Just bought a Mitsubishi hc4000 from costco. Its a nice projector, good picture, colors etc. I have a nice dark family room, with nice furniture, decor, and artwork. Its a place i like to hang out with friends and family while having a cup of coffee and chatting, or watching the nfl game while eating pizza. We like to have some ambient lighting in the room. I have nice recessed lighting in the room, and like to have them on low when entertaining. However, I can also get this room totally dark for watching movies. All the furnitre, decor, floor etc. is dark.
.I wonder if the 1300 lumen hc4000 is not bright enough for me in this situation. I am actually getting a lot of washout at my desired lighting level. I like the picture of this PJ overall in the dark. Is there anything in this price range with more lumens that i should look at? I dont want the epson 8350 (DLP fan)....how about the benq w6000? I can get it for about $1100, used about 2 years, with a brand new un-used lamp included. Is that a good deal? Is the benq w6000 as good as the mits hc4000? I just want a nice looking pj, with lights on, just sold my Panasonic Plasma a few weeks ago It was last years, high end model.. and was calibrated perfectly. I then bought a viewsonic pro8200 and i loved its brightness...it was very bright and didn't washout, however...i didn't like the image quality. Too much image noise, So back to costco it went. I then bought an hc4000 from costco. What PJ should i look at that will give me a nice image in ambient lighting, as sharp, or sharper than the hc4000. My range is under $1400 total, I can get the benq w6000 with new lamp for $1100...I like the hc4000, but dont want to be stuck watching it all the time on the dark. Thanks for your advice in advance!