Depends what you will use it for, if you game or need 3D then that will eliminate certain choices.Your main options in this price range (up to about $1600 or so):2D Only at 1080p
Benq w6000, Mitsubishi hc4000, LG cf181d, Benq w1200, refurbished Epson 8700ub at Visual Apex, Viewsonic Pro8200, Panasonic ar100u, and Epson 83503D w/ 1080p
Optoma hd33 (3d), Acer 9500 bd(3d), Epson 3010 (3d)Also see the Top Projector Picks link in my signature...Read the below thread, it dishes out some advantages/disadvantages.https://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1404582
The Benq w6000, Benq w1200, Mits hc4000, and Epson 8700ub have the best image for 2D out of the list. The Epson 8700ub has the darkest blacks, then the Benq w6000 followed by the Mits hc4000, and the w1200 is just a nudge behind the hc4000 in contrast and black levels. Benq w1200 has severe gaming lag, so if gaming it gets eliminated. Benq w6000 is slightly noisier than the others but very bright and has the best black levels between it the w1200, and the hc4000.
For many, I think it comes down to a refurbished 8700ub vs. a Benq w6000 if shooting for the best overall 2D quality. The w6000 is sharper and produces ok black levels with the IRIS, but also noisier. The 8700ub has darker blacks, but the Benq looks smoother and more film-like, yet sharper at the same time. The Benq is significantly brighter, I'd generally take the Benq w6000 over the 8700ub due to brightness and sharpness, but it depends.