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Topic: Projector for 15' x 30' Conference Room
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Looking to purchase a projector for our office conference room that is 15' x 30'. We are looking for simple - projector on conference room table (4' x 17' centered in room) and projecting on the end wall which is 15' wide by 9' tall. We don't need to project over the entire wall but a large enough picture that the 15 people in the room can read it. Presentations are mostly powerpoint and excel worksheets.

Knowing very little about these other than what i am gathering on this site, I'm not sure what is defined as a "large room" vs. a "small room".

The projector can sit anywhere from 8' to 15'(mid-table) from the wall. We would want something that we can store away when we don't need it. I am thinking the picture on the wall can be up to 6' tall (table height is 30") and 15' wide.

Since we are projecting on a wall and not a screen, it appears that we will need a brighter unit. We can minimize the lighting in the room.

I would like it to be a good picture and we would like to keep the price under 3,000 to 4,000 dollars. Which units and features would you suggest we look at? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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For that much money, I could mount it on the ceiling, and run a wire in the wall for you to make it look nice.

You can get away with a much more inexpensive model. You want lumens, and perhaps you want 1080p (or more), but really 1280x800 works very well in conference rooms unless you are doing highly detailed work.

This is the list I would work from:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=501&p=2000&w=&r=&br=4200&br=5200&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

And this is the model I would get:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-VW440U.htm

It is priced very well, and will do what you want.
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Thank you. That is very helpful.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Dec 5, 2014 7:42 PM):
For that much money, I could mount it on the ceiling, and run a wire in the wall for you to make it look nice.

You can get away with a much more inexpensive model. You want lumens, and perhaps you want 1080p (or more), but really 1280x800 works very well in conference rooms unless you are doing highly detailed work.

This is the list I would work from:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=501&p=2000&w=&r=&br=4200&br=5200&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

And this is the model I would get:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-VW440U.htm

It is priced very well, and will do what you want.

Room is finished and furnished but some size changes. Projector will be 5'3" from wall and desired picture size is 5 to 6' high by 8 to 9' wide. Still prefer to have it sit on table and project on to wall.

Looking at short throw projectors. Down to these two:
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Acer-H7550STz.htm

https://www.projectorcentral.com/BenQ-W1080ST.htm

Am I in the right area and which would you recommend or have another suggestion?

Thank you,

Steve
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You want to avoid short throw projectors at all costs.

The projectors you have linked to really put out about 1,200 to 1,400 lumens. That's about 1/3 of what I had originally linked you to above.

This is going to cause you major issues in the long run and I would advise against either model.

You need lumens, and business class DLP projectors tend to be pretty bad about delivering those lumens.

This is the brightest that can go over about a 100" diagonal...
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-W316ST.htm

It's probably half as bright of what I would recommend since it is a single chip DLP with a 2x color wheel. It will deliver closer to 1,200-1,800 real world lumens.

Another issue is that there is no lens shift, and short throw models must be very exactly placed.

Good luck.
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