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Jun 22, 2011 12:05 PM
I want to setup an outdoor projector that I can use during the daylight. The projector will be underneath my covered patio but I want to have the screen in my yard. The screen will be to the south of the projector. I am looking for two things: 1) I would like advice on what would be the ideal projector to use (in broad daylight for sports) and 2) has anyone heard of a protective housing that I could put the unit in? PS:I want to go large: 250" or more screen. :-)
Aug 14, 2009 6:28 PM
What makes the BenQ PE8720 so much better than the HD65?
Thanks for your reply.
Jun 2, 2006 8:54 PM
I have converted my two car garage into a movie room (no cars allowed).As lighting goes It can be totaly dark or somtimes I use running lights like In theater walk ways.I have been reading the Forum and looking at reviews for a while I have liked what I have read about the BENQ PE8720 but not many people have posted about using It. Here are my questions.
1.Best throw distance for picture quality.I would like a 100' or bigger wide screen. Can the BENQ PE8720 preform this without loosing picture quality.
2. What is the best screen to buy
3. Can I project from a book shelf instead of a ceiling mount.
4. Will video game quality be sharp (XBOX 720P)& XBOX 360
Thanks for your time any answers or recomendations will be greatly appreciated
Mar 25, 2006 3:39 PM
I havent bought yet, but the Benq 8720 and Panasonic 900 are on my short list. Due to space and room limitations, I'm planning on a 88" diagonal screen (probably can't fit much larger), with the projector shelf-mounted on the opposite wall about 14.5 ft away. Few good projectors fill the bill that I can find. Just the Panasonic, with its 2x zoom, and the BenQ (only a 1.35 zoom, but calculators indicate it would work, due its longer lens throw.)
According to reviews on projector central and projectorreviews.com, the BenQ is definitely superior: brighter, sharper, somewhat quieter (23 db vs 25 db in their lowest modes). However, the Benq costs three times as much (about $4000 vs. $1600). I can afford the $4000 but I'm tempted to get the Pan. I guess I'm wondering if it makes sense to get the cheaper one and plan on upgrading later. The BenQ has gone from $10,000 list to $4000 street in less than 6 months (the first prof. review I know of was posted in October). I figure I could pick it up later at a reduced price, or better yet, get a future model projector that's even better than the BenQ, at similar prices--$4000. Thinking out loud here, I know, but my questions are:
1) anyone know of any other projectors that might work for me?
2) Thoughts on the BenQ 8720 vs. the Pan 900, and whether the extra money for the BenQ is worth it?
3) Does it makes sense to get the cheap one now and pick up a superior model later, be it the BenQ or whatever?
Mar 25, 2006 7:31 AM
Just a follow-up: I did have to move the projector back a bit to accomidate the longer throw..anyways, after tweaking it a very little, I can say that I think the projector was definitely worth the extra money over the PE7700. I projector is brighter than the 7700, so much so that I am running it in low power mode. The perception of brightness may actually be contrast though - for example, when watching Lost, details that were not seen were for the first time. I actually heard my girlfriend say that she loved the projector because she could now see things in the dark passages of the show...We also watched an HD version of Wallace and Grommit - and it was wonderful, much of the movie is dark/at night, and the detail was incredible..
So on the contrast/brightness issue alone I think it really made a huge improvement...we are going to watch a couple of movies over the weekend so I can get a better impression there as well..
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