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Topic: HITACHI CPX8160 Projector?????
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Hi Everyone!

I'm very glad to be apart of these forums. I would like peoples opinion on the HITACHI CPX8160. It has all the features I'm looking for, however I can not find any reviews anywhere online and that makes me a little nervous.

Here is my setup:
Location: House of Worship (200 ppl)
Screen: 10' x 7.5' Diag = 150"
Throw Dist: 24' approx
Key features I'm looking for: 6000 lumens, smaller dimensions, wired remote, low cost.

Any advice anyone has on this particular projector, or valid alternatives would be very welcomed.

Thanks in advance!
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I'm not sure what price you are getting on the Hitachi, but I would probably opt more towards Panasonic as they have a long line of projectors and a strong history with the technology.

Here is a list of models under $6,000 which handle a 150" diagonal from 24' lens to screen.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=1000&p=6000&w=&r=3&br=6000&br=15000&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=4%3A3&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=24&i=d&is=150&sort=%24&sz=15

Panasonic is in there. I would also take a long look at NEC models.

I am curious if your screen is already in place since the 4:3 aspect ratio is all but dead at this point.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Nov 14, 2014 3:00 PM):
I'm not sure what price you are getting on the Hitachi, but I would probably opt more towards Panasonic as they have a long line of projectors and a strong history with the technology.

Here is a list of models under $6,000 which handle a 150" diagonal from 24' lens to screen.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=1000&p=6000&w=&r=3&br=6000&br=15000&ll=<;g=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=4%3A3&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=24&i=d&is=150&sort=%24&sz=15

Panasonic is in there. I would also take a long look at NEC models.

I am curious if your screen is already in place since the 4:3 aspect ratio is all but dead at this point.

Thanks for your quick reply. Unfortunately the screen is already in place. I am upgrading the current setup. As for pricing, I can get the Hitachi for $1,221.55 on amazon.ca. I will make sure I look over the Panasonics in your list to see if there is a similar deal.
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Well unfortunately I tried to order it twice from Amazon from 2 different sellers, and both times the sellers cancelled the order stating they didn't have it in stock anymore. So I'm back on the hunt. Unfortunately it's becoming apparent the $1600 budget I was given is not going to get the job done...
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For some reason, with projectors, people think they should setup a budget before they have the slightest idea what it might actually cost them to get the job done properly.

At a certain quality level, there is a price associated with it, and anything under that price will start impacting quality. Much like buying a house and demanding the custom kitchen - you better know how much that custom kitchen will add to the price before you set a target budget of the baseline cost of the house...

I would go back to the list I provided, and start looking through the options, and seeing what sales are out there. You may get lucky. There certainly are times when very good pricing comes along, but this isn't consumer stuff. There aren't really Black Friday ads for integration level projectors of this caliber.
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