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The pixel-shifting DLP "4k" projectors have really, really, really, really poor contrast. If you at all value to possibility of seeing the color black in an image (say, perhaps watching a sci-fi movie in outer space), forget about it. You'll get a soupy gray at best.
They also typically do not have enough lens shift or zoom range to accommodate Constant Image Height. Just really poor projectors for this usage all around.
If you want a projector, you really need to figure a way out of the extreme short throw problem. You say that ceiling mounting is not an option. Is that due to an architectural issue, or spousal acceptance? From your sketch, I don't think shelf mounting behind your seats will work due to the bar area.
If nothing else works, you may ultimately be better off with the largest flat panel you can afford. That won't get you anywhere near 130", and CIH is a dead issue, but sometimes you have to live with the limitations you have.
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