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I've looked into a number of projectors both in person and online. I've seen the $8000-10000 JVC models which are supposed to be superb for example, and although the picture can be stretched big, the color is nowhere near as bright and vivid as a nice LED display (especially when the lights are on). I'd rather have something that also works just as good with the lights on...and 8000-10000 is a lot of money. If I wanted what I am looking for I'd be looking at a 6000 lumen projector. Just imagine the heat, the noise, the size and worse, the price.
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Since you say you want to watch with the lights on, I now agree with you. Projectors are not designed for use in bright rooms.
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It's always a good idea on a projector specific forum to put things into perspective.

LED lit LCD flat panels, plasmas, and projectors all have their place.

While there is no doubt that for home use LCD definitely remains the brightest technology on the market... This is excellent, and certainly is ideal for bright rooms, and there are certain other aspects of LCD technology which are ideal for the simplest of setups.

Plasma displays still remain the king of quality as stated year after year after year. Most of the quality comes from the direct luminescence vs. the passive nature of LED displays.

But, front projection is something else. People talk about their home theater and even with a 80" flat panel, they think they have achieved it, but that's just not the case. Home theater is only achievable when you are talking about a display running 100" plus. When you sit down at THX distances with your entire family in a space designed to emulate a movie theater, with better sound, better image quality, and always the best seat in the house.

Can this be done for less than $10,000? Yes, it can be done for just a few thousand dollars, plus a decent room and good audio.

Would I put it in my family room with windows and want it as a primary display? Not a chance! As said, each technology has its proper time and place.
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I'm going to do something crazy as its going to cost me a fortune but it will be WAY less than buying a 6k projector to cover both worlds in one.

I wound up ordering the Vizio I mentioned. I figured I would set that on the wall and then have a drop down projection screen that can drop from above, right in front of it. So during the day, I can watch the Vizio. During the night (when it comes to watching movies), I can drop the screen down and go WAY bigger with the lights off using projection. I just need to look for a good projector that would give me the best image and size.

The Vizio is a big "wow" though. Or more like a OMG Whoa! I got it and and hooked it all together (it's not on the wall yet as I need the right/strong mounting hardware for it) the second it came in. It is SO BIG and the picture is super cool!

Thankfully this isn't a small family room but a 25x25 room which will be dedicated to theater. Sound system is already taken care of and installed so half way there
[Edited by jh20001 on Aug 12, 2013 at 3:59 PM]
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