I am VERY close to pulling the trigger on an Optoma ML500 LED projector. From the reviews, it's pretty good and handles 720p relatively okay. It will mainly be used for xbox/ps3 gaming, netflix, and internet browsing/youtube. I guess 720p is good enough for me but would love for a 1080p projector.
I will be a first-timer in the arena of projectors and I really don't know what to look for. However, do know one thing, it needs to be LED! I love the fact that you will never have to replace bulbs which cost on average $300 every few years.
As for sound, my basic stereo receiver with two large tower speakers is fine for me.
This will be for my basement (dark room) and will not be moved. I am planning for at least a 110" diagonal white cloth screen.
Also, I really don't care for 3d.
My concern is, are there any anticipated releases for budget 1080p LED projectors for 2013? I would really feel like crap buying the 720p Optoma ML500 only for a 1080p model to release soon after. I don't plan on going over $1000 either. I don't need anything extravagant or high professional. As long as it projects good picture, I will be happy.
An aside, it's crazy how much of a price difference there is between a 720p LED vs a 1080p LED! The Optoma LED ML500 I can find all-day for $500. The next step up from there would be the Viewsonic Pro9000 1080p LED project at a whopping $3000! I don't get it.
If you know of any news, please post it here. I would like to setup my basement theater hopefully soon.
Thanks. I hope my first post isn't too alienating.