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Hey Guys,

 

So, I was just wondering what are the best projectors under $2000, I know there are a lot of reviews out there but I just wanted an honest opinion from someone who has actually bought a projector. 

 

Hope you guys could help me out.

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Projector choices are always influenced by the room size, light control and intended screen size - can't advise without those (including which wall the screen is going on).

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oh not bad for a early thread start.. can here the rumbles now haha

some will say.. depends on your room, expectations, experience with a pj and what your eyes tell you

 

others will say 2nd hand jvc x35 or similar, sony 40/45/55 or similar and some might say epson 8300/9300 if you can find any of these.

 

others will say ie: benq models w1090/w1110/w1120,w2000.. contrary to some these are all basically the same just different hardware and price.

 

others could point you to the epson 5600 entry pj or a 2nds epson 6700 from epson aust seconds website

 

others might say... save a bit more and get a "4k" entry such as optoma 50 or benq w1700/800

 

i use the benq w1110 due to throw range in my room and a 2008 viewsonic lcd bought from stereonet member. both are great and cost me $900 total (both 2nd hand)

horses for courses.

 

 

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Hey Guys,
 
So, I was just wondering what are the best projectors under $2000, I know there are a lot of reviews out there but I just wanted an honest opinion from someone who has actually bought a projector. 
 
Hope you guys could help me out.
As others have said, room size, size of screen, or wall (and therefore projector throw ratio) and ambient light will all will have an influence on what you choose.

After lots of research with the same budget as you, I ended up purchasing the Optoma HD 39 Darbee. It suited my room size with throw ratio and worked very well for movies at night projecting onto a very light green wall (I only use mine at night for movies)

(I found Projector Central to have good in depth reviews on many PJ models).

I toyed with the idea of saving some more $, and going to 4k, but it just didn't seem worth it yet to me.
Not to mention, I would also then have to update my blu ray collection to 4k bluray, which would add further to the cost.


I upgraded from an old epson PJ but it was only 720p resolution.

I've been very happy with the Optoma, throws a great picture. Nice and quiet on eco mode (which at night is all you need, I didn't like the dynamic contrast picture setting ) No issues with rainbows for me, or anyone watching it. I quite like the darbee settings, gives really nice definition to movies. I use the lens shift

Due the the loungeroom shape and size + ceiling fans on the roof (welcome to Cairns!) I couldnt roof mount it, and I didn't like it on the coffee table in front of me. I ended up positioning it just above head height behind the couch on a pedestal which is 5m away from the front wall. My image size is about 120" (305cm) diagonal from this distance.


Daytime viewing is a bit average, as my room is very bright, and there wasn't much point is getting block out curtains as I don't usually get a chance to sit down during the day with kids and work etc.
I use a TV that sits on top of my centre speaker for general TV viewing, then take it down if I'm watching a movie on the PJ at night. 20181110_211511.jpg20180930_192906.jpg20180804_201518.jpg20181109_212253.jpg

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On 15/12/2018 at 11:47 AM, Quark said:

Projector choices are always influenced by the room size, light control and intended screen size - can't advise without those (including which wall the screen is going on).

im gonna use it for watching movies, when i turn of the lights of the room it gets pretty dark and the size of the room is about 10x12ft. 

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On 18/12/2018 at 4:39 PM, ryanpc said:

As others have said, room size, size of screen, or wall (and therefore projector throw ratio) and ambient light will all will have an influence on what you choose.

After lots of research with the same budget as you, I ended up purchasing the Optoma HD 39 Darbee. It suited my room size with throw ratio and worked very well for movies at night projecting onto a very light green wall (I only use mine at night for movies)

(I found Projector Central to have good in depth reviews on many PJ models).

I toyed with the idea of saving some more $, and going to 4k, but it just didn't seem worth it yet to me.
Not to mention, I would also then have to update my blu ray collection to 4k bluray, which would add further to the cost.


I upgraded from an old epson PJ but it was only 720p resolution.

