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Topic: Considering an Optoma EH500 for Living Room?
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Hello all - I know there are plenty of "Help me decide" threads here, but here's another one!

I've been using projectors in my living room for almost 8 years now. Currently running the Optoma HD 66, but really want to upgrade to 1080p since the launch of the Xbox One. I primarily game with them, and I am not limited on installation options, I've got a telescoping mount I can put as close as 9' and as far as 16'.

I've pretty much decided on getting a BenQ W1070 - but I've been tempted to go a slightly different route after seeing the performance of the MONSTER that is the Panasonic DZ6700U. We've got two of these bad boys at work running in a fully lit office on 160" screens. The brightness is astounding (as it should be for a dual lamp, 6000 lumen $8,000 projector) and it got me thinking: "Why not use a conference room style projector in my living room"?. Hell, this Panasonic only claims 2,000:1 Contrast ratio (it is on a Gray Hawk screen though)

Now, I'm not considering THIS model for my living room due to the insane cost, but I'm really interested in the Optoma EH500 which claims a fairly impressive 4,700 lumens. Only issue I notice is that it is still using the DarkChip 2 instead of the DarkChip 3.

Main issue here is light control, due to the way my house is configured, gaming in the day time is difficult, and to be completely honest - I just want a light cannon so I don't have to keep the house so dark. I'm trying to fill the black hole in my heart with more lumens.

Anybody ever use this model? It seems to be the replacement for the TH1060P.

Also considering the BenQ SH910, any experience with this model?


All thoughts welcome!
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It depends on your desired screen size. The EH500 may be too bright for you. With your light problem, DC2 vs. DC3 is meaningless. DC3 will be no benefit in your room.
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Quote (ProjectorBoy on Dec 14, 2013 11:38 PM):
It depends on your desired screen size. The EH500 may be too bright for you. With your light problem, DC2 vs. DC3 is meaningless. DC3 will be no benefit in your room.

Currently have a 100" 1.0 gain screen.

I'm guessing the primary advantage with the DC3 is black levels & contrast?

Would switching to a gray screen help increase the perceived black levels? I am just in awe of the performance of this Panasonic at work!! (watching it as I type this). With only 2000:1 contrast ratio, on paper, the EH500 with a rated 10,000:1 should have a slight edge. I realize that manuf. specs on contrast don't equate linearly to performance.
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Using the calculator pro at my setup, the EH500 puts me near 150 ft lamberts.
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The DC3 would only be an advantage in a dark room, with no ambient light, which you don't have. Even with bulb set to low power mode, I think the EH500 would be TOO bright for a 100" screen. If you buy it, make sure of the return policy.
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