I've been lusting after a PJ for a little over a year now. I saw some $25k+ Sony proj at their headquarters in Tokyo about 2.5 years ago and even though it was only about a 70-80" image, it's always stuck out in my mind because it looked amazing.
So I'm considering going with the HD1000U and having a manual screen in front of probably a 42" plasma(maybe LCD, but I still don't like their off viewing axis). The room has moderate light control during the day, but not total control. I can close curtains, but light leaks in through them a bit and spills in from the kitchen. During the night obviously this won't be a problem.
The whole thing that stops me is that the absolute smallest screen I get with the HD1000U is about 120" diagonal. Something more like 124" would fit a bit better with how far I have to put the unit back, but I think I can hit this "magic number" with putting the PJ a little farther forward on an inverted shelf arrangement on the back wall. Height is not a problem(12' cathedral ceiling in the center of the 20'x20' room). My thoughts are that even though this is a bright projector, this 120" size is just too much for it(13 ft-L with a 1.0 gain screen on projectorcentral's site). This would pretty much mean no daytime viewing without complete light control right?
I sit about 13-14' back, and while I can shift this maybe 1' either way, I almost think a 120" screen might be TOO much at that distance. I have a 50" plasma now, and it seems tiny to me after I got used to it from this distance, but 120" is just a whole nother ballgame. Hard to comprehend without seeing it ya know.
So what do you guys think about a 120" screen pulled down in front of a smaller plasma/LCD in my main room? I'm a bachelor, so don't have a WAF to deal with, and I constantly find myself wishing I had a projector as I think that it's pretty much the pinnacle of "ridiculous big screen TV-dom" - and that appeals to the red blooded male in me immensely. I watch a mix of source material, but I'd likely watch movies/HDTV/the occasional SD TV broadcast just when I want to see it really big(F1 racing comes to mind).
Ideally I'd get a Panasonic AX100U and shoot a 100-106" screen from about 18' away, but I really don't think that's in the budget.
Sorry for the long post, but I figure I might get some real world experiences in the HD1000U megapost.