About 8 years ago I came to you guys asking for advice choosing my first projector, and came away with the PB6200. It was amazing. It blew everyone away that saw it, and it looked even better when I upgraded the screen to a 90" widescreen.
It did of course have its problems; dust buildup inside the projector required cleaning every now and then, and the bulb seemed to dim faster than I expected. Still, I loved that projector, and was very disappointed when I moved into an apartment and wasn't able to bring it along.
Now the time has come to look at getting back into the game. I am taking posession of a new house, with a basement that I think will be great for a Home Theatre/Entertainment room. The seating will be about 12' away, and the drop ceiling is about 7.5' high. Light is fairly well controlled, but not 100%. The ceiling and carpet is white, and the walls are a light tan. I dont think i can do anything about the ceiling or walls, but maybe a dark area rug would work to darken up the carpet if necessary. (Is an area rug over carpet something normal people even do? )
I am tentatively planning to go with an Elunevision Reference Studio 4K white fixed Frame screen at 1.0 gain. Until I move in and start doing the exact dimensions of the basement I won't know exactly how big to go, but I am thinking about 100" - 120". If anyone has any opinions about the screen I'd appreciate it.
As for the actual projector, I was looking at 3 models which seem to be pretty popular around here. The BenQ W1070, the BenQ W7000 and the Panasonic PT-AE8000. I've read through the threads that mention them and all of them seem quality. I am not sure if they are the best choices for my needs though, so I'd love some thoughts.
I will mainly be using the projector for video gaming, along with HD TV shows and movies, exclusively in 2D. My family and friends aren't interested in 3D at all, and I'd hate to shell out the cash for options that would never be used. For that reason I was hoping you all had some thoughts about helping me choose a good projector for 2D viewing. It might happen that the best projector for 2D also has 3D capabilities, and that doesn't bother me, I'd just prefer to buy a projector that makes 2D a priority.
I'd like to spend about 1500-2000, but I dont mind going up to 3k for something special.