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Old Oct 18, 2012, 08:46 PM   #1
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Looking for a good HD projector

Hi there, I'm building a small home theater and I am looking for a good HD projector. I know very little about projectors and all I really know is that I would like something with 1080 resolution. My budget is ~$700 but a little over is ok if it makes a big difference in quality. Any suggestions?
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Old Oct 19, 2012, 08:05 AM   #2
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This is such a specialized topic you are better off looking elsewhere rather than MacRumors. I would recommend the AVS Forums:
http://www.avsforum.com/f/

That said, I would highly recommend Optoma projectors:
http://thewirecutter.com/leaderboard/projectors/
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Old Oct 19, 2012, 03:23 PM   #3
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AVS Forums has more info than you will ever need....


HERE is a quick "best of" projector section....
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Old Oct 19, 2012, 03:48 PM   #4
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While I agree that your going to want a 1080P model, your budget is a little limited. Ive had both 720P model and a 1080P model, I wouldnt totally put off a 720P model. I had an Optoma HD70 and I enjoyed it very much.

There was a Panasonic model I think the AX200, Which was a was a 720P model but had an awesome picture.
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Old Oct 19, 2012, 05:57 PM   #5
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Thanks for these answers. I'm also looking for a projector for Xmas and my budget is roughly similar to the OP. Am in the UK but I guess the hardware is much the same.
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Old Oct 19, 2012, 06:04 PM   #6
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It really depends on what distance you're viewing from. A 720p projector isn't bad at all even by today's standards if you want a 110"+ screen, the big issue is pixel size on low resolution projectors. If you sit too close to a 720p projector, you'll notice. The other issue is lamp brightness where you want as many Lumens as you can get unless you've got yourself an every day bat cave, most home theatre projectors have fairly low Lumens though and are not designed for daylight usage. I use a 720p data projector at home, it's not bad at all, but I don't expect outstanding quality either.

For your money you should be able to get a 1080p projector with 3D but the quality will be another matter. Have a look on a specialised AVS forum, I use http://www.stereo.net.au/forums/ in Australia, MacRumors wont have a lot of users with the kind of specific knowledge you're looking for.

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Old Oct 19, 2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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