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I've been researching for projectors that would work in a low ceiling from about 9 ft. away from the screen. The screen must be 100". I've heard DLP has an overall better picture and better blacks which I would say is my first priority.

The screen will be dropping in front of a Panny plasma. My room is 17'x 12' with seating at 9 ft and 15ft with the back row on a 6" riser.

I don't believe I could mount it on the back wall as a bulk head comes down to about 6ft just above the seats. The Epson 2030 and Benq w1070 have caught my eye the most but it seems the Epson is out because of its huge picture at far distances.

Any help in any areas would be appreciated as I am completely new to projectors.
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If you only have 9' LENS TO SCREEN for a 100" diagonal, then you are in the realm of short throw projectors which will limit your options.

The W1070 and W1080ST both have lens offset which places them as close as about 1" above the top of the screen. Considering a ceiling mount, and the case, this typically will drop the image about 9" or so from the ceiling (at least), so they are good choices in rooms with lower ceilings.

Here are the 1080p projectors which can hit a 100" diagonal from 9' away:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=100&p=3000&w=&r=13&br=&ll=&ltg=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=9&i=d&is=100&sort=pop&sz=15

The 2030 and W1070 are in that list.

If you don't actually have 9', but have only 8' to work with, then your options drop...
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=100&p=3000&w=&r=13&br=&ll=&ltg=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=&dvi=&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=8&i=d&is=100&sort=pop&sz=15

The W1080ST will actually be closer. Between 5' and 6' lens to screen.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/BenQ-W1080ST-projection-calculator-pro.htm

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I have from 9.5' and in. After that there is a 6 ft bulk head. I thought at one time of making a shelf on the back wall and projecting from about 4 ft high to the front of the room but suspect the bulk head would get in the way as these project upwards correct?

I'm surprised the 2030 is on this list as when I tried to use various room calculators, it would never work.
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Remember, all measurements are lens to screen, not from the back of the projector. So, when you say you have 9.5' then you have to have an additional 12"+ behind the projector for the body of the projector.

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Yea the 9.5 and in was accounting for the body of the projector.
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I would get the W1070 and call it a day. Great entry level model.

I would be happy to argue with you about how small your screen is if you would like? biggrin.gif (9' it is fine, 15' it's really small!)

I would love to love the 2030, but screen shots show weaker black levels, weak image resolution, and slow response times. It doesn't match up with their better 5030 or 3020 by a fair margin it seems.

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Screen is as big as I can go and sitting just 9' from it. I think it will do for now lol. The 2030 is enticing only for the cheap lamp, lack of rainbows if I even see them and better 3d glasses. But black level and overall picture quality is my main concern.
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