Sorry for the newb question, but it's for my parents and I don' t have the time to properly research this.
My dad has a 8-10 year old 720p computer projector in a ceiling mount of their movie room. It's very loud and the resolution lacks compared to modern standards. We want to buy a new projector.
The movie room is a converted small bedroom- ceiling mount to the 9' diagonal screen is about 10 feet of throw. They built a light baffle for the window shade, so it's dark in there. It needs to be able to auto adjust the picture scale to fit the screen without having to get into menus, etc when going from HD cable to blueray to computer input, etc. Bulb life isn't that important, they only use the room maybe once a week or so.
1) What price range is the best bang for the buck before the point of diminishing returns hits? $1000, 2000, 3000?
2) Recommended models to look into?
3D not required, but their player is capable.
Here's his info on the current setup:
Screen is roughly 5-1/2" x 9' and has Da-lite Graystone screen fabric that
does a nice job with contrast and doesn't wash out the black color.
Projector is about 9-1/2' from the screen
Budget isn't a big deal but size and noise are important. And I think it
has to be able to project 180 degrees inverted.
Since it is just an 8' ceiling, and projector is immediately overhead of the
viewers, we can't have a giant projector hanging overhead and it needs to be
really quiet. Mine has a 'whisper' mode that dims the bulb a bit but in a
dark room that is fine.
I bought the current projector because it was small enough to use on
business trips/meetings and was bright enough (lumens) to use in areas with
daylight in the room. Wouldn't need either of those considerations for a
new projector for the movie room since I will still have the current project
for business when needed. I actually still have a $400 replacement bulb
that hasn't been needed yet.