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« on: May 30, 2017, 09:34:20 am »

Hello all, not sure how many are still using this site but I am looking for a decent PJ for about 300 bucks. Better to go used or new? Hope it will be a great movie season!!
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2017, 12:18:46 am »

I doubt very highly that you will find anything remotely decent new for $300.  However you could probably find something a few years old in good shape for that or less, depending on your needs.  I've found used non-HDMI units can often be had for a song.
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SIT & VUE "3" OUTDOOR THEATRES

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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 02:23:43 pm »

used for that price an old Epson for my money
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2017, 09:13:43 pm »

Hi,

My first new projector was an inFocus in24. I spent $500 for it new. It was a very nice projector for the money. Later I sold it for $400 and then bought a new in26 projector. I still have the in26 as a backup. I use an Optima for the last 2 years. The trade off is the older projectors are not as bright, so your movie has to start later.  I would recommend either of those projectors.

Here is the good news, on eBay you can get these projectors fro about $35 to $65.

Best of luck!

Carl

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2047675.m570.l1311.R10.TR12.TRC2.A0.H1.Xinfocus+.TRS0&_nkw=infocus+in24&_sacat=0


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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2017, 04:37:43 pm »

Going to start looking at Optima. Thanks guys
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2017, 01:17:00 am »

Hello all, not sure how many are still using this site but I am looking for a decent PJ for about 300 bucks. Better to go used or new? Hope it will be a great movie season!!

I'm not sure what your experience level is with BYT so please don't be offended if this is all stuff you know.  I was just looking at Optima PJ's on E-bay and many of them are around 1,500 - 1,700 lumens.  Depending on the size of your screen and ambient light you may or may not be happy with that amount of light output. 

I cannot attest to the optima brand as I have never owned one but there are many folks on the forum that do so I'm sure it would be a great choice however I should give you my experience with a used Epson.  I bought it used in 2007 I believe it's a powershot 81 so technically it's a business projector, but I used it at the Sit & Vue.  We would start the season usually in May and end in September.  Double features both Friday and Saturday nights.  That's ruffly 200 hours a year.  All I have ever done is cleaned the thing once every spring, and replaced the bulb as needed.  So I have put total of over 2,000 hours on this unit without it letting me down I think that's pretty good for $100. 
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2017, 02:17:19 am »

I've been using Epson projectors for years and I've been consistently impressed with their quality and longevity. I sold my first projector (an Epson 705HD) after 6 years of use and nearly as many bulbs and it's logged many thousands of hours of bright, beautiful projection. Go look for a used 730HD or 740HD and you'll have a great PJ with cheap bulbs and very bright for outdoor use.
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Now I own eight commercial rental screens ranging from 9x5 to 30x17!
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