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which projector is best?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by helen B, Mar 23, 2003.

  1. helen B

    helen B

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    Hello from someone not very UP on I.T,
    I want to set up a community project for children on a deprived housing estate that will provide them with free access to Playstation 2 games in a youth club type of atmosphere. Unfortunately I am struggling to find a video projector that would be suitable for use to give a good bright imagine inside a lit hall.There needs to be sufficient light in the room to supervise the children and the projector image will be onto a white roller blind. The projector will be positioned on a table behind the players who will sit below the projector. The distance will be something like 12 foot from screen to projector and will be supported by speakers around the players to give greater involvement.
    Can anyone point me in the right direction?
    From a frustrated lady who wants to help other less fortunate.
  2. theritz

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    Hi Helen B,

    Welcome to the forums :hiya:

    Most of the projectors currently owned by the regulars here (and most regularly talked about) are designed for home cinema, and perform best in very well controlled lighting - very dark, in other words. Your best option for a projector to use in the circumstances you describe would be one designed for use making Powerpoint-type presentations - a business projector, with fairly high light output, to enable it to be used in a reasonably lit room. The distance from projector to screen might be a little bit of a problem - most of these types of projectors have a short "throw distance" - i.e., the produce a fairly large image when placed a reasonably short distance from the screen.

    Your best bet, I reckon, is to contact some of the firms who rent out/lease business projectors - they often sell older models at reasonable prices, and you might be fortunate to get a good deal from someone on a Pro Bono basis, considering the reason you want one. Try to find one locally - they're more likely to help if the good cause is on their doorstep.

    I'll have a root around on the web and come back with some links if I can find them. Please be cautious if you're tempted to buy one on Ebay - there have been occasional horror stories about people being ripped off, although some of the sellers there are companies who specialise in ex-rental projectors, and might be worth approaching directly to see if they have anything they could help you with.

    All the best,

    Sean G.

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