Small room, big ambitions (BENQ W1070, BENQ W1080ST, Optoma HD25e, Powerlite 2030?)
First post here on the forums. Really looking for advice for which projector I should be going for in my situation.
Just moved into a new house, and the basement would be perfect for a home theatre (only one small window to cover up) except it is on the smaller side. We have a large closet that spans one side of the room with these big sliding glass doors. I was planning on taking out these sliding glass doors and mounting an 85" (diagonal) screen inside the closet, than having the projector situated across the room. The distance from the inside of the closet to the other end of the room is about 11 feet, and the closet entrance is about 75 inches wide. The four projectors that suit my needs and budget are the BENQ W1070, BENQ W1080ST, Optoma HD25e, and the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 2030. I would be planning to use the projector for movies, games, and to have friends over for NFL Sundays. Having never seen any of the these projectors in action, and only being able to base my opinion on online reviews, I have come to you guys for help in solving this dilemna.
The other option is to not put the screen inside the closet, and instead place it just outside the entrance to it. This would allow me to throw a bigger screen, but within a smaller throw range (about 10.2 feet). Both the Benq W1070 and the Benq W1080ST could theoretically throw a 105" screen in that space without much issue. Only thing is, we would only be seated about 10 feet away from a screen that size, and I don't see that working to well after running it through the Projector central calculator. In this case the largest screen I might throw in this situation would be a 96" screen.
Keeping all of this in mind, what would be your best advice for this situation? Your help is greatly appreciated, and thanks for taking the time to help out a noob who hopes to one day have a kick ass dedicated home theatre.
Have a good one.