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The AE8000 is a great projector and if you have a dedicated theater room with dark walls, ceiling, carpet, and furniture it certainly will be an excellent match... But, not everyone can go that route, or even cares enough to want to.
With that said, the BenQ W1070, Epson 3020, Optoma HD25 and 25LV, and several others are excellent 3D home theater projectors which cost under $1,500. The Epson 8350 is more flexible on placement, is similarly priced, but doesn't include 3D.
I'm using the BenQ W1070 on a 161" screen without problem in the lowest power setting and it looks great... haven't tried 3D on it yet.
You WILL have to take some serious placement issues into account with these lesser expensive models, but you certainly can deliver up the good stuff at a reasonable price.
A good screen, IMO, is a must and you can make one yourself, buy an inexpensive fixed frame model, or go to a nicer screen if you like. A good screen should outlast any projector you purchase and is worth spending a bit more money on.
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