Help with projector tv...

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    I'm thinking of putting a projector set up in my man room... Have read a lot of good reviews on most of them. Wondering if anyone on here has used one befor. Seems pretty reasonable for the setup. Info would be helpful.
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    You can't beat the size to dollar ratio. Plasmas will give you a truer image with better blacks, and LCDs will give you a brighter one, but a good projector with a quality screen can blow them away size-wise. Just make sure you have enough room to get the size you want. You'll want to get one with plenty of brightness and contrast and a good throw distance. Mitsubishi and Sony both make good projectors at decent prices, or Runco if you have absurd amounts of money and want the absolute best.
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    What would be the recommended space for one in your opinion?
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    Depends on how big of an image you'd like and how much money you have to spend
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    I see best buy has a Optoma svga dlp pro160s for $399..... Review say its really good from 10ft up to 25ft plus. Said really really clear at 80 inches of watchable tv. Not corner to corner but 80 inches of picture!
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    SVGA is not HD. It's 800x600 and downconverts any inputs over that to that resolution. I'd stay away from it. Honestly you're looking at at least $3k for something good.
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    It has hdmi input.
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    Doesn't mean it is actually HD, just that it can accept an HD signal. Its native resolution is 800x600
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    I have an Epson projector and would recommend it. Great picture. Ran me about $799 and probably the most bang for your buck.
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    Is it HD or 1024x768? What specs?
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    I looked at one of those also, think best buy had one on sale for $649. And helix is was HD.
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    I'm lukewarm on projectors, because you really have to commit to them. You'll want to make sure you can get a room pretty much completely dark to really see/appreciate the picture, even on the high end models. You'll also want a silver screen (Hollywood style) or paint on your wall to bring out the contrast.

    And I don't think anything under $500 is going to cut it, though I don't think you need to go up to $3k.

    The other issue is the price of bulbs, which are often around $200-$400 and might need to be replaced every couple of years. You also have to be really cautious about turning the projector on and off because you can kill a bulb fairly easily.

    That projector that's $649 on Best Buy is not HD. It's WXGA. The cheapest native HD projector I see on Best Buy (which is not the ideal place to be looking, really) appears to be $1,300.

    So you have to weigh all of this. Screen, room treatment, projector could run you $1500-$1800. Is the room really large enough to get 80" of screen? If not, this could be a bit of a waste when you can get a 60" television for that price.
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    I know a guy who has the Epson and his room is about as big as mine and he sized the picture to 80 inches and is great! A lot better than what some people may think. He has had it for a couple years now and it's doing great. He even has some natural light coming in his room and it still looks really really good. He doesn't even have it on a screen just a light colored paint on his wall. He said he has less than $900 in all of it. Bulbs on amazon are 149.00. Getting a 60 compared to this 102 screen that u can size down to 80 or even lower is full picture unlike a 60 tv is measured corner to corner. This is full 80 inches of picture.
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    Okay, but if you're going to make this investment wouldn't you at least want true HD?
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    I would agree with the earlier comment about really needing the right room where you can control the light. I also think ideally you would want to mount it overhead to keep it out of the way.

    Honestly, for me the need for the room to be somewhat dark led to me eventually getting rid of my dlp 720p projector after a while and getting an LCD/LED type tv. It was fine at night, but most football is in the day time - and I (and people I would be watching with) liked having some daylight in the room. I also felt like I would also always need another "main" tv for everyday watching so I thought it was better to put the $ towards one really nice tv.

    Having said that the picture was pretty awesome, I was just looking for more of a low maintenance setup.
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    He has his set up through his cable company... His is 1080. My man room is dark well actually in the process of building our home as I type this but I didn't put in windows in it. So it will be dark since its a finished basement. As far as room goes the room is about 25x35.
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    If it's that $649 Epson you listed above, that does not have native 1080p output. I do think that if you buy a projector, you're going to want/need to drop at least $1k based on what I'm seeing for a good HD projector.
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    The guys at CNET are pretty particular about displays, projectors, etc. I like to see what they think if not treat their word as canon:

    http://reviews.cnet.com/projectors/

    The Optoma 72 (not the 180 above) did fairly well, 3.5 stars out of 5.

    It looks like a good deal and a much better projector than the Epson you listed above.
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    I really don't wanna spend a $1000 but I wanna get good picture quality. This is a man cave only purchase.

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