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Topic: Optoma GT1080Darbee, ViewSonic LightStream Pro7827HD, Epson HC2150, or BenQ HT2150ST
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Hi all,
I need a projector to put up no more than 9ft from an 80inch screen. The room has a little ambient light. my front-runners are the Optoma GT1080Darbee, ViewSonic LightStream Pro7827HD, Epson HC2150, and the BenQ HT2150ST. If you have any other great choices, I'd appreciate them. the budget is around $1500.
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The ViewSonic Pro7827HD is the best deal right now.

The BenQ HT2050A is a slightly (very) better option, but not for the extra cash it would cost.

The screen size is absolutely tiny by most standards. But, if it works for your room, then I would get the Viewsonic.

The Epson will have weaker black levels. The Optoma uses a 2x color wheel which increases the chance for RBE issues and decreases color brightness.

So, the Viewsonic and BenQ are the way to go, with the Viewsonic being the better deal.

If you ever want to go larger than 80", then you may need to go to a shorter throw model like the BenQ 2150ST, which delivers about the best quality in a shorter throw model on the market.
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The BenQ 2150ST is the best quality short throw for up to how big a size screen?

In a year or so, I'd like to be in a new space to afford a screen of a 150" 16:9 (or larger 2.35). Thank you.
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The 2150ST isn't really the one to use if going beyond 120" diagonal. For that I would stick with the HT2050A or the Viewsonic.

Really, the long term upgrade path can be tough because you may just want a 4K model at some point as quality will improve and pricing will drop in the next few years.

But, I would get the Viewsonic right now if I were buying an entry level model today.
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