Projector for inside/outside use, 100 inch screen
With being at home largely this summer, we went to buy an outdoor screen a while ago. The screens I looked at in the morning were gone or 3 times the price in the evening!
So, we ended up ordering a 100 inch, 16x9 screen, the only one that was available at the time, and it took a while to get to us.
To test this, we used it inside last night due to possibility of thunderstorms. I'm using a projector from work, which is not a HT projector. It turns out that I can put the 100 inch screen in front of our (now tiny) TV and front speaker setup in our living room and it works really well: only blocks some sound from the R/L speakers, but we watched a movie and I couldn't really notice much blockage.
I'm thinking of buying a somewhat reasonably priced HT projector for inside/outside use. For outside, we were planning on taking a laptop and smaller bluetooth speaker, at least as a test setup. For inside, there's nowhere near theater level of blackness, though it does get dark once the sun goes down (we have a sliding glass door right near where the screen goes; while we have a covering, it lets light through).
We have also broken out the Wii, which was sitting in a box, and the kids of course want to play the Wii on the projector. So, gaming is an option.
What projector near say $500 can I get for this purpose? For inside, a throw around 10 feet or lower for 100 inch, 16x9 screen would be good. And lens shift "up" might be a benefit, so I could put the projector lower than the screen if necessary.
I see: Epson Home Cinema 1060? Optoma HD146X High Performance Projector?
And to get the throw calculations, do I have to download the PDF for each projector? Some websites just say "standard throw", but in terms of a 100 inch screen, I don't know what that means.