Originally Posted by Tnilsson
I actually ordered a special staggered component cable (on one end) from Monoprice. So I managed to fit it through the 3/4" conduit. Getting it out again may be a problem!
Nothing a pair of wire cutters can't take care of.
I'm not going to argue with whatever decision you make as this is your home, but the facts remain that you aren't going to buy ANY new 4:3 home theater projector ever again. No 4:3 TVs, no 4:3 home projectors. That era is gone. So, you have to figure out what compromises you are going to take with your 4:3 screen to deal with a 16:9 projector.
If I were you, I would definitely move to a motorized lens projector with lens memory and move the projector back as needed to fill the screen with both my 4:3 content and have letterboxed 16:9 content as a zoom option.
The JVC DLA-X30 can hit your 60" height from 12'5" lens to screen.
The Panasonic AE8000 can hit it from 12' lens to screen.
I would say the JVC is a better projector (IMO), but both are very good upper mid-level models with similar price.
The Epson 8350 can do both the 4:3 and 16:9 screen from a distance of 12' as I mentioned before, but you will then be forced to manually reset the lens when switching from 16:9 content to 4:3 content and back again... A task I would bet would soon be given up on.
I'm not sure if anyone has any ideas for any more options for you to consider on this.