I have been planning on buying an Optoma HD131Xe for the bonus room in my new house. The room is approx 25ft x 14ft. Will project on a 106in screen (was planning on 1.8 gain). I want the room to be more of a family room and not a dedicated home theater. So, for sports, etc there will be ambient light. Not too much as there will really only be one window, but I don't want everything blacked out when friends are over for the game. Anyhow, a friend just offered to sell me his used Epson 8700UD for $1500 with low hours on the lamp (don't know how many). I read reviews and still don't have an idea which would be best for me. Of course, the Optoma's price point is much better, but thats not a deal breaker if the Epson is a much better pj for my needs.
Thanks for all of the help!