I currently have a 51" samsung plasma that has always been great, but I want bigger. Started looking into a new TV, possibly the Vizio e-series, but if I'm going to upgrade I want to go to atleast 65" (60" isn't enough to warrant the upgrade for me). However, at that price point (which ends up being around $1300-$1500), you could get a nice BenQ W1070 or W1080ST and a screen and have a larger, more accurate image and possibly come out under budget. This is what tempts me to buy into the projector.
You may call me crazy, but this is for a bedroom setup at the house I currently rent. So I have 2 main questions/issues I'm hoping you guys can provide some creative solutions/insight on. Or tell me to ditch to projector idea altogether. I'm all ears.
1) Mounting: I rent the house, so I am against drilling into the ceiling. To counter this, I have a rough idea in my head of creating a mount that would go around my bed (near the head of the bed), consisting of 4 2"x4"s as the legs and a sheet of plywood at the top near the ceiling from which the projector could hang. That way no holes end up in the ceiling and everyone is happy. I could also use this as a double-duty mount for rear channel speakers, and cable management would be easy as I could just attach them to the frame.
2) Screen size: The mount would be about 9 or 10 feet away from the wall to be projected upon. I originally thought that I would have to get the 1080 short throw model due to the fact that it is a bedroom setup, but the calculator HERE
says that at 8 feet, the image would be 146" diagonally. And it does not even recommend putting it more than 9 feet away due to brightness. A closer mounting is not really an option because I want the mount to be above the head of my bed (and the wall to be projected upon is opposite the head of my bead, which is against the opposite wall), so that I can still get in and out if I choose to build this crazy contraption around it.
The 1070 on the other hand, is 95" diagonally at 9 feet. Which I think is plenty big and more suitable to my needs. Right?
I also have a center channel that I have to worry about. If the image is too large, I will need to get an acoustically transparent screen and mount the center behind it, which honestly doesn't bother me because I would love to have to sound coming directly from the screen. But then those screens only come in exact sizes. Is it possible to adjust the size of the projected image at all from the settings in the projector, or is the only way to adjust the image size by moving the projector further/closer to the screen?
As you can see, I want a projector. It may not make the most sense for me, but I am willing to go through a bit of inconvenience to get it set up right for my needs. Can anybody help guide me to the most sensible solution here? Am I crazy?