I am looking to set up a home theater in my basement but in order for you guys to properly help me, you will have to read through my horror story. I bought an Optoma HD65 few years back which had been running fine until recently when I decided to buy an Onkyo AV receiver. One day I plug my Optoma to my cable and xbox through the Onkyo SR-313 receiver and lost the signal to my HDMI. I would constantly get "no signal" on my projector no matter what source I used. I tried connecting my computer directly to the projector and it would not budge. So I finally decided to sell my projector for dirt cheap ($ 120) on Craigslist out of frustration. I should mention that all other inputs seemed to be working except for HDMI. I then found out that Onkyo receiver had also gone bad so I ended up sending it in for repair. Onyko had to change the motherboard on the receiver I believe and took 3 weeks to do it. After that, I did some research on budget projectors and finally ended up buying an Optoma HD131xe. I connect it to my same Onkyo receiver and to my amazement, the brand new projector ran into the same exact issue that my HD65 did. It would show no signal. Here's the interesting part, it only showed no signal for my cable box but would work if connected directly to my computer and only my computer. It would not detect any other source. My conclusion is that, my HD65's HDMI port did not go bad. But the onkyo receiver (or maybe my cable box) did something to the "resolution" settings of the projector. It seemed like it permanently locked onto a certain resolution for those sources. Not sure how much sense that makes but someone who knows ins and outs of projector might know what I am talking about.
I am now returning my projector and getting rid of the stupid Onkyo. No onkyo ever again and no Optoma ever again. Optoma HD131xe was also having handshake issues with my cable box even when connected directly. I have tried using a short cable.
So now this is where I need your help/input. I am looking for a projector that does not have all these compatibility issues. That can give me a crisp picture. I need a home theater system that has excellent compatibilty. below is the detail of my budget.
1- Projector (max budget 700-750) - I am thinking BenQ W1070 on sale?
2- Home theater receiver (max 150-200) - I have the speakers already.
3- DIY screen (max $60-70). I currently have a 85" screen but need atleast 110" . I am thinking Carl's blackout
but some people are reporting that it comes creased?
4- A 25 ft HDMI cable. Which one is better? Blue rigger
or Media Bridge ULTRA series
Please make your suggestions. Also, any input on why i was experiencing issues with Optoma projectors? I googled HD131xe, and it seems like I am not the only one who had issues with getting Optoma and Onkyo to work together.