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Topic: 1st projector with $350 budget(Used/Refurb) suggestions
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Hey ya'll I'm looking for a projector to play movies/TV/games in my apartment that can darkened quite a bit and will be used primarily at night anyways. Any older models like within 5 years old suggestions that are reviewed well and I could pick up off ebay or a manufacturer refurbished? Also any new ones I could find for within my budget?

Necessary specs and features: 1080p and audio out input

Thanks!
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Projectors rarely have a reasonable 'audio out' connection. But, if they have something it is likely to be a stereo mini jack. Nothing appropriate for surround sound or a good speaker bar. But, acceptable for some stereo speakers.

Typically, projectors are like computer monitors. They are all about the video, but have nothing to do with audio. If you need audio into something like a speaker bar, you can use that stereo mini jack connection, or you can use a HDMI switcher with audio extractor, which can be found for under $50 on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/J-Tech-Digital-Switcher-Selector-Extractor/dp/B01296E5OO/ref=sr_1_8

That's a 5x1 HDMI switcher with a digital optical audio output which supports 5.1 surround sound.

From there, I would be looking at the BenQ W1070 or W1080ST models on eBay which have short throw.

So. while BenQ has a few 1080p models that deliver the good stuff, the price remains $500+ for them. The HT1070a model is around $500 new, and is a good choice, but is above your budget. The older w1070 is a solid choice as long as it hasn't been beaten to death, and should be around $300 or so online. If you have issues finding one at that price, let me know, I may be getting rid of mine as I have a new JVC I use instead and my old model has low hours.

BenQ does offer stuff directly, but their cheapest 1080p model is just above your budget and isn't as good as the w1070.
https://www.benqdirect.com/benq-outlet/refurbished-projectors.html?price=1%2C500

Right now, on eBay, someone is advertising a W1070 with 300 hours on the original lamp...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Excellent-BenQ-W1070-HD-1080p-DLP-Home-Theater-Projector/164013330830?epid=170371905&hash=item262ff4d18e:g:9-AAAOSwJjFd-UiG

$300 and then get the HDMI switcher, and you are right on track with budget.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Jan 6, 2020 11:54 AM):
Projectors rarely have a reasonable 'audio out' connection. But, if they have something it is likely to be a stereo mini jack. Nothing appropriate for surround sound or a good speaker bar. But, acceptable for some stereo speakers.

Typically, projectors are like computer monitors. They are all about the video, but have nothing to do with audio. If you need audio into something like a speaker bar, you can use that stereo mini jack connection, or you can use a HDMI switcher with audio extractor, which can be found for under $50 on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/J-Tech-Digital-Switcher-Selector-Extractor/dp/B01296E5OO/ref=sr_1_8

That's a 5x1 HDMI switcher with a digital optical audio output which supports 5.1 surround sound.

From there, I would be looking at the BenQ W1070 or W1080ST models on eBay which have short throw.

So. while BenQ has a few 1080p models that deliver the good stuff, the price remains $500+ for them. The HT1070a model is around $500 new, and is a good choice, but is above your budget. The older w1070 is a solid choice as long as it hasn't been beaten to death, and should be around $300 or so online. If you have issues finding one at that price, let me know, I may be getting rid of mine as I have a new JVC I use instead and my old model has low hours.

BenQ does offer stuff directly, but their cheapest 1080p model is just above your budget and isn't as good as the w1070.
https://www.benqdirect.com/benq-outlet/refurbished-projectors.html?price=1%2C500

Right now, on eBay, someone is advertising a W1070 with 300 hours on the original lamp...
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Excellent-BenQ-W1070-HD-1080p-DLP-Home-Theater-Projector/164013330830?epid=170371905&hash=item262ff4d18e:g:9-AAAOSwJjFd-UiG

$300 and then get the HDMI switcher, and you are right on track with budget.

Hey there, thank you for all of your advice and giving me an opportunity for your projector. I wound up liking the Optomoa HD27HDR and HD143X. I got a manufacturer refurb HD27HDR for $400, seemed worth it.
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Hi!

Look for the older SIM2 HT300 series. They have SPDIF out. Also Optoma HD26, Optoma HD20s have 3.5 stereo out.

Stay away from used LCD(in my opinion). DLP tends to hold up longer. LCDs tend to have failing polarizers and give a yellowish image.

As long as a DLP is cleaned and maintained it will give the same performance as when it was new.
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AV-Integrated --

Are you not a fan of the BenQ MH535A? You seemed to prefer the W1070 you recommended — but the addition of it coming from BenQ HQ and 3-year warranty definitely makes the MH535A more appealing, at least to someone like me without much insight into the difference.

Thanks!
Lem
[Edited by Lem_the_Gem on Jan 14, 2020 at 12:30 PM]
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