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Topic: Projector Advice for shelf (not ceiling) @ 12ft throw?
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Hello, I'm looking for recommendations for a projector that can create an 80-90" diagonal image at a 12 foot throw distance for tv and movie use in a room that has ambient light during the day. I've seen recommendations for the 2050a and the cinema 3200 but the question I have that isn't often answered in reviews is regarding the aim angle of the lens.

My ideal projector placement is on a shelf above the sofa, about 6' up the wall. My experience with most projectors that I have borrowed or tested is that they toss the image "up" and need to be installed at a very odd angle (pointing toward the floor). They are clearly designed to be used either on a low table or mounted upside down from a ceiling.

I can't be the only person who wants to have a projector on a high shelf. Can anyone suggest a projector option that fits this need?

I'm not interested in 4k, I'd rather have decent 1080 performance. Budget would ideally be under $1500 but under $1000 even better.
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The Epson 3800 is what you should get. It has a fair bit of lens shift which allows the projector to be pointed directly perpendicular to the screen and the image can be moved using the lens shift to the proper height.

The only real requirement is the lens should be close to center (left to right) and should be within the confines of the screen (top to bottom) for this to work.

This video shows how lens shift works on a different model. The 4010 has POWERED lens shift, so you would be using manual controls on the projector, but the final result would be the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCGzEPtjTgw&t=140s
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Thanks so much, this is great information. Since I am building the shelf, I have some freedom in terms of placement, and can ensure the shelf is placed below the level of the top of the screen on the opposite wall. The 3800 is not available near me but the 3200 is. Would the result be the same with the 3200?

I notice that the 2250 and 2200 both have lens shift, but perhaps I should invest in something a bit better.

It's unclear to me if there is a spec that I can look up that tells what the angle is from the lens to the top and bottom of the screen. It would be a useful piece of information!

Thanks again
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There are some ways in math to determine angles for sure. That's some pretty straightforward math. But, rarely is that something which is useful when using projectors as they just use percentage of screen height as their basis.

The 2000 series and lower models from Epson have minimal lens shift and are not appropriate for your type of setup. You need a 3200 or 3800 or better model.
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