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The BenQ 1080/1085ST models are the best out there right now. Using a RGB/RGB color wheel you will get a very good image. The LG is nice, but it is a short throw version of the PF1500U, which is well reviewed, but suffers from some LED issues, most notably it is not terribly bright in comparison to the 1080ST series. About half or less the brightness. It is a ultra short throw, which is pretty cool with the PF1000, but I'm not sure I would trade that for the brightness, especially in a permanent home theater situation.
At 5-6 feet of throw distance, it should be well in front of the seated audience and placement is with the center of the lens right near the top of the screen, so it should be out of the way and work nicely with your lower ceilings just fine.
I installed one a year or so ago in front of a soffit for a client and it worked very well.
Make sure you have a very flat screen. Any waves in the screen material will significantly distort the image.
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