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#1 JKor

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 09:16 AM

I'm all in on getting a dedicated HT running out in my barn.  I have most of the stuff that I need aside from the projector/screen.  I don't want to break the bank on it just something with good 1080p performance and good brightness.  I'd consider something with 4K if it was a good value.  It seems like there's a glut of solid 1080p projectors in the $500 range.  I might pay a few hundred more for 4K.  I'm planning on running a 135" or 150" screen and the room will have virtually no ambient light.  


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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:42 AM

No one?

Anyway, it looks like the Optoma HD243X is the leader in the clubhouse @ $499. I saw an Epson 1060 refurb for $379 yesterday bit it's back to $449. Not really worth it for the refurb. The reach would be the Optoma UHL55 4K unit that's going for $750 at the moment, down from $1500 last year.
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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:45 AM

I’ve got nothing for you, but at least whatever you buy it will be kept nice and toasty during the winter months
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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:51 AM

What size popcorn machine you putting out there?
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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:52 AM

I’ve got the optoma hd26. No complaints. But obviously would go 4K if I was buying today
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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:54 AM

I think zaph has a projector on his patio
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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:56 AM

Check your PMs



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Posted 13 January 2020 - 11:59 AM

Just stay away from Epson, obviously.

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Posted 13 January 2020 - 05:50 PM

I heard Epson is best.


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:36 AM

Epson 1060 it is.  The decision was made due to the throw ratio.  I have exposed barn beams, about 18" from the ceiling, in the room I'm putting it in.  A throw distance of more than 11-12 feet would make mounting difficult because the beam would be in the light path.  It seems most projectors ask for around 13-16 feet for the screen size I'm considering, the 1060 could do it in less than 12 ft.

 

Now i've realized all of my AV receivers are too old to have HDMI switching so I have to find a cheap receiver that will do that...


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:49 AM

Congratulations on your purchase. May it continue to function for many weeks to come!
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:52 AM

Epson 1060 it is. The decision was made due to the throw ratio. I have exposed barn beams, about 18" from the ceiling, in the room I'm putting it in. A throw distance of more than 11-12 feet would make mounting difficult because the beam would be in the light path. It seems most projectors ask for around 13-16 feet for the screen size I'm considering, the 1060 could do it in less than 12 ft.

Now i've realized all of my AV receivers are too old to have HDMI switching so I have to find a cheap receiver that will do that...


I love my onkyo reciever
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 05:58 AM

Congratulations on your purchase. May it continue to function for many weeks to come!


Silver linings, my friend. The sooner it fails the sooner i can justify a 4K projector to myself.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 06:02 AM

I love my onkyo reciever


I've always been skeptical about any noticeable functional differences between receivers aside from extra "features". I would bet a few hundred bucks that no one could pick out the difference between $200 and $2000 receivers in a blind test.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:04 AM

I run a Epson Home Cinema PJ. It's alright for the money. 

 

I've always had Pioneer, Marantz and Denon receivers but only use the processing side and use the preouts for my Emotiva amps. 


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:23 AM

I used to be way into audiophile gear until I realized I'm just not that discerning when it comes to SQ/PQ.  Yes, viewing and listening on a $20K system is awesome but it's not an order of magnitude better than a $2K system.  $2K gets you 95% of the way there, $20k gets you 99%.  $200k gets you 99.9%, you see where this is going...


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Posted 14 January 2020 - 07:28 AM

Yep. Need to spend $2m on an audio system.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:26 AM

Yep. Need to spend $2m on an audio system.

 

If you have the means I highly recommend it.

 

Start here:  

 

http://www.krellonline.com/

https://www.wilsonaudio.com/

 

 

ETA:  You'll need more than $2M for a 7.1 system tho

 

 

 

The occasion was the launch of the WAMM Master Chronosonic loudspeaker. Given its limited-edition production run (70 pairs), oversized dimensions (approximately 86" H with spikes x 26" W x 36.5" D), and high price ($685,000/pair), Wilson Audio's ultimate speaker is not slated for dealer and audio show demos.

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:37 AM

Maybe I'll buy it for the Superbowl and then return it.
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Posted 14 January 2020 - 08:39 AM

Let me know when I should get there.


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