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Topic: Replacing a projector, need help selecting a new one and lens
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Our Hitachi CP-x1250 projector (w/long throw lens) is about to to bite the dust so we need to replace it and I'm not having any luck using the projector calculator at projectorcentral.com. Our budget is ~$3500 for a projector shooting about 33 feet from a 120 inch screen. We are currently on a 4:3 ratio but will upgrade our screen next year to 16:9. Can anyone suggest a comparable projector/lens combo that will work for this distance and screen size? We will need to be able to use it in 4:3 until we upgrade the projector screen as well.

Here are the specs for our current projector (minus the zoom lens): http://www.projectorcentral.com/Hitachi-CP-X1250.htm
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Going widescreen makes a lot of sense. I'm going to assume the same lens to screen distance of 33' and that you will maintain the same screen height of 72" with your new projection screen as your old one. If you intend to go a bit lower in screen height, then we will need to watch the lens you put in place right now, to ensure it can handle the 72" screen height now, and can just zoom in to something else like a 60" screen height.

Unfortunately, the price doesn't really favor your setup...

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=100&p=4150&w=&r=&br=&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=Wide+%2816%3A9-10%29&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=33&i=h&is=72&sort=%24&sz=15

The question mark in all of this is the resolution you want to use. 1280x800 is typically cheaper, for greater brightness at similar price levels. 1920x1200 is about twice as much resolution, and you will pay more for it for the same brightness levels. So, you can get 1920x1200, but it will cost you either brightness, or more money.

From the list I provided, the Epson models are solidly bright with their long throw lens being able to handle your current 120" diagonal, or a screen at or smaller than 72" tall.

Given more of a budget, I would probably recommend this:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-DZ6700U.htm

But, it's not in budget.
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Thanks for the reply, I was afraid this was the case. The issue we're having with the current projector is that it is getting a blueish tint in the top right corner that seems to be slowly growing. I tried cleaning the lens and blowing dust out and nothing changed. I've read it may be an bad lcd panel. Does this sound right? Do you think it is repairable?
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The optical block sounds like it is going out and this is certainly repairable by the manufacturer. I have no real number, but would expect at least $1,000 for the repair.
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Another question: What if we were to change the mounting to shoot for a short throw projector? I noticed price drops significantly but how does the brightness compare? Our current cp-x1250 is at 4500 lumens. Will we perceive the same brightness with a lower brightness rated short throw projector?
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