Originally Posted by codyunderblood
Is there a brighter LCD within this particular budget?
The only couple of brighter models I'm seeing listed at or under $1000 are only around 30% brighter and are wxga/800x1280 resolution.
The Epson powerlite 2245u at ~$1299 is still 1200x1920resolution and uses a 300watt lamp to push a brightness claim of 4200lm compared to the 3000-3200 claims of the 200watt-215watt LCDs, but I think they only offer the 200watt lamp at the really low price and its not like this projector will be twice as bright at twice the price.
I'd mention refurbs, but in that same breath you could likely afford TWO refurbished 1040's which would still be brighter and cheaper to re-lamp (even both at once) than anything else likely to fall into the <$1000 range via return.
Between the nice resolution and overall price and lamp-price of the 1040, it appears really difficult to beat without increasing your price-range up to around $1300-1500.
As for the DLPs in your budget; keep in mind that ALL of the models claiming over 2200-2800lm are actually the dimmer models for a lot of video because as their brightness claims go up, their actual full-color brightness goes down..perminently.
The real-world brightest DLPs at or near your budget are Optoma HD36, Benq hc1200, Optoma HD37, Benq ht2050/Vivitek1886(i could be mistaken about the Vivitek model number). All of these use more expensive replacement lamps than the Epson1040 and can't significantly beat its brightness...and they often cost more.
The DLPs in your price-range claiming 3200-7000+ lumen struggle to put out over 700-800 lumen for colored content, so you're left with colors looking really dim kind of like the lights are burning out.