Originally Posted by homerging
I don't think you should be spending over $8,000 on a TV but if you're going to spend so much you could get a projector setup.
Out of curiosity, if you add up 100% of all costs associated with your projector setup, from the projector itself to the mount, cabling, power pulls, screen, blackout curtains (for those of us without light controlled basements), AVR, speakers, bulb replacements, masking if any, paint and carpeting, any other sound baffling, etc., did you spend only $8K? If so, could you list all your equipment? And did you do all the power and cable pulls and projector and screen mounting yourself?
I ask because I spent about 6 months hanging out in the projector and home theater forums here and even tried out a decent $6K projector. In my default environment in terms of light control, the image was not more impressive. No one in my household preferred it at 133" over our 65" plasma. In my case, when I was done adding up all the things I would have to do to my room to get a reasonably pleasing image in terms of light control, running permanent power to the ceiling between two floors (wife nixed anything like a cable hide that wasn't permanently hidden in walls), re-painting the white room darker (which the wife nixed), getting some carpet for our light colored hardwood floor (she nixed that too), etc., I was well over $20K. Now in fairness if I took the VAR, speaker and speaker cabling out and just did a sound bar to be more apples-to-apples with the LCD setup, I would save some of that. Put I would still be at about 5-times the cost of my 80" LCD screen that required virtually no setup and works fantastic in all our lighting conditions.
Don't get me wrong. I'd love a projector/home theater setup, though I don't prefer it unless it's done right (i.e. not just any projector in any lighting conditions is better than a TV). But I don't see how it's generally always true to suggest "just get a projector" when talking about a large image. I think it's highly dependent on the viewing environment and rarely less expensive in terms of total cost of ownership. The results are awesome of course...