OK I am now leaning towards the higher price tagged Sony VPL-HW40ES ($1900). Should I also be considering the likes of Epson Home Cinema 3500 or the 5030UB? They have higher lumens and lots of the advantages of the Sony.
Newbie but well read. Looking for advice on basement projector selection. I am going with a 133" screen and ceiling mount with about 15' throw. The room has 5 windows 4 of which are behind the screen. I will mostly use for night movie viewing but will mostly be seen by others for daytime sports. I like a bright image and I like a sharp image. I would love the quiet and sharp HW40ES for those reasons, but had been thinking of the Optima HD25-LV for the bright image. I have not purchased screen yet so would adjust to the projector. A bit fearful of too much gain? Please let me know what I will be giving up if I go with the HW40ES and a gain of say 1.5. It gives me 22FL vs 33fl on a 1 gain screen with HD25-LV. Most of the viewing angle will be fairly straight on, but bar seating is at a 45 degree angle from screen. Am I just trying too hard to make the HW40ES work at these sale prices going on right now.
I have very little knowledge about projectors but i do know i love a big screen. I would like some insight on what projectors are out there and get the most for my money. I am willing to spend up to $2000 but would like to spend less. Any info would be great.
I have been looking at the Sony but not sure if it is the best option...