Awesome feedback--thanks everyone!
Originally Posted by KUV1977
If you are new to projectors make sure you are not affected or at least not annoyed by Rainbow-Effect. I had an Acer H9500BD here for a while and for the money it was great. Very good image quality and also good 3D-quality but the rainbow effect was killing it for me, so I returned it and am now looking into the Panasonic AE8000. There is some crosstalk but otherwise it seems to be perfect for me. Gaming in this size is great and also in 3D. Played Motorstorm in 3D and it's like a different - better - game. Killzone in 3D was also amazing but the lag made it impossible to play competitive.
Good point. Quite honestly I don't have the keenest of eyes and I have never noticed the rainbow effect before, but then again I haven't spent much time with projectors. Will try to find a place to demo this weekend.
Originally Posted by Frosteh
Aw, be nice to the new guy. But yes, OP, this should be in the sub-$3k forum.
Yeah, I actually realized it right after posting, but I couldn't move it. I'll claim new guy-itis and plead ignorance...sorry!!
Originally Posted by Frosteh
Viewsonic Pro8200 is what you should get if you want really low input lag. Picture quality won't be as good as the BenQ, but I'd guess you likely won't notice a difference if you're only gaming.
Frosteh, thanks. That's a great suggestion. I don't usually get talked into *cheaper* options, but this seems like a good one. To be clear, I actually do plan to use the projector for movies and TV, but expect to do most of that on the downstairs Sony Bravia 710 and would probably just do the projector for the big movie night. Is this bright enough to handle a room with ambient light? Guess I really need to think about whether 3D is worth it.
Originally Posted by dmoneyman2323
The Panasonic AR100u is supposed to be a good gaming projector as well and it would suit the room you would be using it in perfectly with 2800 lumens of brightness. It doesn't do 3d though.
I originally ruled this out because of lack of 3D, but I am reconsidering if 3D is really worth it. I am also starting to consider the Optoma HD33, which is on par with the price of the AR100u, but has 3D. So now I am really torn between these 3 (W7000, HD33, AR100u). And maybe even the Viewsonic Pro8200 if i decide to go even cheaper...There are just too many options!!
Originally Posted by Crabalocker
I didn't say that its lag time is the same as the 8350 (I never measured) I just can't tell (notice) the difference between the two. The 8350 probably has less lag (measured).
I sit 15' back.
If you do go with a projector, don't worry about a screen at first. Just shine it on the wall (it will still look really good) and adjust till you get a size you like. If you end up with a smaller screen, 85" or so, go for a really low gain deep grey screen (W7000). That will help with cutting some of the brightness and the dark grey screen will help with blacks and contrast. Just a thought. (even on a 100" screen, if you can go that big, I would get a low gain grey type screen to cut down the brightness and increase contrast/blacks)
Is there a chance that the W7000 could be too bright for an 11' throw?
Thanks everybody for the input!!