As you can quickly tell, I am new to the forum. I can't even claim the title of long time lurker, although I have visited a few times over the years. I am a student and thus am currently interested in dirt cheap and DIY solutions to get the best bang for my.. well.. its not even a buck I guess...
Anyway, I'll jump right into my question.
How would the picture quality (and over all viewing experience) of a very old (~8 yrs) "home theater" projector such as the BenQ pe8700 compare to todays entry level multimedia projector of the same resolution? (eg, Optoma HD66 - <$500)
I'm aware that lamp life is less, as well as lumens... and I kind of figure that "multimedia" projectors are aimed more at biggest bang for lowest price but that the once $4000+ pe8700 may have a lasting quality.
I'm researching this because all I want now is a projector to show movies in the living room (the big TV is in my bedroom) and I'd like at least 720p. At the same time, I can see myself getting into DIY anamorphic down the road, curved screens, even edge blending with 2 projectors... So I don't mind a little work and a little risk with older equipment in order to learn some things that will save me time and money later when I'm working with the nice stuff:).
Thanks for your thoughts!