So, I have a dedicated basement space that I am going to be doing a projector.
Screen size is going to be around 110", with only one row of seating at 12' or so. Throw can be anything from 10' to 18' so I have alot of flexibility. I plan on going with a Carada Brilliant White (1.4 gain) screen. The room has total light control, with gray walls and a flat dark brown ceiling. Most of the use will be gaming/tv/movies/sports, in that order. It will have NO 3D use at all...
So originally I have been planning on getting the Epson 5020. I am a little worried about it being too bright. Then I started seeing if I could save some by doing a Epson 3020. And then I stumbled on the good ol' 8350. I can not find any reviews that comment how much better the 3020/5020 are than the 8350. Some reviews I found showed the 8350 to be better than both in 2D and black levels. And since 3D wont be used, would I be wasting money going up to the other projectors. And then there is the input lag that seems twice as bad on the newer 3020/5020 when compared to the 8350.
Any thoughts? Have I overlooked another projector brand that fits what I need for the budget of $1500 - $2500?