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For 3D, there is a huge difference between a low priced projector and the more expensive ones. So you have to first determine your budget. I've owned quite a few including the Epson, BenQ, Panasonic, and JVC. The Panasonic and JVC were the higher priced category. They all suffer problems with black level and color purity. I finally bought a Sony VPL VW90ES when it came out and this was the first projector that could display 1080p 3D with any degree of quality, but I was never satisfied with the brightness which made it impossible to view in a semi lit room. Plus the life of the lamps was not good and these can get expensive. Mine lasted about 1500 hours average.
When 4K UHD came out I decided to upgrade and managed to find an overstock VPL VW665ES that was both 4K 60p HDR and 3D. The brightness was 3 times the 90ES and could produce a full 10 bit range of color in a semi lit room. The bulbs were under $100 but they last over 5000 hours making the cost quite affordable. Plus it has 4K upscaler for 3D 1080p so all my 3D movies have zero crosstalk, perfect color, although limited to 8bit but the display is the best detail because it is upscaled to 4K. Sony has a patented pixel by pixel upscaler which is what you pay the big bucks for. This is several years old technology today and the latest 885ES doesn't do much better. Try to find a low price on a 665ES and you will be pleased with the 3D image quality.
State of the art now seems to be the laser short throw projectors. Extremely bright and large screen. I've seen good ones for under $10,000 that can display up to 120" screen width.
One thing is a must for any projector. Do your homework. Read reviews, good and bad. Shop ebay and search for overstock and bankruptcy sales. Try to get a personal viewing of the content you wish to viewon the projector. Then see how it performs in semi lit rooms for black level. make note of the screen being used as this can greatly affect the quality of your 3D.
If color purity, image detail, and long range cost is not important, then the lower cost projectors really designed for board room power point presentations will do the job too.
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Don Landis HT System: Projector Sony VPL VW665ES Players: Samsung UBD K8500 OPPO BD93 Sony BDP S6200 All Regions Player Denon AVR S940, 7.1; JBL Professional series and Klipsch PS3, XBOX360, TIVO Edge OTA; Apple TV 4K. Edit Suite:Adobe Premiere, Edius7.53, Vegas Pro v13, Power Director16, i9-7980XE/GTX1080Ti, LG 3D TV DM2752