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Hey guys, I was hoping I could pick someones brain about replacing our aging NEC NP2000, its been a great projector but it just doesn't have the resolution we need anymore and we want to go widescreen.

A couple projectors that caught my eye were the Panasonic PT-RZ370 or possibly the Sony VPL-FHZ55, I like the idea of not having lamps/filters to replace/maintain. Regarding the WUXGA resolution on the Sony and the HD resolution on the Panasonic, will there be much of a difference between the two? Its going to be a massive leap from 1024x768 anyway right?

I'm open to suggestions if Laser/Hybrid light sources aren't the way to go but I would like to stay in the 3-4K price range. Note the source content will almost always be Powerpoints and presentation type stuff so brightness takes precedence, although the room is light controlled.

Any help is appreciated, thank you!
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It really depends on your screen size, but at this time, the Panasonic and Sony models I've seen are terrible on brightness. No matter the claim, they can't touch the brightness of the currently available projectors with standard lamps.

That said, we have used them and they are reasonable on a screen up to about 100" in diagonal in a typical board room. Acceptable, but not phenomenal.

For resolution, 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 will appear about the same. One is just 16:10 and the other is 16:9, so you have to buy a screen appropriately.
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I see, seems like you're implying that we would notice a drastic cut in brightness over our existing NP2000? Do you have any experience with the Epson Powerlite projectors? They seem pretty solid on paper at least. Any particular models you could recommend? And thank you by the way.
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It has been my experience that the three Panasonic LED/Laser projectors I've seen installed in typical board rooms have not had the brightness necessary to really create as bright of an image as I would have liked. If your room has lights near the screen which can be turned off and you have a screen of 100" or less in diagonal, I do believe that the Panasonic will do a very good job, and the blistering appeal of no filter AND no lamp replacements or maintenance is a huge deal. The addition of integrated HDBaseT is a phenomenal addition to the setup as well.

That said, if you are in a room with lights which are just 'everywhere' without separate controls and have a screen over 100" diagonal, then I would look at the brightest projector you can get for your money as this will produce an excellent image and is the recommended way to go.

This model jumped out at me...
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-EH501.htm

From this list...
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=1000&p=3500&w=&r=&br=&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=Wide+%2816%3A9-10%29&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=&i=d&is=&sort=brt&sz=15

It has good brightness and is a full 1920x1080 widescreen projector. The price is extremely good which means you should have enough money left over to buy 2 or 3 ... or more ... replacement lamps.

It isn't as flexible for placement as the Panasonic model is, which should be taken into consideration.

Of course, with your new projector you will want to get a new 16:9 screen for the conference room as well.
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