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I don't know too much about video. My church is looking to buy a video projector for use in the services w/ Powerpoint on a computer. The projector will be used to display song lyrics on the front wall. I've heard we need 3000 lumens. I also heard that the Sony version would be around $8K, w/ a best price found so far of $6800. My question: What do I need to look for in a projector for this application, and also would the Sanyo PLC-XP30 [ listed below ] be OK? I've found it for $4899 at B&H in NYC. Thanks for any tips and info! Some of my findings: http://www.projectorpeople.com/projectors/projdtls.asp?itemid=1031&itmname=Sony+VPL%2DPX32 Sony VPL-PX32 3,000 lumens $7250 Resolution: XGA (1024 x 768) Display Type: 1.3-inch p-Si TFT Sony LCD panel with Micro Lens Array Brightness: 3000 lumens Weight: 15.9 lbs. Pricenet prices for PX32 http://www.pricingnetwork.com/prod_3_2476_S_0_SONY%20VPL-PX32_.htm   http://www.projectorpeople.com/projectors/projdtls.asp?itemid=867&itmname=Sanyo+PLC%2DXP30 Sanyo PLC-XP30 $5099 Resolution: XGA (1024 x 768) Display Type: 1.3 Brightness: 3000 lumens Weight: 19.9 lbs. http://www.presentingsolutions.com/pricingandprograms.asp http://www.nextag.com/Sanyo_PLC_XP30_Projector~3480619z3znzzz1zmainz2-htm?nxtg=1b9c37_E7A7A5EB7BDF92A0&product=16163014 lowest price for Sanyo PLC-XP30 - $4899 at B & H http://www01.bhphotovideo.com/default.sph/FrameWork.class?FNC=GetItem__Aindex_html___IC=SAPLCXP30___SID=EEB1636A210 http://www.nationalprojector.com/X400/x400-new.html X400 from Mitsubishi $6995 1.3" x 3 Polysilicon LCD panel True XGA 1024 x 768 with compression for 1280 x 1024 SXGA maximum 3000 ANSI Lumens (typical)

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A good place to ask would be [url=http://www.avsforum.com]www.avsforum.com[/url] It's mostly an area for home theater enthusiasts, but people use every kind of projector out there for home theaters. There are definitely people there who could tell you what you should get, maybe even sell you one.
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I used to sell projectors and when my company changed models I was told to sell them, regardless of condition, to anyone I could find. I sold $7000 projectors for 2-3K sometimes. Thus, I reccomend you find a corporate rep for Panasonic, Epson ,Sharp etc. in your area and see if he has any older models that can be sold. Or, see if the manufacturer has any referbished units at a lower cost. As a last resort, check with AV companies that rent units. As they roll off their inventory they sell older models at substantial discounts.
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Have you though about a large screen LCD monitor? I know that the replacement bulbs for projectors can be quite high. So when looking take that into account.

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I bought 40 Epsons' for our school... 3000 Lumens is WAY more than you need, but great if you can get it....Ours are 650 Lumens, and are fine in a room with the lights out and enough ambient light to read by. The main thing to watch out for, is bulb cost/bulb life. If you can get extra bulbs thrown in, it is usually worth it. BTW, the one I bought was the 5000XB
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Check with the pro's that were previously suggested. We put in a 1300 lumen projector a year ago and it SUCKS! It depends on many things such as how large the screen or image area, how much ambient light, distance from the projector to the screen, etc. We are extreemly limited as to the type of images we can use. Song lyrics have to be white letters on a dark blue or black background or black letters on a white or light blue background, all the nice graphics we have are almost useless. I'm stuck with this POS for at least another year and maybe I can convince the powers that be to let me move this one to the conference room in the new building and buy a better one. Also, in addition to Power Point, check out some of the specialized church presentation software. We use one called Media Shout. This software comes with about 200 songs and 12 or so versions of the Bible. Also you can do a multitude of editing on the fly. It's the best way for live presentations. Do a search for for some of these that have free demoes you can download. I just finished a presentation of a bunch of digital pictures I took during VBS. I used about 150 pictures, loaded them in Media Shout with a few seconds on each then edited the VBS theme song to loop at the chorus- using Sonar. Now all the mommys and daddys love me. Hmmmm, I may get that new projector even sooner. (This was at a night service so I could lower the house lights) Sorry to be so long but I'm new to the video stuff too and I get all wound up. I love working with it though. medford
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The room is about 20' high X 60' wide X 100' deep - and actually we can open these accordordian-type doors in the back and add another 50' to the depth of the room. We figure we'll mount the projector in the ceiling 30' back from the wall – and the screen space will be about 10' X 10'. There are sets of windows running down both sides of the room, and even though we can draw the shades, a good deal of light is in the room at the 9am services. Is 3000 lumens still too much?

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I would guess 3000 lumens would do a good job. Your room is very close to the size of ours, maybe a bit larger. Our screen is 9' x 12' and the projector is about 28 to 30 feet away & ceiling mounted. We have stained glass windows which let a lot of light in on a bright day. Do your homework on this, I wish we had. :rolleyes: Make sure you can control it from the sound or a/v booth and it has connections for svga AND vhs or composite video so you can switch from PC stuff to vhs tapes or dvd. medford
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