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Hardware Thread, Projectors in Technical; Anyone got any good recommendations for short throw projectors? Ideally quite cheap, 4:3 board, small classroom. Got a horrible classroom ...
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    Anyone got any good recommendations for short throw projectors? Ideally quite cheap, 4:3 board, small classroom.

    Got a horrible classroom that has those ancient pinned up ceiling tiles that you can't takee down without something like a nailgun to fix them back up.

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    Short throw, cheap... Benq
    Ultra short throw, good... Hitachi ED-a22x.

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    Hi @mrbios, The best UST out there for the money is the Hitachi range in My experience we can offer 5 years warranty with them.We have no problems with these compared to others. They are easy to use - come with a great warranty.

    I would go Ultra short through rather than short through if budget allows

    If you can PM me your details I can email you some options and the price differences to give you a good idea which is the best for you?

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    Unfortunately, short throw projectors are not usually cheap. I am an Epson convert after many years sticking with Sanyo. I've installed two Epson EB-470 ultra-short throw projectors recently and there were very easy to install as they come with a custom designed wall bracket which is superb. The built in speakers are also pretty good for a projector and would be fine for a small classroom. They come with a 3 year warranty, although some places are advertising 5 years (such as AVPartsmaster)
    I paid £695 for mine - what price did you have in mind?

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    Well the last ultra short throw i had was a Hitachi CPA222WNM, which came with its own mount. That was £575, seems a fantastic projector but I wasn't sure if maybe something cheaper was available for a smaller classroom. Also it's going to be mounted on a false wall and the mount that came wit hthe CPA222WNM was pretty heavy.....though i can get around that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbios View Post
    Also it's going to be mounted on a false wall and the mount that came wit the CPA222WNM was pretty heavy.....though i can get around that.
    Yup, it's made of actual real metal. I like that! To get around the problem we have put a pair or 2x2 batons floor to ceiling held into the false wall with a hollow wall anchor every 30cm and the width of the mounting plate apart, and then screwed the centre holes of the mounting plate to a piece 3/4" ply, and then attached the plate and the ply to the batons with coach screws and penny washers.

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    We just put our first Epson EB-X11 because of recommendations on here, really pleased with image & the ver & horiz keystone adjust which is a great feature. Hope longevity is good not buying any more DLP machines for school use.

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    If you haven't seen it yet, this site is pretty essential for selecting the right projector:

    Projection Calculator Classic - Throw Distance and Screen Size

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    I've always bought Hitachi but the lastest models have quite a different throw and in many cases a replacement would require a mount move. The X11 tends to be ok and that's the way we are going. Just about to order another five.



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