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Optoma HD146X High Performance Projector for Movies & Gaming $479

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CINEMATIC PICTURE QUALITY: Enjoy crisp, high-definition images with a native 1080p (1920×1080) resolution and an RYGCWB color wheel for home cinema color calibration.
PERFECT IMAGE ALIGNMENT: With the latest technology from Texas Instruments, the DLP DMD single-chip design ensures perfect image alignment combined with high-brightness for an incredible picture
LIGHTS-ON VIEWING: Enjoy an incredible 3, 600 of brightness in any room in your home; leave the lights on or keep it dim for a cinematic experience
FAST RESPONSE TIME: Enhanced Gaming Mode enables lightning-fast response time; Game Display Mode boosts shadows and dark scenes for greater visibility of impending obstacles
HDMI-CEC FOR SIMPLE ON/OFF: HDMI-CEC technology enables control of the projector and connected devices using a single remote, all via the HDMI connection with the projectors HDMI-Link feature
MORE IMAGE DEPTH: Dynamic Black technology provides more depth to the image by smoothing lamp output to create a high contrast ratio (500, 000: 1); bright scenes appear clear while dark scenes remain detailed
LONG LAMP LIFE: Enjoy up to 15, 000 hours of lamp life enabling an average of 4 hours of viewing time every day 10+ years
FULL 3D: The HD146X displays true 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray Disc players, 3D broadcasting, and the latest-generation game consoles. Support for 120Hz rapid-refresh rate provides ultra-smooth flicker-free images; 3D glasses required
EASY INSTALLATION: 40° vertical keystone correction and a 1. 1X zoom enable flexible placement in any environment
HDMI + USB POWER: Support for HDMI extender and USB power supply; connect to Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox, Switch, PS4 or set top box for a big-screen entertainment experience

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Seems like a great projector…3,600 lumens for under $500.
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Be aware: fan noise and rainbow artifacts are relatively common complaints. The rainbow artifacts are less noticeable on higher end projectors than these budget models.

This is a pretty good price for this unit with that said, but I would maybe look at an Epson 2150 refurb or up the budget a bit, if possible.
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Be aware: fan noise and rainbow artifacts are relatively common complaints. The rainbow artifacts are less noticeable on higher end projectors than these budget models.

This is a pretty good price for this unit with that said, but I would maybe look at an Epson 2150 refurb or up the budget a bit, if possible.
Not to discount what you're saying (or those that see the rainbow effect), but doesn't this only affect certain individuals? Meaning, if you experience rainbow effect with the 146X, you would theoretically experience it with all DLP projects, correct?

Edit: Also wanted to point out that for me, I went with this one because I think my use case would benefit from the 3600 lumens vs. 2150's 2,500 lumens.
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Is this decent enough for an outdoor movie night for the kids?
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Not to discount what you're saying (or those that see the rainbow effect), but doesn't this only affect certain individuals? Meaning, if you experience rainbow effect with the 146X, you would theoretically experience it with all DLP projects, correct?

Edit: Also wanted to point out that for me, I went with this one because I think my use case would benefit from the 3600 lumens vs. 2150's 2,500 lumens.
I have the Optoma HD28HDR, which is like this but slightly higher. It's nice, I don't notice rainbow effect, but all the reviews I've seen say the Epson 2100/2150 are effectively brighter at 2500 lumens than these Optoma projectors that say 3600 lumens.
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Is this decent enough for an outdoor movie night for the kids?
Yes..
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Quote from Cujobob :
Be aware: fan noise and rainbow artifacts are relatively common complaints. The rainbow artifacts are less noticeable on higher end projectors than these budget models.

This is a pretty good price for this unit with that said, but I would maybe look at an Epson 2150 refurb or up the budget a bit, if possible.
2150 or the 2100's. Is the "wireless" worth it? What should we get if we up the budget?
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2150 or the 2100's. Is the "wireless" worth it? What should we get if we up the budget?
Probably for any projector, especially within the home, you would be better off getting a Roku, most of which should do AirPlay and Miracast (wireless display), or a Google Chromecast with Google TV, to do casting. Most Fire TV devices also do Miracast, and Android TV and Fire TV both have unofficial Airplay apps. Of course you get all the other apps and updates, as well.

