Originally Posted by Hawkmarket
Coder you seem to be the lumens expert. If I'm looking to stay under 5K and value the following which projector leads the pack for you.
1.) About 50% sports 50% movies and I'll watch the sports with some lighting on in the room.
2.) Its more of a sports bar / media room but for movies it can get dark. It's in a basement and I've painted all the walls and ceiling a dark grey in the viewing area. Outside light and reflection are not an issue when it's movie time.
3.) I do enjoy 3D
4.) Looking to upgrade to 4k/eshift/whatever is above 1080p.
5.) Minimal gaming. Not a priority.
6.) Screen is a 150" 16:9 Carada Brilliant White. I'll just use the latest Accucal screen report and call the gain 1.04. Close enough.
7.) The other pertinent info is "I got a guy" I can get JVC and Sony projectors from at about 25% off so that brings the JVC 540 into play in the price range. I'll also only consider the Epson 5040/6040 if they do the HDMI 18Gbps upgrade as rumored this fall.
So based on the info above what do you consider the best fit? I'm currently using an Epson 3700 and really enjoy the extra lumen pop and am making the change to finally take advantage of 4K. I realize I'm missing out on blacks with this projector but I've never ever been bothered by the current black level.
I would lean towards the JVC RS-540 in your case. I would not go by pricing from just 1 dealer, also give Mike Garrett (above) a call or send him a PM and compare pricing.
Technically though, the best fit in your case would be a 2 projector solution if you can fit it, but I know some people are against 2 projectors.
Viewsonic and Benq often have sales where you can get a 1080p projector for under $500 (that's less than the cost of 1 Sony or JVC lamp).
So what I'd do is use a DLP projector for sports in ambient lighting, and use a JVC or Sony for movies.
You can run the DLP projector in High Lamp mode without feeling guilty about burning through $400 to $600 lamps.
Otherwise, if you want to just have 1 projector, that is fine as well, just keep in mind that at 150", you'll be replacing the lamp more than some do.
My personal belief is having 2 projectors is cheaper than 1 projector over the long haul, because of the cost of the JVC or Sony lamps.