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1080p Front Projector vs 1080p Flat Panel?

by staindrocks / December 29, 2008 12:55 AM PST

I realize that each have their strengths and weaknesses and/or that there's many considerations that one must make to determine which is the better fit. But what i'd really like to know is about the comparative overall picture quality between these two Home Theater setups.

I have a completely light-controlled room measuring approx. 21 feet long x 15 feet wide x 8.5 feet tall. It has four solid walls and a concrete floor, all of which i can paint/carpet/etc. to whatever specifications i want. So, i know that i have an ideal setup for a large screen size, which screams for a nice front projector. I also already have a surround sound system in place.

I'm working with a current budget of about $2,500. So here's my question. How does the picture quality compare between the best flat panel and the best front projector that i could get with $2,500. I realize that picture quality can be subjective, so i'll try to explain what i consider to be great picture quality.

Great picture quality, to me, is a picture that has an amazing "wow" factor to in a very sharp 3-dimensional picture, with really vivid colors, great contrast, very good blacks, and with as little noise as possible. I hate noise, as it seems to really bother me! To put it in simple terms, i want a picture that seems to jump right off the screen at really "pop" to give it that "wow" factor.

I haven't really thought too much about screen size, yet. If i were to go with a projector, i'd probably be thinking anywhere from 90" up to 120". If i go with a flat-panel, i'd go with the largest size that can give me the best picture quality i'm looking for, while staying within my $2,500 budget.

Has anyone done side-by-side comparisons with flat-panel vs projector? Can a projector provide the same "pop" on picture quality alone?

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