It's like comparing a top fuel dragster motor to a pro stock. Sure the pro stock motor is more effecient but the top fuel motor makes more than up for it in raw in sane power!!!!! Today's projectors don't look as good as top of the line $2500 t.v.s but considering you can have a 106" image plus or minus 20" which will equal a 1200 t.v. yet have 4 times the area projection is the only way to go imho. Like everything comprimises need made for projection to work such as a well thought out light control plan. If you like to re-arrange your room (to keep the wife happy) this could be an issue as placement options become limited.
I think your best bet is to try to find someone or a product demo shop. Sorry can't help you with shops in Boston, not so familiar with East Coast stores
But I'm sure you can ask around your area. Ask a friend thats knows a friends that knows a friend lol. But yeah, don't jump the gun. I've known people swinging both ways. Some really didn't like the output of the projector. But it can really depend on 1) the projector you view, 2) your initial expectations prior to viewing it live 3) the environment. There can also be many other factors. But your best bet is you experience one before jumping to the final decision. Do research. Knowledge is self empowerment
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