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Topic: I am looking for a short throw projector
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OK, picture this:
Small room 10’ 8” X 10’ 3”
1 window, 48” wide with opaque, vertical blinds
1 door, 36” wide
The window and door are on opposing sides of the room and are offset to each other. Because of this, I can’t really use the 10’ 8” distance. I have to use the 10’ 3” distance.

I need a projector with a VERY short throw for this room. When I factor in the depth of the average projector (10’ – 14” usually) plus approximately 3” for my cables, I need a projector that can project a decent sized image from 9 feet or so. However, in order to view programming at the recommended viewing distance, I should only use a screen with a diagonal of 80” or smaller. (I wouldn’t really want to go smaller.)

What GOOD projector can project an 80” diagonal image from nine feet away or less?

I am looking for a low priced projector. $1500 is my maximum.

I am open to both 4:3 and 16:9 projectors because I watch mostly 4:3 now, but I will be watching more 16:9 in the future, but I will probably upgrade in three or four years anyway. It’s a draw for me. I know you’re supposed to decide on aspect ratio first but it just isn’t a deal breaker for me.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for me.

Thanks!
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1.5x screen width applies strictly to HDTV material on a 16:9 screen. You should be looking much smaller for screen size if you are viewing 4:3 SDTV material as the rule is that you should be closer to 3 TIMES screen width.

Obviously, that number doesn't work for you, but video quality will greatly suffer at a large size at that distance.

I would likely look at something like the 4805 or some such projector as that and after getting the projector, finalize the screen size based on image quality and placement of the projector. A 1:1 width/size ratio for a projector will produce a 9 foot wide image from 9 feet away! That's 96 inches and FAR larger than you need or want.

You should really have no problem with almost any projector out there. Take a look around.
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I think the 4805 is too long of a throw. The Epson Home 10+ will work for you.
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The Mitsubishi HC3 can fill an 80" 16:9 screen from 9 feet. I prefer DLP over LCD as a rule, but at $999, and with the correct throw, this might be the one for you.

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Epson PowerLite Home 10+
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Thank you for your replies. I am interested in the Epson PowerLite Home 10+ Projector because of its excelent user reviews and its powerful 1.54X zoom.

Has anyone on this forum actually used this projector? If so, what size screen did you use it with? I am interested in any information you can give me on this projector.