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Specs look good, way down in the fine print it shows the actual : 1280 x 720 it is good for what we do it should work great.
 

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You definitely have my attention! I bought a Spectral Illusion horse drawn hearse projection and want to project it at full size but know nothing about projectors other than it needs a bright bulb and I have to find a scrim ha ha!

Please report back what you think of it once you get it if you don’t mind.
 

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Update on the projector: I got it on saturday and was able to test it out a bit over the weekend. It is predictably limited in some features that I'll outline here, but overall isn't too bad for the price. Here's a list of the things that were most notable:

1) The projected image is plenty bright and the lower resolution is fine for me. It is also fairly quiet, unlike my old Window FX projector which always sounds like it's preparing for take off.

2) There isn't an easy way to stand it on it's side for a vertical image because the power adapter is on the right side but the USB/SD card/HDMI ports are on the left. You would need something to hold it up. There is no place to attach a tripod.

3) The throw ratio isn't good. I didn't measure it out but it requires a pretty good distance to create a large projected image. That creates a problem for me because I'm working in my garage with limited space so I'm having trouble finding the right angle/direction to maintain the illusion at the scale I want.

4) The manual focus and keystone adjusters feel pretty cheaply constructed. I also thought the keystone adjuster didn't really do anything, but I didn't fiddle with it much. It only works on the horizontal axis.

5) My biggest gripe is with the actual playback of video. It can automatically loop through a set of videos but as each one plays, it briefly displays the name of the video along with a "Next" icon. I don't see a way to turn this off and it will definitely ruin the effect for the 5-10 seconds that it appears. I think the only solution to this is to use a video that's long enough to last all night without looping, or at least to minimize the loop count. I have a very short video so I will probably edit it to repeat the loop within the video itself. This is the one thing the Window FX projector does better.

All in all, I still think it's a good buy and, as long as you work within the constraints, should be a great projector for most haunt purposes.
 

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I did a long article on all these projectors a couple of years ago, but it was in the "other" forum. All of the boards inside these are made by the same company in china and several sister companies put their name on them, sometimes they change the case, sometimes they don't. The Under $100 are usually only 30-70 true lumens (your home depot unit), while the ones with the upgraded 100W LED panel are 300 as measured in my test. Nothing close to the 2000-3000 of the expensive projectors. That said, I have only seen a few uses honestly for the super bright projectors. I have a 50 lumen one from a decade ago for my singing pumpkins that uses a 50W halogen spot that costs just a few dollars to replace. The projector is hidden in a monument 4' away so is plenty bright.

Some of my other projectors are old 300 lumens. I had 2 Lightware VP800 units. The one sold under the Optima name failed. It was too much effort to fix it so I replaced it with a surpus epson with 2700 lumens. The great thing about the VP800s is that they came with 2 halogen bulb on a slider. If one burns out, you pop the front popup and just slide the slider over and keep going. Bulbs are like $4. The units are 800x600 pixels. Side by side, they are the exact same brightness as the LED units from China that use the 100W led panel. I also measured with a professional meter in a proper setting.

None of the cheap Chinese units are great, but they are good for the price. They only have keystone correction in one plane and it works just by tilting the Fresnel lens in front of the LCD. That means if you have to use it, the top and the bottom (or left and right if vertical) will be out of focus. Try not to have to large an angle to the screen. Straight on is best. Their center to edge brightness drops off sharply. But they have better resolution than some of the old surplus projectors, the colors are good and they have decent sound if you want to use that. I have a decent amount of spill light in my haunt and have a streetlight partially blocked by a tree. For anything that isn't too large or too far, 300 lumens is more than enough, even projected on a good scrim. I have the remaining Lightware on a garage door from 12` away. It is square and my videos are set to be square so there is not spillover. Anything brigher would be annoying and the light reflection would spill over to everything else. The one thing I need brighter for is the dark projections I have in an upstairs window. Going through a rear projection screen and being far away from the viewer with a lot of other light projected on the house, 300 lumens was a little dim for me.

Can't wait to hear more about your unit. I almost bought that one before I bought a used 3 LCD Epson. It is half the size of my 1080x800 Fixeover GP100. They change the models and change the names so 2 years later, the brands don't exist anymore. Mine has a 5.8" LCD and a 100W LED panel. It would be interesting to know what size the LCD is in that unit and what power the LED is. So many variables since light drops off with the square of a distance, so a short throw projector with a low wattage light, could seem the same brightness as a projector that had to be farther away to get the same sized image. Does this unit list Watts? On a sticker anywhere does it list current in Amps?
 

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Is your unit different from the pictures I've seen and the video in the reviews section? The guy who unboxed his clearly shows a brass colored female tripod hole on the bottom.
 

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Can't wait to hear more about your unit. I almost bought that one before I bought a used 3 LCD Epson. It is half the size of my 1080x800 Fixeover GP100. They change the models and change the names so 2 years later, the brands don't exist anymore. Mine has a 5.8" LCD and a 100W LED panel. It would be interesting to know what size the LCD is in that unit and what power the LED is. So many variables since light drops off with the square of a distance, so a short throw projector with a low wattage light, could seem the same brightness as a projector that had to be farther away to get the same sized image. Does this unit list Watts? On a sticker anywhere does it list current in Amps?
Thanks for posting all the great info! I don't know much about projectors so this is a helpful reference. There's no mention of wattage but the sticker on the bottom says 1.0A input.
 

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Is your unit different from the pictures I've seen and the video in the reviews section? The guy who unboxed his clearly shows a brass colored female tripod hole on the bottom.
It is the same as the one in the unboxing video. It does have the tripod mounting hole which I didn't notice at first but when I mentioned that before I was referring to anywhere on the side for a vertical mount.
 
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