Short-Throw, WXGA Might Be The Right Match For Your Church
In some tight worship spaces, a short-throw projector could be the only option for a projector. And WXGA is a great cost-effective option as well.
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Last March, Worship Tech Director reviewed a series of 10 WUXGA projectors, meaning that each had the impressive capability of 1,920 pixel-by-1,200 pixel resolution.
Understanding that for many houses of worship, though, that while they might be in the market for a new projector or a series of projectors, at the same time they might not have the financial flexibility to invest in a projector of that expense. Offering another look at projectors, Worship Tech Director will look at a more cost-effective series of projectors, 12 WXGA models, each of which have a resolution of 1,024 pixels by 768 pixels.
In addition, what makes this latest group of highlighted projectors different from the previous group is that each of these WXGA projectors are considered short-throw projectors, recognizing that in some tight worship spaces, a short-throw projector could be the only option for a projector.
While projectors are often set up sometimes 10 to 20 feet from the projection screen, in some worship spaces, such a distance isn’t ideal or feasible, so the prospect of a short throw projector ends up being a worthwhile consideration.
For example, contrast the distance by the Panasonic PT-CW331RU, where the throw distance can range from just 1.7 to 2.5 feet, while the model can project to a screen size ranging from 68.7 inches to 101.1 inches (nearly 8.5 feet diagonally), with a throw ratio of 0.35:1. Similarly, the Optoma W320USTi can project a 100-inch wide image from a distance of just 2 feet. Almost identically, the Epson PowerLite 585W measures in being able to project a 100-inch image from just 23.5 inches away.
Not all of the 12 models, though, can project at such short distances, with the the Canon LV WX300ST, for instance, needing 28 inches of a throw distance to be able to project a 60-inch diagonal image. And while the Hitachi CP BW301WN is more than capable of projecting a 100-inch image, like the Epson, for instance, it will need 34.5 inches to do so.
Then there are projectors like the Vivitek DW832, that while are considered short throw projectors, can also operate at much further distances, as far back as 33 feet from the screen, but to where the closest it can be positioned is slightly less than four feet from the screen, much like the BenQ MP780 ST, which can project to a 95-inch image, but from a 3.3 feet distance. Similarly, both the Sony VPL-SW235, with its 0.46.1 throw ratio (able to project to a 100-inch image), requires a 46-inch distance to be able to achieve that display, while the Ricoh PJ-WX3351N, can project to a 60-inch diagonal screen, but must do so from 45 inches away.
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