My children and I have been saving up to buy a projector for my husband's birthday. We're hoping to stay around $800, but we could stretch it to $1,000. I've been researching for days and I've narrowed it down to:
I'm sure that's not a "surprising list" given our price range. : ) They all seem to be good machines, with pros and cons to each. I'm hoping you'll be able to advise me for what would work best for our situation.
(Our previous projector is a Mitsubishi HD1000. It has served us well, but it's getting a bit long in tooth and my husband would love to have an HD projector. Our screen is a 95.6" DIY, gray Wilsonart with a black velvet covered wood border. )
Our theater is set up in the guest apartment above our garage. While it is technically in the "home" category as opposed to the "theater" category, it is close to a theater set up. There are two interior rooms (a bathroom and a bedroom) that can be shut off from the living room. The living room has two windows on either side of the front door. They are not overly large and can easily be completely light blocked. The room is very dark at night, (we live in the country). The ceiling is 7'3". We will be ceiling mounting the projector and leaving it in place, (no plans to haul it around places). We will be using the projector almost exclusively for movies - no gaming. We will need to hook up our media PC and a surround sound system. We also need HDMI input(s).
Hmm... what else... I remember from when we researched years ago that my husband was looking for good blacks, and no, (or very little), screen door effect. He is a detail oriented man and will notice imperfections where they exist. I wish we could buy him a more expensive machine, but it's not possible. I believe that whatever we get will be a great improvement over what we have, though we have been happy with it.
I greatly appreciate your time and value your input.
Have a wonderful day!