I've been out of the loop here since 2006, so I'm hoping to use the expertise in this forum to help choose my next projector. In 2006, I utilized my 12' X 24' room to set up a kodak 333 (which is a modified infocus 777 3 chip DLP) to project onto a 133" stewart firehawk screen. The kodak 333 is a 720p, 3000+ lumen light cannon, roughly 5000:1 contrast. I had the 1.8-2.4X lens at a 20' throw distance. The picture was phenomenal, I was in awe every time I watched something, even 7 years after I purchased the system.
I've just moved to a new home which isn't quite as projector friendly. Due to a lower ceiling and the presence of ductwork, the ideal position for a projector is backing against one of the ducts which is 9' from the screen (I can still use the 133" firehawk). When you account for the approximate 2' length of the projector, that leaves about a 7' throw distance, which means with a 10' wide screen you need a lens .7X ? Is this a common setup, or is it even possible? I'm looking to spend approximately $5K on a new projector, any suggestions as to what projector would be best bang for the buck for my situation?Would the picture quality be better than my old system? If this setup isn't possible, then I'll have to settle for the 80" aquos or something similar, but I would much prefer the projector if possible. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!