Originally Posted by DES1
... I am purchasing the 6020 - planning to ceiling mount 27' back from 106" x 188" DA LITE screen. I am upgrading from a Sanyo PLV-70 that provided a very good picture..
I just did the math because I was curious. Your screen is nearly 16 feet wide and 9 feet tall. Most of us have 16 x 9 aspect ratios. You literally have about 16 x 9 feet of screen. On the diagonal you are 216 inches, or exactly 18 feet.
How much do tickets cost at your house?
According to Da-Lite, the only two screen options for your particular screen are either 1.0 (Matte White) or 1.1 gain (High Contrast Matte White). If that's correct, I'd talk to both Epson and Da-Lite before pulling the trigger. I agree with your installer that some people would want a brighter image.
But of course, you haven't said anything about light control in your room, or what your expectations are. And even more significantly, based on the numbers for your old PLV-70 -- which you describe as giving you "a very good picture" -- the Epson will be a brighter projector, and offer significant upgrades in many other ways.
Directly below are links to the room / screen projection calculator from the Epson website (I spent a bunch of time on that before buying), and the User's Manual for the 6020 (the "Choosing a Location" discussion starts on page 11).
Regardless of all the other variables at play here, and there are a bunch of them, if you were happy with the Sanyo, I think you'll be much happier with the Epson. Yes, you could certainly have a higher gain screen, and yes you could spend much more on a projector, but if the goal is to stay at this price point, and keep everything else as is, I think this will represent a significant upgrade for you.
Good luck. Post back your decision and results.