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I am a classroom manager at a univeristy in washington state. I am in preparation to start summer upgrades. I am looking for a projector from the
$1000 to $2500 range that can be ceiling mounted, non-DLP, has an RS232 port, 2000+ lumens, and is durable.... pretty much the ideal projector. Anything that any of you have tried and like, let me know.

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Oh and my throw is about 15-30 feet (I am installing in more than one classroom)
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MicroManager,

Is there a reason you won't consider DLP?

What kind of control system are you using?

I assume that minimum resolution should be 1024 x 768 XGA?

How big of an image would you be looking at projecting in these rooms?

I think you are going to have problems finding one projector that will meet your needs. You are probably going to need at least two. One good projector with a decent throw distance and one that will allow you to change the lens to a long throw. That makes bulb inventory management a little less fun but that is a game we all have to play.

I have used both Sharp, Sanyo, and Sony in our classrooms and have been very happy with them all.(I guess we like S words!) We require 3000 lumens in our classrooms because it allows the faculty to keep the lights on. The latest model we have installed into the classroom was the Sharp Notevision XG-MB70X. We did have an issue with the DLP motor going bad in a few of them but sharp sent a rep and replaced them all very quickly.
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claym,

The color quality on DLP, we have found, has been very poor especially when projecting from the data\computer input. Video projection is great but our primary concern is data. Our only DLP model on campus is the Sharp P50.

You are correct about the minimum resolution

We are currently using Extron MLC 226's but who knows what the future will hold.

The image that we are projecting varies but on average is about 6 by 7 feet, we use about average size screens.

We also like to allow our professors to keep the lights on so I will definitely be looking at a higher lumen unit.

Thanks for your help!
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Micromanager,

If you look at the following website you will see that there are very few projectors that can actually fit your needs. I entered the following stats and got 9 projectors that could possibly work (XGA Resolution, Throw distance 15 feet for a 100 inch diagonal screen, at least 2500 lumens, and under $3000)

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm

If you can keep the projectors right at 15 feet or slightly closer you will have a plethora of projectors to choose from. Choose 15 feet and a cost with no maximum and you can have 62 projectors. I would actually say leave the cost at $4000 because if you are looking to spend around $2500, a projector that is 3-4K could be at $2500 with educational pricing. Using the 15 feet and $4K will get you about 18 projectors.

I think you are going to have to be more specific where the projectors are going to go because normal lenses on business class projectors do not give you a large range for installation distances. For the rooms that must be more than 20 feet away you are going to have to look at slightly more expensive projectors because you will need to add a lens onto the price, unless you change the screen size in these rooms.