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The Optoma HD25, from a 12' throw distance (lens to screen) can only deliver a 92" to 110" diagonal image. This is pretty typical for short range zoom projectors.
The BenQ and Optoma are likely very similar in what they will deliver in terms of quality, and I would expect the 8350 to be similar or better than either of these models. They've stepped up brightness for the 3D portion, but black levels have taken a bit of a hit.
The BenQ W1070 can deliver a 110" to 143" diagonal from 12' lens to screen. I'm using mine with a 161" screen in lower power/theater mode and it does perfectly fine at the larger size. I do end up seeing some rainbows with it which bugs me some. On the 'cheap' side, I'm a fan of it so far, but I really like the 8350... On a tight budget it's just really tough because the new models with 3D just don't deliver as well as the 2D models did IMO at this price point. But, the pricier options are really good, just gonna cost twice as much (or more) than the current cheap ($1,000 range) models like you are considering.
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