Best projector spec for this application?

perky890

Novice Member
Hi guys,

Im after a bit of advice please as to which projector would give the better picture for a golf simulator.

Setup:
Outdoors, the screen is covered by a canopy stretching out 2.5m over the top and 2 sides. So the screen will be covered from direct sunlight, but still exposed to ambient light creeping in from the open front.
The screen is sized 3m wide by 2.25m high, so 4:3 aspect ratio.
The screen itself is an archery net, so not a perfect screen as in the watching movies sense.

Projector option 1:
4000 lumen, full hd, short throw projector, placed 2m from the screen (so under the canopy). Just slightly off centre to the screen, so minimal horizontal keystone adjustment required.

Projector option 2:
4800/5000 lumen, full hd projector, placed around 5-6m from the screen, so exposed to direct sunlight. Off centre to the screen a fair bit (to avoid the golfer in front of the projector) so around 25 to 30 degrees of horizontal keystone adjustment required.

Which projector spec will give the better picture out of the 2 above?
basically its a choice between a slightly dimmer short throw projector a lot closer to the screen, out of direct sunlight vs a slightly brighter long throw projector a fair distance from the screen, in direct sunlight. With keystone adjustment factored in for both.

Thanks
 

kenshingintoki

Distinguished Member
Hi guys,

Im after a bit of advice please as to which projector would give the better picture for a golf simulator.

Setup:
Outdoors, the screen is covered by a canopy stretching out 2.5m over the top and 2 sides. So the screen will be covered from direct sunlight, but still exposed to ambient light creeping in from the open front.
The screen is sized 3m wide by 2.25m high, so 4:3 aspect ratio.
The screen itself is an archery net, so not a perfect screen as in the watching movies sense.

Projector option 1:
4000 lumen, full hd, short throw projector, placed 2m from the screen (so under the canopy). Just slightly off centre to the screen, so minimal horizontal keystone adjustment required.

Projector option 2:
4800/5000 lumen, full hd projector, placed around 5-6m from the screen, so exposed to direct sunlight. Off centre to the screen a fair bit (to avoid the golfer in front of the projector) so around 25 to 30 degrees of horizontal keystone adjustment required.

Which projector spec will give the better picture out of the 2 above?
basically its a choice between a slightly dimmer short throw projector a lot closer to the screen, out of direct sunlight vs a slightly brighter long throw projector a fair distance from the screen, in direct sunlight. With keystone adjustment factored in for both.

Thanks


I think you'll struggle for any advice on this forum to be honest mate. This is more of an enthusiast projector forum with blacked out cinema rooms, light control and more emphasis on contrast and dynamics of the picture than raw lumen outputs in a totally non-controlled light space.

Given you are dealing with tonnes of ambient light, I'd suggest:

1. A high lumen projector as you can find
2. A painted screen with pseudo-ALR properties (they do exist) https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=ALR+paint+outdoors+ (don't buy from those YT scam artists but do some research)

How big does the screen have to be? I'm guessing if you want a 3M large image, a 85-100'' TV is out of the question? I'm assuming as its for likely virtual golf, a TV would be crap incase someone hits the golf ball into it?
 

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