projector as a refurb through Macmall a couple years ago. It was $299 and 1080p (see below). Cheaper than a replacement light bulb for my old projector, so I had to buy it. I gave it to a friend and now I wish I hadn't! I should have bought 10 of them.

Correction: I just checked the specs of the Viewsonic above. It had 128x800 native resolution, not 1080p. But, it was 2,800 lumens and had a 15,000:1 contrast ratio. Still an improvement, but not native 1080p

Thanks for your thoughts!
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2017, 12:23:52 pm »

As someone did for me when I was looking to upgrade my PJ (still mulling over a few) this site helped a lot in decided a PJ: https://epson.com/Clearance-Center/Projectors-for-Work/c/cc302

Like you I have an older PJ and I want to move it where I: A) don't have to set it up, can leave it in a permanent spot B) have a med/long throw lens for a 55" throw.

The Powerlite Pro G series I know have lens options.

That site has helped me narrow it down.  I don't think there's and outdoor PJ that I've seen.  Bulb costs always suck for PJs.

Hopefully it helps.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2017, 12:01:11 am »

Bulb cost can vary from PJ to PJ.  Some are just a few hundred others much more.  You can always check before you buy.  As far as LCD, DLP, LED or 3D I think it's pretty much personal choice, and to be frank in my opinion I don't think it much matters in an outdoor theatre.  There are to many inconsistencies that you can control outside to make one better than the other.  Although I know some folk on the forum do it, I would not personally go the 3D route in an outdoor theatre, especially if your using a larger screen, have a longer throw distance ect.  Again some folks do the 3D thing outside and I do love 3D effects but it's not something that I want to try to do outside personally. 
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