Originally Posted by chinmokutak
...use my current pull-up screen...
This is pretty much a deal breaker for UST projectors. You need a perfectly flat screen surface for UST projectors. You never see them pictured with roll-up/down screens, always with fixed frame screens. So, you would need to get a new screen.
You are also paying a premium price for doing this. The HT3550 is the right price and will give you a very solid image for about half of what UST will cost you. You can set it up quickly on a shelf or from your ceiling mount. Yeah, it may cost you a Saturday afternoon setting everything up, but are you REALLY complaining about having to unbox some stuff and run some wires to speakers? Come on.
When you finish your basement if the projector doesn't work, you likely could still get $1,000 for it and you can buy something more appropriate to your final space, but I would just get the 3550 now and call it a solid deal.
I literally have my JVC hanging from a single joist. It vibrates a bit when kids walk around upstairs, but otherwise it is amazing looking and took about an hour or two to get mounted and move my HDMI cable from the old W1070 to the new projector/location.
Took me a bit longer to run the speaker cabling around my unfinished basement to the 5.1 surround sound setup, but... I knew it was going to be a few years before I finished the space.
Really, if you are unsure of what you will end up with, there is NO WAY I would drop nearly $3,000 on a UST single chip DLP model when the Epson 5050 will blow it away for similar money and the JVC 540 can be had for not much more and do even better.
Your situation just does not scream out 'I need UST'. Complaining about opening a box of electronics and spending a day setting them up does scream something though.