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Old 11th December 2016, 12:25   #121
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I would suggest going for CL720D because 720p resolution is bare minimum for projectors these days and with 3000 lumens it would ensure good brightness levels., also be careful to check if you are getting the original Excelvan CL720D projector when buying from India
Thank you, I was thinking the same. I am planning to buy it from gearbest. As for the brightness, most reviews seem to indicate its often grossly exaggerated by the Chinese manufacturer's. Let's see.
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Room size is 12x10 and I have space to project on the shorter side only. So viewing distance is going to be approx 7-8 feet. I am not looking for a large image but anything from the 40-50" should be fine.

Any first hand experience with any of these?
Given the viewing distance and If you are looking at a screen size of 40 - 50 " then an LED TV would be a better bet. You will not have to worry about ambient light / HDMI wiring / the Projector screen etc..

My 2 cents is a projector makes sense only if you are looking at > 60".

Don't want to discourage you though, your call in the end.
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I am in the same boat and toying with the idea of getting a LED projector instead of a 2nd TV. Mainly because they are cheaper than the regular DLP ones. I intend to play content directly from the HDD or internet, will not be getting another STB.

I have shortlisted cheaper models based on reviews I have read so far. One is UC46 (native resolution 480p) for ~5k and CL720D (native resolution 720p) for ~10k. Since I haven't owned projectors in the past, I am wary of putting in more as I am not sure if the setup will work out. Can upgrade later if I find these lacking.

Room size is 12x10 and I have space to project on the shorter side only. So viewing distance is going to be approx 7-8 feet. I am not looking for a large image but anything from the 40-50" should be fine.

Any first hand experience with any of these?
The first benefit of having a projector is having a big screen. A 50 inch screen is small even for TV these days. Given the size of the room and the amount of short throw projectors available, I am sure you can easily aim for a 100" screen size - from a distance of 3-5 feet. And do not worry about the distance and the impact on eyes, as projections being reflected light, will not harm the eyes in any ways.

Go for the biggest screen size possible, else stick with a 50" LED.
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Any first hand experience with any of these?
I do. The same uc thing(unic,ithink).
It's passable in resolution, the size of the picture makes up for the loss. Coupled with a 2.1 speaker system, I watched the entire motogp 2016 season on it. However, it needs a completely dark room.
For 5k, the whole setup is one you can give a try to to see if you should invest in heavier equipment.
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Given the viewing distance and If you are looking at a screen size of 40 - 50 " then an LED TV would be a better bet. You will not have to worry about ambient light / HDMI wiring / the Projector screen etc..

My 2 cents is a projector makes sense only if you are looking at > 60".

Don't want to discourage you though, your call in the end.
Thank you! The TV thing did cross my mind but am more inclined towards the projector due to the small form factor. It can be tucked away when not in use. For the TV, not only would I have to invest more, but will also need to get the wiring altered in my case.

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The first benefit of having a projector is having a big screen. A 50 inch screen is small even for TV these days. Given the size of the room and the amount of short throw projectors available, I am sure you can easily aim for a 100" screen size - from a distance of 3-5 feet. And do not worry about the distance and the impact on eyes, as projections being reflected light, will not harm the eyes in any ways.

Go for the biggest screen size possible, else stick with a 50" LED.
I guess the problem with projecting a huge image from these basic Chinese projectors is that they don't have a good native resolution, and a bigger image might not look all that 'sharp'. Hence the comment about 40-50" being sufficient.

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I do. The same uc thing(unic,ithink).
It's passable in resolution, the size of the picture makes up for the loss. Coupled with a 2.1 speaker system, I watched the entire motogp 2016 season on it. However, it needs a completely dark room.
For 5k, the whole setup is one you can give a try to to see if you should invest in heavier equipment.
That's good to know, yes, it is the Unic UC46. How big a picture are you projecting from this, considering it is a 480p resolution projector? Does the image quality improve if you 'reduce' the projected image size?
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That's good to know, yes, it is the Unic UC46. How big a picture are you projecting from this, considering it is a 480p resolution projector? Does the image quality improve if you 'reduce' the projected image size?
At last measure, it was 8 feet across. Yes, it's much better when you take it closer.
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I guess the problem with projecting a huge image from these basic Chinese projectors is that they don't have a good native resolution, and a bigger image might not look all that 'sharp'. Hence the comment about 40-50" being sufficient.
Chineese Projectors? Even epson has a short throw projector these days. But my money is on the BenQ or the optoma.

They can project a 100 inch diagonal image just 3.5 feet from the screen/wall. and in 3d too!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K2V0WP4..._t3_B00M9D4CAK

https://www.amazon.com/Optoma-GT1080...hrow+projector
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At last measure, it was 8 feet across. Yes, it's much better when you take it closer.
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Chineese Projectors? Even epson has a short throw projector these days. But my money is on the BenQ or the optoma.

They can project a 100 inch diagonal image just 3.5 feet from the screen/wall. and in 3d too!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01K2V0WP4..._t3_B00M9D4CAK

https://www.amazon.com/Optoma-GT1080...hrow+projector
Looking at Chinese ones as I do not want to spend more than $200.
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Got a LG PW800 mini beam projector this Saturday, ordered it via a relative in US as the pricing of this projector in India is quite exorbitant and in US it was available for 35K...

It is easy to operate and very lightweight, zoom function is sorely missed other than that most features work like a charm and I have not yet connected this small wonder to a 5.1 audio output. Wired connectivity with 2.1 F&D 330BT speakers is working fine for now to overcome the tinny speakers on board. Screenshare via Miracast also works well without any lag. The menu and operating interface is copy of what you get to see on most modern LG TV's

Looking out for a portable 87x49 100'D screen in Pune on priority, do not want to go for permanent fixture based installation.
Thank you for sharing that!
I am looking at (an atleast 720p) projector and screen to watch regular TV shows/ movies / etc
How's your setup doing?

How have you mounted your projector & screen?

I am in Pune too. So, leads on screen/accessories available locally, will help me too.
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I am fine spending about 20-30,000 INR at this stage on my setup.
What kind of lamp life can i expect, with current lot of projectors?

Will I get a good picture quality for that amount?

The room where i plan to install Projector and screen is - 10x15'
I will be able to have a screen-to-eye distance of 13~13.5'
I have a humble Philips 2.1 (MMS4040) which can take care of the audio.
I will use Laptop+HDMI & occasional gaming sessions from PS3+HDMI to project content through the projector.

Suggestions please!

Thank you,

Ace.

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