I've been literally spending the past two days reading about projectors but still don't know which direction to go! Hopefully you guys can help me out.
The projector would be for my dedicated Home Theater room in the basement (still a work in progress.. It's an empty room right now). The length of the room is just over 18 feet and the seating area will probably be at 15-16 feet (it's flexible for now, it could be anywhere really), the walls are a deep matte maroon and the ceiling is white (may change that in the future). I want a 130" or maybe slightly larger screen and I'm thinking of keeping the cost for the projector under $2000. I would like to have good 3D but the biggest use of it will be for 2D movies as well as NHL playoff games
Ambient light is non-issue in that room. I would either mount the projector to the ceiling or make a wall-shelf mount for it.
I should add that my current experience with HD projectors is limited to seeing my friend's Optoma HD20 projected against a white (later painted grey, both regular paint) wall from 8-10 feet back and I was very impressed with it. I didn't notice any RBE when watching it but I didn't know what to look for either at the time so I am not sure whether I would be sensitive to it now that I know what it is. I have never seen LCD in action so I don't know which technology I prefer. I am not really a picture connoisseur but I would just like a very good, solid picture for a home theater setup with a big screen.
My shortlist currently consists of:
- Optoma HD25e ($1000 bundled with RF emitter and 2 RF 3D glasses, seems like a good deal)
- Epson 3020 (Around $1600. From what I've read I'm not too inclined towards this option)
- BenQ W7000 ($1200 for a refurb unit - sale ending tonight!
I am also flirting with the idea of increasing my budget to $2500 and maybe getting a Epson 5030 UB but I think I want to keep it conservative for my first projector. I don't really want to see the projector while I'm watching a movie so I think that rules out the W1070 because of it's shorter throw?
How does the HD25e stack up against the W7000 (which I understand is a 2/3 year old model)? Should I be worried that the W7000 is a refurb? Is the 3020 worth looking at more seriously? From what I've read, the W7000 seems to have a relatively short bulb life as well. If you guys could give me some opinions quickly I would really appreciate it because like I said before the refurbed W7000 sale ends tonight!