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I received a local grant to install a projector and screen in a space that is 35ft by 42ft with a good amount of ambient light. The projector will be used to display photographs, presentations, some video, and song lyrics. The space has very high ceilings and a relatively small space available for the projector and screen. My budget is $2000. I have a modified portable speaker stand to mount the projector to a height of 76 inches which is just above the bottom of the screen. The projector also needs to be within 10.5 ft of the 80 or 92 inch screen. I have used the projection calculator and “Find a Projector” tools and I am looking at two LCD projectors - the Epson PowerLite 2055U (approx. $1399) and the Panasonic PT-VZ585NU (approx $1499). The Throw distance on the Panasonic is slightly better as are the few reviews I could find. It also has vertical lens shift but requires the lens to be in the middle of the screen (according to the projection calculator) which would use all of the available lens shift. Anyone have experience with either of these LCD projectors?
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I'm not sure what you have put in for resolution requirements or anything else to specifically get those search results.

In my opinion, Panasonic builds to a slightly higher overall build quality. This is a good thing and based upon your room size, the image is absolutely tiny. So, you will want every bit of that 92" diagonal.

From this list of projectors which support a 92" diagonal and have vertical lens shift (which you will need)...

https://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&exp1=1&r=&br=3100&br=10000&c=&w=&db=&ar=&zr=&wt=<g=&ll=&wr=&dt=1.0.0&mfg=&p=1000-2000&t=&exp2=1&vls=1&pjl=0&pjw=0&pjh=0&exp4=1&td=10.5&is=92&i=d&tr=&tr2=&exp5=1&oop=1&sort=pop&sz=15#top

I would lean towards this model:
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-VMW50U.htm

While the resolution is lower than those towards the top of the list (1280x800) unless you are within about 12' of the small screen, you are unlikely to notice, or at least complain, about the lower resolution. More importantly, it has a solid state light engine (laser) which will allow it to run for years without the need for additional maintenance, lamps, and associated cost.

Otherwise, I would get the PT-VZ585NU that you mentioned...
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-VZ585N.htm


In the professional market, NEC is actually a big player as well, and well worth the consideration. This model offers 5,500 lumens, so it is brighter than the Panasonic, and it has more lens shift, which means placement will be easier and it includes both horizontal and vertical lens shift...

https://www.projectorcentral.com/NEC-P554W.htm

So, that would maybe be my go to if I wanted the most flexibility, and brightness, within budget.
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Thank you for your reply. I'm sorry but the screen size I quoted was for 92" width, so that would be 109" diagonal. Does that change your recommendations?
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I hope I am not imposing on you... I was concerned about the build quality of the Epson. The projector will not have heavy use but will be used for a variety of purposes including movies which is why I wanted WUXGA. Wrong conclusion?

The biggest concern I have is the placement of the projector. We can not project from the ceiling. We plan to use a modified speaker stand to hold the projector at the appropriate height. The screen will be mounted 6 feet from the floor. The Projector will be 10 feet in front.

Here is a link to the projection calculator results:
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-VZ585N-projection-calculator-pro.htm

The way I interpret the projection calculator results is that the lens of the projector would need to be in the center of the screen and at least 4" from the bottom of the screen. We would then need to use the full 25" of vertical lens shift. Am I interpreting these results correctly?
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I would either get the Panasonic laser projector with lower resolution or the NEC projector with greater brightness and more lens shift.

Both models look like they can hit that image size with about 10' from lens to screen.

Resolution matters a bit, but not nearly as much as people think. If this isn't a movie theater, or a home theater setup with critical viewing of content, then people won't really notice a resolution that is less, and most projectors fully support accepting resolutions up to 1080p without issue. They just convert it to work on the 1280x800 matrix that they have.

Yes, the build quality of the Epson comes into play for me as a concern as well, which is why I lean towards Panasonic and NEC.
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