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Hello,

I have a question about this projector when playing games on an Xbox. I have an old Eiki 1500T (Sharp DT400) and my little ones play certain video games (Minecraft, Tomb Raider, etc) where its almost impossible to see what is happening on the screen when there are night scenes. That's with a new bulb and no ambient light. Its always been this way so I thought about going with the Optoma HD142x or 143x with 3000 lumens and much higher contrast over my 1200 lumens with low contrast specs. Anyone know if I can expect more of the same problem here? If so, I'll just save up and buy a 70" TV. Thanks!
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If the projector has a lot of hours on the lamp, it is hard to know how the image really should look. Combine that with the age of the projector, and it really isn't likely to be the best situation for that projector, and it should look much better.

But, if you are in a 'dim' room vs. a 'dark' room, then you aren't really in a projection friendly environment. ANY light that falls on the screen will decimate black levels and hurt contrast.

Now, the Optoma is more like 900 lumens after calibration, not anywhere near what is claimed.

The BenQ HT2050A does a much better job and is a much better overall choice. Likewise, the Epson 2150 may be a great way to go with their superior brightness and inexpensive replacement lamps.

Both models should really put the old Eiki to shame.
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Thanks for the reply! Yea, I actually had the room completely black (basement with no windows) and you still couldnt see what was happening on the screen. Its a fairly new bulb and the whites are bright. Maybe its setting in the game that I could adjust. Either way, I will look into the projectors you listed. I just chose the Optoma because that's what Projector Central has listed as the two best selling for budget projectors.
[Edited by shawntmartin on Apr 16, 2018 at 2:26 PM]
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I can get a 70"-75" TV for a grand that has 4K, 5 million:1 contrast ratio and can be used in bright light so I'm torn at this point.
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TVs are a nice safe choice. They aren't nearly as immersive as projectors and at 75" it will still feel very much like a TV. I upgraded from a 64" TV to a 85" TV and my wife asked if the TV was really any bigger. (!!!)

TV is TV. Front projection is home theater. No matter what people say, I will stand by this as a concept.

Resolution from a normal viewing distance of about 12" of diagonal for each foot of viewing distance, isn't a big deal. But, if you want a good image, then check out some of the cheaper 4K models on the market. They may be quite intriguing.

But, to just get a nice bright image to game and enjoy at a huge size, the Epson 2150 is a very good choice. It's not as theater like as the BenQ HT2050A, but it can light up a 120" or larger screen without issue.

You DO want to go into your game system settings and adjust video properties, because if the projector looks fine with almost everything else, it could just be a game console setting.
[Edited by AV_Integrated on Apr 17, 2018 at 11:13 AM]
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