I've been very happy with the Optoma, throws a great picture. Nice and quiet on eco mode (which at night is all you need, I didn't like the dynamic contrast picture setting ) No issues with rainbows for me, or anyone watching it. I quite like the darbee settings, gives really nice definition to movies. I use the lens shift

Due the the loungeroom shape and size + ceiling fans on the roof (welcome to Cairns!) I couldnt roof mount it, and I didn't like it on the coffee table in front of me. I ended up positioning it just above head height behind the couch on a pedestal which is 5m away from the front wall. My image size is about 120" (305cm) diagonal from this distance.


Daytime viewing is a bit average, as my room is very bright, and there wasn't much point is getting block out curtains as I don't usually get a chance to sit down during the day with kids and work etc.
I use a TV that sits on top of my centre speaker for general TV viewing, then take it down if I'm watching a movie on the PJ at night. 20181110_211511.jpg20180930_192906.jpg20180804_201518.jpg20181109_212253.jpg

Thanks man!! Really helpful, ill update you guys once i  get mine :)

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On 15/12/2018 at 11:49 AM, hopefullguy said:

oh not bad for a early thread start.. can here the rumbles now haha

some will say.. depends on your room, expectations, experience with a pj and what your eyes tell you

 

others will say 2nd hand jvc x35 or similar, sony 40/45/55 or similar and some might say epson 8300/9300 if you can find any of these.

 

others will say ie: benq models w1090/w1110/w1120,w2000.. contrary to some these are all basically the same just different hardware and price.

 

others could point you to the epson 5600 entry pj or a 2nds epson 6700 from epson aust seconds website

 

others might say... save a bit more and get a "4k" entry such as optoma 50 or benq w1700/800

 

i use the benq w1110 due to throw range in my room and a 2008 viewsonic lcd bought from stereonet member. both are great and cost me $900 total (both 2nd hand)

horses for courses.

 

 

2 projectors for $900 is not bad, just wondering because i see a lot of casio projectors and they are really expensive. why is that? 

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no idea but then casio are rarely talked about on forums regarding HT use. they dont seem to make pj's for ht use.

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On 18/12/2018 at 10:09 PM, ryanpc said:

As others have said, room size, size of screen, or wall (and therefore projector throw ratio) and ambient light will all will have an influence on what you choose.

After lots of research with the same budget as you, I ended up purchasing the Optoma HD 39 Darbee. It suited my room size with throw ratio and worked very well for movies at night projecting onto a very light green wall (I only use mine at night for movies)

(I found Projector Central to have good in depth reviews on many PJ models).

I toyed with the idea of saving some more $, and going to 4k, but it just didn't seem worth it yet to me.
Not to mention, I would also then have to update my blu ray collection to 4k bluray, which would add further to the cost.


I upgraded from an old epson PJ but it was only 720p resolution.

I've been very happy with the Optoma, throws a great picture. Nice and quiet on eco mode (which at night is all you need, I didn't like the dynamic contrast picture setting ) No issues with rainbows for me, or anyone watching it. I quite like the darbee settings, gives really nice definition to movies. I use the lens shift

Due the the loungeroom shape and size + ceiling fans on the roof (welcome to Cairns!) I couldnt roof mount it, and I didn't like it on the coffee table in front of me. I ended up positioning it just above head height behind the couch on a pedestal which is 5m away from the front wall. My image size is about 120" (305cm) diagonal from this distance.


Daytime viewing is a bit average, as my room is very bright, and there wasn't much point is getting block out curtains as I don't usually get a chance to sit down during the day with kids and work etc.
I use a TV that sits on top of my centre speaker for general TV viewing, then take it down if I'm watching a movie on the PJ at night. 20181110_211511.jpg20180930_192906.jpg20180804_201518.jpg20181109_212253.jpg

Great post - as you have nailed the reality of life, we all have issues with our rooms and I don't know many people that have time to watch movies during daytime

(and if the kids want to bad luck)

Merry Christmas

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