Howdy AV gurus, I've been looking to upgrade my projector for a few years now, and am hung up on research. I just can't choose what I'll be happy with!
Currently I have a Epson EP772 projector, it's lost a notable amount of brightness, and is only 720p. Here's the stats link: http://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-EP772.htm
I'm a PC gamer and I play on a 1080 monitor and will clone my video to the projector as well (My partner and roommates like to watch me play new releases and such.) so the projector needs to be 1080 as well. I'll be using this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003B4O7NS/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i02
I live in a basement with a few windows, that I have made amazing blinds for that block all sunlight, but my monitors stay on while using the projector, so there's a bit of light. My iphone FC app says my room is 2-4 FC in the dark and about 13-14 with the lights on. I'm projecting onto a 4:3 that's not fully extended and ends up being a 106" diagonal in 16:9. It's a high contrast gray, .8 gain, here's a link: http://www.projectorpeople.com/screens/proddtls.asp?productID=20963
The less money I spend the better, but I could possibly spend $1500. I hope to keep my price down by avoiding 3D, but if the best projector happens to have it that's fine, I'll just never use it.
I'm currently looking at the Epson 8350 for $1099 as well as the PT-AR100U for $1320. But i'm certainly not hung up on this at all. Though I do lots of classic gaming, so I need an S-video in.
So, the short story,
- 1080p resolution
- S-Video In
- A .8 gain screen
- Decent light control (Tell me if this is correct)
- 106" Screen
- ~$1500 available
So PLEASE ask me questions if you have any, I want to be as humble as possible to find the perfect projector for me!