A few years ago I bought a Sanyo PLV-Z700 on eBay. It was my first projector; I was a projector newbie, and I have been thrilled with my purchase and experience. The price was definitely right as I got it for less than $800. This thing still wows visitors to my home for night viewing.
Ahh, but there's the rub. This is a 2008 projector, and it has "only"1600 lumens. I do love the fact that it has lens shift and two HDMI inputs. I am, however, ready to upgrade.
Here's my challenge. My projector is set up in my garage! I use the garage as a part time entertainment room for, maybe, 20-25 times a year - mainly for sports or movie viewing. I do have a very nice screen that provides a 108" image.
My goal is to be able to use the projector earlier in the day with some amount of light entering the room. I can control most of the light, but the temperature in the garage demands I open the door at least partly. I think I need a brighter projector! Preferably 2500 lumens or more. So I am looking for suggestions. I have no problem buying used or refurb; I would love to keep my budget under $1200 or even under $1000. So far I am looking at the Optoma HD25e, the BenQ W1070, and various models from both Epson and Viewsonic.
Any help is MUCH appreciated.