All are about $1000 (HD20 a little less) so any thoughts about which one to go with.
My room size is 13' x 18' with only 7' ceiling. I currently have my projector on a low shelf about 14' from the screen. This is in a basement with virtually no light coming in, but would want a little light when people are over for sporting events. I primarily use it for sports and action movies.
Are the projectors listed above a step up from what I currently have for watching sports?
My friend just ordered the HD20 so I will try to compare that to my VPL-HS20 to see if there is an improvement in PQ for HD material. If not, I will stick with what I have until I can save up for something better. The Epson 6500UB seems to get good feedback here, but again not sure how much of a step up that would be.
Thanks karlsch for your input. I am glad to hear from a former VPL-HS20 owner. I bought mine a couple years ago to try out a home theater in my basement and have been pretty happy with it (considering the low overall cost). I just don't get the clarity I would like, so I am glad to hear that the projectors I am considering would provide a noticable improvement.
Since watching sports is a high priority, would the Mitsubishi HC4000 be a better choice than the Epson 6500UB?
I have also read about the limited flexibility in projector placement for the HC4000. With my low ceiling (only about 7' 4") I have been placing the projector on a low table. Which projector works better in this type of setup?
The strange thing about move to 1920 x 1080 is the disappointment. Doubling number of pixels seemed to my mind a serious improvement in picture quality, but visually that was not the case. I tried several projectors and finally returned them and continued with my Sony HS10 and my Sharp 12Kmk2.
My recommendation: try another projector with very clear right to return it. Watch return details carefully - some places impose 15% re-stocking fee.
While waiting for w7000 I tried w6000. This comes with 30 days trial from Amazon.com. Today I noticed they dropped the price a bit more.
Tried many projectors, and w6000 is the best ever in my house. For 3D folks w7000 is better, but I don't want 3D and w6000 stays. I can't believe this projector with cheap lens beats Sharp 12kMk2 with its expensive Minolta lens. This Minolta lens alone costs twice as much as BenQ w6000.
Without serious tweaking the projector put out a stunning picture. Brightness seems about as bright as Sony HS10 with brand-new lamp and when you remove the pinkish filter. Probably remains bright way out to 2000 hours and longer.