|Originally posted by Gary McCoy
Unless you can achieve near-total light control, you are not a good front projector candidate.
Gary, although I'm sure you will disagree this is as valid an approach, I'm of the opinion there are two ways to achieve an enjoyable FP picture.
The Finesse approach:
Total light control and focus on projector contrast. Projector brightness is unimportant, and if anything, you can go too bright. Best for dedicated home theaters.
The Lightgun approach:
Total light control is not quite as important. Go for a projector with high (>1500) lumens. Perhaps use a contrast improving screen if budget permits. The contrast will not be as good, but because you have a bright, vibrant picture, it's not as noticeable. It's also more versatile for multi-use rooms and Super-Bowl parties...like being at a bar.
Basically, you trade best case performance for a slightly wider range of lighting situations. Keep in mind no projector will look good in a fully lit room. I personally am very happy trading less than perfect black levels for an 8ft picture.