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The BenQ is designed as a living room projector, not a theater projector. That's not to say it doesn't perform well in the theater, but it lacks the black level details which the better models offer, such as the JVC RS series. On the flip side, it delivers more lumens which can help it combat ambient light and perform amazingly well with 3D content. Plus, for the money, it's pretty much the go to projector right now on the entry level side.
You have to truly consider your space.
How far will you be sitting from the screen?
Where do you like sitting in the cinema?
Is this a permanent installation?
Do you require a roll up screen or can you use a fixed frame screen?
What are your expectations consider that you were looking at a low-end LG as an alternative?
Front projection delivers something which flat panels can't do... It gives you home theater. People often buy a home theater in a box and a big TV and call it a 'home theater' setup, but it is very far from the truth. They sit in front of their 60" or 70" displays and the reality remains that when they go to a movie theater it is absolutely a different experience then what they have at home, and they know it. But, when you sit in front of a 100" or 120" image you are immersed in a way that only the movie theater is otherwise able to deliver.
That has some added value IMO - it creates a very special environment at home that most people don't have.
As such, there are a few more costs, such as good audio, and proper light control, which should be considered as long term investments into the system. But, those types of upgrades in a rental are often not worth the price to do right, so you may want to look for lesser expensive options if that's the case. If you own - do it right.
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