That is a very open-ended question.
If I was in the market for a projector and most of my viewing was Standard DVD and a little Hdtv then I would spend $500 for a good video processing 480 Pj like the infocus In72/4805 .
But if I was going to start watching more HDTV AND hd dvd's along with standard dvd's I would search the web for yesterdays 720 pj .( to me 1080 isn't all that much of a difference when compared by the human eye .( specially if your watching moving images like sports and what not )
My goal would be to spend time researching yesterdays high priced projectors with proven excellent performance and take advantage of these companies that spent big money on research and development.Then I would shop around for these discontinued models for the best deal on a Pj that fits my specific theaters needs.ist sort of like buying a Mercedes Benz for the same price as a honda civic.They both get you to the store just built
For instance the long throw Sharpe Sharp XV-Z12000MK2 was a $10,000 dark chip 3 Projector that weigh something like 25lbs.
It is a excellent Proven Pj and built to last .I had to pass on this model do to my need for a 120 inch screen. Basically the lumen just were not there and it was a long throw.
But for all you guys that grabbed on off ( buy ) for a RIDICULOUS price of $1339 my hats off to you .nice work boys.
The next pj To keep your eyes on is the Marantz VP4001 .
This Pj is only like 9 pounds but it has excellent optics and a great 2+chip not to mention dead on color right out of the box. ( from what I have read )
It's a short throw pj but Very bright.What I like about it is it adjustable iris.
Basically if you wanted to watch football during the day with lights on you could open the iris all the way and use the 1200 lumens and at night you could close the iris to take advantage of the deep black that make this pj shine like 3d.
This Marantz pv4001 for secondact $1249 is probably one of the best all around deal on the market right now for the money FOR all its feature .But what really seals the deal is the THREE year factory warrantee.
so to answer you question I would have to say $1249 ( and that better include shipping).