First of all, thank you for reading this thread. I am new to the site, but from what I gather, this is a healthy forum of tech enthusiasts and the perfect place for me to ask advice. As the project detailed below goes on, I plan to share my experiences with buying, installing, setup, result, and overall user experience. That is, once the research end of the project is completed. Anyway...
Background: I have been commissioned to design a home theater setup for a newly built home. The home theater will need to be installed in November, so there are several months of research available. When I was approached initially, my knee-jerk response was to research the best projector, but I started to stumble across very large Mitsubishi DLP TVs within the price range. I am considering both options.
Budget: The budget is approximately $3000 for the entire setup (audio, video, wiring, self-installation). However, for this thread, my main concern is finding the best quality video display for around $2500. There is some wiggle room with the numbers. A majority of my budget has been a lotted to video, because sound is not very important. I intend to spend $300-$400 on sound altogether. [Thanks man4mopar]
Room Design: The room will have full lighting control and be dedicated solely as a "home theater room". The dimensions of the room are 19' by 11.5'. The ceilings are 9'. The furniture setup will be adjusted according to optimal viewing distances. The furniture can be sofas or a movie theater-style setup. For now, consider this a non-variable. Considering the room is large enough, the amount of space a TV takes is a non-issue [Thanks Jim McC]
Uses: The home theater would be used for console gaming and movies, in that order of priority. It will also be used occasionally for sports. There won't be any PC gaming. 3D is not important for either gaming or movies. [Thanks man4mopar]
I would like to find out several things:
1) What will give me the best quality display within the price range considering the room design and uses?
2) In terms of longevity, what option requires the least maintenance?
3) Based on the type of setup, how difficult would self-installation be?
4) Are there any other variables I should be considering that I am not?
I am open to any type of projection or TV setup within the price range. I plan on doing a self-calibration or professional calibration. I am not tech-illiterate, but video display is not my department, so please suggest at an elementary level, if possible. As of writing this thread, I am considering the 92" Mitsubishi WD92840 DLP TV vs a similarly-priced projector, but I am open to any and all reasonable suggestions.
EDIT: I have decided to update the original post of this thread as updates are made!
Update July 16, 2012: I have decided to go with the projector design. Here are the reasons why...
1) The room will have total light control, therefore, the advantage of the TV in such a room is lost.
2) 92" TV vs 110" screen. Self-explanatory
3) Since I have a room design with seating in rows, a TV would be more difficult to see since it would be sitting on the floor, whereas, a projection setup could project the image approximately 4 feet off the ground.
4) Aesthetically, a projector would look better than a TV for a true home theater setup