Originally Posted by assassin
It is going in a dedicated theater that's in the basement. No windows and no light issues.
Ceiling is flat black, walls are dark slate gray, trim will be black. Also all outlets and switches will be black. Using an Elite Screens 120" AT fixed screen. All speakers are in-walls (7.1). Using an Onkyo 818 7.2 receiver and my old Paradigm 12" powered subwoofer.
Budget is $1000 - $2500 (if I sold a kidney)
So with this additional info does it change your recommendation?
This is good news and good to hear. You can appreciate the higher contrast of a better model.
I don't think you will need to sell a kidney either
$ 999 :
Optoma HD25 for $999 Nothing even comes close. It's as good as the next level up IMO.$1500 :
Epson8350 or (Optoma HD33 is good option too here)$2500 :
Epson 5020 or Panny PT-AE8000
The Epson is available cheaper in the 3020 and 5020 if you don't need wireless HD ($300 more)
If your budget is tight I would not be scared at all saying go with the HD25 given your circumstances. It's pretty freaking awesome for $999.
I'd make a chart with real world light output and features and weigh what is important. Given your dark theater and good light control, black ceiling and dark walls you don't need a super light canon. Your going to get a great picture with anything I put above.
My ISF certified installer friend is selling his JVC with all the extras (Lense, extra 3D glasses etc.. ) He's asking in your budget, and is an authorized dealer. It's his personal machine, and over $6000+ new. It's nearly new. I think he wants inside your budget so PM if your interested, and I will link his website. I think doing so here is against forum rules. That's a pretty bad assed set up IMO for that price you are getting into high end territory. A worthy option instead of the Panny or 5020 IMO, with a lot less risk than a normal "used" or open box purchase.