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Day Time Viewing on HD Projector - Suggestions?

Discussion in 'Projectors' started by b.weeks, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. b.weeks

    b.weeks Member

    Aug 20, 2005
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    Dear All,

    I currently have an Toshiba TDP-S20 which is 1400 lumens. It is ceiling mounted and I have a fixed screen. I have black out curtains that work well. However, the brightness of the projector made it suitable for watching (just about) with the curtains open during the day.

    The lamp life is coming to an end, so rather than get a new (expensive) bulb I thought it would be time to get an HD projector.

    Therefore, can someone recommend a projector that is 1500 lumens or greater and HD (full HD preferrably) - ideally around 2000 lumens I would guess. I was looking at the Mitsubishi HD4000 but interested in people opinions on the image quality. Is there another projector I should be looking at?

    Also - would it be worth me looking at a darker screen (I have a "grey" one) to get a better black in the day? Something like the Sony Black Diamond if that's what it's called from memory? (Athough I've heard this only reflects the particular wavelengths of its' own projectors).

    Projectors of choice (and in my budget) seem to be:

    Epson PowerLite Pro Cinema 1080 UB Projector
    Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1080 UB Projector
    InFocus Play Big IN82 Projector
    InFocus Play Big IN83 Projector
    Panasonic PT-AE2000U Projector (not a great fan of Panasonic as a company though)

    Although the later does have a central bulb which is favourable as my current ceiling mount would put that in the middle of the screen nicely.

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    Last edited: Sep 3, 2008
  2. HSC

    HSC Member

    Nov 23, 2004
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    have you considered a Vutec Silverscreen - these are very high gain screens that make daytime viewing possible

    not sure about pricing though
  3. kbfern

    kbfern Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2002
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    New AE3000 out soon which must be worth considering.

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