I'm in the process of putting a home theater together and I'm trying to figure out what projector to buy
I was dead-set on buying the Sony VPL-HW45ES
brand new, as it seems to be hailed as the best projector for under $2000 USD (I would be paying $2500 CAD
which would include a 3-year warranty).
Recently, however, I found a local A/V enthusiast selling a Mitsubishi HC9000D
(released in 2011, MSRP was $9995 USD) for $1500 CAD
with a new lamp, ceiling mount, and Darbee video processor included. All the reviews of the Mitsubishi seem positive and I'm wondering if it's better than the Sony, despite its age (he doesn't have it hooked up so I can't demo it).
My setup will be in a fully blacked-out room with no windows and all surfaces painted matte black with a screen no larger than 110" and a gain of 0.95-1.00. My usage will involve gaming, movies, and TV at 1080p (I will not be using 3D at all for either projector).
One other concern I had was the input lag on the Mitsubishi. I know the Sony has above average input lag making it good for games but I can't find any measurements for the Mitsubishi.
Should I also be concerned about the reliability of the Mitsubishi? Are there any components that would fail after several years of usage? Note that the seller of the Mitsubishi is a reputable seller on Canuck Audio Mart with several positive reviews.