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1  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Epson EX7235 PRO. Opinions please on: September 11, 2017, 10:58:22 am
I'd prefer an audio out as well, but you get a relatively inexpensive switcher that performs the same functionality (I use this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QJGAKCW/).

I also have the Epson 1040 which is essentially the same projector but with 1080 resolution. Yes, it looks slightly better with Blu-ray content, but I'm still perfectly happy with the 720 picture as well. Many people imagine the picture quality between 720 and 1080 is substantial, but it's really not. It's better if you can afford it, but not a deal breaker if you can't.

For a 144" screen, I predict you'll be quite pleased with anything 2500+ lumens and at least 1280x720 resolution.

That is a perfect solution to my problem. I'm taking your advice and will be willing to go for 720p which opens up my options and also allows me to grab a unit w/ a lack of audio out. Thanks, again!!
2  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Epson EX7235 PRO. Opinions please on: September 11, 2017, 08:46:00 am
For a under $400 new projector, I'd buy this: https://www.amazon.com/Epson-Cinema-Brightness-Theater-Projector/dp/B014D7Y1XC/

I own four of them right now and they are awesome for outdoor movie screens.
TY again for the reply. Biggest downside I have to that particular unit is the lack of audio out. You find the picture quality acceptable at 1080? I was led to believe I wouldn't be happy with a 720p.
3  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Epson EX7235 PRO. Opinions please on: September 09, 2017, 06:18:43 pm
I owned an Epson EX72xx for a short while. For $200, you'll be thrilled with it. If you had twice the budget, I'd make a different recommendation, but sometimes it just comes down to what's available right now. Get a projector and start enjoying your screen for the rest of the season.

Ty for the reply.  I've come to the realization that a new projector of acceptable quality is not in the works for new this year,  unless I was to buy a no name knock off,  which I was already advised to do.  So now I'm looking into used,  and would be willing to spend 300-400, but there's so many options.  I do know that 3000 lumens is the absolute minimum for brightness,  because I'd like to be able to show by dusk at latest.  What are the other important specs I need to look at? Contrast ratio,  what should I be looking for? Name brands other than epson,  Acer,  BenQ, and optoma? I don't mind putting in the research,  but not sure what I need to look for. 
4  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Epson EX7235 PRO. Opinions please on: September 08, 2017, 05:54:04 pm
I have a chance to pick up this projector used with under 500 hours for  $200.  Any know about this projector? Pros/cons. Will be used with 144 inch gemmy inflatable. 
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-EX7235_Pro.htm
5  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: BEST PROJECTOR ON A $300 BUDGET?? on: September 07, 2017, 12:58:44 pm
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The big thing is stay with the big names and don't consider any of the cheap chinese knockoffs! Epson. Optoma, Ben-Q, Viewsonic to name a few. The Viewsonic that was HD on the link you posted looked nice. You've got the specs down.....lumens & resolution are the 2 most important. DLP or LCD is something you have to make a decision on as well. http://www.projectorcentral.com/ is a great resource in looking for the right projector either new or used. Good luck!

Thanks you again for the reply.
So if the specs are good on that Viewsonic, what is wrong with it, other than the fact it does not do 1080p. I guess my question is why should I stay away from it, or what would make you hesitant on it??

They also have an XGA ($409) and WXGA ($449) version of the same projector. Thoughts?
6  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: BEST PROJECTOR ON A $300 BUDGET?? on: September 07, 2017, 08:03:27 am
I would NOT buy this unit.

Spend the money on a HD unit. If you do NOT have the money then wait till you do.

Do it right the first time, you will save in the long run

rg

Is there anything "acceptable" in that $300 price range? I'm not opposed to buy used either. Thanks


I'm with Movieman on this one! Many of us settled when buying our first projector only to replace it a short time later! Bg thing about used is most of the time you don't know how much time is used on the bulbs. New bulb can sometimes run $100 which is something else you need to consider when you buy a unit!  Wink

Thanks for the reply. I'm going rephrase my question to get some more input. What models would be considered for a good used projector, and if I was going to hold out for new, what would me the most budget friendly decent unit cost. What are the important specs that I'm looking for.
7  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: BEST PROJECTOR ON A $300 BUDGET?? on: September 06, 2017, 04:33:56 pm
I would NOT buy this unit.

Spend the money on a HD unit. If you do NOT have the money then wait till you do.

Do it right the first time, you will save in the long run

rg

Is there anything "acceptable" in that $300 price range? I'm not opposed to buy used either. Thanks
8  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / BEST PROJECTOR ON A $300 BUDGET?? on: September 06, 2017, 09:57:07 am
Hi all, I'm so happy to finally become a "member" of this community. I recently got a great deal on a brand new 12 ft air blown Gemmy and am in the market for a projector. Throw distance is not an issue as I have over 100 feet to go back. I'm minimally looking for 720 (preferably 1080p), that I could play with at least some ambient light present. I'm trying to stay on a budget friendly max of $300, so I know my options are limited. I believe I need a minimum of 3000 lumens to get anything  decent with any ambient light. Here is one I'm considereing, but certainly welcome others suggestions.  Thanks in advance.

https://www.amazon.com/ViewSonic-PJD5155-3300-Lumens-Projector/dp/B00SZ4G4YE/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1504705938&sr=1-2&keywords=hd+projector&refinements=p_n_feature_seven_browse-bin%3A11028018011%2Cp_n_feature_three_browse-bin%3A3235178011%2Cp_36%3A-30000
9  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Re: Newbie needs guidance on: April 21, 2008, 02:42:40 pm
Thanks for the quick reply. That is pretty much the kind of advice I was looking for. Just how many lumens do I really need, resolutuon, pixel count, and dependabilty (so many options). At least I now have a few numbers to start limiting the large world of projectors. All input is appreciated. Thanks again.
10  Backyard Theater discussions / Projector specific / Newbie needs guidance on: April 21, 2008, 12:22:12 pm
Hello group. First off I want to say that this is one of the coolest websites I've ever found. Glad to know I'm not the only one out there with these slightly less than normal ideas.  I told my wife I was gonna build a drive in in our back yard and she laughed it off. She should know me by now! Anyways the endless list of projector options has got my head spinning. My screen size will be somewhere between 20 and 30' approx. 10' off the ground. I am using a nice white reverse side of a vinyl billboard for material. My initial thought was to shoot the projector out of my bedroom approx. 125' away from the screen. From what I've read so far that sounds near impossible with the avearge equiptment out there. So if I have to put the projector in the yard anyways it seems my options are endless. I'm really trying to keep this project under a thousand. With my donated billboard, my previously retired kenwood receiver (from my home theater) and DCM loud speakers, my only expenses I see are projector, cables, and screen frame. I also don't want to forget the labor, but that's the fun part. Anyone that can point me in the right direction? Projector central just made my headache worse so I'm looking for any decent oppinions. Thanks in advance. Scott
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