I'm currently on the fence between the 8350 and Panasonic AR100U. I have read much of this thread as well as another that directly compares these two projectors. But I'm most interested in hearing from current owners of the 8350; specifically would you buy the same projector today given all that you know. Also, which would you recommend given my circumstances below?:
My room is in the basement with no windows or light leakage. I have just over a dozen recessed pot lights and most viewing will be pitch black (movies / concerts) with the occassional sporting event where the lights will be on but dimmed. All the TVs in our home are Plasmas so I do value a quality picture above just about anything else (though my budget has me looking at the projectors above). I plan to splurge on an Elunevision Reference 4K 1.0 White Fixed Screen though as the plan is to get a 4K projector in a few years. The screen will be 108" and the projector will be ceiling mounted 12' away.
Up until reading about all the dust ball and lamp issues I was sure it would be the 8350. I can pick it up locally for $200 less than the Panasonic and my understanding is that the 8350 has a bitter picture given my viewing habits. Now I'm confused!!! Is the 8350 really that much better than the AR100U in a darkened room?