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Am just finishing building a new theater, and have some weird questions.

The first has to do with the projector. Have an old Sanyo PLV-Z2000; did ok at my old house, which did not have a dedicated theater room. Thinking of upgrading, want to go to 3D in not-too-distant future. Epson 8700 now or wait for 3D to drop to reasonable price (sub-$5k, maybe)? Thoughts? Other options? (room is completely light-controlled, projector would be ~14' from screen, and mount can hold a good amount of weight, if need be. Oh, and 142" 16:9 screen.)

Two weeks ago, our power flickered (during a storm) several times within a couple of hours. Can get a UPS for the rest of the equipment without trouble (arriving tomorrow, in fact), but what can be done about the ceiling-mounted projector itself? Only need one outlet, and not much battery life (would be happy with five minutes); anyone know of a UPS that'll fit the bill? (Outlet is on ceiling, next to where projector will be mounted.)

Actually, one other projector-related question. What projectors out there support 120Hz refresh, or similar, so as to be able to smoothly show 24-fps material? A bit of searching found only (native) support for 30-/60-fps material.

Thanks.

Current equipment rack already getting overloaded (not really what the shelving I'm using is designed for). Any recommendations on going to a good rack? (Doesn't need to be pretty, just needs to hold many shelves, several of which would support a lot of weight. (99# receiver))
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Most current projectors support 1080p/24 and this includes the Epson 8350 and 8700UB. The JVC RS40 is a 3D capable 1080p projector for under $4,000 available now and is THE projector I would get if I could afford it and was upgrading my system.
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Couple of things; thanks for the pointer to the JVC projector. Might just go with that.

In case it helps anyone else, for the rack, I went with this one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FAKFNC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=afosmu-20
Probably a bit of overkill, as it's built like a tank, but at least I don't need to worry about it breaking. (and, as I said, looks were not important)

And to hold that 99# receiver, I got this shelf:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00006BBKD/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=afosmu-20

Still haven't figured out what to do with the projector, as far as a UPS is concerned.

But, just to clarify, accepting the signal as input is not the same thing as supporting it natively, hence the phrasing of my question. An LCD panel is a certain resolution (generally 1920x1080) with a certain refresh rate (generally 60Hz). Any signal coming into the panel in question is going to be converted to that. You can do 3:2 pulldown to turn 24fps into 30fps, and just show every frame twice to get to 60Hz. If the panel runs at 120Hz, you can just show every panel five times (and show every frame of 60fps material twice) to make it look perfectly smooth. If it's 240Hz, you can do the same with 3D material (or show everything 10, 8, or 4 times for lower refresh rates).

Anyway, I'm not saying it's a huge difference, but I wondered. It seemed especially curious, there being no mention of that for projectors, as they make such a big deal of it for large-screen TVs (even bragging about 240Hz 2D TVs, which makes no sense to me).
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I'm aware of acceptance vs. native display. The Epsons I believe operate at 96hz using 4:4 pulldown on the 8350 and 5:5 pulldown at 120hz for the 8700UB. The JVC I believe is at 120hz using 5:5 pulldown as well.

It's in their manuals, pretty well buried, but is something that is now 'standard' on all of Epson's home theater projectors, the Panasonic AE4000, and I believe on all JVC home theater models.

Other projectors I'm less aware of.
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