I am replacing my original home theater projector , a sanyo plv-z3 that I have had for many years. I expect that the technology has improved greatly over the years. I want to get a significant upgrade and include 3D but am wondering how much money one has to spend to get something significantly better than my old sanyo. The only complaint I had with the Z3 was the low light output that I was never happy with. I have a light controlled room but the kids like to have some lights on for watching TV so I really need better light output.
I am mainly considering the benq w1070, w1500 from reviews I have read but also looking at the Epson ub 5020, or panasonic ae8000 but those are really more than I want to spend.
I will be ordering over the internet so I can't see any of these in person. Are the $1000 projectors of today going to be that much better than the old gear or will I need to get into the $2-3K to get the " wow now that is a major upgrade " impact ?