video projector for small-ish exhibition space?

From: pablo (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Jul 10 2006 - 15:22:33 PDT


I posted on this about a year ago, when I was speculatively shopping for a
video projector. Things have gone as planned and now I am definitely
planning on buying a projector for exhibition in the next few months, so am
reposting a few questions to get some more feedback and ideas.

It will be used in a smallish exhibition setting (20 x 50 room) which has no
ambient light, but does not have black walls, so there is some bouncing
light from the screen itself. The screen is a da-lite da-mat. We will be
using dvcam or beta sp as source material, with occasional need for laptop
input. Primarily though, it will be from DVcam deck. Most material will be
in 4:3. It will all be material originating/intended to be exhibited on
video, not projections of films from dvds.

When I last posted, I had a lot of really good advice from Mitsu (thanks!)
but am looking for some updated advice and experiences with specific models
in a similar setting. I am looking for something in the mid-range I guess?
Not a cheap-o travel unit, and not a $15k beast. Maybe in the $3-5k range?

1. dlp vs. lcd.
I hate the rainbow effect. I know some people can't see it but i can and it
drives me crazy. I have never seen a high end lcd, so am mostly familiar
with screen door effects and weak color/contrast. Does the faster/seven
segment color wheel make a big difference? I know that 3 chip dlps do, but
those are way out of price range. On another note, anyone know anything
about LCOS projectors?

2. 4:3 or 16:9
As I can expect most people 4:3 material, so it makes sense to stick with
that, though I am finding that the best newer projectors with the best specs
and reviews are all 16:9. Some people say go 16:9 as it is future proofing,
some say stick 4:3 as it does better for both formats. What are the
drawbacks to using a 16:9 projector for 4:3 material?

3. Throw range
Ceiling mount is hard in this space, so ideally i would find something
strong enough and with a lens that would project a 90-96" high image from
about 35-40 feet back. Size of projector itself is not so important as we
will not be moving this around much. tall order i know, but throwing that
out there.

Any specific ideas or models that might

Cinema Project
Portland, Ore.

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