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Hi
We are new to shopping for projectors. For a rear projection we have 8ft. throw and for front 35 ft. which is a better option? Screen desired is 4x5ft.
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Depends on the situation, but rear projection has many advantages and can offer you better overall results for most situations. In any business-type environement, when rear projection is an option, then that is the way to go.

8 feet isn't much, but it isn't a tiny bit either. A mirror bounce may be necessary, but it will give you the same results no matter which way you go really. Except, the rear setup allows for MUCH more ambient light in the room without seriously harming the image quality.

Like a rear projector at Best Buy looks good in the store with all the lights on. Plenty bright enough.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Apr 8, 2006 9:41 PM):
Depends on the situation, but rear projection has many advantages and can offer you better overall results for most situations. In any business-type environement, when rear projection is an option, then that is the way to go.

8 feet isn't much, but it isn't a tiny bit either. A mirror bounce may be necessary, but it will give you the same results no matter which way you go really. Except, the rear setup allows for MUCH more ambient light in the room without seriously harming the image quality.

Like a rear projector at Best Buy looks good in the store with all the lights on. Plenty bright enough.

I am looking for a rear projector that can be used with dancers. How much space to I need behind the screen surface for this?
Is 'a throw' the distance between the two?

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The throw distance is the distance from the front of the projector lens to the screen surface. This distance, as covered in the main projector 'FAQs' varies from projector to projector. Some projectors have MUCH shorter throw distances, while others have much longer distances.

If video quality is NOT absolute top priority, I know NEC has a model that can project abouta 10' diagonal from just a few inches from the screen.
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