I have read the entire thread and it is full of great information but it seems my brain has turned to mush
I hope to start building my dedicated HT later this year and have been trying to get an idea of which projector I want to go with. Reading about the issues JVC owners are having has steered me away from them. Sony's announcement of a new 3D projector looks interesting but I would prefer to stay with DLP. The Runco Q750i is appealing for a nice 2D projector but the price is a bit much.
Thus the Sharp is looking very nice from what folks here are saying along with the on-line reviews. I don't do much gaming so ghosting and such in games doesn't really bother me.
The room I have to work with is 13x19 and will have total light control. The one drawback to it is the 7 foot ceiling height. That rules out mounting a projector above anyone's head. I plan on doing eight seats which will make the back row a bit tight height wise but I will live with it. I do have the option of cutting into the back wall and mounting a projector in the adjacent room but that option adds its own headaches.
My other option is to do a floor mount. I have no problem building a sturdy hush box, splitting the front row of seats and put the projector in the middle. The screen I would like to use would be a 16:9 AT Seymour in the 100-110 inch range (fixed). I am very much in favor of using three identical speakers for my L-C-R. I have been putting the sound system together for the past 9 months and have just about everything for it I want.
Would like to see what others think of the setup of a floor mount with the Sharp and my screen choice. Projector Calculator says at a 12' throw distance, with 110 screen would yield about 25fl at the screen (given claimed 1.2 gain). My current setup is a calibrated Panasonic Plasma in my living room with the sound system that would go into the dedicated HT. Just add another sub and purchase another speaker to match my current L-R.
I look forward to folks thoughts, ideas and such. Of course if you want to say I'm nuts, that's fine as well. I'd likely agree with you.
As far as my background I do have a fair amount of experience in the A/V world. I spent a number of years operating, maintaining and repairing an IMAX theater, along with an entire Planetarium. My years spanned three different planetarium projection systems from Optical-Mechanical to single source CRT and a full dome video system using 6 Barco 1209s projectors. Let me say it is far easier to calibrate, repair, etc an IMAX projector than it is 6 video projectors across a 52 foot wide dome where each one has to line up perfectly with the 3 other projectors it interacts with to create a seamless picture.
Thanks for taking the time to read my babbling.