I've been reading and researching and looking and blah blah blah. I've got a dedicated room. 1 tiny 1ft tall x 2ft wide basement window, easily covered with a curtain. The room is 12 x 18. I'm going long ways through the room, but only want a 96"-100" screen. I will be ceiling mounting the projector. I'm building my own fixed screen, got that covered. Got a Sony HTR-720 off amazon for $129 brand new (couldn't pass that up). I haven't picked Paint colors yet, but I'm willing to paint whatever colors it takes to get the job done. I will be putting up acoustic panels aswell as I record music and already have them. Also have a G27 Racing wheel that will find its way into the room one way or another.
I will be hooking up a DirecTV HD DVR, a PS3, a Wii, and my computer for gaming aswell. All sources will be HDMI to the receiver and 1 HDMI out to the Projector.
My choices have come down to cheaper units as I don't need to start myself into the Projector world with a High End Unit. My Main TV is a Samsung 6176s DLP (modded to use Mitsu 3D box before mitsu decided to unlock it). I love DLPs. I'll stick with the technology, I'm just not impressed with the Plasmas and LCDs my friends have. (most 2-4 years old)
I do have Optoma DLP Link Glasses for my Samsung TV, but there aren't any choices that I've found under $1000 that will use the glasses off the PS3 or DirecTV box without help.
This is where I need help. I don't know if I'm concerned about 1080p? I love Gran Turismo 5 and Planet Earth Blu-Rays, but is it worth the extra hundreds? I have very few Blu-Rays, but do rent 1080p movies from DirecTV (only because I can) but all broadcasting and most games don't cross 720p.
For $540 I can have an Optoma HD66 and probably be more than happy. The optoma GT750E can use my glasses right out of the box, but for the cost difference I can get the Optoma 3D box and HD66 and will have a better unit. I don't want to have black lines associated with 1280x800 instead of 720. The Acer H6500 is in the Top 5 on Projector Central's reviews, BUT then I'm trading picture for 3D. I'm really not that concerned about the 3D, but don't want to miss out. A 100" 3D movie on a black wall might make my 61" in front of a white wall look like a joke. I just saw the Viewsonic Pro8200. I'm gonna read a little more about that one now. EDIT - AND now i'm seeing the BenQ w710st. I feel like that's gonna be it. Let me know if that's a bad choice
HD66 - GT750E - H6500 - Pro8200 - W710ST - other suggestions? I'm not trying to cross the $800 mark, but it's not out of the question. And the less I spend the better the wife will be. But she thinks I'm an idiot for doing this anyway.