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Nightclub projector recommendations please

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Birdsick, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. Birdsick

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    Hi everyone.

    I need to purchase a projector for a nightclub, to be playing DVD visuals (without sound). The projector will be located in different places, probably never more than 8 metres away.

    Cheapness is key and quality is not the top priority.

    What are your opinions of the InFocus X1 as a budget projector? Would this suffice? It seems to have received some decent reviews. My knowledge of projectors is zero though!

    http://www.dealtime.co.uk/xPF-Infocus_X1

    Thanks in advance! :)
     
  2. mince bigalow

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    for a nightclub I'd think that the most important factor is probably brightness. So I'd probably go for a data projector as they are generally much brighter than home cinema projectors.
     
  3. Birdsick

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  4. David_of_Surrey

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    as David says, you will need to consider the smoke in the air, this is very damaging to a projectors lifespan. You will need to find a way of enclosing the projector with some clean air or perhaps blowing filtered air across the fan intake....
     
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    I dont think they make a projector with smoke in mind so whatever one you go for, you will need to consider ventilation or be ready for it to die after a 1000 hours or so.

    The beauty of your situation is the type ideal for you, data grade, high brightness, 4:3 projectors are probably the cheapest to buy. DLP is your best option and I think the X1/X2 is a good choice, (bright, good contrast, acceptable resolution from about 10 foot away or more and above all, cheap as chips)
    I assume in a nightclub, there will be dark areas in most of the place and only the odd space where bright lights are to be found so you should be fine with any projector over 1000 lumens of brightness.
    Try computer web sites for suitable projectors as opposed to home cinema sites which will specialise in widescreen, not so bright projectors which are not really what you need.

    Hope this helps
     
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    suggest you contact OWL video who are commercial installers as well as distibutors... and can offer some very very bright and cheap data projectors as well as smoke housings and suitable screens.......http://www.owl-video.co.uk/
     
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    Sanyo and Mitsubishi both do smoke housings. The Sanyo is not as reliable as first thought, it is a smoke proof housing but not well ventilated so in real hot and smoky environments is not gonna be best. The Mitsubishi is practically the same price, much bigger but is essentially a smoke-proof fridge for your PJ! BenQ use sealed optics and will give you a smoke-resistant warranty. But read the fine print - there is a regular maintenance clause. This is becasue the projector will still build up slime inside that will need cleaning roughly every 3 months. Again every pub and club is different so it is hard to tell what you will need. Generally for infrequent use (and portability since no smoke box) or use in better ventilated room go for a BenQ... for a permanent install Mitsubishi.

    Brightness and res all depend on size of screen required and ambient lighting in the location. 1800ANSI BenQ job is good for a 6-7ft screen that needs to be watchable in the day with curtains open (read "watchable" not specifically high quality - again probably all you need) and at night with club lighting going off. Think about location of screen too, if you can shift it over to a darker corner all the better.

    Worth giving it some decent thought about your needs and discussing this with your supplier, if this is gonna be a permanent feature it pays to research and get it right!! I imagine a cheap and cheerful BenQ will do you but worth making sure before you end up with a £1000 ashtray on your hands
     

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