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Topic: Best Projector For Back of Room
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Hello,

I am Looking for A Home Theater Projector that can display a great picture positioned in the back of the room I understand you are supposed to put the projector in the middle of the room but I would rather not. My price range is 2000 and less (Preferrably Less) I would like it to be native 16X9 and pretty much a great bang for the buck . It doesnt matter if its LCD or DLP.
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Go with the Panasonic PT-AE700U. It is the only projector available (in this price range) with a 2X zoom lens, so you can put the VP at the back of the room on a shelf. This was the main reason I went with the Panny 700, because I did not want the VP stuck in the middle of the room where it is an audible and visible distraction. Plus the Panny has the horizontal and vertical lens shift feature which makes set up alignment a snap. On top of that the picture quality is superb- NO screen door effect or pixilation. You will read a lot on this forum about the vertical banding problem on the Panny 700, this is usually caused by leaving the VP in a perpetual stand-by condition. If you totally power down between use, you will probably never see any VB- I have never seen it in 6 months of use.
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What about the BenQ PE5120 ? Will that work ? Anyone placed this in the back of the room and used it
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You need to do some basic math here.

If you are sitting 12 feet away from the screen, you screen should be about 8 feet wide. This means that the projector, with most standard lenses (including the BenQ) will be mounted between 8 and 10 feet away from the screen - give or take a foot.

The AE-700 allows the projector to be mounted about 16 feet away from the screen, which is significantly more than ANY OTHER stock projector at that price range right now.

There are zoom specs on the projector you just listed, so you can find this out yourself easily. And YES, you can mount it at the back of the room, but you will end up with an image that is far to large to be enjoyed from where you will be sitting.
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The Panny is a definite option with its' excellect zoom lens. You never mentioned your throw distance, but I'm guessing it's a fair ways.

One option you might want to consider is buying a used PJ. Most of the Sony products have longer throw lens you're going to be needing. You would probably be very happy with an HS-10 or HS-20, possibly even a VPL-10, 11 or 12 HT. All very nice PJ's that have very flexible placement potential.

The thing I don't like about some of the newer PJ's is the fact that they have such limited throw distances.

If you ask me, I think all the manufactures should be putting at least 1:75 to 2:0 zooms on their PJs. What could it hurt?
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