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Topic: Looking for advice on budget 4k projector
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I have an older Epson Home cinema 6100 1080P projector and it has been a real champ. I've decided it's time to upgrade to a 4k project and I'll continue to use the epson for my rear projection screen out by the pool.

We are not movie critics so while I want a good image it doesn't need to be perfect. My theater is not inside a dedicated space and is really only truly dark at night. My screen is currently. defined by a frame that is 121" wide by 67" tall and my 6100 fills it entirely from 14' 5" ceiling mount.

I've been looking at projectors like the UHD38 but am somewhat scared that it's limited throw distance might be a problem.

Any recommendation for a reasonably priced budget 4k projector that would work well from 14' 5" 8' ceiling mount. We do full screen stuff and plenty of wide screen movies from Plex.

Thanks!
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With the serious rash of failing projectors from Optoma, I would avoid any of their models currently in production. They are making a LOT of cheap models that look good on paper, and actually look good in real life, but are failing at just an alarming rate.

Instead, the most direct move would be to another Epson. The Epson 3200, or better, the Epson 3800 models, are well reviewed and well respected for their image quality and brightness with inexpensive replacement lamps and not only good zoom range, but lens shift.

As well, please know how to use the Projector Central Throw Distance Calculator for anything you are looking at. Throw distance and LENS OFFSET matter. If you don't know these terms, it's important to learn about them.

The UHD38 needs at least 15'1" to fill your 139" diagonal image. If you can't move the projector back, AND ensure the lens is 4" above the top edge of the screen, then you should use a different model.
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-UHD38-projection-calculator-pro.htm

The Epson 3800/3200 models can hit your 139" diagonal from 13'4" to 21'9", so it will work at your current projector mount location.
https://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-Home_Cinema_3800-projection-calculator-pro.htm#calc

Please note, if you upgrade to 4K, every aspect of your system must support 4K. This means a 4K capable AV receiver, a 4K capable source, as well as a 4K capable HDMI cable. That last one can be very problematic for some installations.
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Great feedback. Thanks! I hadn't heard about the optoma failures. Want to avoid that. I trust Epson given my experience.

Good point on the cable. My existing cable is 30 ft and run through some walls so upgrading it will take some doing.
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btw, I've heard decent things about BenQ projectors. Any good BenQ models that are similar to the Epson 3800? Just to give me another shopping point?
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Would the Home Cinema be better than the 3800? It seems like the review of it on this site appeared to think so.
[Edited by rykr on Jun 16, 2023 at 8:17 AM]
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