We are remodeling our house, and for our living room we are installing a projector. Before we plop down $3-5k on a projector, we'd like to at least see several in action (i.e. instead of buying it blind based only on reviews). One might think this is pretty straightforward, especially in technologically savvy Silicon Valley. [rant]Our first stop was Paradise Video in San Jose. They had two or three projectors, and were pretty knowledgable. The place next door (Century) only had projectors $10k and higher. Magnolia in Palo Alto had three projectors on display, of which one wasn't hooked up and the remote was missing for another. We came back a few days later, and they had found the remote, but still hadn't hooked up the third. What's more, one of the projectors hadn't been set up properly and seemed out of focus. When we asked the sales person what the story was, he said that it wasn't out of focus, but he was more annoyed by the black bands at the top and bottom, which he thought weren't black enough. Thanks. Hermary in San Carlos had two rooms with projectors, of which we could afford one. The room had a window to the outside in the back, so to watch the projector, the sales guy pulled down a shade. A translucent shade that let in about 50% of the light. Making it a bit difficult to really tell anything about the projector's brightness, contrast, etc. A second Magnolia (in the Best Buy in San Carlos) had one room with a projector, but there was a pair of glass doors into the rest of the Best Buy, so again, the lighting levels could not be brought down to a point where we could really see their projector. The Sony Store in Valley Fair in San Jose had one projector which didn't even have a dedicated room, but more of an alcove, with no protection from the lighting of the room. An alcove in which there were also a half dozen plasma screens also playing at the same time. You could barely tell the projector was on. Having blown a couple days trying to look at projectors, we finally gave up (and don't even start with me about the A/V stores in New York--They were even less competent). So the question is:[/rant] Where in the S.F. Bay Area can we go to demo a bunch of projectors in the $3-5k range? Is this simply not how it's done? Do people just rely on reviews, or do they hire an A/V consultant who knows exactly what they should buy (and trust him blind as well)? What's the deal?