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Old 01-23-2009, 09:55 AM   #1
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To the Forum members:

(Please forgive me if this has been answered elsewhere, and I simply cannot find the information. I'm up against a grant deadline; my AV person is on currrently unavailable, so I can't get to him quickly.)

I teach Art History at the college level. The room I teach in has a 10 X 16 foot (ish) screen. I currently have an old Epson LCD projector (don't know the number) that has problems--I cannot get the proper color for the images, no matter how we adjust things, and each pixel has that small black zone around it (which, according to my AV guy, is normal for LCD). I hook up either a Laptop or the classroom desktop to get the image off of the image viewing software I am using. (NOT Powerpoint, but a proprietary software that uses very high quality commercial digitial images)

Here's my question: if cost (up to about 15K) were no issue, what projector would by best option for size, color, and lack of awful pixel issues?

Thank you in advance for any information you could give me. If this is not appropriate for this forum, please forgive me.

Dr. Valerie A. Kidrick
Sacramento City College
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To the Forum members:

(Please forgive me if this has been answered elsewhere, and I simply cannot find the information. I'm up against a grant deadline; my AV person is on currrently unavailable, so I can't get to him quickly.)

I teach Art History at the college level. The room I teach in has a 10 X 16 foot (ish) screen. I currently have an old Epson LCD projector (don't know the number) that has problems--I cannot get the proper color for the images, no matter how we adjust things, and each pixel has that small black zone around it (which, according to my AV guy, is normal for LCD). I hook up either a Laptop or the classroom desktop to get the image off of the image viewing software I am using. (NOT Powerpoint, but a proprietary software that uses very high quality commercial digitial images)

Here's my question: if cost (up to about 15K) were no issue, what projector would by best option for size, color, and lack of awful pixel issues?

Thank you in advance for any information you could give me. If this is not appropriate for this forum, please forgive me.

Dr. Valerie A. Kidrick
Sacramento City College
Hello Valerie,

There are so many options available. What is the distance the projector needs to dispaly from and screen size?

Epson makes some very nice projectors that would suit your needs. Their new line of HD projectors are very well reviewed.
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I would reccomend the panasonic PT-AE3000 - It should do everything you want and has a good set of color adjustments and comes in well under that budeget. It also has no pixelization.
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Seems like it would be pointless to spend $15K on a projector for a classroom. You can find a BenQ SP820 on ebay for $880, it is 4,000 lumens, so it would adequately cover the screen and be bright enough. Just a though, 15K seems very steep, especially in our current economic situation.
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I would reccomend the panasonic PT-AE3000 - It should do everything you want and has a good set of color adjustments and comes in well under that budeget. It also has no pixelization.
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Home theater HD projectors aren't ideal for displaying images of artwork. For instance, the 1920x1080 format of the AE3000 will not be the best solution for what are likely 4:3 images Also, connecting a PC is secondary to projectors like the Panny. The OP would be better off with some of the brighter 4:3 PC presentation PJs... with an output of 5000 lumens or more.
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