I've been lurking on here for quite some time and am getting close to getting things together for our non-dedicated entertainment room in the basement. We are building a new home and wanted to get an idea of what I'm going to do down there so we can get the wires run before the drywall goes up. Thankfully, I have a couple months to figure all of this out before crunch time.
Right now, we have a Samsung 65" LCD and something has come over my wife (I probably should have her checked...) and she wants something "a little bigger" for our basement entertainment room. We will be sitting somewhere between 9.5-12 feet from the screen and there is room behind us if we need to mount something further back. Our budget is around $3500 or under.
My dilemma...as I have noticed many have had on here after reading through the forum, is do I go LED/Plasma TV or go with a projector. I have to say, I realize that projectors give you the bigger screen and it would be fine for my basement room, but they make me nervous because it will be our main "TV" for watching general TV, sports, movies, and XBox. I don't want to have to feel guilty about using the thing in fear of running up the hours on the lamp. I've played that game before in the past with a projector and it always irritated me being in the back of my mind.
I do plan on having a pool table/bar down there and it will be in the same room as the screen. If we end up going the projector route, I was hoping people could give suggestions based on the $3500 limit for projectors/screen combos that have great picture (including in the ambient light from the pool table/bar area) as well as offer no lag in video games.
I've been digging around and it doesn't look like there are any of the LED DLP projectors where you don't have the traditional lamps that are in this price range. I wish there were because then there would be no question for me as to what I'd do!
Other things I've entertained and am actually leaning more towards are the 70" flat screens...unfortunately that pretty much limits you to the Sharp series...or Vizio and I'm not going there. I haven't been terribly thrilled about the image I have seen on any of the Sharp 70" models in any store I've been into. I've been kicking myself trying to figure out if I could sacrifice picture quality for the peace of mind that I'm not burning the bulb out when I'm using the thing. The 80" Sharp is completely out of the picture as the picture quality is horrendous and I'm not paying that much more for another 10".
Any suggestions/thoughts are certainly welcome!