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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Lower California
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I'm in the same situation as the original poster. Except that my basement project is going on two years and has a few more months to go.
I have a more modest budget for the HT portion (as in, as little $$$ as possible). Last year I was sold on the Acer 9500, but stifled the urge to pull the trigger. Glad I did, as the new BenQ 1070 is cheaper and, in some ways, better (the throw is shorter, which helps in my small basement den). I was also considering building my own Center Stage AT screen. I need an AT screen as the screen will be wall-to-wall (yeah, it's that small).
Fast forward a few months and now the BenQ is showing up discounted now and then to under $900, and the latest craze in DIY AT screens is spandex milliskin ($50 gets you enough for a 120" screen).
Ceiling mounting of the projector says that the BenQ is the most flexible for me. Yet, if I wait a couple months, we might see a new BenQ W1500 with wireless and frame interpolation, both of which I can use. So.....when in doubt, wait....