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New HD Projector for 12 by 12 dedicated room

by 26422971552239535316332208528182 / May 23, 2015 12:51 AM PDT

What is the best projector for under 4k for a smallish (12 by 12 room)? I am building a new home and leaving a much bigger theater room that had a Runco in. Is there anything I can by at this price for a room of this to come close to the picture I am used to?

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First you have to know what is available.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 23, 2015 2:28 AM PDT
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New HD Projector for 12 by 12 dedicated room

Saw this list, thanks. I am looking at the Epson 5030 now. What I am really trying to find is a projector that is equal to or superior to my large flat screen HDTVs. It's really hard to tell, I guess, without seeing the projector in action. Thanks

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I'm going with no way.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 24, 2015 2:10 AM PDT

It may have an edge on putting up a 12 foot image but there is where I find most start to lose any edge. Projectors so far, outside of movie theater units are a compromise.

BUT, picking off the cream of the crop is a great start. However picking one that stands out from the cream of the crop would be really tough. My bet is they are like horse races. One wins one race, the next another one wins. Not one wins them all.

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I got a question for you.
by Oldartq / May 23, 2015 3:51 AM PDT

I have often wonder about projection tv. How's the picture quality and brightness compare to a regular tv? Obviously you are satisfied because you are going for second.

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New HD Projector for 12 by 12 dedicated room
by 26422971552239535316332208528182 / May 23, 2015 11:27 PM PDT

My previous projector was a very highly priced Runco that had a picture superior to my HD flat screens. However, technology has come a long way since I purchased that projector a number of years ago and am just curious how much I have to spend to get a similar picture

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I couldn't find much information on Ranco projector but...
by Oldartq / May 24, 2015 6:21 AM PDT

I see others selling at about $500-700 (2000-3000 lumen) @1080P resolution. Since Ranco suppose to be the best so I was just trying to compare specifications.

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rUnco not rAnco (n/t) ;)
by Pepe7 / May 28, 2015 3:24 AM PDT


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You should really peruse AVS for more details
by Pepe7 / May 28, 2015 3:21 AM PDT

If the goal is to mostly watch movies and truly emulate the theater environment, then perhaps the space is best filled with another high end projector similar to your Runco (they are quite nice IME). That said, if you plan on also doing other activities like gaming/streaming in the same space, you might stick with putting that $4K budget towards a really nice new HDTV. It helps to visit mom-n-pop HT stores instead of big boxes to at least start to understand what you would be missing vs your current plan.

I also suggest perusing AVS to see what the particulars may be which you haven't yet calculated vs buying the HDTV instead. Start here:

Digital High End projectors ($3K +)



Dedicated Home theater design

Don't forget the basics-

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