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I'm looking for some direction on a projector for mixed use. I recently opened a art studio/ instruction/ party place after being laid off from my teaching job when the district cut art and music. So I'm starting from scratch in terms of visual resources. The most significant use of the projector will be still image. But there are a ton of great videos of artists at work, and process demonstration I would like to show. and occasionally we will be showing movies as a sort of movie and craft night (for parents to get out).
So I want something that will show high quality still image with vibrant color and decent video. There is some ambient light during the day, but we can get the room fairly dark when we need to project something. Not sure of the screen size yet, but the wall we will be placing the screen along is about 16 feet long, with ceiling at 8 ft. The projector will be staying in the same room, potentially on a cart so weight and portability isn't a key factor. Throw distance can vary as needed, we are always switching furniture around depending on what we're working on. Cost is a concern, as we are just getting started. I'm willing to get a solid cheaper projector and upgrade later is that will be the best course. (we just opened 2 weeks ago)

I've tried to learn some of the specs etc...I would need to know. But I've got my hands full with getting the business started, so figured ask the experts, since my needs fall somewhere between data and home theater I'm not sure which way to turn

Thank you for any help, even if its just a particular consideration to include in my search.
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Any ambient light will devastate the contrast ratio of a projector. I would try to stick with LCD due to the unknown audience type.

Really though, you want brightness above all else. That will allow you to maximize your image size while still retaining the most quality.

This is a list of sub $1,500 widescreen projectors:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=500&p=1500&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

If we limit it to just LCD projectors, then the list is shortened a great deal:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=500&p=1500&w=&r=&br=&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=1.0.0&c=&ar=Wide+%2816%3A9-10%29&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=&i=d&is=&sort=brt&sz=15

Sorted by brightness, and Panasonic is a great way to go.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Jan 31, 2014 1:33 PM):
Any ambient light will devastate the contrast ratio of a projector. I would try to stick with LCD due to the unknown audience type.

Really though, you want brightness above all else. That will allow you to maximize your image size while still retaining the most quality.

This is a list of sub $1,500 widescreen projectors:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=500&p=1500&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

If we limit it to just LCD projectors, then the list is shortened a great deal:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=500&p=1500&w=&r=&br=&ll=<;g=&t=&db=&dt=1.0.0&c=&ar=Wide+%2816%3A9-10%29&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=&i=d&is=&sort=brt&sz=15

Sorted by brightness, and Panasonic is a great way to go.


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