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Thanks for the info Mr.G and Steven, it is very helpful. the only lighting I have in the basement is dimmable recessed ceiling cans, one row 3 feet from the front of the screen, another row above the seating area and the last row just behind the projector location and I can control each row independently, therefore I have total lighting control. Even if I open the front row of lights, it is far enough away from the screen that the lighting cone will not hit the screen. Mr.G, from what I understand, this type of lighting will not directly hit the screen so I should be OK right?
Steven, as for the 8350, the thing that draws me to it is the improved blacks (of which you state is not that great) as well as the somewhat subdues light output (as compared to the 100U). That along with all the praise and positive reviews for the projector on various sites. I am torn between the two and I just don't want to make the wrong choice. I am a Pioneer Elite Pro 101-FD Plasma owner so I have been spoiled with perfect blacks over the last 3 years. Now I do not expect to have the same level from any of these budget projectors but I definitely want dark blacks (without crush) at the very least when watching in a completely darkened environment (which should be 70% of the time). Is that too much to ask for from these models? When watching 2.35:1 material on my 16:9 screen in a completely dark theater room, will the top and bottom bars be a dark grey and detract from the viewing or will they blend in to the black velvet border of my screen? Obviously I like the 100U for the viewing freedom with lights fully on and during daytime so that is a big plus there. Just so much to consider in order to make the right choice.