ok guys. I'm down to the wire here. Someone is coming to pick up my Epson 8350 this weekend so I'll be out a projector until I nail down WHAT to get.
I've had the 8350 for over 2 years and I've enjoyed it thoroughly. Now I want a 3D PJ for work (I work as a film reviewer on another site, ala Ralph Potts style) and reviewing 3D titles on a 60 inch display gets me through the day, but I'd like the ease of working with my 120 inch Draper Cineperm screen. My room is about 90% light controlled. by that I mean I watch in complete darkness at night, no lights on, I have the ceiling and walls all painted Matte Black.. my only reflections are furniture (minimal at best and my satillo Tile floor (which doesn't put off much). so I've got that under control.
I was THINKING of originally getting the Benq W1070 being that it would be about a lateral move for 2D PQ and I'd gain a nice jump on getting 3D ability too. I don't suffer from rainbows, I watched tons of stuff on my buddies HD20 back in the day and I never saw a rainbow.
HOWEVER, I was thinking I might like a solid jump in 2D picture quality as well and I'm looking at the 5030 or the AE8000 since my budged is around $2k (I know the common advice is try to save for $3k because that's when you can get the 55es or JVC RS46 etc, but my budget is being strained at around $2k -$2200 MAX). now with that being said. are the 5030 and AE8000 a very significant increase over the w1070/8350 in terms of PQ? cuz if I'm going to spend about $1200-$1400 over the price of the benq I'd like it to be worthwhile. and If it's really only a 10-15% increase type of situation then I'd rather not waste that much money on a PJ that's only giving me a minor upgrade. I know the Sony and JVC are heralded as the big boys, but unfortunately I gotta stick to my budget... especially with the AE8000 being only $2k right now and the JVC being known as a bulb hog.
soooooooooo, with all that on the table, which should I be aiming for? also are there any projectors that I'm missing?