Recommendations for bright PJ to throw 150" @ 17ft
Hi folks, used to be active here, but got my new place sorted and kind of wandered off and lost track of the PJ world. (For a long time I was waiting/hoping for laser PJs to become mainstream but I kind of suspect that still hasn't happened.)
Right now I'm running an Epson HomeCinema 400 which was selected because it was considered a "light cannon" with good contrast back in the day, and it can throw a big picture. I have a 150" Elite screen and the PJ is mounted overhead upside down, more or less even with the top of the screen (so significant vertical shift is needed), at a throw distance of about 17.5 feet, which means it just barely fills the screen. High brightness is a must, it's a large open-plan entertainment area and we often have lights on while we watch. We use our PJ daily as our television.
We've decided to retire this PJ to the bedroom, so I'm hoping a few of you who spend a lot of time in the PJ world will give me a good shopping list for replacements to consider. I'd like to stay under $2K. Oh and the wife got the 3D bug -- I hate the glasses but 3D support would be nice. I strongly prefer LCD to DLP and HDMI is my only input (I finally gave up the component-only fight). 1080p is plenty for me, I'm not too worried about 2K or 4K at this point in time (though I wouldn't kick it out of bed for the right price).
Thanks in advance!