Greetings from yet another noob! Please forgive my stupid questions, I'm making my first foray into front projection and negotiating this steep learning curve as quickly as I can. After lurking in these forums and reading Zombie10k's shootout thread and many others until my head is ready to explode, I've pretty much narrowed my projector search down to the Panny AE-8000 and the JVC RS46. I have a friend who has offered to sell me his just-out-of-the-box RS46 for about the same amount as a new Panny, so assume no price difference. I'm hoping you all can help me make a decision based on what I describe below.
I am finishing my basement and installing a semi-dedicated home theater. This will be used 50% for watching sports and other HDTV, 40% for movies, and maybe 10% for gaming. Because it's a basement, I will have complete control over ambient lighting. However, assume that there will be a low level of ambient light from can lights and wall sconces during sports viewing. Because the room is multi-purpose, I can't really turn it into a bat cave. Walls are a medium to dark tan color, white ceiling, gray carpet.
The projector will be ceiling mounted. My throw distance is 14'. 110" screen size. My layout requires that the front speakers be behind the screen, so I'm planning on using a Seymour Center Stage AT screen (though I am open to other AT screen recommendations).
What's important to me, in order of priority:
1. Sharp picture and smooth motion during sports viewing
2. Brightness, especially considering that my room will probably not be completely dark most of the time
3. 2D picture quality and black performance for movies
4. I don't care about 3D too much
I'm sort of leaning JVC based on their better warranty, but I am concerned about brightness and smooth motion. So. Thoughts? Other recommendations beyond these two? Thanks in advance.