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December 27, 2006, 5:38 pm
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Hello everyone. I'm going to be finishing my basement and am planning
on installing a projector to replace my TV. We don't watch much
regular TV except for maybe one or two shows a week plus football when
it's on. This would primarily be for watching movies.
My setup has an aprox. throw distance of 12ft with a seating distance
of aprox. 14ft. The projector needs to be mounted on the ceiling,
wiring will be accessable through the ceiling tiles. Ambient light
shouldn't be much of a problem. There is only one window in the room
which will have a blackout curtain for daytime viewing and all of the
lights will be dimmer controlled. I already have a Harman/Kardon
Signature 2 amp and receiver, I just need to get 5.1 speakers to
complete the setup so sound is more or less taken care of.
After looking over projector reviews and buying guides I can say that
I'm quite confused. My budget is in the $1,000 - $2,000 range for the
projector. I'm assuming that because my lens will be above center to
the screen that I will need a vertical shift option to prevent
keystoning. Also my minimum resolution requirements are HD 720p,
looking at the 1080i stuff it seems to be out of my price range. I've
looked at projectorcentral.com and pigpicturebigsound.com as well as
hometheater.com to get some ideas of what might suit my needs.
What I'm really wondering is what do you guys normally look for in a
projector? Minimum lumens? Minimum contrast? Color accuracy?
Also any recomendations for screens/screen manfactures would be
appreciated as well.
So far the Mitsubishi HD1000U (1500 lumens, 2500:1, 720p native) and
the PowerLite Home Cinema 400 (1500 lumens, 5000:1, 720p native) seem
to be appealing, but before I make a purchase like this I want to
ensure that I'm really getting what I want.
Thank you in advance
Re: Projector Information
I think the primary characteristic for an image is ARTIFACTS. You don't
want to see lines, dots, pixels, mosquito noise, poor motion processing,
bad grayscale, lousy color. It should project a smooth, film-like,
artifact free image with great color and brightness. The more lumens,
the larger picture you can have. No point in watching high def on a
picture measured in inches. My screen is basically 5 1/2 x 10 feet, with
cinemascope at about 13 feet. My room is 21 x 31 feet. This makes a nice
home theater, the images big and bright with a JVC SX-21 projector
($7000, now discontinued). You can get the new Sony VPL-50 for $4000. If
you can't afford an LCOS, at least look for a spec of 1920 x 1080
pixels, and you will have a chance of not seeing pixels on a smaller screen.
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