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Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by briggsy, Jan 24, 2004.

  1. briggsy

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    Hi,
    I'm looking for a good DLP projector with a short throw distance. The furthest away I can mount it is 9 feet. I was set on a Screenplay 5700 (had a demo a few months ago). But it seems to have a long throw distance. Maybe a NEC HT1000/1100? As I have to sit fairly close to the screen. Just below the projector I guess.
    I reckon I should be able to get around a 5' wide image that will still look really good.
    Or am I kidding myself and I don't have the room.:(
    Any input or experiences would be really useful.
    Thanks

    Briggsy
     
  2. Gary Lightfoot

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    The NEC night work - you can sit as close as 1.85 times screen width without seeing screendoor, so for nine feet 5ft is just on the limit - you may only see it during scenes with bright white images such as the end credits for instance.

    As always, try for a demo to make sure you can live with this distance, and also not suffer from rainbows.

    Another way of getting a wider image, is to use a Prismasonic lens - use the pj in 4:3 mode so the anamorphic images look tall and skinny, then add the lens - one version will stretch the image out sideways to the correct ratio, and the other will keep the width and squish the height. You want the first lens (H200):

    http://www.prismasonic.com

    http://www.prismasonic.com/index.asp?sivu=/anamorphic_lens.htm

    Using the lens means you can project a smaller image, and remove the possibility of seeing screendoor, and also get the bigger (wider) image you're after.

    HTH

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    Thanks for your reply.
    I'll have to get a demo to find out whether it going to be worth it.

    Cheers
     
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    Another pj that might be OK is the 1280 x 720 Benq:

    http://www.ivojo.com/benq-pe8700.htm

    It may be a bit bright for the throw (provided it'll work that close), but a lens filter can be used to fix that, and will possibly increase contrast a tad too.

    Definately worth considering, as the extra resolution will mean you won't need an extra lens, and can sit that little bit closer without seeing screen door.

    Good luck, and let us know how you get on OK?

    Gary.
     
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    Hey,
    That has brightend up my day. Looks like I can easily manage a 5' image.
    I think a demo is in order.

    Thanks
     

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