Originally Posted by sb1
Those lumen measurements (with watchable colors) are pretty high. What type of screen are you planning on using? At this price I don't think you're going to find anything in the 1080p category that's much brighter while still maintaining "decent" color balance. Maybe a couple of DLP's, but they won't have anywhere near the placement flexibility of the 8350.
1500 lumens thrown from a projector mounted near eye level on to a High Power screen will have you screaming "save my retinas!" in a semi-dark room.
Glad you asked
I have a black widow screen painted on drywall (16:9, about 140" wide, but I don't usually use the entire 140". The color of the rest of the wall is a blueish-grey. You have to look hard to notice the black widow screen. There is no black border between the two. I know that's not ideal, but it's the comprimise I made with the wife
. The PJ is placed 20' from the screen, at eye level. I cut a hole under a staircase and built a cabinet for the PJ and AV equipment. I then ran the audio cables under the house, then up the walls, and finished the holes off with plates which accept banana plugs (5.1 surround).
There are two windows to the left of the PJ. They are covered with translucent window coverings. There is a 8' opening to the right which opens to the kitchen and allows some ambient light, as well.
I've been using my Panny 900, with 2000 hours on it. The bulb has gotten pretty dim. Due to the setup none of the DLP PJ's will work (ceiling mount isn't possible).
I get that 1500 lumens is a big improvement to my old Panny. However, I'm assuming Panasonic will be coming out with their answer to the 8350 in just a few weeks. I was literally pulling the trigger on the 8350 when I read PC's review of the 8350.
If Panny has a comparable model with a sincere 2000 lumens that may make my decision a much more difficult one. SO...if someone out there has the 8350 and is actually getting closer to 2000 lumens I'd LOVE to know so I can just grab my 8350 and start enjoying it!