Originally Posted by danyal
Thanks for all the useful information AV_Integrated, sethsez and FTOAST; Really appreciate all your help! What screen would you guys recommend? I'm looking for a 100-120" screen. Yes, the room is dark all around and fully light controlled. I guess I'll head over to the audio department for suggestions on the surround sound, it's a 7.1 prewired in wall I believe.
What do you guys think about Epson 5030UB, Benq MH740, Epson 3020, Panasonic PT-AE8000? If you had to rate these along with benq W1070, how would you rate them?
The Elite screen fixed frame screens are a very well liked series for a better price than most ($290-350 around 100"-120"). They perform well and can even be lightly scrubbed/washed if ever needed which is somewhat rare for screens.
The 5030/6030 is quite similar to that Sony 40es with a slight advantage for 3D smoothness while the Sony has the advantage of less visible pixels (much smaller pixel gaps) and better gaming performance with less input lag.
The Benq mh740 has significantly worse measured contrast than the Sony and the Epson5030, but better fast motion handling for sports.
The Epson3020 has lower contrast than anything else you've listed and would probably be the worst choice for the money.
The AE8000 has slightly lesser performance than the 5030 and Sony, but has some neat automatic/memory lens settings..probably nothing you'll use in most circumstances.
The w1070 can largely tie everything you've listed for 3D performance and beat them for combined gaming and fast-motion handling. It has less visible pixels than the ae800 and both epsons, and can basically match color accuracy with the best of them. The Sony, Epson5030, and to a lesser degree ae8000 all have better contrast than the w1070, and will perform noticeably better in a dark, painted room.
They also all have more zoom length for people that need to mount a farther back from a smaller screen.
I'd pick the w1070 over the 740 and 3020, and if you have the money to look at the 5030/ae8000 I'd pick the Sony hw40es over any of them.