Originally Posted by nukequazar
I've finally decided to get my first projector, and hope someone can give me some feedback on the final choice. Also, I have no idea what screen to get, so if you have suggestions for that I would appreciate it--it will be a fixed, wall-mounted screen.
I do not have full control of ambient light and, even if I did, I would still want to be able to watch TV--sports, news, etc.--on the weekend without having to black out the room, so I want a projector that will have great quality for nighttime movie watching but also be bright enough for natural light. I will sacrifice ultimate picture quality for extra brightness.
I'm torn between spending the least I can to get a decent projector now (maybe 720p for under $1000), knowing that I will upgrade in the next couple of years; or spending more ($2000-$3000) to get a 1080p/24 that I will have for several years.
I'm sensitive to picture and sound quality (worked in film business for years), but I also understand that I am not spending enough to get the ultimate theatre this time around. I tend to go for quality over marketing hype when I buy techie stuff.
It is a family room/TV room with attached kitchen and view to backyard pool, which is why I do not want a blackout theatre.
Width: 18' (screen on 18' wide wall, limited a few feet by corner insets)
Length: 23', with kitchen extending another 12'
Projector placement: hang from ceiling about 12.5' from screen wall.
Main seating: about 14'-15' from screen wall.
Screen: planning 110" or 123" diagonal 16:9
From my own research, the finalists are:
Panasonic PT-AE3000: for brightness, 1080p, and positive reviews.
Epson PowerLite 6100: for brightness, 1080p, good reviews, and price.
Sony VPL-AW15 (or 10): for price, but will it be bright enough?
Sony VPL-HW10: I've always been a Sony TV fan, but it's a little bit expensive and will it be bright enough?
Epson Pro 1080 or 1080 UB: ???
Any other suggestions are welcome for projector or screen...
Thanks, in advance, for your help.