So recently I bought a house, and it came with a very nice home theatre system. Included in this was an Optoma HD81 projector and a 91" screen.
Long story short, before I had gotten even a few hours of out of the system, the HD81 appears to have died. I thought it was a bulb issue, but replacement bulbs faired no better than the original bulb. I had a brief chat with Optoma this morning, and they recommended replacing the projector altogether.
My budget is flexible, but I'm looking around the $1k mark. I've identified what are probably the most logical choices - BenQ 1070, Epson 8345, Optoma HD25e and HD131Xe. I suspect any of these will work for my needs, which are primarily movies and some video games.
However, my worry is the room setup. Given that this was all done prior to my purchasing the house, I'd really rather not undo all the really nice work that they put into the theatre room. Looking at the projector calculator for the HD81 (http://www.projectorcentral.com/Optoma-HD81-projection-calculator-pro.htm
) it looks like to hit a 91" screen, they've probably got the projector at ~13ft back. The only projector out of the list above that appears to be able give me a similar throw is the 8345 - is this correct? All the rest seem to indicate that they'll give me about 20" more than I want on my diagonal if they're put the same distance away. I'm planning on making the actual measurements tonight when I get home, but I'm fairly confident on the screen size, and 13" back is a completely reasonable estimate for where the projector is.
Does this basically make my decision for me? Any other projectors I might want to look at before picking up the 8345? I guess I could remove the screen entirely, and project onto the wall instead...
Optoma did say that their first guess on my projector issue is the mainboard, which they said they could sell me for $350. Might I be better just going that route?
Sorry for all the questions, I just wasn't expecting to have to replace this projector so soon.