I ordered the 2100 refurb that was recently on sale (haven't received yet), but the difference between it and the 2150 seems like it's mostly the built in wireless display stuff and better contrast (which may not be obvious or make a big difference), which I don't think are worth a price difference of more than $40. So 2100 refurb at below $400 sounds better than a 2150 refurb at $500.

This Optoma would also benefit from just get a nice smart dongle to add all the features you might want/need.
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I have the Optoma HD28HDR, which is like this but slightly higher. It's nice, I don't notice rainbow effect, but all the reviews I've seen say the Epson 2100/2150 are effectively brighter at 2500 lumens than these Optoma projectors that say 3600 lumens.
That's interesting about the brightness. Do you mind sharing links to the reviews? I'm wondering if I should be cancelling my order and hunting for an Epson. Thanks in advance
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That's interesting about the brightness. Do you mind sharing links to the reviews? I'm wondering if I should be cancelling my order and hunting for an Epson. Thanks in advance
This is what one review of the Optoma HD28HDR said vs Epson HC2150 (https://www.cnet.com/reviews/opto...-review/):

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Optoma claims 3,600 lumens of brightness, and I measured around 1,500. It's normal for a projector to measure lower than its claimed numbers. For projectors of this price, this is a solid result and creates a very bright image, albeit slightly dimmer than the Epson HC2150 and BenQ HT2050A.
I saw similar info in other places when looking at the Optoma, but can't find them right now.
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This is what one review of the Optoma HD28HDR said vs Epson HC2150 (https://www.cnet.com/reviews/opto...-review/): [cnet.com]



I saw similar info in other places when looking at the Optoma, but can't find them right now.
Thanks for the link. After a little bit more research, I ended up cancelling my order for the Optoma and ordered the refurb Epson 2150 for $500. I was okay with the Optoma being slightly dimmer, but after looking at the cost of replacement lamps between the 2, it kind of became a no-brainer. Luckily, Amazon hadn't shipped yet, so cancellation was quick.
Thanks again!
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Thanks for the link. After a little bit more research, I ended up cancelling my order for the Optoma and ordered the refurb Epson 2150 for $500. I was okay with the Optoma being slightly dimmer, but after looking at the cost of replacement lamps between the 2, it kind of became a no-brainer. Luckily, Amazon hadn't shipped yet, so cancellation was quick.
Thanks again!
Doesn't the Optoma last 3x as long. I'm thinking going Epson. Seems like people like the BenQ's and the Epson's over the Optoma's.
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Not to discount what you're saying (or those that see the rainbow effect), but doesn't this only affect certain individuals? Meaning, if you experience rainbow effect with the 146X, you would theoretically experience it with all DLP projects, correct?

Edit: Also wanted to point out that for me, I went with this one because I think my use case would benefit from the 3600 lumens vs. 2150's 2,500 lumens.
I got a refurb Epson 2100 <$400, Coming from a sub-$100 720-native projector it is AMAZING the quality and feature set difference. I can't even imagine the quality difference bumping up to >$1k.

2500 lumens I can see picture pretty good in a covered gazebo in the middle of the day. At night, I'm pretty much lighting up the entire gazebo with the light reflecting off the projector screen. 2500 lumens will meet *a lot* of user's needs. (Not sub-$100 projector claims of 2500lumens)

Best decision splurging on a higher end projector, if even only for casual watching. Vertical/horizontal keystone and zoom is game-changer.

I do game (FPS), although I wouldn't spend $100 for the off-chance I'll be gaming on a 1080p projector. If they made a 2k/1440p gaming projector now…
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Probably for any projector, especially within the home, you would be better off getting a Roku, most of which should do AirPlay and Miracast (wireless display), or a Google Chromecast with Google TV, to do casting. Most Fire TV devices also do Miracast, and Android TV and Fire TV both have unofficial Airplay apps. Of course you get all the other apps and updates, as well.

I ordered the 2100 refurb that was recently on sale (haven't received yet), but the difference between it and the 2150 seems like it's mostly the built in wireless display stuff and better contrast (which may not be obvious or make a big difference), which I don't think are worth a price difference of more than $40. So 2100 refurb at below $400 sounds better than a 2150 refurb at $500.

This Optoma would also benefit from just get a nice smart dongle to add all the features you might want/need.
Agreed. I'm using outdoors (seasonally), Hooked up to Roku soundbar. 2-for-1, plenty of sound for outdoors and plays all my content
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