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The 8350 is a good choice but that is quite a bit of a lower budget. For a 100" screen, the Mitsubishi hc4000 subjectively (but not that subjectively) has the best 2d image under $1300, and the Benq w6000 is another contender for a bit more (more features but audibly noisier). Don't forget to budget for other things as well. You might also need HDMI cables, HDMI switch, UPS power or heavy surge device (I prefer UPS), projector mounting equipment, and of course a decent bluray player to show off the new projector.
If you wanted to push your budget to about $2k, then a B-stock JVC RS-40 would be a huge step up from any of these, but I don't know if anyone has them in stock (maybe not). AVS (the forum sponsor) sometimes has some B-stock JVC's. These used to be $3,500 projectors and new the RS-45 still goes for almost $3000, so it is a serious projector with some serious 2D picture quality. However, the Mits hc4000 is no slouch either, it is one of my favorites.
With any projector like the hc4000 that doesn't have lens shift (the Benq w6000 and Epson 8350 do), then you need to make sure it can be mounted in the dimensions of your room such as if you are even able to ceiling mount and what not (you can try my calculator in my sig to help with that).