Thanks for the pointer - much appreciated. I don't think my wife would like a unit permanently on the ceiling - are short throw units I can place temporarily on a table in front of the screen fairly common and obtainable second hand?
I am sure they are you would just have to look. Been out of the PJ game myself for a few years now so not too up to date in what's available, but would always check the classifieds here before looking elsewhere.
I'm looking to replace my Sony HW40es, as I need something smaller with H+V keystone. I'll be selling it and think it will be in that price range if you're interested. It's just had a brand new bulb put in too. I've sold 2 or 3 projectors here over the years.
this price point is a bit low but its also sick cos it gives u tremendous value. a pj at this price with the right screen will give u an amazing more impactful experience than TVs 4x its price which is amazing.
HW40ES - best input lag, sony image processing is nice, nice all rounder
Panasonic AE6000 - cheap bulbs, small so great flexibility
JVC X30/X35 - best black levels + contrast
i definitely wouldn't buy new at this price point, better value 2nd hand in my opinion.
i think ebay is ok. ur covered by the ebay buyer protection. if u buy from here or ebay, sadly these are just old projectors so there time will come when they will have to go to the graveyard but the advantage with these PJs is that years ago, they sold for thousands so they're built to last and have decent build quality for what ur paying now.