I am considering getting my first projector and could use some advice. After some research, I think I have settled on the Epson 5030UB. It would be going into my Living Room / Family Room, and would need to serve two purposes. One is for more serious movie watching, in which case I will be able to eliminate most of the light in the room. The other is for more general TV watching with the lights on. I know that the image quality, brightness, etc will degrade with the lights on, I am not expecting it to be anything spectacular just for it to be watchable (maybe even look good). I have seen demos of the SI BD screens which seem capable of delivering for my needs, but at $7,000 for a motorized version is too expensive. Is there anything out there that can deliver as good of an image or at least close to it in ambient light at a lower price?
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!