Originally Posted by aragno
I am interested in purchasing a 3D, 1080p projector. I have some challenges and they are described below. I am not sure what I should be considering and what I actually need (with regards to specs). Once I figure that out, how do I search for projectors that meet my needs.
1) I move every 2 to 3 years.
sounds like a good reason to upgrade to me...
2) My room will not be blacked out and could have substantial daylight coming in during the day. This will be our primary viewing screen in the house.
all projectors looks like garbage in daylight. remember that black is the absence of light, so if you have sunlight on the screen, that is as black as you can get.
3) the screen I use will need to be retractable and easily mounted to the ceiling in each new residence.
shouldn't be a problem, and won't affect projector choice.
4) the throw will vary each time I move. I would believe it could be as short as 10 feet but as long as 20 feet.
i'm guessing your concern is to get the same size screen at both extremes, and this might be pretty challenging. I would really try to decide on a narrower range and make that work. otherwise, see #1
5) I would like a dual voltage, multi-system unit if possible.
I'm not sure I know what this means, but if you're trying to find something that will work all over the globe, I will again refer you to #1
6) I am using a Pioneer SC-37 AVR, Oppo 93 BD Player (connected to the AVR), and whatever satellite/cable box I am provided in each new country I move to.
all you need is to send HDMI to the projector from your AVR, the rest doesn't matter.
7) am I nuts for thinking this is possible?
maybe, but I think you might be more nuts for thinking anything you buy today will be worth taking with you in 3yrs time. I would strongly recommend you reconsider your plan to include upgrades/replacements when you move instead. maybe take the screen with you and buy a new projector for the new space, or ?? the thing with projectors is that they are designed for very specific situations(bright room, dark room, large room, long throw, short throw, etc) and there's just no way you can get the 'best' for all situations. you end up with 'ok' for most situations instead. in the long run, I won't cost you that much more to upgrade more frequently, and you'll end up with a better product for each room you install it in